Erie Plastics lays off 192

Erie Plastics lays off 192

There are 57 comments on the GoErie.com story from Mar 4, 2008, titled Erie Plastics lays off 192. In it, GoErie.com reports that:

Erie Plastics has laid off 192 employees, citing the completion of contracts with a major consumer-products company.

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unknown

Wolfeboro Falls, NH

#54 Mar 16, 2008
Makes you wonder with all of the layoffs there, if the company is going to close up permanently or be sold and move out of town there.
EPmember

Erie, PA

#55 Mar 17, 2008
Looks grim, EP now has only two engineers left, can't see how they can keep up with production, much less do the innovative things required to get new business in.
unknown

Wolfeboro Falls, NH

#56 Mar 18, 2008
heard that they laid off some more people last week, when are the doors going to close there? Looks like that is the way that it is going.
Current EP Member

Titusville, PA

#57 Mar 19, 2008
Hoop should not be villified in this layoff. It is not his fault things worked out the way they did. You simply cannot continue to run when the customer is constantly cutting your margins to the point of loss. Hoop was trying to gradually replace this customer for years but due to some circumtances beyond our control it never fully materiallized. Erie Plastics has always paid it's workers higher than they industry standard and has provided a good life for me as well as many others. And Hoop has always been a very family oriented owner and has always been concerned about company morale. This has been extremly hard on him. Give the man a break please.
EP Member

Edinboro, PA

#58 Mar 19, 2008
Well put, but Hoop like everyone else, has his good and bad sides. It's sad to see this happen to him, and to the other EP members.
Left that SORRY city

Prentiss, MS

#60 Apr 3, 2008
Another one "Bites the dust"......what are the local politicians doing to keep good paying jobs in the city of Erie? NOTHING!! All they are worried about is airport runways, casinos & service jobs!
SAD, very SAD! What is happening to Erie! Nothing left! It's depressing when I come to Erie to visit family members. Just wait...GE will be the next to go. They aren't NEARLY as big as they were even 10 yrs ago! Erie is a GHOST TOWN now!
unknown

Wolfeboro Falls, NH

#61 Apr 4, 2008
Everywhere in this area are becoming ghost towns, and the jobs are leaving the area fast. Pretty soon there won't be any industry in this area at all. Last one out shut out the lights. Worry about everything else, casinos that people go to and lose all their money, and then steal from their places of employment or wherever, the airport wanting runways, with the price of fuel and the condition some of those planes are in, who is going to be able to travel. Things are getting worse all the time here.
Former EP member

Canton, OH

#62 Apr 11, 2008
Current EP Member wrote:
Hoop should not be villified in this layoff. It is not his fault things worked out the way they did. You simply cannot continue to run when the customer is constantly cutting your margins to the point of loss. Hoop was trying to gradually replace this customer for years but due to some circumtances beyond our control it never fully materiallized. Erie Plastics has always paid it's workers higher than they industry standard and has provided a good life for me as well as many others. And Hoop has always been a very family oriented owner and has always been concerned about company morale. This has been extremly hard on him. Give the man a break please.
I agree, it wasn't all Hoop's fault, however...as CEO of a company...he is responsible for the general health and well-being of the company.
local citizen

San Jose, CA

#63 May 8, 2008
Companies that fail to innovate and cut costs through diligent application of LEAN manufacturing are going to disappear. What did the affected people at EP do to ensure they were reducing costs, making things more efficiently, thinking outside the box? It's great that the Roche family built a great company and liked to pay higher than industry wages. But what was the return? Higher efficiencies from the workers? Better ideas? More of the "get it done attitude?" Less scrap? I don't think so. It stinks that EP is going through this. I say to the affected people, when are you going to put your neck on the line and start a company? When are you going to build up the base for the community? Why does it always need to be somebody else. That is the liberal mindset. I want it all but somebody else has gotta get it for me. The Roche Family is extremely generous to the community and needs supported. The people that have lost their jobs need supported. I only hope they can offer something to someone else or start their own thing.
SoberUpTeddy

Franklin, PA

#64 May 8, 2008
All the work that that was lost was picked up by another Erie company.
bob

Pittsburgh, PA

#65 May 8, 2008
no it wasn't

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Erie,PA

#66 May 8, 2008
bob wrote:
no it wasn't
Are you sure?
SoberUpTeddy

Franklin, PA

#67 May 8, 2008
The work was picked up by another Erie plastics manufacturer.
bob

Pittsburgh, PA

#68 May 9, 2008
Sober up, Teddy. None of that work stayed anywhere near Erie
SoberUpTeddy

Franklin, PA

#69 May 9, 2008
Bob - Yes it did. I talk to the company that picked it up on a daily basis. They are already doing work for P & G and are increasing molding capacity.
Insane

Lorain, OH

#72 May 9, 2008
no Erie firm got all that work, maybe 5%, time to sober up TED! LMAO!!!!!!!!!
mee

Erie, PA

#73 Jan 14, 2010
Penny from Tenney wrote:
<quoted text> My husband is HR are Urick foundry.
is his name DALE?

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