Fuyao Glass America

 Jeff Reichert, from left, Julia Reichert, and Steven Bognar, winners of the award for best documentary feature for "American Factory", pose in the press room at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.
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The Netflix film about the Dayton auto glass plant run by a Chinese company was honored with The Oscar for best feature-length documentary.

In 2008, GM closed its manufacturing plant in Dayton, Ohio, sending the community into a tailspin. Workers who had been unionized at GM struggled to find jobs that paid close to the wages the plant had paid.

"After that GM plant closed, things were so hard for so long," Ohio-based filmmaker Steven Bognar says. "People lost their homes. The jobs you could get were at the Kohl's distribution center or Payless Shoes warehouse distribution center or fast food. People were making $9 an hour."

The latest documentary from Yellow Springs filmmakers Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar has been nominated for an Academy Award.

The film American Factory follows the rebirth and transformation of the former General Motors Assembly plant in Moraine into Chinese-owned Fuyao Glass America.

An expansion by Fuyao Glass America will bring a hundred new jobs and $46 million in new investment to what was a GM plant in Moraine.

Fuyao Glass America in Moraine is facing more than $720,000 in fines after being cited for “exposing employees to multiple safety and health hazards.”

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says, during a recent inspection of the plant, nine repeat violations and 13 serious violations were found.

The violations include electrical safety exposure, problems with confined spaces, employee training on so-called lockout/tag out procedures, and a lack of machine guards; hearing protection and other protective equipment.

Academy Award-nominated Yellow Springs filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert’s latest documentary about Fuyao Glass America will soon be available for streaming. The film will be shown on Netflix under a partnership between the streaming video company and former President Barack Obama's and Michelle Obama’s company Higher Ground Productions