A few years ago, a story about a Detroit man who had to walk 21 miles each day for his work commute — because bus routes covered only part of his route and he couldn't afford a car — went viral. A fundraising effort eventually paid for a new car (although there were other complications along the way), and a lot of people talked about what a great example he was for work ethic.
To me, the bigger question was this: Why don't suburban companies seeking workers do more to get affordable transportation options into areas where potential workers live?
There have been efforts, of course. Injection molder Primera Plastics Inc. of Zeeland, Mich., bought a bus, while Cascade Engineering Inc., long honored for its work in "welfare to career," has sought bus lines to add its plants.
Now materials giant Avient Corp. and molder Thogus Products Co. have joined an effort supported by transportation and social support organizations in Lorain County, Ohio, to provide free bus service for workers for up to six months.
While nearby Cleveland has public transportation options, Lorain — just west of Cleveland — lacks the same infrastructure, Sharon Pearson, Lorain County mobility manager for United Way of Greater Lorain County, told The Morning Journal.
The Lorain County Urban League will host an open hiring event for Avient and Thogus as part of the efforts Feb. 10 in South Lorain.