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Longaberger Announces 125 Layoffs | WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio News

There are 41 comments on the 10TV WBNS story from Jan 4, 2010, titled Longaberger Announces 125 Layoffs | WBNS-10TV, Central Ohio News. In it, 10TV WBNS reports that:

The Longaberger Co. announced Monday that it was laying off 125 manufacturing employees.

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CALM DOWN

Westerville, OH

#21 Jan 5, 2010
out of towner wrote:
A tiskit, a taskit, why buy an expensive basket?
1-20-2013, Obama's last day in the white house.
Our economy sucked when Bush was in office. Why blame Obama for Longaberger selling a 6 inch x 6 inch basket for $250? Seems like price gouging to me....Get your story straight. We are in the mess we are in because of genious - oil tycoon George Bush. Could you clean up his horrific mess in a year????...I dont think so!
Obamma

Columbus, OH

#22 Jan 5, 2010
Maybe the hillbillies can get a massive ball out. Sell their crappy baskets to Iran for oil. We might as well keep rippin off the middle east.
Big Orange

New Concord, OH

#23 Jan 5, 2010
Ms. Longaberger Kaido Fitz is not capable of managing anything - she has now aligned herself with a bankrupted ex-jock who is receiving $24,000/month from Longaberger for "services rendered"!!!
kabaker68

United States

#24 Jan 5, 2010
They should consider selling the overpriced baskets on QVC like Cheryl's Cookies now does. Cheryl's does one heck of a business on there. I understand Longaberger has independent reps but they could do some specialty items on QVC that reps won't carry. That way, there's no conflict with the "home party" idea...
Ponds

Lancaster, OH

#25 Jan 5, 2010
Wow - people are really down on this company. I guess nobody cares if it goes out of business.

“I'm a lovely cat”

Since: Nov 09

On the sofa

#26 Jan 5, 2010
Who would guess that in a crappy economy a company making baskets would have difficulty? Thank God we have journalists to tell us these things.
Judd

Columbus, OH

#27 Jan 5, 2010
I heard its only a matter of time...maybe the company that moves into that complex will generate some new jobs......lets hope
Ponds

Lancaster, OH

#28 Jan 6, 2010
The logical error would be extrapolating the economic conditions of Zanesville, or even Ohio generally, to the rest of the nation. Ohio, Michigan and Indiana are in a race to the bottom to see which state can be the Mississippi of the twenty first century. Folks on the coasts are doing much better. The NFL baskets sold well across the country, and there is a market for baskets in general. Just because people in Ohio can't afford much more than a used clunker and a shopping trip to Wal-Mart on payday doesn't mean the rest of the nation is so pathetic.

“I'm a lovely cat”

Since: Nov 09

On the sofa

#29 Jan 6, 2010
Ponds wrote:
Just because people in Ohio can't afford much more than a used clunker and a shopping trip to Wal-Mart on payday doesn't mean the rest of the nation is so pathetic.
I share your assessment of central Ohio, but I don't think you've quite grasped the economics. It stands to reason that a company that sells baskets for hundreds of dollars is going to go bust in a diminishing economy. While other areas of the country are doing better, the first things people stop buying are decorative items like baskets. I've noticed that antique stores are closing right and left.(Good bargains to be had for those who have discretionary income!)
Brian

Coshocton, OH

#30 Jan 6, 2010
I am a former employee of the Longaberger Company for 17 years. The problem is that it is the most miss managed company I have ever seen. The company has sealed their own fate and deserve what they get for treating their former employee`s the way they have. Good riddins !!!!
CALM DOWN

United States

#31 Jan 6, 2010
What sre they gonna do with the HUGE basket building once they are gone????????
Jack Flannigan

New York, NY

#32 Jan 6, 2010
Calm Down #31 - The building will be rented or leased out to have immense picnics inside with lots of burgers, hot dogs and cole slaw. I want to see the size of the plaid red and white checkerboard table cloth used to serve the food.
Judd

Columbus, OH

#33 Jan 7, 2010
i was told that there are numerous levels of that building already leased out for different company office space...Longaberger only uses a few of these floors for their own resources...
Redistributor

Columbus, OH

#34 Jan 7, 2010
Turn it into a Yogi Bear pic-a-nic basket theme park complete with kiddy rides and a Ranger station.
This Republican

United States

#35 Jan 7, 2010
My wife and I use left over Easter baskets. If you stain them and add a coat of varnish you are in! They cost about $3 each. Several of my female relatives cherish those $100 baskets for sale at yard sales. Longaberger has ran it's course. My sister-in-law has weaved up there for about 15 years.......no retirement, no insurance, but she receives a wage and a small piece wage for each basket she produces. Just another legal sweat shop.
This Republican

United States

#36 Jan 7, 2010
Redistributor wrote:
Turn it into a Yogi Bear pic-a-nic basket theme park complete with kiddy rides and a Ranger station.
I agree, but that would require a Constitutional Amendment and some type of tax would have to be applied.......Like the looking at the Basket Tax or the Standing In Line to look at the Basket Tax. And there is the driving to Fraseysburg to look at the Basket Tax, and oh yeah, there is the I want to see the Basket tax. Good luck..........I forgot, in Ohio, if you don't go see the Giant Basket, there is the stay-at-home tax.
Michael

Nashville, TN

#37 Jan 22, 2010
Until I see Paris Hilton walking around Hollywood with her rat of a dog sitting inside a Longaberger basket ... I refuse to buy one!
Ernie

Appleton, WI

#38 Feb 16, 2010
Mrs. Longaberger has a criminal for a CFO. She also let go the best technical people in the wood buisness, I think she's bailing.
CincyNotReallyOh io

Fairfield, OH

#40 Aug 4, 2010
Former employee wrote:
Wow. How about some empathy for those who lost thier jobs today.
Did you hear about more layoffs? This story was posted at the beginning of the year. You responded 8 hours ago. Just asking.
Mary

Fort Wayne, IN

#41 Jan 22, 2011
I have NO idea what has happened with the quality of these baskets. I've not had ONE problem with the ones I'd purchased from the 80's-2007. Seriously, I've had numerous returns: damaged items and those not made correctly to begin with.

I'm sure D.L. is rolling in his grave. He built a great company, but I'm not sure things have been run well for a while...

They're so busy expanding their product line...and are so oblivious to the fact that people don't have the $$ for these expensive items.

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