Incomplete list of U.S. Mining/Industrial/Logistics job loss/shutdown announcements made in January 2018.
Trulia reports that overall housing rents across the United States jumped an average of 19.6% since the end of 2012, even though the majority of working class people saw no increase in pay.
Alabama: Warren Buffet owned clothing maker Fruit of the Loom laid off 72 people at its Russell Brand’s factory in Alexander City. Local news media reported that ever since Warren Buffet bought the operation (in 2006) there have been continuous layoffs, at one time there were more than 1-thousand people working at the factory, now there’s less than 5-hundred.
California: Menasha Packaging shutting down its Bloomington location, 25 jobs gone in February. Zodiac Pool Systems issued a shutdown WARN for its Vista location, 67 jobs gone in October. Brinderson-Tesoro Martinez Refinery eliminating 94 jobs on March. Brinderson also eliminating 256 jobs in Wilmington!
Colorado: Boulder based Star Wars/robot toy maker Sphero eliminating 45 jobs, and shifting to educational products, due to lack of holiday sales of its robot toys.
Connecticut: Southport based Sturm-Ruger laid off 50 gun-making employees at undisclosed locations across the U.S. It was blamed on a combination of low sales and “employee performance”.
Florida: In Tarpon Springs, Plano Synergy eliminating 104 jobs by May!
Idaho: In Lewiston, Clearwater Paper announced it will layoff 1-hundred people in May, due to “market conditions”!
Illinois: The Plastics Group issued a shutdown WARN for its factory in Willowbrook, 105 jobs gone starting in March! Box maker Pactiv issued a shutdown WARN for its Bolingbrook factory, 101 jobs gone in March! What automotive industry recovery? Germany based Daimler issued a shutdown WARN for its truck parts distribution center in Chicago, 52 jobs gone by the end of March.
Indiana: What automotive industry recovery? Truck maker Autocar suddenly laid off 70 employees due to crashing sales. MV Transportation issued a shutdown WARN, 142 jobs gone by the end of March! Trump’s buddy Carrier continues killing jobs, this time 215! Supposedly it’s the last round of layoffs connected to Carrier moving some production to Mexico.
Iowa: In Nevada, DuPont eliminating 28 jobs in March. Germany based Siemens eliminating 202 jobs in Fort Madison, by the end of March!
Kentucky: Kentucky Electric Steel shutting down its factory in Ashland, 113 jobs gone in March!
Louisiana: State Department of Revenue accusing three companies of tax evasion; Elliott Roofing Services, Antunez Painting and Extreme Cars and Trucks. The companies allegedly avoided payroll taxes by calling their in-house employees ‘independent contractors’. Nuclear power plant pipe maker CB&I eliminating 163 jobs due to Entergy’s plan to eliminate 123 jobs at the Riverbend nuclear power plant!
Minnesota: Sweden based home appliance maker Electrolux shutting down its factory in Saint Cloud, about 9-hundred jobs gone in 2019, due to consolidation ops!
Mississippi: What construction industry recovery? Nucor-Kirby Building Systems eliminating 1-hundred jobs due to consolidation of some production to Tennessee!
Missouri: What automotive industry recovery? Harley Davidson shutting down its factory in Kansas City, 8-hundred jobs gone in Spring 2019!
Nevada: What construction industry recovery? Finished steel products maker Nucor shutting down its American Buildings factory, at least 1-hundred jobs lost to operations in Utah!
New Jersey: Japan owner shipping company MOL eliminating 32 jobs in Woodbridge. What automotive industry recovery? Japan owned Toyota-NYK eliminating 75 jobs in Secaucus.
New York: General Electric (GE) laid off 130 people as part of the larger plan to kill 12-thousand jobs globally!
North Carolina: After getting $475-thousand local tax dollars in incentives Absolute Plastics issued a layoff WARN eliminating 1-hundred of its 150 jobs due to crashing sales! PRC Industries issued a layoff WARN for its Spruce Pine location, 1-hundred jobs gone by March! In Indian Trail, RSC Chemical Solutions eliminating 65 jobs between March and the end of June.
Ohio: Deutschland (Germany) based delivery service DHL outsourcing 229 jobs in Lima, by March! Fremont Plastic Products shutting down its factory, 185 jobs gone starting in March! What automotive industry recovery? Chrysler-Fiat-Jeep parts maker Toledo Molding & Die shutting down its North Toledo factory, 120 jobs gone by Spring 2019, due to the shutdown of Jeep Wrangler production! Korea based Hyundai-Mobis eliminating 572 jobs at its Toledo/Lucas factory, between April 2018 and April 2019!
Oklahoma: More layoffs from oil company Chesapeake Energy, in a surprise announcement 4-hundred employees learned they are soon to be jobless! Company administrators also revealed they’ve sold-off 25% of its oil wells in an attempt to pay-down debt.
Oregon: General Distributors shutting down its ops in Oregon City, 165 jobs gone!
Pennsylvania: MEPCO issued shutdown WARNs for its coal mines in Green County, 370 jobs gone starting in March! The largest east coast refinery, Philadelphia Energy Solutions, now bankrupt busted due to federal government imposed Renewable Energy Credit (RIN) which cost the refinery $217-million USD in 2017. Dover Corporation-Pump Solutions Group issued a shutdown WARN for its North Wales ops, 63 jobs gone between April and December. Denmark based climate control parts maker Danfoss shutting down its factory in Chambersburg, 70 jobs gone right before Xmas 2018! Johnson & Johnson issued a ‘phase 2′ shutdown WARN, 34 jobs gone in March. Pittsburgh Glass Works issued a shutdown WARN for its Creighton location, 61 jobs gone by the end of June. John Middleton Company issued a shutdown WARN for its tobacco factory in Limerick, 118 jobs gone in April! Ryder Integrated Logistics eliminating 136 jobs in February!
Texas: Irving based toilet paper and disposable diaper maker Kimberly Clark announced plans to shutdown ten factories worldwide, killing-off 5-thousand jobs over the next year-and-a-half! Kimberly Clark administrators blame their efforts to reduce costs by $550-million USD, by 2022, on the U.S. population Death Spiral (not enough babies being born). Offshore rig operator Maersk Drilling laying off 84 people in March, due to loss of contract. Oil transporter First River Energy now chapter 11 bankrupt busted. New York based petroleum company Hess eliminating 3-hundred jobs in Texas, in an attempt to make a profit for the first time since 2014!
Virginia: Railroad company Norfolk Southern shutting down its Roanoke dispatch center, 56 jobs affected by consolidation ops.
Washington: Paper and wood construction products maker Georgia Pacific shutting down its ops in Camas, 243 jobs gone by May! Tacoma experienced the highest rent increases of any U.S. city in 2017, by 8.8%.
Wisconsin: Texas based toilet paper and disposable diaper maker Kimberly Clark shutting down two factories, 610 jobs gone by Spring 2019! Family run Flambeau River Papers suddenly laid off 82 people saying “Paper prices in the commodity grades have really gone down while pulp prices have gone up.” Bankrupt busted Real Alloy Recycling shutting down its aluminum melting factory in Mount Pleasant, 40 jobs gone. Illinois based ACCO Brands shutting down its Pleasant Prairie distribution center, 26 jobs gone by the end of May due to a 35% crash in net income.
WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification
Mining/Industrial/Logistics layoffs, December 2017:NEVERENDING “BUSINESS SLOWDOWN”