Keith McQueen has finally moved on.
Three years after taking a buyout from Chrysler when the automaker shut down its stamping plant in Twinsburg, Ohio, McQueen no longer stews about losing a job he loved.
"It has been 3 or 4 years now, so I have already run the gamut of being very angry, very bitter to now, where I'm at a point where you have to move on with your life and I would hope everyone else is like that as well," said McQueen.
In reality, not everyone has moved on.
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Four years after the auto industry bottomed out with General Motors and Chrysler going bankrupt, those automakers and the industry as a whole is roaring again.
Great news in places like Kansas City, Toledo and suburban Detroit where auto plants that survived the industry collapse are now adding jobs and shifts to keep up with surging demand.
"My mother is getting a pension from Chrysler, so I want them to do well," said McQueen. "But I would be lying to you if I didn't say I was a little jealous."
Former Auto Towns Still Adjusting
When chrysler left Twinsburg, it took 1,260 jobs and the financial engine for the small town of 18,000.
The city lost 12 percent of its annual revenue, $2.2 Million.
"It's obviously a significant impact and it gets you not only in the wallet," said Larry Finch, Twinsburg Director of Development & Planning. "You feel for the employees for their loss of income and for their ability to keep their families together because many had to relocate and split up."
In fact, many who worked in Chrysler's Twinsburg plant were offered jobs at other Chrysler facilities in the midwest. That included McQueen, who opted not to leave his family.
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Those who stayed said Twinsburg and surrounding cities have adjusted to losing the largest supplier of jobs.
To make up for the lost revenue related to the Chrysler plant, the city's residents voted to raise their income tax by a quarter of a percent. Meanwhile, the city cut back on some services in order to limit expenses.
"It made us enter a period of austerity," said Finch.