iknow

United States

#21 Aug 2, 2011
Retired Sarg wrote:
<quoted text>
Back when it was AIW, I know of two cases. One guy lost his life and could of been avoided with better training. Behind rewind, I believe, a woman lost a finger or two. This one was a OSHA.

Respectfully Sir, No one has lost their life, unless it was in the building stage. i have been in the facility for a very long time and that is just not the case. We have had severe injuries, but no fatalities.
Retired Sarg

Coffeyville, KS

#22 Aug 2, 2011
iknow wrote:
<quoted text>
Respectfully Sir, No one has lost their life, unless it was in the building stage. i have been in the facility for a very long time and that is just not the case. We have had severe injuries, but no fatalities.
Approximately 10 years ago. His machine when down. After he got it strung back up and lot of the wire was on the floor and one of his feet got tangled up in the wire after he started it back up. It had two dancers one above the other. Anyway after he started it back up the wire wrapped around his leg and he went up in the air and each time he came down, he head hit the floor. He died in the hospital. His machine was by the Extrusion. I believe the machine is gone now. Liza was the lead on C shift for Extrusion area. Don't know if she is still their or not, now. If she is, she will remember it. Christy was the lead for A shift in rewind area. A year or so after that happened she got transferred to the front office. Don't know if she is still there or not. Back then, AIW had a turnover rate of 50% yearly. I do know they both were there 6 years ago. Remember the plant manager was fired after the great flood of coffeyville for some wrong doing. The case was funny.
Retired Sarg

Coffeyville, KS

#23 Aug 2, 2011
his head (sorry)
Been there

Coffeyville, KS

#24 Aug 2, 2011
Nobody lost their life when it was AIW. He was seriously injured and never the same BUT part of the cause was his fault. He had been told not to do what caused the accident. It was unfortunate that it happened but we have to be responsible for ourselves. As for the woman who lost her finger, that is another case of doing something you were trained against.
I worked at AIW when both of these things happened. Yes it is a hard job. Yes the conditions can be considered dangerous. Yes they have always had problems keeping help. But I worked there for over 6 years and really enjoyed it. I left for personal reasons but wish I had stayed. Jobs are hard to find these days but until you have lived it don't judge it, if you have lived it ask yourself was there anything you could have done to make it better.

Just saying..........
iknow

United States

#25 Aug 2, 2011
Been there, you are correct. the young man that got caught in the takeup came back briefly as a janitor and was unable to do that job.
Any job can be as easy or hard as you make it.

To Sarge, Lisa is no longer employed with the
company and Christy continues to work up front as a planner.
Kitty

United States

#26 Aug 3, 2011
Bad place to work. If you want to know what it is like to work in a slave camp, by all means apply at southwire. They can and do mantatory you to work insane hours in the scalding heat. My husband was forced to work 14 days straight with 12 hour shifts. No breaks to even eat a meal. But they want you to think they care. They make you have health screenings with recommendations on your health. My husband was told to eat regular meals....How can you do that when you are not allowed to even have a 15 min. break on a 12 hour shift? Management at this plant treat the people worse than animals. If you have an issue or problem with your machine or line, managements answer is deal with it yourself and make quota or get fired. Machine quits and you get accused of breaking it on purpose by management. Makes me cry to see my husband drag himself up the steps to our home after 6 or 7 days straight. I HATE THAT PLACE! My husband does not ever use drugs and he works hard. He gets threatened at least once per week about being fired. He has been there for years and is our only source of health insurance, so he is stuck...There are lots of good people around that need jobs, Southwire could be running great and well staffed if they would stop their evil practices and listen to the working men and women instead of the horrible management. Good job for whatever got Marty fired. Good riddence, he was one of the worst offenders.
Kitty

United States

#27 Aug 3, 2011
Been There, I agree that AIW was a decent place to work years ago, but Southwire is much worse. You must know how hot it gets in Extrusion on those lines in the summer. They are going to kill someone out there one of these days. It was not as bad when you were working 4 days then off 4. Even if you pulled a day or two of OT, you still had 2 days to rest. Not now. They have run off so many people they just work you all week long if you are on a line that does not have someone on the other shift. This place will mandatory you up to 21 days straight even in this heat. Also most of the time they are so short, they just stick anyone they can as a spooler with not one second of training and expect quota from the operator anyway. My husband got a write up on one of those nights for having several bad reels in a row that the spooler did not know looked wrong.
Been there wrote:
Nobody lost their life when it was AIW. He was seriously injured and never the same BUT part of the cause was his fault. He had been told not to do what caused the accident. It was unfortunate that it happened but we have to be responsible for ourselves. As for the woman who lost her finger, that is another case of doing something you were trained against.
I worked at AIW when both of these things happened. Yes it is a hard job. Yes the conditions can be considered dangerous. Yes they have always had problems keeping help. But I worked there for over 6 years and really enjoyed it. I left for personal reasons but wish I had stayed. Jobs are hard to find these days but until you have lived it don't judge it, if you have lived it ask yourself was there anything you could have done to make it better.
Just saying..........
Greasmonkey

Coffeyville, KS

#28 Sep 5, 2011
U wont the real scoop this management is running this plant in the ground just like they did kingman az.I have friends that work in the other southwire plants and they love working for southwire.(Douglas Ga OUR SISTER PLANT) didnt loose nothing when southwire took over.Coffeyville lost all there skillblocks they have worked so hard for.they only retained one skillblock.This took effect sept 1 2011.in other words this month .And i still work there i see good things but there going to have to get rid of the management they got .The other plants are treaded well This is not heresay this is fact the pay needs to be right with the other plants and the dam test dont tell you what kind of a worker your getting ITS HOW WELL YOU TRAIN THEM .I have been in this plant for 12 years and aiw was bad but this management make aiw look good.more to come later
Terry

Coffeyville, KS

#29 Sep 5, 2011
Been there wrote:
Nobody lost their life when it was AIW. He was seriously injured and never the same BUT part of the cause was his fault. He had been told not to do what caused the accident. It was unfortunate that it happened but we have to be responsible for ourselves. As for the woman who lost her finger, that is another case of doing something you were trained against.
I worked at AIW when both of these things happened. Yes it is a hard job. Yes the conditions can be considered dangerous. Yes they have always had problems keeping help. But I worked there for over 6 years and really enjoyed it. I left for personal reasons but wish I had stayed. Jobs are hard to find these days but until you have lived it don't judge it, if you have lived it ask yourself was there anything you could have done to make it better.
Just saying..........
Retired Sarg was right! I worked their for eight years and management covered up what really happened.
tell it like it is

New Bedford, MA

#30 Sep 5, 2011
Bring back the greatest Manager this plant has ever seen. Ed S knew how to run a facility !
current employee

Mitchell, GA

#31 Sep 5, 2011
I am a current Southwire employee and have been with AIW too. Other than the fatality the negatives are all true and the positives well... you apparently do not work there now or since Southwire has taken over. Work conditions are deplorable and the management could give 1/2 a sh--over whether or not you are happy in your job or safe. We were told last week that they no longer want us to take 2 15 min. breaks per 12 hr. shift and to cut our lunch down to 15 min. from 20. We shouldn't take them at all if our machines are not running. Due to their failure to properly maintain equipment and help we are asked to suffer for the good of the company! On top of this we all lost money Sept. 1, 2011. Let me tell you that is not much incentive for an employee to stay and to give their all when the company obviously couldn't care less about an experienced and dependable employee! If you don't believe me come on out and get a job! Good luck passing their "dummy" test! Last but not least, come on out and join the "family"! I would hope none of you treat your own families as bad as Southwire treats theirs!
Michael

Lake Havasu City, AZ

#32 Sep 5, 2011
All of you folks in Coffeyville are beginning to see what Southwire is really like. It is owned by one really evil family (the seven children of the founder) who are all multi multi millionares and only want more. The company treats their employees in Carrolton GA reasonable well, but all of the people in the plants they have bought up and exploited in recent years are treated like expendable work beasts. These are the same people that took heavy metal toxic waste and sent it to Bangladesh disguised as fertilizer. Fortunately they were caught and paid the highest fine ever imposed by the EPA up to that time. Check it out.
old spike

Coffeyville, KS

#33 Sep 5, 2011
Plants such as this should not have 12 hour shifts.
wayne d'

Coffeyville, KS

#34 Sep 6, 2011
A bunch of meth head monkey's work there. If you want to have good employees, start a business somewhere else than SEK! Most barely have a high school education.
aiw

Coffeyville, KS

#35 Sep 6, 2011
i worked there about 5 years ago in rewind, the leads then were holly and keisha, are they still around?
Terry

Coffeyville, KS

#36 Sep 6, 2011
aiw wrote:
i worked there about 5 years ago in rewind, the leads then were holly and keisha, are they still around?
Did
you like holly and keisha?
iknow

Dallas, TX

#37 Sep 6, 2011
Holly & Keisha are no longer there. As well as there is no rewind department.
just adding my 2 cents

Coffeyville, KS

#38 Sep 7, 2011
Hated working there, the only good thing about it was who I worked with in my area. But other than that, was very unhappy. And yes I know how to work, and just really glad to get called back from a layoff when I did. And the HR lady can rot, the sooner the better. ANd no I was not one of those that "sneek pee" in to pass. Id rather work at walmart than Southwire, and that says a lot
the truth

Coffeyville, KS

#39 Sep 14, 2011
Been there for a while. I miss Aiw. Never thought i would say that. All Southwire is is a sweatshop. Long a$$ hrs and the pay really aint that great unless you work a boat load of overtime. It is supposed to be a facility that cares about it's workers. What a joke. They dont give a damn about you. Management is a joke. We have all these useless huddles but when it's time to go to work everything changes. No breaks, cant shut the lines down, cant take a piss without someone saying something. It is truly an evil place. For those of u who dont believe in satan and his demons, come and join us and find out for yourself
Kitty

United States

#40 Sep 14, 2011
They are burning through workers so fast, soon there will be none left who are crazy enough to work out there. My guess is when it gets too much more short on help, they will close down and move it somewhere else. The sad thing is there are lots of good, hardworking people around who need a job. Wake up Southwire, before it is too late. Change your very evil ways and treat people decent. I tell people I know about what goes on and they do not believe what I am saying. If you treated an animal the way that Southwire treats their employees, you would be in JAIL.....

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