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For immediate release
July 18, 2000
Jessamyn Sarmiento, NPR
202-414-2300
jsarmiento@npr.org

NPR® Looks at Globalization From a Local Perspective
Life in Celina, OH, After Huffy Relocates Abroad

Celina, OH - What happens to small town workers when the town's largest employer packs it's bags and heads for foreign soil? As NPR's All Things Considered® found it's meant less cash in the pockets of many former workers at a bicycle plant in Ohio. But for some, it's also meant a happier life.

All Things Considered visits Celina, Ohio, as part of the NPR News series The Changing Face of America to gain perspective on small town America in the global economy. The visit occurs two years after Huffy, a bicycle manufacturer, closed its Celina plant to cut costs and started importing bikes made in China. NPR's John Ydstie explains the economic rationale, and the personal cost of globalization. He goes on to tell us how people are rebuilding their lives in the wake of the plant closing.

Former employees at the Huffy factory have had to find new lines of work - no easy task for many of the older employees who have spent their entire career with Huffy. Many residents are learning to survive on less income, but a few have taken steps to improve their quality of life, from spending more time with their families to getting a college education. Ydstie talks to Celina residents and former Huffy workers and finds out how they're coping as they start over.

This The Changing Face of America report will air on All Things Considered, Wednesday, July 26. For station information and broadcast times, please visit NPR's webpage at www.npr.org.

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