Dayton-made ‘American Factory’ Wins Oscar for Fuyao Documentary

Feb 28, 2020 | News, Newsletter

Staff Reporter
Dayton Business Journal

 

On Sunday evening, the Dayton-made documentary “American Factory” took home the Academy Award for best documentary feature.

Filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert accepted the Oscar for their film about Chinese auto glass maker Fuyao Glass America’s revival of a former General Motors plant with the creation of over 2,000 jobs in Moraine.

While accepting the award, Bognar thanked the “tough, inventive, great people of Dayton, Ohio,” among others.

Reichert said this Dayton-made documentary could have been set anywhere that “people put on a uniform, punch a clock and try to make their families have a better life.”

Bognar and Reichert are already finishing another film set to premier later this year. Bognar described it as a real-life snapshot of secretary uprisings throughout the United States, a la the classic Dolly Parton film, “9 to 5.” He noted the struggles of secretaries in the workplace, from demeaning tasks to sexual harassment and low pay.

Port Authority Celebrates Award-Winning SBDC Member

(Wilmington, Ohio) The Clinton County Port Authority is pleased to congratulate David Riggs, Director of the SBDC at Miami Regionals, for being named Ohio’s SBDC State Star in 2021.

America’s SBDC, the national association that represents the nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), annually recognizes one outstanding SBDC employee from each of its 62 members. This outstanding employee exhibits exemplary performance, makes a significant contribution to their state or regional SBDC program, and shows a strong commitment to small business. Using a peer-based selection process, the Ohio SBDC network selected David Riggs for Ohio’s SBDC State Star.

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Tiffin Foundry and Machine to invest in new machinery and equipment

Tiffin Foundry and Machine has announced it will purchase new machinery and hire more staff with assistance from a $50,000 JobsOhio Inclusion Grant. Tiffin Foundry has eight employees in Tiffin, and has an additional operation in North Ridgeville, Ohio.

JobsOhio’s grant, secured with assistance from the Regional Growth Partnership, will support a planned $321,923 in machinery and equipment upgrades and three new jobs. In addition, Tiffin Foundry and Machine worked with Tiffin-Seneca Economic Partnership and OhioMeansJobs – Seneca County on other potential incentives to support the company’s growth.

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