New Castle News

July 19, 2013

City needs new jobs to help create growth

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

Our area was established by and prospered from commerce and industry.

In 1892-1893, the New Castle tin plant on Moravia Street opened. There was Republican Iron and Steel, Dilworth Paper, Vulcan Foundry and Machine, New Castle Portland Cement, New Castle China, Christian Koch’s Brewery, Sheet Metal Radiator Works, Grasella Chemical, F.L. Genkinger’s West Side Brewery, Standard Brewing, New Castle Lumber Yard, Shenango Pottery, New Castle Pulp Plaster and many more businesses that helped this area grow.

Most everyone remembers Rockwell and Mesta.

I am sure that some of these companies were controversial. There are pros and cons to everything.

We can’t count on the racetrack/casino to provide jobs to our area. It might never happen.

If it does, there will be pros and cons that affect our quality of life. We always hope the pros will be greater.

Will the new company on Moravia Street cause more noise than companies in the past? I don’t know. Will the company cause more air pollution than companies in the past? I don’t know. Will the operation generate more noise than the trains? I don’t know.

I am hoping the EPA and our local government will pay close attention to any problems. I am hoping that our area will benefit from this new business and help attract more businesses to come to our area. We need jobs.

We can’t revive our downtown and encourage people to move here if there isn’t growth and more money in residents’ pockets.

Many people call me Pollyanna. That does not bother me at all. I believe others’ expectations are too low.

We need to work together, aim high and work hard to eliminate negative thinking and apathy. We need to do our best to weigh all the factors and trust God to guide us.

Pat Schwoeble

East Winter Avenue

New Castle