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Lustar building to be sold | BUSINESS | Asheville CITIZEN

There are 14 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Feb 6, 2008, titled Lustar building to be sold | BUSINESS | Asheville CITIZEN. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

An industrial building once occupied by Lustar Dyeing and Finishing is to be auctioned off for payment of a loan today on the steps of the Buncombe County courthouse.

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Judy Ramirez

Inman, SC

#1 Mar 15, 2008
I am speaking for all the people who worked for this company, Lustar Dyeing and Finishing plant of Asheville,N.C.I worked for this company for 35 years.Jerry Lubin who was the owner who lives in New York-New Jersey filed bankrupsy in 2005 put a lot of good people and hard workers out of a job,no insurance without any kind of severance pay whatsover. People had no notice of this in order to find other jobs. Employees lost their homes,cars,and lots of other things.Management got severance pays and all their benefits they had.One employee was on medical leave with Cancer with no way to pay hospital bills. This company was very dirty to do employees the way they did. I worked for Jerry Lubin 35 years to get nothing.If i had of know all this i would have found me a job and left a long time ago, but i figured after working all these years a severance pay would be there for us if they ever shut down. The employees never knew this, Jerry Lubin And management knew but kept it quiet so he went up north to file chapter 11 bankrupsy, which was very dirty. [email protected] Judy Ramirez

Inman, SC

#2 Mar 15, 2008
lustar building at 144 caribou road has a lot of problems, needs work, was never kept up by JERRY LUBIN owner of lustar who resides up north
who owes you

Canton, NC

#3 Mar 15, 2008
i for one have lost many jobs by changing economy factories closing,i'm sorry you lost your job,but get over it and get off you azz and go to community college,work an evening job, learn to be a nurse or something else, and quit feeling sorry for yourself mr. lubin doesn't owe you a living, only you are responsable for your own well being so do something about it and quit your witcha.

Inman, SC

#4 Mar 15, 2008
I went to college 2.5 years over this. Take up for Jerry Lubin. He did owe his employees the decency of at least telling them they had no job,or severance pay. I AM NOT FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF I AM SPEAKING IN BE-HALF OF MY FELLOW WORKERS.Even who you are,Idon't care, but you probably got your benefits and notice so you could find other employment.My point is he went to another state to file bankrupsy so he could get out of this very easy
who owes you

Canton, NC

#5 Mar 15, 2008
bankruptcy is correct spelling .didn't learn that in college did you. means you have no money to pay bills never less employees that you no longer employee again i am sorry about you and others problems,my point is every plant closing different.some companies move and have plenty of money some go to mexico over seas for a textile plant lustar last about fifteen years longer than other area textile plants.hope all do finding other employment.
lustar employee

Inman, SC

#6 Mar 15, 2008

Buffalo, NY

#7 May 17, 2008
i worket at lustar for 7 years in the dyehause 3rd shift i and all the workers ther busted ass working 6&7 day weeks and got nothing to show for it i can trully speak for all the peaple that worket besid me day after day week after week year after year it was wrong what thay did to us jerry lubin can BURN IN HELL......

Glen Burnie, MD

#8 Jul 22, 2008
Judy let me correct you; you think management got severance packages and knew about the closing in advance. I am telling you Lustar's local management did not know and did not receive any special payments such as severance pay. We were also left with no insurance and etc. Many of us had years invested, but it's time to move on. Lustar was good to you. You got paid for the work you did even if you were productive you had vacation pay, holiday pay, they feed you special holiday dinners, there was even a time when you got Christmas bonses, you had 401K and the Lustar made a contribution to that and yes you had insurance which you only contributed approximately 8-15% of the premium. I don't think its right to bad mouth the company that fed, clothed and housed you. Best Regards

United States

#9 Sep 30, 2008
My husband worked there for over 14 years, I agree that they were good to the employees while open, but the way that we were informed of the closing, was wrong! My husband was a supervisor there and we had to hear about it on the news on Easter Sunday! What were the employees to do? It tooks weeks before any unemployment benifits started rolling in, and even then its only a percentage of what they made-so there trying to take care of their families on less and go back to college to find something else. Maybe if management wasnt so frugal with all those holiday dinners, gifts, and parties, they could have spent the money getting new contracts and stayed in business and continued helping thousands of families!

Maxton, NC

#10 Sep 30, 2008
Looks like you know how to use the spell check feature on here. What about your grammar check?
who owes you wrote:
bankruptcy is correct spelling .didn't learn that in college did you. means you have no money to pay bills never less employees that you no longer employee again i am sorry about you and others problems,my point is every plant closing different.some companies move and have plenty of money some go to mexico over seas for a textile plant lustar last about fifteen years longer than other area textile plants.hope all do finding other employment.

Roselle, NJ

#11 Mar 7, 2010
I must say somebody does not have this right. Jerry Lubin was not the owner of Lustar Dyeing and Finishing. He and Ray were owners of Ge-Ray Fabrics based in NJ and NY. I worked with them for 5 years. The first time they laid off their people actually they closed the office in NJ I was let go and they offer me a job in NY. It was hard for them to let us all know what was going on. I was on my flight back from vacation when I heard. Yes I did receive a severence pkg the first laid off but when called back and then to know about bankcruptcy we did not get that severence. Ge-Ray out of all companies I worked for was the best and treated us employees right. Try working for Macys they don't care.

Bear, DE

#12 Sep 23, 2012
First of all, let me say that Gerry and Ray are probably 2 of the most generous employers I have ever come across. We're u aware of the millions of dollars they took out of their own pockets in order to keep the company afloat for years prior to the bankruptcy? Us, that's right they kept u I. A job despite year after year of losses, and no, they didn't feel the need to share or burden you with their problems. They didn't want to file, but they should have years earlier...but instead sacrificed their own lives in order to keep u in a job for years. You are unappreciative for all the things they did for you only because they were selfless and didn't feel the need to receive kudos from you or other employees. If you are not employed by now it's probably because you re not a potential good employee.
Hope you never apply with my company!

United States

#13 Jul 7, 2014
I'll say this much... I knew both Gerry and Ray back in the 90's. I recall a conversation in which it was announced that the USA had passed the free trade agreement. And they were very excited about this because this meant they could move the business to Mexico where the labor cost was lower than that in the USA... I simply looked him in the eyes and said " What about all those jobs all those families that depends on the income for their families?
It may have taken a decade but I guess that my question has finally been answered...
The Clever Kid

Asheville, NC

#14 Jun 16, 2017
Ha, just stumbled upon this. All I can say about it now is I hope everyone was able to move on with their lives and have done well since. I know we've lost some. As far as Lubin goes. Him, Starker, Dennis James and little Michael Lubin?? May the rot in peace. Don't want to hear anything from you "who owes you". You weren't there

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