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Continental Structural Plastics is considering leaving Ohio and bringing its 214 jobs to Indiana because of an environmental rule Ohio has that we don't have, one requiring the use of a machine that reduces pollution but costs $500,000 a year to operate.

But the company says the machine is no longer needed to meet Ohio Environmental Protection Agency standards because it has cut production at its paint shop and it has increased use of robotics and air recycling.

I realize it's risky to take the company's word for this, but if Ohio officials aren't smart enough to check it out and give the company a break if it is, well, then, hooray for us. It's called "economic development," which doesn't require us to be that much smarter than other states if they work so hardat being stupid.