AIW Rumored To Shut Down
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Rip

“Coffeyville Sentinel”

Since: Jan 07

Coffeyville

#1 Jan 14, 2010
A current employee of AIW in Coffeyville claimed in an unofficial report today that the local manufacturing plant, American Insulated Wire, has been purchased by Southwire, a leading manufacturer of wire and cable based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Southwire has long been a major competitor for AIW and it is believed that they have used Obama's Bailout money to buy out their competitors with the intention of closing the plants and putting them out of business.

This has yet to be verified but if it turns to be true, over 5,000 Coffeyville AIW employees could be looking for a new career by the end of the month.
Lets Clear This Up

Okmulgee, OK

#2 Jan 14, 2010
First of all AIW only employees approx 250 people in Coffeyville, I know that for a fact because I have worked for them for over 8 years. We are all still waiting to find out our faith. As of now there has been no major announcements about what will become of AIW. I do know that Southwire has purchased the Coffeyville plant the Douglas Ga plant and the American Insulated Wire Brand name, as well as all of the equipment and inventories. It seems to me that if they were going to shut us down, then they wouldn't of purchased all of that. most of us out there believe, that we will continue to have a job for the next several years at least.

Signed Long Term Employee

Since: Oct 08

Coffeyville, KS

#3 Jan 14, 2010
Rip wrote:
A current employee of AIW in Coffeyville claimed in an unofficial report today that the local manufacturing plant, American Insulated Wire, has been purchased by Southwire, a leading manufacturer of wire and cable based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Southwire has long been a major competitor for AIW and it is believed that they have used Obama's Bailout money to buy out their competitors with the intention of closing the plants and putting them out of business.
This has yet to be verified but if it turns to be true, over 5,000 Coffeyville AIW employees could be looking for a new career by the end of the month.
That's a nice post, could you please tell us about the Mayan calendar and how the world will end in 2012?........please!

The bailout money was loaned to finacial institutions and auto makers as far as I can tell from this site: http://www.usatoday.com/money/economy/tarp-ch...

I went throught the entire list and didnt see Southwire on there.....hmmm, maybe the 5000 people from the Coffeyville AIW plant can confirm this after they are fired.
Odessa

Coffeyville, KS

#4 Jan 14, 2010
Are you saying there are 5000 people employed at the Coffeyville plant?
out of there

Wichita, KS

#5 Jan 14, 2010
where are these 5000
Odessa

Coffeyville, KS

#6 Jan 14, 2010
I know there are not 5000 people employed at AIW in Coffeyille.

Since: Jul 09

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#7 Jan 14, 2010
I hope and pray for your sakes (the employees) that they don't close the plant, but look at what happened to Dixon Industries? That was a good little company when it was privately owned, but after it was sold to Coleman, then Coleman was acquired through a hostile buyout, by McAndrews and Forbes, then Dixon's was sold again to Blount, Inc. and it just went downhill from there.
Odessa

Coffeyville, KS

#8 Jan 14, 2010
Yeap, I worked at good old Dixon.

Rip

“Coffeyville Sentinel”

Since: Jan 07

Coffeyville

#9 Jan 14, 2010
I guess 5000 employees was stretching it a bit. But that's better than the 5000-10,000 that cortera.com listed.

The bailout idea stems from a miscommunication regarding the fact that Southwire began acquiring related companies shortly after receiving over $2 million worth of tax credits.

The fate of AIW remains to be seen but it is at least possible that the plant could be closed in the future.

Getting facts and sharing information, that's the whole point of posting here on the Coffeyville discussion forum.
Scott

Claremore, OK

#10 Jan 15, 2010
I work at AIW now. We have 234 people. 5,000 people? All the plants together for aiw wouldnt reach 5,000......
Fireball 739

Lorain, OH

#11 Jan 15, 2010
I don't think the plant will be shut down for now. I believe that Southwire will utilize the production capacity. I am a Southwire distributor and just had a conversation with a Senior VP at Southwire. I wouldn't be surprised if they liquidated AIW down the road, but that wouldn't be for a year or two.
Lets Clear This Up wrote:
First of all AIW only employees approx 250 people in Coffeyville, I know that for a fact because I have worked for them for over 8 years. We are all still waiting to find out our faith. As of now there has been no major announcements about what will become of AIW. I do know that Southwire has purchased the Coffeyville plant the Douglas Ga plant and the American Insulated Wire Brand name, as well as all of the equipment and inventories. It seems to me that if they were going to shut us down, then they wouldn't of purchased all of that. most of us out there believe, that we will continue to have a job for the next several years at least.
Signed Long Term Employee
Homegrown

Independence, KS

#12 Jan 15, 2010
Well, glad I didn't go to work for AIW! Good luck to all that work there. County leaders better get on the ball and look at what's happening around here. This county will soon be placed on the 'Historical Societys" National Register List of countys that "used to be".
Fudgelnuckler

Wichita, KS

#13 Jan 15, 2010
It wouldn't be a big lost to Coffeyville if AIW did shut down.
So why get so bent out of shape and make it out to something bigger than it really is.

I've worked there for two years and people got hurt for so many safty violations that it was unreal to think safty while on the job.

I've seen people working there out in the parking lot smoking weed and drinking beer during their work shift breaks.

The turn over rate is about the same as Amazon.
If people really cared about the company they work for. do you think this will bring another companies like AIW to come to Coffeyville ?.
FUDGE NO!

Dixon Industries had the same problem with people living in this town for for them as well.

Drug screening people doen't always work.
the younger generation found a way to beat the system by covering up the crap they are on.

So Will it be a lost if AIW packed up and left town ?. I think not !
Thinking out loud

United States

#14 Jan 15, 2010
Well no matter how crapy the workers of this town are. I am not arguing with you about the people smokin weed and such. Lord knows after one J.O.B I worked I know way to many people in this town ( and I am sure in a lot of towns ) do nothing but drugs whenever they get a chance.
But anyway . Yeah it would be a bad thing if AIW shut down. Because they do pay some taxes and the people they give a paycheck to also pay taxes.
So good or bad employees , Coffeyville does need every business it has.
To bad everyone seems to just want Coffeyville to become an old folks home.
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Minneapolis, MN

#15 Jan 16, 2010
desuhu wrote:
I hope and pray for your sakes (the employees) that they don't close the plant, but look at what happened to Dixon Industries? That was a good little company when it was privately owned, but after it was sold to Coleman, then Coleman was acquired through a hostile buyout, by McAndrews and Forbes, then Dixon's was sold again to Blount, Inc. and it just went downhill from there.
AIW is (was) corporate owned, publicly traded (part ofLeviton.)

Now it is part of a privately held, family owned business.
Southwire is still run (and well run) by the founding family as I understand things.

I agree with the Southwire distributor: I don't guess that Southwire will necessarily be shutting down capacity. If it's a good money-making factory it can stick around.

... just a wire and cable industry hack, outside observer, educated guesser.
Odessa

Coffeyville, KS

#16 Jan 16, 2010
What do you mean by "Dixon had the same problem with people living in this town"?
Fudgelnuckler

Wichita, KS

#17 Jan 16, 2010
Odessa wrote:
What do you mean by "Dixon had the same problem with people living in this town"?
With their Quarterly lost of revenue every year on prodution. They lost money due to people working there. Not to count taking time off for vacation and holidays. No don't count those days. but the time of people missing work to sobber up from an all weekend drunk and drug related problems do count. while working in their office They had the most amount of people working going to rehab @ four county health and just plain lazy with No work ethics in this town what so ever. with that precentage alone could cover the whole population of everyone living in the town of Dearing ks and half of Coffeyville ks put together. in the last 3 yrs while they were still up and running. the owner got fed up and sold out.before he went bankrupt And stated the fact in his last meeting that Coffeyville isn't worth a shit for any business owner to grow. employees care more about drinking and smoking dope. AIW is going through the same crap go figure ! I waould sale AIW out too ! If I owned the business.
wire man

Hinesville, GA

#18 Jan 16, 2010
Southwire has been in the wire and cable business for over 50 years. The family knows what it is to make a wire plant successful. Thye will sift through the 250ish employees and seperate the good from the bad ( keep the good and get rid of the bad). Southwire will replace managers with plamt managers that grew up in and are a part of the Southwire culture and family. This will be a good move for Southwie they will become stronger by adding another facility in South GA to supply their Distribution center in Orlando FL. They will get some specialty prouductd that they can not currently manufacture.
Miss Destructo

Coffeyville, KS

#19 Jan 16, 2010
Fudglenuckler, would you be able to re submit your AIW review in English. I can't understand what you are trying to tell us. Prehaps if you would get a native speaker of english to help you.
Thank you.
Odessa

Coffeyville, KS

#20 Jan 16, 2010
You sound like you think you are a know-it-all. Dixon was a great place to work. No more employee problems than any other industry. They had management problems hurting them.

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