Erie Plastics lays off 192

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“Love Freedom, Thank a Soldier”

Since: Feb 08

Erie,PA

#1 Mar 4, 2008
Par for the course in this area, don't worry the stimulus check is on the way.
Insane

Meadville, PA

#3 Mar 4, 2008
Like I said cheap is killing the USA! Every swin&ging d&ck that goes to Wal-Mart for cheap sh*t is forcing business to go offshore! If you can'see that you're just kidding yourself. Pretty sad that the American Flags they sell at Wally World are made in CHINA.
Eric Watters

Marietta, GA

#4 Mar 4, 2008
When I bought my house two years ago, I attempted to buy American when buying tools and materials for home improvement projects. Unfortunately, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Wal Mart carry virtually nothing that is made in America. So I am left with Ace Hardware. I have no problem paying extra for something made in the USA, but I am not going to pay two, three, or four times as much and that is what I was finding.

“Love Freedom, Thank a Soldier”

Since: Feb 08

Erie,PA

#6 Mar 4, 2008
Unfortunately, with the american dollar taking a sh&t and gas nearing four dollars a friggin gallon wal mart is becoming the BEST OPTION FOR FAMILIES TRYING TO JUST GET BY.Sad, but true.
MCR

Akron, OH

#8 Mar 4, 2008
But did you look at the box all that close?
My husband did the same thing, bought a saw. Thought it was american made. When I read the box it was ASSEMBLED IN AMERICA,made in Tiawan. Go figure.
Eric Watters wrote:
When I bought my house two years ago, I attempted to buy American when buying tools and materials for home improvement projects. Unfortunately, Lowe's, Home Depot, and Wal Mart carry virtually nothing that is made in America. So I am left with Ace Hardware. I have no problem paying extra for something made in the USA, but I am not going to pay two, three, or four times as much and that is what I was finding.
Tom

Erie, PA

#9 Mar 4, 2008
Insane wrote:
Like I said cheap is killing the USA! Every swin&ging d&ck that goes to Wal-Mart for cheap sh*t is forcing business to go offshore! If you can'see that you're just kidding yourself. Pretty sad that the American Flags they sell at Wally World are made in CHINA.
Sorry, Walmart is not the problem. Walmart is just a retailer. Would it be better to shop at Kmart or a good French corporation like Target?
We have an economy that is constantly changing and creating new opportunities everyday.
Get educated and trained to live and thrive in the 21st century. It will never be 1950 again.
Insane

Meadville, PA

#11 Mar 4, 2008
Tom wrote:
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Sorry, Walmart is not the problem. Walmart is just a retailer. Would it be better to shop at Kmart or a good French corporation like Target?
We have an economy that is constantly changing and creating new opportunities everyday.
Get educated and trained to live and thrive in the 21st century. It will never be 1950 again.
The only new opportunities are the service industry, and this is good how? I would like to know where you work and how you could make the statement that you wrote! Probably somehow linked to the service industry or just plain stup*d! Wal-Mart is killing the USA, and any small businesses when it comes into a town, just what Sam wanted, not!
Tom

Erie, PA

#12 Mar 4, 2008
Insane wrote: The only new opportunities are the service industry, and this is good how? I would like to know where you work and how you could make the statement that you wrote! Probably somehow linked to the service industry or just plain stup*d! Wal-Mart is killing the USA, and any small businesses when it comes into a town, just what Sam wanted, not!

Sorry, you are wrong. We have had 3 or 4 Walmarts open here in the last 15 years and there has been no measurable loss of mom and pop businesses. As a matter of fact, Walmart attracts other development and often anchors plazas of other businesses such as Kohls, Lowes or Home Depot.
Walmart also offers better opportunities for it's employees compared to the mom and pops. Higher pay, health care and advancement that the mom and pop stores can't offer.
Yeah those service sector jobs suck. Working as a nurse earning $30 to $100 an hour and living anywhere you want, or computer programing for 100 grand a year working from your home; Doing business around the world.
This is the 21st century, you can adapt or you could always work at Walmart.
Mike

United States

#13 Mar 4, 2008
You all do realize that Wal-Mart ownes Lowes, right. I worked for wal-mart for six years. Talk about a waste of my life.
Insane

Meadville, PA

#15 Mar 5, 2008
lou wrote:
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Manufacturing creates wealth; service consumes wealth. Econ 101 doofus.
Exactly, why do people have such a hard time believing this?
Tom

Erie, PA

#16 Mar 5, 2008
lou wrote:
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Manufacturing creates wealth; service consumes wealth. Econ 101 doofus.
Nothing destroys wealth faster than policies that protect over priced inefficient manufacturing jobs.
Econ 101? Explain what Senator Moynihan referred to as "the cost disease". Discuss, if you can, how agriculture has dropped from 90% of our economy to 20% while our food production has soared and food cost have dropped.
Even as manufacturing becomes a smaller and smaller piece of our growing economy, it continues to produce wealth. While you perceive fewer jobs, the fact is that manufacturing output continues to climb. The number of jobs in manufacturing is irrelevant to wealth production.
We could, theoretically, create manufacturing jobs by outlawing robots and the assembly line. But, in reality those actions would drive up the cost of manufactured goods so much that jobs and wealth would disappear.
The point is that our economy is transforming from manufacturing to information, just as it transformed from agriculture to manufacturing. 120 years ago people with out any understanding of economics asked "who will grow our food if everybody works in a factory?"
Had we enacted policies then to prevent that transformation we would all be scratching the dirt to grow our food and living in huts.
Your hatred of Walmart is a poor basis for policy.
Why do the nimrods hate Walmart but not Kmart? Answer: Because you have been trained to hate Walmart.
Insane

United States

#19 Mar 5, 2008
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>
Nothing destroys wealth faster than policies that protect over priced inefficient manufacturing jobs.
Econ 101? Explain what Senator Moynihan referred to as "the cost disease". Discuss, if you can, how agriculture has dropped from 90% of our economy to 20% while our food production has soared and food cost have dropped.
Even as manufacturing becomes a smaller and smaller piece of our growing economy, it continues to produce wealth. While you perceive fewer jobs, the fact is that manufacturing output continues to climb. The number of jobs in manufacturing is irrelevant to wealth production.
We could, theoretically, create manufacturing jobs by outlawing robots and the assembly line. But, in reality those actions would drive up the cost of manufactured goods so much that jobs and wealth would disappear.
The point is that our economy is transforming from manufacturing to information, just as it transformed from agriculture to manufacturing. 120 years ago people with out any understanding of economics asked "who will grow our food if everybody works in a factory?"
Had we enacted policies then to prevent that transformation we would all be scratching the dirt to grow our food and living in huts.
Your hatred of Walmart is a poor basis for policy.
Why do the nimrods hate Walmart but not Kmart? Answer: Because you have been trained to hate Walmart.
While you have some valid points where is the money generated to pay for all these service jobs? If I work as a cook at one of the 100ís of restaurants in Erie, I get off work and take my gal to Wal-Mart, another restaurant ect. my money pays another service person. Pretty soon after taxes whatís going to happen, where is the influx of monies going to come from? Tourism? Sounds simplistic but?
Laffing

North Ridgeville, OH

#20 Mar 5, 2008
most of these posts are ridiculous.
walmart does not own lowes. they are both publically traded companies.
target is based in usa, and is not a french corporation.
to lose your largest customer is a sin and reflects poorly on management. to have one customer being that much of your business is very poor managment, my 9 year old knows that much. don't put all (or half) your eggs in one basket.
another firm already has a patent on a cap that dispeneses powders, thats why you ain't seeing it anywhere.
Penny from Tenney

Erie, PA

#21 Mar 6, 2008
Home Depot does sell tools that are made in the US. Ridge tools are made here. They are made at Urick Foundry on Cherry St. They have been in business in Erie for over 100 years.
times big brother

Perrysburg, OH

#22 Mar 6, 2008
Penny from Tenney wrote:
Home Depot does sell tools that are made in the US. Ridge tools are made here. They are made at Urick Foundry on Cherry St. They have been in business in Erie for over 100 years.
elyria, ohio, emerson electric owns ridge , nothing like having a rigid tool.
Penny from Tenney

Erie, PA

#23 Mar 7, 2008
times big brother wrote:
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elyria, ohio, emerson electric owns ridge , nothing like having a rigid tool.
Yes you are right. Emerson is a top 100 company. They have co. all over the world.

“Love Freedom, Thank a Soldier”

Since: Feb 08

Erie,PA

#24 Mar 7, 2008
Rigid tools are crappy.
Penny from Tenney

Erie, PA

#25 Mar 7, 2008
khp33 wrote:
Rigid tools are crappy.
What tools do you prefer. Something made in China. Ridge tools are used by plumbers. They are guaranteed for life. What brings you to that conclusion?
bull in a china shop

Erie, PA

#28 Mar 10, 2008
I wonder if "Hoop" laid off any of his kids who work there?
Penny from Tenney

Erie, PA

#29 Mar 10, 2008
Penny from Tenney wrote:
<quoted text> What tools do you prefer. Something made in China. Ridge tools are used by plumbers. They are guaranteed for life. What brings you to that conclusion?
My husband is HR are Urick foundry.

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