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B&W Comes to Town

Akron Beacon Journal/Ohio.com

The news about Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises coming to Akron belongs in the category “what a difference a week makes.” The Monday announcement arrived just days after Myers Industries, long a presence on South Main Street, unveiled plans to take its headquarters to Cleveland, touching old wounds in the collective psyche dating to the exit of tire-making from the city.

Now that wound feels much better. B&W will move roughly 700 employees from Barberton and Copley into the East End development. The company also will relocate its corporate headquarters here — from Charlotte, N.C. It will occupy the old Goodyear headquarters. Goodyear, of course, will be a neighbor, operating in its new corporate home nearby.

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