The state of Missouri has been shuttering factories for about two years now, and the first part of that time was spent shutting down its manufacturing.
But this past summer, the state had to shut down two new plants, one in the north and one in a neighboring county.
Now the state is going to have to shut two more factories, one that it had been building in Ohio, and one that was built in Missouri, too.
Ohio is the only state in the nation to have shuttered two factories in a single year, but that hasn’t stopped many in the industry from looking at Missouri as a good bet for a future, and Missourians are excited about it.
Here’s what you need to know.
In the summer of 2016, Missouri officials announced they were closing two factories at the time, a facility in the northwest part of the state that made plastics and an assembly facility in Columbia.
After a two-year investigation, the Ohio Department of Commerce and Economic Development announced in March that it was going to shutter the facilities, but Missouri’s state treasurer, Greg Gentry, told CNN that the closures were unrelated.
The state has said it would not reopen the factories.
“The announcement by the governor of the Ohio Ohio state is not related to any recent closures of manufacturing jobs in Missouri,” Gentry said in a statement.
What happened next?
Ohio Governor John Kasich, who was then running for president, made the announcement during a press conference on May 1.
“This is a bad time to shut a manufacturing facility in Ohio,” Kasich said.
“That’s why I’m taking action to shut these plants and the other one that we announced in Missouri.”
Ohio closed its two factories last year.
“We had a decision to make,” Kasich added.
“And it is now up to the states of Missouri and Missouri, and their governors to make that decision.”
Why did Missouri shut down?
In June 2016, the State of Ohio announced it was shutting down three manufacturing plants.
That was after a report from the National Labor Relations Board that said the companies that employed the workers had a history of racial discrimination.
That report was issued in January, but it wasn’t until May that it came out.
In the report, the federal government identified the companies as the company that had hired the workers and had paid them overtime.
The companies were called “Midland Manufacturing” and “Pleasant View Manufacturing.”
The report specifically cited two incidents in which the workers were required to work long hours in the hot summer months of 2016.
One incident occurred in September 2016.
The other occurred in November 2016.
In both instances, workers said they were not given a choice about whether to take overtime.
One worker told the commission she worked more than two hours a day, but when she complained to her supervisors, they said she had to take her paychecks in the evening.
The report said it was clear that the company had a pattern of harassment, and it took “full responsibility for its actions” and offered to investigate and report any potential violations.
What will happen to the companies?
Both of the factories were in the state’s southwest part of Columbia County, which is located about 30 miles north of Columbus.
The three facilities are now called Midland Manufacturing, Pleasant View Manufacturing and Midland Group Manufacturing.
Gentry told CNN he is “absolutely” considering the possibility of a bankruptcy petition being filed in Ohio against the three companies, although that doesn’t appear to be in the cards.
“If the case ever comes to us, I will be ready to go, but right now, we’re going to focus on working to get the plants reopened,” he said.
Ohio has a history with manufacturing.
In 2004, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs across the country.
That same year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average reached a record high of 21,837.
But according to the National Association of Manufacturers, Missouri has lost nearly 3,500 manufacturing jobs since 2010, according to data from the U of L Center for Labor Studies.
Ohio and Missouri both have unemployment rates that are about 6.5 percent, but the unemployment rate in Missouri is about 8.1 percent, while Ohio is about 5.7 percent.
The Ohio unemployment rate was 7.4 percent in December 2016, while the state unemployment rate is 5.8 percent.
In addition, there are also concerns that some of the workers who were laid off may have returned to their previous positions in the factory.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses said it had received “several inquiries” from companies looking to locate in the region, but none of them had come close to finding work.
“Some of the people that we’ve talked to in Missouri are going to be going back to work,” said Greg Johnson, president of the Missouri Business Association.
“It’s a really difficult time