Ohio City Criticized for Buying Non-U.S.-Built Vehicles

November 10, 2014

A municipal union president is criticizing City of Mansfield, Ohio, officials for purchasing three Nissan NV200 vans instead of buying its usual General Motors vehicles, the Mansfield News Journal reported.

General Motors closed its stamping plant in a nearby city in 2010, and the two sides have argued about the manufacturing location of the Nissan vehicles. Nissan sources its NV200 vans from an assembly plant in Cuernavaca, Mexico, a Nissan spokesman told

Mayor Tim Theaker claims the Nissan vehicles cost $3,000 less each than the state bid for similar vehicles and that the city purchased them at a local dealership.

Dan Mapes, the local union president, has said the purchase constitutes a slap in the face to former GM employees. Technicians haven’t been trained to work on these vehicles, Mapes contends.


  1. 1. Bob Gardner [ November 10, 2014 @ 12:44PM ]

    Municipal Governments, while being sensitive to local domestic jobs, have an increasingly tightening budget. The report shows a $3,000 cost savings per vehicle. That's significant! The union states it's a slap in the face of "former" GM employees who closed the business 4-years ago. Loyalty? Where's GM's loyalty? Would it still be a slap in the face of "former" GM employees if Mansfield had purchased a FORD? or how about another overseas brand built in the US? Typical union drivel.

  2. 2. Keith Bacin [ November 15, 2014 @ 12:53PM ]

    The former GM employees didn't close the plant, the corporation did. A large percentage of the plant's retirees and displaced employees still live in and support the local economies. It is their current wages or pensions that still support this community. It's not drivel, it's just not biting the hand that feeds you. It's not talking bad about a farmer with your mouth full. It's simply supporting those who support you. The number of current and retired GM employees in the area far outweigh the current and retired Nissan employees in the area. I think they would still feel slighted if a ford was purchased over a GM vehicle since it was a GM plant that was helping support the local economy.


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