Kitchener Frame auto parts plant may ...

Kitchener Frame auto parts plant may close in 2009, ending hundreds of jobs

There are 29 comments on the The Canadian Press story from Feb 11, 2008, titled Kitchener Frame auto parts plant may close in 2009, ending hundreds of jobs. In it, The Canadian Press reports that:

- The auto parts firm Kitchener Frame says its plant in Kitchener, Ont., will close in April 2009 if it doesn't secure more work, putting about 800 more jobs in jeopardy in Ontario's troubled auto industry.

The Kitchener Frame plant, owned by Martinrea International Inc., assembles frames for mid-sized sport utility vehicles.

Martinrea bought the Kitchener plant in 2006 as part of the purchase of the metal stamping operations of ThyssenKrupp Budd Co..

The Canadian Auto Workers union represents about 800 plant and office staff working at the plant. Hundreds of others have already been laid off. Read more

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Bryon

Wasaga Beach, Canada

#1 Feb 12, 2008
Another sad day in the manufacturing world ,good luck to all of those involved
buck

Waterloo, Canada

#2 Mar 26, 2008
We the workers at kitchener frame ltd knew the plant was closing when rumors started flying about thyssenkrupp was buying back the building in 2010 for a dollard from martinrea
Troy

Waterloo, Canada

#3 Mar 26, 2008
It sad to see a big Canadian company closing one of their biggest plant its starting to show their weakness in that company I dont think Martinrea will be the next Magna
Fred

Waterloo, Canada

#4 Mar 27, 2008
Martinrea will never be the next Magna.Martinrea will probably be bankrupt just like the others in a couple of year and their already closing one of their biggest plant cause they can find work to fill it cause magna is winning all the contract like the ford frame
Troy

Waterloo, Canada

#5 Mar 27, 2008
Im a true believer that Martinrea will get this plant in order and get work for us they are a very strong company , strong team player ,Lets keep are finger cross and hope for the best.I think they will surpass Magna one day. We at Kitchener frame ltd all work as a team, management, union and production workers, and that is why we perform well in production and quality.
Dennis Smith

Woodbridge, Canada

#6 Apr 18, 2008
buck wrote:
We the workers at kitchener frame ltd knew the plant was closing when rumors started flying about thyssenkrupp was buying back the building in 2010 for a dollard from martinrea
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A dollar or dollard? It's the reason Kitchener frame is closing due to the uneducated thoughts and wishes of all the employees. For years I worked their with my significant other and all they did is trash the place. Sorry to see it go as the money that continued to be made at that location was tremendous
thehatetank

Toronto, Canada

#7 May 2, 2008
Dennis Smith... as in the general foreman Smith.. if this is you good to see you aint gonna be there anymore you and the rest of you ego maniacs Kyle South..Steve Copp...etc that couldnt run the drive threw at mcdonalds WE the workers on the floor are what made that company strong WE the union did not trash that place.YOU the company always had the right to manage anyway you seen fit...well now lets see? really who trashed the place.. really think about it...15 yrs there and all i ever seen was miss management... you all shoulda moved outta the way and let 210 foreman run the place mabe just mabe we still would have a job after 09/10 you wack job!!!
mama

Stirling, Canada

#8 May 27, 2008
Dennis Smith wrote:
<quoted text>.
A dollar or dollard? It's the reason Kitchener frame is closing due to the uneducated thoughts and wishes of all the employees. For years I worked their with my significant other and all they did is trash the place. Sorry to see it go as the money that continued to be made at that location was tremendous
I wouldn't talk about uneducated as you also can't spell.Wonder how much education you have to
comment with such insight!!!I guess that shows you what the workers had to deal with as you really show your true colours by slamming the employees.This is a true tragedy and economic disaster to many people within the community.Pointing fingers will not prove anything
except breaking the solidarity of the union which the company has worked for soooo many years to break.We,the people,have always worked hard and have NEVER failed the company on shipments to their customers.This is just one more example of
CORPORATE GREED and our government doing nothing.
Good luck to all my fellow employees and I hope to see ya soon.
croata

Kitchener, Canada

#9 Aug 7, 2008
Troy u so fool of it,we are going down my friend.Why u think they no bid for anything,we just to big for them,we are history chico!!
take what they offer you and good luck!The day we got sold we were doomed!They can not manage more than 10-12 people,and our managanent is no help!Has not been for years!good luck to all hard working guy's on the floor!especialy ones under 50!hope you find good jobs!!I know i am packing it in,45 years on the factory floor is enough for any idiot!15 in budd only,or i'd be gone,not like some(36+years) full pension and still there(sick)some young guy lost his house because you do not know when to quit!!
frameos checkos

Waterloo, Canada

#10 Sep 15, 2008
This company was sent down the river years ago, the only thing keeping it going was the work of the people on the floor.Maybe management should have diversified the kinds of work being brought into the plant years ago and we wouldnt be in this position.All the eggs in one basket(gm work)....is that the only thing made of metal in canada???
frameos checkos

Waterloo, Canada

#11 Sep 15, 2008
Dennis if you were so worried about the economic state of the plant after all your years of service im sure you sucked your share of $$$ out of the plant.How about the others in the office presently who are taking double dipping salaries.WHOS THE LEACH.
TROY

Waterloo, Canada

#12 Sep 23, 2008
Hey croata i was wrong we are to big for Martinrea their only given scap for contract from the big 3 maybe they should've waited 20 more year before buying Kitchener frame ltd
FABCO

Waterloo, Canada

#13 Sep 24, 2008
Martinrea was awarded many contract for 2009 and year coming at very low bid now they are trying to lower people wage and their work force are not accepting their offers if they keep closing all of their plant where will they put all this work. Be careful shareholders
Life goes on

Waterloo, Canada

#14 Sep 25, 2008
Kitchener frame will be closing Dec 2008.We have enough frame for the 2009 model we are done.We had a good 40 year run from the American company (Budd Canada) and now a Canadian company (Martinrea)will lock our door.Thank to GM FORD and Chrysler for your support for many years.
Non-unionised working mom

Kitchener, Canada

#15 Oct 4, 2008
Such unionised jobs where the employees make twice what the rest of us make an hour just cannot be justified or sustained in today's economy. The unions unwillingness to compromise very generous benefits and high salaries is what led you and other like you throughout North America to this. There is no such thing as job security and unions are no longer doing what they were created for, protecting workers from abuse in the workplace. Now it's all about unreasonable monetary demands, at the expense of your job's future. Unions are simply no longer relevant.
mama

Trenton, Canada

#16 Oct 4, 2008
sorry there non-unionised working mom as i just do not agree with you at all.i am also a working mom that just got laid off from kitchener frame and i believe that the union is quite relevant in today's society to continiously protect workers from abuse in the workplace.
obviously you must work at the palace where everything is good and just but let me tell you it is not that way at most peoples' workplaces.
adults and kids are prostituted for corporation greed and if you do speak up you will surely lose your job.hope you never get hurt at your non-unionized job because you could find yourself out on the street without a job and hurt as well.
if unions are no longer relevant than can you tell me why all the top 500 companies are unionized?
don't be jealous just because people's unions have bargained good contracts and benefits for them
as i stated before our economic state is due to corporations and shareholders wanting every last dollar that they can squeeze and a government that have their heads up their behinds.
don't diss what you have no education or understanding because assuming makes an ass out of u and me
Non-unionised working mom

Kitchener, Canada

#17 Oct 4, 2008
I am not assuming anything, I know people who have worked at Kitchener Frame when it was still Budd's. Jealousy has nothing to do with it either. Obviously, my job does not have great benefits or pay $30/hour but then again, I still have a job.
Tom

United States

#18 Oct 6, 2008
To all my friends in Kitchener, I wish you well. I worked with you for many years, I found the workforce one of the most, if not the most, intelligent that I have worked with in my career.

The closing of the Kitchener plant will indeed be one of the saddest day in automotive history.

I can only hope that somehow the Rank and File and Martinrea will find some common ground.

Regards
To All.
working mother

Toronto, Canada

#19 Oct 9, 2008
Non-unionised working mom wrote:
Such unionised jobs where the employees make twice what the rest of us make an hour just cannot be justified or sustained in today's economy. The unions unwillingness to compromise very generous benefits and high salaries is what led you and other like you throughout North America to this. There is no such thing as job security and unions are no longer doing what they were created for, protecting workers from abuse in the workplace. Now it's all about unreasonable monetary demands, at the expense of your job's future. Unions are simply no longer relevant.
it was the union who fought for these employees to receive decent wage increases and benefits, have you checked the company profile as to how many billions of dollars they make. i understand gas increases blah blah blah and other factors. but these big companys are still making large money its all about corporate greed.
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Milverton, Canada

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