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SE Missouri resident

Quitman, AR

#1 Sep 13, 2008
There are a lot of people that work at Nordyne for a very long time and stuck with the company through everything that happened over the years. We waited for their new, big contract with WinWholesale and now, in September of 2008, we are all worried about our jobs.
Many of us are under the impression that the new plant manager is here to close the plant down, but if that isn't the case, why are we having so many layoffs? Did you know that seniority doesn't guarentee your job?
We want our jobs to be there for us. We want a way to pay our bills and feed our families. We want good, affordable insurance to use at the doctor's office when our family gets sick.
We want to make the best products that have ever come out of the Poplar Bluff Nordyne facility. We want to know what is really going on, because we are spending our lives working for you and wondering if we will still have a job.

“Livin' and Dyin' in 3/4 Time”

Since: Aug 08

Doniphan, MO

#2 Sep 13, 2008
Wow, that is heavy. We'll keep you guys in our prayers.
SE Missouri resident

Quitman, AR

#3 Sep 13, 2008
Thank you so much!

We need our jobs, and without a feeling of job security (especially after we did our part to make the products that encouraged the close of the bid) what do we have after we drive home from a long day?
SAD ONE

West Fork, AR

#4 Sep 13, 2008
MOVE TO CHINA YOU WOULD HAVE A JOB THEN !!!!!!!
SE Missouri resident

Quitman, AR

#5 Sep 13, 2008
May have a job, but no wages to speak of, and I would still owe for the things I bought here in the States, like my car loan.
Isn't that the truth anymore!!! They say the American citizens don't want to work anymore, but that is because we don't want to go to where the jobs are being moved to,... China, Mexico, Korea,...! It actually seems more like they don't want to pay for an honest day's work, because that would cut into their profits!
been there two years

Commerce, GA

#6 Sep 13, 2008
yeah i have been there for two years and put a lot of hours in and know can barely get by on 2 days and sometimes 2 and half days a week and fixing to lay off agian and i heard it a lay off with no call back thats the scary part.
kocgf

Alto, GA

#7 Sep 13, 2008
to whom it may concern Nordyne WILL NOT BE THERE JAN 1 2009
not scared

Pangburn, AR

#8 Sep 13, 2008
get out while you can your health depends on it i got fired after 6 half yrs. out now 9 mths i feel alot better dont need all that insuranse
live for you not NORDYNE
SAD ONE

West Fork, AR

#9 Sep 13, 2008
SE Missouri resident wrote:
May have a job, but no wages to speak of, and I would still owe for the things I bought here in the States, like my car loan.
Isn't that the truth anymore!!! They say the American citizens don't want to work anymore, but that is because we don't want to go to where the jobs are being moved to,... China, Mexico, Korea,...! It actually seems more like they don't want to pay for an honest day's work, because that would cut into their profits!
AMEN
Know all too well

United States

#10 Sep 13, 2008
I know what you are going through. I worked at Rowe for 15 years. Rumors the plant was closing and watching the stock of the company made me concerned so I searched the net for factories closing in the state of MO. and came upon the website where anytime there is a massive lay off where people become unemployed in a certain time limit this office has to be notified and I called that office and to no surprise the office was "well aware of my situation" but would not give me any details so I went to the unemployment office at PB and I heard one worker tell another that the office I called was not suppose to release any info. It was less than one month before the offical announcement that the plant was closing. I will tell you stay till the doors close that is what I did. I have received college education with pell grants and weekly unemploymet and gas to and from college for 2 years. There is still around 100 people from Rowe still in college and the best thing is people are actually getting better jobs than Rowe was. But our days were gloomy for quite some time. We had no ideal what was going to happen to us and our families. We have all done well. God tells us not to worry that he will take care of us and he really does. I hope your job does not leave. This is another thing I have lived by I do not by a thing from China unless it is an absoulute it is hard but it can be done. Americans have to stand up and not let this keep happening. I don't even know if Americans realize how much trouble this country is in. If we were to engage in a war we could not buy ammo or shoes we no longer make them over here. WE are in trouble. But anyways with your job I wish you the best and just remeber that God will see you through.
Worked there to

Vilonia, AR

#11 Sep 14, 2008
I worked there for 2 years and got laid off, my friend has been there 3 years and she got laid off Thursday! They told her there were more to come! It is very scary about all of this.
hey

United States

#12 Sep 15, 2008
SAD ONE wrote:
MOVE TO CHINA YOU WOULD HAVE A JOB THEN !!!!!!!
this person must draw a check so they dont to worry it sounds like
bird

AOL

#13 Sep 15, 2008
Doesn't Nordyne always start alot of layoffs this time of the year? What's different about these?

A friend of mine has worked there for a few years,and is some kind of manager, now. But this friend has said that they always have major layoffs every year. And I've noticed that the workers always seem to think the plant is closing, when that happens.

I'm not a factory worker,and I don't live with the threat of losing my job, so I don't know how all of you feel, but I would hate to see another factory close and move to a cheaper country.

I just wanted to know, out of curiousity, whats different about this years layoffs. Thanks and good luck to you all.
hard worker

United States

#14 Sep 15, 2008
I have been there for 5-1/2 years and this is the biggest layoff ever. In all them years this is the first time I have ever been worried about loosing my job. I plan on hanging in their until they kick me out. Hopefully I will be one of the last to go. Maybe I can get my way paid through college. I person can always use a higher education. I dropped out of school.
feel bad for all

United States

#15 Sep 15, 2008
well i worked there i couple years ago for about a year and a half and i never thought it would come down too this. I loved my job and i know there's alot of people that do to. well the money should i say. But I really do feel for the ones that have or are going to lose there jobs. I sure hope they dont decide to close down. That would not be good. I know my sister inlaw works there and she said that she's never worried about losing her job but now she is. and im sorry for the ones that already lost there job. i sure hope you can find another. right now is probably the worse time to lose a job. good luck to all
sad news

AOL

#16 Sep 15, 2008
How many people work there in that plant? I know alot of folks here in Ripley county work there and depend on that income. I don't know what people are going to do to survive. God bless you all and good luck ,, I sure hope the rumors are not true and they don't shut down.
SE Missouri Resident

United States

#17 Sep 20, 2008
bird wrote:
Doesn't Nordyne always start alot of layoffs this time of the year? What's different about these?
A friend of mine has worked there for a few years,and is some kind of manager, now. But this friend has said that they always have major layoffs every year. And I've noticed that the workers always seem to think the plant is closing, when that happens.
I'm not a factory worker,and I don't live with the threat of losing my job, so I don't know how all of you feel, but I would hate to see another factory close and move to a cheaper country.
I just wanted to know, out of curiousity, whats different about this years layoffs. Thanks and good luck to you all.
The difference this year is that we have a new plant manager and we believe he is there to shut the plant down, a closer.

We were working what is called a 24/7 operatiion, where they can have 2 different day shifts and 2 different night shifts without a conflict in hours because one week is a 3 day check (11 1/2 hour days), and the next week is a 4 day check, and it keeps alternating 3,4,3,4 so you hardly ever have to work unwanted overtime. Initially the plant operated on 10 hour shifts 4 days a week with the possibility of working 10 hour shifts up to 7 days a week. I personally don't want that much overtime, because that is too much time away from my family, my whole point for working.

When we went to the 24/7 operation we were told by the previous plant manager that we would NOT be going back to 4 10's. Since that time, that plant manager has had a SIGNIFICANT promotion!

This year is also the first year we had foreign exchange type of college students come to work in our factory. Nordyne's whole point for this event was to save them money while getting practically free labor that the government was paying for (our tax money was actually paying for). There was a contract for them to work longer than they got to, but Nordyne is also known for breaking contracts. Nordyne made for very bad foreign public relations in the name of big business.
larry

Kittanning, PA

#18 Sep 20, 2008
SE Missouri Resident wrote:
<quoted text>
The difference this year is that we have a new plant manager and we believe he is there to shut the plant down, a closer.
We were working what is called a 24/7 operatiion, where they can have 2 different day shifts and 2 different night shifts without a conflict in hours because one week is a 3 day check (11 1/2 hour days), and the next week is a 4 day check, and it keeps alternating 3,4,3,4 so you hardly ever have to work unwanted overtime. Initially the plant operated on 10 hour shifts 4 days a week with the possibility of working 10 hour shifts up to 7 days a week. I personally don't want that much overtime, because that is too much time away from my family, my whole point for working.
When we went to the 24/7 operation we were told by the previous plant manager that we would NOT be going back to 4 10's. Since that time, that plant manager has had a SIGNIFICANT promotion!
This year is also the first year we had foreign exchange type of college students come to work in our factory. Nordyne's whole point for this event was to save them money while getting practically free labor that the government was paying for (our tax money was actually paying for). There was a contract for them to work longer than they got to, but Nordyne is also known for breaking contracts. Nordyne made for very bad foreign public relations in the name of big business.
hey stupid,,,, we are workin 4-10's know so shut up !!!!!!!!!!
umm

Faridabad, India

#19 Sep 23, 2008
I don't know if the plant is shutting down or not. I sure hope not. It is my husbands lively hood. This year the lay off has came very very early. They are not moving out any products. Everything they are making is being warehoused. It is very normal for lay offs in Nov and Dec and return to work Jan 2. The lay offs that have been happening are lay off;s with no return date. That is what has everyone in a panic. My husband will stay till they close the doors, and get an edumication. <--- I know I spelled that wrong.
kairingler

Saint Louis, MO

#20 Sep 25, 2008
i almost worked there,, i went through orientation, got the work boots,, passed the drug screen, all of that, then they sazid,, well i'm sorry sir, we never placed the last class of people, so youl'll just have to wait,, i have never trusted that place ever again,, now it's been four years since then,, i remember when Nordyne first started in PB,, i work in Ripley County, and after hearing all of this bout Nordyne,, i guess i'm glad that i work for a family owned placed, where i don't need to fear for my job every day,, good luck to all of you who work at Nordyne.

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