Wed. 12:25 p.m.: Commissioners apply local labor pressure to Lordstown project

WARREN – Trumbull County commissioners today adopted a resolution “emphatically” supporting the use of local workers to construct the TJX / HomeGoods distribution center planned for Hallock Young Road in Lordstown.

The commissioners gave the company a 75 percent tax abatement for 10 years on the improvements the company makes on land, but did not make any demands beforehand requiring local workers to be used, as some other Ohio communities do.

The commissioners are seeking an Ohio attorney general opinion about the legality of requiring companies that receive tax abatements to use local labor at the prevailing wage, after the Trumbull County prosecutor found there is no law explicitly preventing or allowing that type of language in abatement agreements, Commissioner Mauro Cantalamessa said.

The contract with TJX / HomeGoods is already in place, so any new abatement language would apply only to companies pursuing future abatements in the county.