Stanadyne: Stanadyne Corp. To Close Windsor Plant by 2011

There are 20 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Apr 14, 2009, titled Stanadyne: Stanadyne Corp. To Close Windsor Plant by 2011. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

Stanadyne Corp., a maker of engine and fuel system components, will close its manufacturing plant in Windsor by the middle of 2011 and eliminate 250 jobs.

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Torre

Durham, CT

#1 Apr 15, 2009
THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IN CONNECTICUT

To the Democratic controlled legislature do you understand this when you read it? Raising the corporate tax or other taxes on businesses are driving them out of Connecticut. It's time for a major change voter we've got to replace this pathetic bunch in charge with people who are interested in the state and not only linig their pockets.
Smoke em if you got em

East Berlin, CT

#2 Apr 15, 2009
Clearly the State of CT is on the wrong path. More of our valued manufacturers are closing shop or moving to more business friendly states.

The legislature needs to make our State more business friendly in a hurry. Excessive and unrealistic regulation have but us at a major competitive disadvantage. We are a small State; you can never be more than an hour from the state line.

Some of the currently proposed environmental regulation changes are absurd; manufactures watch this stuff and plan accordingly. The same goes for taxes, workers comp, insurance etc.

If something is not done in a hurry, we are all in big trouble.
TonyC

AOL

#3 Apr 15, 2009
Note that while they mention growth in the Asian factories, they are careful to make it sound as if none of Windsor's production is going offshore. Those of us on the inside of the company know that is totally untrue. The Asian plants will be used to supply customers outside of Asia as well, including those who were once supplied with Windsor's products.
Stanadyne's management should at least have the guts to be truthful about their abandonment of the US workers.
Iron Sheik

Baltimore, MD

#4 Apr 15, 2009
So a company closes its plant in a high tax, high cost of living state like Connecticut and moves to a low tax, low cost of living state like North Carolina.

Voters of Connecticut - you deserve this for keep voting in Democrats.
TonyC

AOL

#6 Apr 15, 2009
All of you folks jumping on the cost of doing business in CT are missing the issue. A good part of the reason businesses move to places like NC is not just taxes, it is also lower labor costs. what is paid in some of those southern states wouldn't even support you in CT.
Besides, the move south is only a half truth. Much of the work is moving to Asia. Why pay southern wages when you have an underutilized plant in China? North Carolina is only a temporary stop on Stanadyne's way out of the country. It is what Joe Vorie was hired to do.
Borris Badenov

West Hartford, CT

#7 Apr 15, 2009
Whatever the reasons are they're shutting down and moving, this is nothing but great news for the voters and the democrats in particular. They just love unemployment. The must be wetting themselves. This does nothing but strengthen their already permanant grip in the legislature, and justifies their raising of taxes to levels we haven't yet seen and can't imagine. My hat's off to the leadership of the Democrat party. Good work guys and gals! You now have the all clear to raise taxes and fees by whatever amount you feel like.
Ct_Wife

Hartford, CT

#8 Apr 15, 2009
TonyC...I totally agree, unless you are a part of the stanadyne family, anyone can read this article and think, well ok...the carolina's are cheaper so what? Well it's all a lie. First, there aren't even 500 employees at Stanadyne! there are only about 30 engineers and about 80 machinists! This is dispicable stop jumping on the "economy band wagon Stanadyne execs! Our families' jobs will deff be off-shored and surely India or China. The men and women at Stanadyne are dedicated employees, hats off to you guys, and things will work out. Stanadyne owes it to it's employees to be fair and honest! shame on you! rumors, that's the only reason the employees were finally informed.....
OUTSOURCED WORKERS

New York, NY

#9 Apr 15, 2009
Stanadyne has been outsourcing to India for some time now to lower labor costs and improve margins. As soon as production work can be moved from North Carolina to India that will be done. The current owners are more interested in the highest profit margin possible than workers.
Ct_Wife

Hartford, CT

#10 Apr 15, 2009
Precisely!
OUTSOURCED WORKERS wrote:
Stanadyne has been outsourcing to India for some time now to lower labor costs and improve margins. As soon as production work can be moved from North Carolina to India that will be done. The current owners are more interested in the highest profit margin possible than workers.

Gab

“Surrounded by Libs.”

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#11 Apr 15, 2009
TonyC wrote:
All of you folks jumping on the cost of doing business in CT are missing the issue. A good part of the reason businesses move to places like NC is not just taxes, it is also lower labor costs. what is paid in some of those southern states wouldn't even support you in CT.
Besides, the move south is only a half truth. Much of the work is moving to Asia. Why pay southern wages when you have an underutilized plant in China? North Carolina is only a temporary stop on Stanadyne's way out of the country. It is what Joe Vorie was hired to do.
The cost of doing business anywhere in America is the issue.
If Obama keeps half the promises he's made to punish businesses of all sizes for success corporations will flee the country like Mexicans invade it.
Small businesses are dropping like flies in ct. and nationally.
rebecca

Marlborough, CT

#12 Apr 15, 2009
It was only a matter of time...
TonyC

AOL

#13 Apr 15, 2009
<<<The cost of doing business anywhere in America is the issue.
If Obama keeps half the promises he's made to punish businesses of all sizes for success corporations will flee the country like Mexicans invade it.
Small businesses are dropping like flies in ct. and nationally. >>>gab

Make this about Obama if that is your agenda, but of course you'll be wrong.
Stanadyne's move out of this country began years ago when it built the plant in China and the JV in India. Who was president then? Some guy named Bush.
But if your real concern is the cost of doing business in the US, why don't you offer solutions instead of just blindly tossing blame. Are you willing to work for Chinese wages so companies here can compete?
sskiles

Carrollton, TX

#14 Apr 15, 2009
Anyone looking for a manufacturing job should check out http://www.ManufacturingCrossing.com . My husband just found a job on there and it's a really good source of jobs in this industry.
ex nyr

Simsbury, CT

#15 Apr 15, 2009
Iron Sheik wrote:
So a company closes its plant in a high tax, high cost of living state like Connecticut and moves to a low tax, low cost of living state like North Carolina.
Voters of Connecticut - you deserve this for keep voting in Democrats.
Before you complain - ask where in NC? Most of NC is a dump and full of hicks and makes Windsor look OK after all. I'll keep my fine schools here in Simsbury so my kids don't end up trailer trash thank you very much.
ex nyr

Simsbury, CT

#16 Apr 15, 2009
TonyC wrote:
<<<The cost of doing business anywhere in America is the issue.
If Obama keeps half the promises he's made to punish businesses of all sizes for success corporations will flee the country like Mexicans invade it.
Small businesses are dropping like flies in ct. and nationally. >>>gab
Make this about Obama if that is your agenda, but of course you'll be wrong.
Stanadyne's move out of this country began years ago when it built the plant in China and the JV in India. Who was president then? Some guy named Bush.
But if your real concern is the cost of doing business in the US, why don't you offer solutions instead of just blindly tossing blame. Are you willing to work for Chinese wages so companies here can compete?
Well in that case Somalia is available. No taxes and no overhead, like police, schools & hospitals. You know silly thing like that. Letís be reasonable, nobody like taxes but if you donít like the USA get out. Most taxes are spent on thing we get a return on but we do have to always cut waist. Do it without WHINNING!!!!!

Gab

“Surrounded by Libs.”

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#17 Apr 15, 2009
TonyC wrote:
<<<The cost of doing business anywhere in America is the issue.
If Obama keeps half the promises he's made to punish businesses of all sizes for success corporations will flee the country like Mexicans invade it.
Small businesses are dropping like flies in ct. and nationally. >>>gab
Make this about Obama if that is your agenda, but of course you'll be wrong.
Stanadyne's move out of this country began years ago when it built the plant in China and the JV in India. Who was president then? Some guy named Bush.
But if your real concern is the cost of doing business in the US, why don't you offer solutions instead of just blindly tossing blame. Are you willing to work for Chinese wages so companies here can compete?
Since post WWII,as a nation,we've been progressively getting more liberal.
Now we have a socialist president.
Once worked there

Newington, CT

#18 Apr 15, 2009
Nobody says much about the the investors who buy companies like this so they can extract all its value before closing or outsourcing. It is not that the companies cannot compete or afford to continue to do business, but they must provide good returns to their investors. Shareholders have gotten so used to positive returns, they would jump ship if a company reinvested in its own operations rather than paying a dividend. You can't get blood out of a stone. Once you draw all the life blood out of a company, that's all you have left - a stone.
Someday, when these companies need to ramp up, they will find that we have no workers to hire. We will have a largely dependent population and a strictly service economy. All short term greed, no long term wisdom.

“US Elects Fake”

Since: Aug 07

East of the River

#19 Apr 15, 2009
ex nyr wrote:
<quoted text>
Most taxes are spent on thing we get a return on but we do have to always cut waist.
You can't possibly be serious, can you?

I just don't know what to say if you actually believe that.

Good luck to you.
RebeccaC

Marlborough, CT

#20 Apr 15, 2009
TonyC wrote:
Note that while they mention growth in the Asian factories, they are careful to make it sound as if none of Windsor's production is going offshore. Those of us on the inside of the company know that is totally untrue. The Asian plants will be used to supply customers outside of Asia as well, including those who were once supplied with Windsor's products.
Stanadyne's management should at least have the guts to be truthful about their abandonment of the US workers.
I agree TonyC I was laid off from Stanadyne and everyone knew since the layoffs started happening that this is what it was going to come down to and also Knew that opening the plant in china and india was only the beginning. The new owners and management of stanadyne have done nothing but lie to their US employees and tell them everything will be okay and then the next day they are let go... Stanadyne's upper management and owners honestly do not know what the truth or honesty really means. They just line their wallets and dont give a rats ass about their US employees.
Jim Pacino

Saint Petersburg, FL

#21 Apr 15, 2009
Iron Sheik wrote:
So a company closes its plant in a high tax, high cost of living state like Connecticut and moves to a low tax, low cost of living state like North Carolina.
Voters of Connecticut - you deserve this for keep voting in Democrats.
I could not have agreed with you more

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