Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss announcements and shutdowns for January 2017.
Greek owned shipping giant Toisa, and 23 affiliates, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection blaming low volume of petroleum shipments.
Alabama: Beaulieu America shutting down its 30 years old carpet fibers factory, 375 jobs lost by the end of March!
California: In Petaluma, Enphase Energy eliminating 60 jobs by the end of March. National Distribution Centers issued a shutdown WARN for their Chino operations, 102 jobs gone by the end of February! Armor All/STP shutting down their Pleasanton ops by the end of March. Boeing issued yet more layoff WARNs, at least a dozen jobs gone by the end of March. In San Diego, tax-sucking General Dynamics owned National Steel & Shipbuilding suddenly laid off 844 people, blaming the U.S. Navy! In Santa Ana, GKN Aerospace ChemTronics laying off 15 employees by the end of February, despite getting a state taxpayer funded $10-million USD tax-break for being energy efficient!
Florida: Mundy Maintenance eliminating 123 jobs at its Ascend Facility at Pensacola, by the end of March! At Orlando International Airport, Aircraft Service International eliminating 125 jobs by the end of March! General Electric (GE) Aviation laid off 33 people in Clearwater. In Miramar, Swiss Watch suddenly eliminated 129 jobs!
Georgia: HVAC company Carrier shutting down their Smyrna factory, 64 jobs lost to consolidation and outsourcing!
Illinois: Japan (Nippon) based rail-car maker Nippon Sharyo eliminating 1-hundred jobs in Rochelle! Local news media implied it was due to repeated failures of Nippon Sharyo rail-cars to meet OSHA standards, which is interesting because Nipponese trains are considered the best in the world. Honeywell eliminating 69 jobs in Metropolis due to “…significant challenges of the nuclear industry globally and the oversupply of uranium…”
Iowa: Cedar Rapids based industrial products maker Apache restructuring and warning of layoffs due to “an unfortunate situation”.
Kansas: British empire Canada owned Bombardier eliminated 45 Learjet jobs in Wichita as part of their 2016 announced plan to kill 7-thousand jobs in North America! In Salina, Philips Lighting laid off 32 factory employees, in an effort to increase efficiency.
Kentucky: What automotive industry recovery? Despite being called the “Most American made car” by Nipponese (Japanese) news media, and despite threats by Donald Trump, Toyota announced it will go forward will plans to eliminate 648 jobs at its U.S. HQ in Erlanger! Supposedly the positions are being moved to Texas as were planned for back in 2014.
Michigan: General Electric (GE) Aviation laid off 74 people in Grand Rapids. Delta Industrial Valves shutting down their factory in Niles, 56 jobs lost by June. What automotive industry recovery? Luxembourg based farm vehicle maker SAF-Holland shutting down two Michigan factories, hundreds of jobs lost over the year as work is consolidated to other factories! The world’s largest supplier of automotive interiors, China owned Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, laying off 321 Michiganders in April! To show you how ignorant your local politicians are congressman Dave Trott stated “Today’s announcement by Yanfeng Automotive Interiors further underscores the continued resurgence of our domestic automotive industry.” Detroit based General Motors (GM) eliminating 625 Canadian jobs! Canadian labor unions blame NAFTA saying those jobs are being moved to Mexico: “The CAMI announcement is a shining example of everything wrong with NAFTA, it must be re-negotiated!”-Jerry Dias, Unifor National
Missouri: Manac Trailers USA shutdown its factory in Kennett without warning, 92 jobs lost “immediately”! Local news media reported that many employees are single parents. To add insult to injury Manac Trailers admin told a local city mayor that the shutdown was due to “lack of workforce in the area”! Can you say “Bullshit”?
New Jersey: Comcast Cable issued a shutdown WARN for its West Deptford logistics center, 88 jobs gone by June.
New Mexico: Eclipse Aerospace suddenly laid off employees at its aircraft factory, but refused to say how many, blaming: “…current and anticipated orders over the coming months and to prepare for the future Project Canada development and launch.”
New York: In Long Island, LogistiCare eliminating 158 non-emergency response jobs by April, due to loss of state taxpayer funded contract! Mass produced jewelry factory Samuel Aaron issued a shutdown WARN for its Mount Vernon ops, 42 jobs lost by April due to the sale of the company. Duane Reade issued a Shutdown WARN for its Maspeth Distribution Center, 214 jobs lost by the end of May due to lack of business! PCX Aerostructures issued a shutdown WARN for its Ronkonkoma ops, 45 Empire State jobs lost due to the company moving to Texas. M&G DuraVent eliminating 54 jobs in April (that’s more than half its employees) due to crashing sales.
Ohio: What automotive industry recovery? In Lordstown, the dreaded mass layoffs by Detroit based General Motors (GM) began, more than 1-thousand-2-hundred people jobless as the third shift at the Chevy Cruz factory is eliminated supposedly due to low sales! However, local news media pointed out that GM began shipping Chevy Cruzes in from Mexico last year, claiming they couldn’t keep up with U.S. demand! After 54 years Iddings Trucking now chapter bankrupt busted due to the oil industry fiasco: “We went from five or 10 drivers to clear over 1-hundred. Then beginning in 2014, the fracking industry plunged and we weren’t needed anymore. We had one of our larger customers call and cancel business with us because we weren’t needed. I’d say we laid off 1-hundred truck drivers…..”-Nick Loeber, co-owner
Oregon: In Portland, Commercial Aircraft Painting Services issued a shutdown WARN, 186 jobs lost by the end of February due to the contract with Boeing being canceled! Air Products & Chemicals laid off 21 people in Hanover. According to local news media, this is the second layoff since September 2016. The factory is down to 83 employees, but at one time had 2-hundred!
Pennsylvania: In Williamsport, Andarko Petroleum eliminating 52 jobs by mid-April. Schott Glass warning of layoffs due to increased competition.
South Carolina: Boeing is begging 6-hundred employees to ‘voluntarily’ quit (buyouts)! APEX Tool laying off 170 people in Sumter County, by the end of March! Local news media reminded their audience that APEX Tool killed jobs in Texas and Arkansas when it consolidated operations to South Carolina in 2014. Company admin decided to end production of its Armstrong and Allen brand of tools, supposedly due to lack of demand: “This is not manufacturing that is moving anywhere else, it is not going to another facility. We are not going to be selling these products.”
Texas: National Instruments warning of layoffs due to a 2% drop in sales last year. Fort Worth based golf club maker Ben Hogan now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, despite a supposed rebound two years ago. Local news media reporting that the factory is now staffed with a skeleton crew of only ten employees! The golf company owes hundreds of thousands of dollars in back-rent and licensing fees! Forbes Energy Services now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, due to the oil industry fiasco. The value of Forbes Energy Services stocks crashed by 58%! Swift Energy revealed it will eliminate 56 petroleum industry jobs when it emerges from bankruptcy. San Antonio furniture maker KLN Manufacturing shutting down, 40 jobs lost by the end of February. The company focused on taxpayer funded sales to government agencies, as well as universities and hospitals.
Washington: In Keyport, U.S. tax-sucking British empire based BAE Systems eliminating 59 jobs by the end of March. Boeing is begging an undisclosed number of engineers to ‘voluntarily’ quit (buyouts)!
Wisconsin: River City Distribution shutting down their Watertown operations, 107 jobs lost in March: “The closure has been prompted by the company’s decision to sell substantially all of its assets…”-official company statement
For the second, and most likely final time, EBR (Erik Buell Racing) Motorcycles ceased operations. In 2015 the motorcycle maker employed 170 people in East Troy. The company was sold-off in 2016 to Liquid Asset Partners, who in turn put the motorcycle maker up for sale, again. This time nobody wanted to buy it, or sell its bikes: “This difficult decision was based primarily on EBR facing significant headwinds with signing new dealers……The combination of slow sales and industry announcements of other major OEM brands closing or cutting production only magnified the challenges faced by EBR.”
Mining/Industrial/Logistics December 2016: “WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY MEANINGFUL RECOVERY”
U.S. Retail/Banking/Service sector collapse, January 2017: ” I DON’T SLEEP AT NIGHT, IT’S KILLING ME” MASSIVE MACY’S MELTDOWN AS 10,000+ JOBS KILLED?