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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:12 PM
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Black & Decker to close N.C. plant, cut 675 jobs (most to Mexico)
http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?guid=%7BB4AA5...

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- About 675 workers will lose their jobs when Black & Decker Corp. (BDK) closes its Fayetteville plant and moves operations out of state by December 2006, the company said Wednesday.

The plant's operations will move to Jackson, Tenn., and Reynosa, Mexico, the company said.

The Fayetteville plant, which opened in 1967 and employed up to 1,500 people in the mid-1990s, will begin cuts over the next three months.

About 250 positions with steel machining and castings will go to Jackson, while the remaining positions - assembly and motor manufacturing as well as aluminum die casting will go Reynosa.

...more...
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fertilizeonarbusto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:14 PM
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1. Keep voting Republican! n/t
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Medical Speaking Donating Member (151 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:16 PM
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2. Outsourcing American jobs is good for America
Quote from the great leader Dumbass. When will people wake up.
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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:17 PM
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3. Hey Bush When Do You Lose Your Job?
eom
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area51 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:17 PM
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4. Disgusting. (n/t)
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:19 PM
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5. NC DUers,help me out here:
Did the state grant tax incentives when the plant originally located there?
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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:38 PM
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10. I don't remember. It's been there a couple of decades. Try the ...
Fayetteville Observer archives. It's a nice plant located near a newer industrial park. This is fairly shocking. Hooray for Republicans.
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 04:35 PM
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14. Thank you!
If NC is anything like Arkansas, incentives were probably handed out in large measure. I'm finding it interesting lately that plants are leaving in spite of all the breaks they got to begin with.
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bhunt70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-05 12:19 AM
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18. Did they move it from across the street from Hope Harbor?
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BrainRants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:21 PM
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6. That's what happens when chickens vote for Colonol Sanders.
At least those gays can't get married.
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:29 PM
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7. Oh great
another company I have to boycott. :grrr:
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:30 PM
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8. ya gets what ya votes for
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:32 PM
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9. Wait! Up in the sky!
It's a bird! No, it's a plane! It's . . .

Liddy Dole! I'm sure that the new Republican Senator of North Carolina will set everything to right, right? Right? Uh, where's Liddy? Hellooooo?

{Crickets}
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:40 PM
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11. Are these the tale tale sign that the economy is perking right
along according to John Snow? Seems every day I read about layoffs.
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TexasLawyer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 03:44 PM
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12. A step back in time...
...before the elections, when NC and Fayettville (home of Ft. Bragg) were deciding who should be president.

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1576624p-7770117...

Published: Aug 28, 2004
Modified: Aug 28, 2004 6:57 AM

Most N.C. vets in Bush's camp
Many in poll question Kerry's service in Navy



By LYNN BONNER, Staff Writer

Military veterans in North Carolina solidly back President Bush's bid for re-election, according to a survey conducted this week for The News & Observer. Fifty-seven percent of Tar Heel vets said this week that they would vote for Bush, the Republican, while 35 percent prefer Democratic challenger John Kerry. And after weeks of public focus on Kerry's war record, 40 percent of North Carolina's veterans don't think he is being honest about his Navy service in Vietnam, while 35 percent believe him.

"The military veterans in North Carolina are much more conservative, more pro-Bush than in other parts of the country," said Del Ali, president of Research 2000, the Rockville, Md., polling firm that conducted the survey. In a similar poll Ali conducted in New York, veterans said they believed Kerry over his swift boat critics by a 2-to-1 margin, he said.

<snip>


The focus on the war -- who served, who was wounded and who dissented -- are an unwelcome intrusion for Orren Hightower, a veteran from Charlotte. <snip>
Hightower, a 56-year-old building materials salesman, was drawn into the presidential campaign when he was asked to attend a Kerry rally in Charlotte last week. Hightower calls Kerry a "brother in arms" but says Kerry's role as a prominent anti-war protester troubles him. "I just don't understand how Kerry could experience such a thing as Vietnam and then come home to protest the war," said Hightower, who said he voted for Bush in 2000 and is leaning that way again.



Vietnam vets in North Carolina who support Kerry see shades of Vietnam in the war with Iraq and say concerns about extended tours, struggling reservists' families and questions about an overextended fighting force will help sway voters to their candidate.

<snip>

But another veteran, Edward Parungo of Raleigh, said he believes Kerry's swift boat critics and also supports the Iraq war. "If all that's being said by the swift boat people is wrong, why does he not stand up and say it was wrong," Parungo asked. "He is not a commander. He is not leadership material." Parungo, a retired Marine who fought in the Korean and Vietnam wars, said reports on military deaths in Iraq are overemphasized. "I would rather, and will -- any day, any time -- go overseas and blow up their real estate and kill and maim their people than have them come over here and do that over here," said Parungo, 75. "This country has forgotten 9/11 a lot quicker than I thought they would."


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Tandalayo_Scheisskopf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 04:01 PM
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13. Easy for him to say.
He's 75.

Luckily, most of the old soldiers I know, the combat vets, are sane.

Want the truth about war? Ask a real combat vet. Want stuff like the above? Ask a wannabe or a REMF.
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jmowreader Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 04:45 PM
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15. I kinda expected this
The Black & Decker plant in Fayetteville makes one major product--mitersaws, aka chopsaws--and makes motors and castings for other B&D and DeWalt products.

//Putting on my orange apron now...//

Right now DeWalt's chopsaw business is at a competitive disadvantage: lasers. The Fayetteville plant makes five different chopsaws and none of them have lasers.

Now look at the competition. There are seven companies who are seriously in the chopsaw business: Ridgid, Ryobi, Delta, Porter-Cable, DeWalt, Bosch and Hitachi. The other six all have at least one laser-guided saw in their lines.

The lack of a laser means we don't sell very many DeWalt chopsaws anymore. We probably sell 200 chopsaws a week; if five of those are DeWalts we feel fortunate. No one buys them anymore; the competition makes saws with the quality of DeWalt, and more features, for the same money. Two years ago, DeWalt was the logical choice because they made the best saw on the market, and it's what everyone bought. Now the competition has surpassed them.

Given this, and given that Black & Decker now has two plants making chopsaws, they've got a couple of options. The cheapest one, and the one they appear to be going with, is to add the DeWalt slider (with a laser, hopefully) to the Delta/Porter-Cable plant, up production at that plant and start turning out some Delta/Porter-Cable saws with yellow plastic on them.

//now putting on my "Fayetteville, NC" shirt//

What you don't read in the Marketwatch piece is that job loss directly attributable to Black & Decker is probably going to be around 800. Sitting right next to the B&D plant is a Technimark plant. This plant does nothing but make plastic castings for B&D. With the big plant down, the Technimark plant will also close UNLESS they're creative enough to start shopping their capabilities. Technimark makes very nice parts, so they could do okay.

This shit sucks, guys. The whole of the blame here doesn't go to Bush. It's fun to blame Bush for everything that goes wrong, but here we can't. I put a large amount of it on our civic leadership. They do NOTHING--at all--to retain the businesses we have here already, with the possible exception of the Kelly-Springfield tire plant just north of town. Oh, if this was a fuckin' Tourist Attraction that employed 50 people at minimum wage they'd be piling tons of money into making it fat and happy...but no, it's just an unglamorous factory that gives about 700 people really good jobs, so oh well, let it go.
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UpInArms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-13-05 04:57 PM
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16. thanks for all of your clarity, jmowreader
I know that you don't make money by shaking back and forth in a box, you have to make something - almost anything - that can be held in one's hand and passed from manufacturer to consumer - to actually make money.

Every time I see manufacturing jobs leave, I see money leaving with them. :(
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leesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-05 12:14 AM
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17. I fought with Black and Decker over their betrayal of Americans
They insisted they simply HAD to do this...of course their CEOs and stockholders cashed in big time. Don't buy them.
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Robert Oak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-05 12:54 AM
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19. the US is just plain being hollowed out
R&D jobs in engineering, lawyer research jobs, accountant jobs,
nanotechnoogy jobs, biotech jobs, clothing, cars, even the
Radio Flyer red wagon from childhood is now made in China...

and ya know what, there is not a damn emerging technology to
replace all of those jobs and industry.

We're in such big trouble. Huge.
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mhr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-05 01:00 AM
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20. "and ya know what, there is not a damn emerging technology ...
to replace all of those jobs and industry."

Exactly, Well Said!
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