Johnson Rubber says it won't close

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Johnson Rubber says it won't close Friday, February 8, 2008 Middlefield, OH -- According to an article published in the Tribune Chronicle by John Goodall, "Although the future for Johnson Rubber Co. Full Story
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Ron and Laura Duncan

Chardon, OH

#1 Feb 9, 2008
We are a close neighbor of the facility and hope the contamination in the soil will be remediated in the near future. We have been addressing this issue with Johnson Rubber for well over a decade to no avail and the Ohio EPA is quite inept. Thank you. Sincerely, The Duncans

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TLJ

Mount Gilead, OH

#2 Feb 21, 2008
well Johnson rubber said it won't close.... today feb. 21,2008 workers were given notice that the factory will in fact cease operations somewhere between now and the end of April. they are required by Law to give the employees 60 days notice of the intended closing, but in actuality it could happen tomorrow or next week or in 6 weeks. it is anybody's guess as to when this will in fact happen and if any advance notice will be given to the workers. and yet the company is still asking it's employees to "stick together and work hard to produce quality products" something they have been doing all along. employees have been working 6 and 7 days a week pulling 10 and 12 hour shifts to the tune of 60 plus hours a week. how much more can they give? workers will be given severence pay of one weeks pay for each year worked up to 4 weeks pay. all vacation pay due to them and they have been assured that the company has been paying into the unemployment fund so workers will be able to collect unemployment at the commencement of their layoff. Health insurance will terminate upon the closing of the company. there are many workers with 30 years or more of service to this company. and they look and them and say...gee, we're real sorry this happened. they still contend the missing 4.5 million dollars never left the company and that the company was merely selling its products too cheaply, and no one knew this? that the CEO (who has since been terminated) did not know this? isn't it his job to know these things? it appears that no one is going to further investigate and/or try to pursue this matter to see if prosecution is in order. Sorry if you or I write bad checks we go to Jail... if a CEO has a hand in any wrong doing they should be given the exact same treatment. But unlike the dedicated employees of Johnson Rubber, Mr. Price has the money to hire a big time attorney to save his backside if needed. Sad how one man can destroy a company with over 100 years of history behind it in just a short time. even sadder is the 400+ loyal employees who agreed back in august to band together and fight for our existance, only to see it all fade away. all the people who are unemployable due to age or other issues and too young to collect social security, what becomes of them?? Again Mr. Price, we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for what you have done for us all....
gdh

AOL

#3 Feb 26, 2008
First of all, it is 10 million dollars unaccounted for, 3 month health insurance premiums (now we are getting collection letters because he never paid for our insurance) 401K matching contributions for 2006 and 2007. He has not been terminated, he ran back to North Carolina with his tail between his legs. He ran this company into the ground by mismanagement. He is still earning his $42,000 a month salary-what are we going to earn after the company closes? All these newspapers, TV stations need to go to the employees on the floor to get the correct info. We were told by Mark Welch-restructering officer-that closing is not an option, 2 weeks later he stood in front of the employees and kicked our teeth in telling us that we are closing and that the Warren Tribune misquoted him. Will we get severence, vacation pay, anything else they have told us?? How can we trust what they have told us
dedicated

United States

#4 Feb 27, 2008
Same story in North Baltimore without the personal appearence
Sheena Oliver

Bellville, OH

#5 Mar 7, 2008
gdh wrote:
First of all, it is 10 million dollars unaccounted for, 3 month health insurance premiums (now we are getting collection letters because he never paid for our insurance) 401K matching contributions for 2006 and 2007. He has not been terminated, he ran back to North Carolina with his tail between his legs. He ran this company into the ground by mismanagement. He is still earning his $42,000 a month salary-what are we going to earn after the company closes? All these newspapers, TV stations need to go to the employees on the floor to get the correct info. We were told by Mark Welch-restructering officer-that closing is not an option, 2 weeks later he stood in front of the employees and kicked our teeth in telling us that we are closing and that the Warren Tribune misquoted him. Will we get severence, vacation pay, anything else they have told us?? How can we trust what they have told us
I agree why should we be the ones who get hurt through all of this we as the people kept the place running working 6-7days a wk 10-12 days I know I have done it I'm one of 400+ that worked thess long day as with 7days a week what about us do we not Matter I feel its time we stand up and fight 4 what is owed to all of us we did what we was asked to do and this is what we get in return WOW Thank's Ur Right We Do Matter !!let's all stand and show Johnson Rubber just how much we do Matter This Is American isnt it fight fer freedom
The Price is not Right

Norwalk, OH

#6 Mar 12, 2008
Chas. Price is a greedy con artist.
TLJ wrote:
well Johnson rubber said it won't close.... today feb. 21,2008 workers were given notice that the factory will in fact cease operations somewhere between now and the end of April. they are required by Law to give the employees 60 days notice of the intended closing, but in actuality it could happen tomorrow or next week or in 6 weeks. it is anybody's guess as to when this will in fact happen and if any advance notice will be given to the workers. and yet the company is still asking it's employees to "stick together and work hard to produce quality products" something they have been doing all along. employees have been working 6 and 7 days a week pulling 10 and 12 hour shifts to the tune of 60 plus hours a week. how much more can they give? workers will be given severence pay of one weeks pay for each year worked up to 4 weeks pay. all vacation pay due to them and they have been assured that the company has been paying into the unemployment fund so workers will be able to collect unemployment at the commencement of their layoff. Health insurance will terminate upon the closing of the company. there are many workers with 30 years or more of service to this company. and they look and them and say...gee, we're real sorry this happened. they still contend the missing 4.5 million dollars never left the company and that the company was merely selling its products too cheaply, and no one knew this? that the CEO (who has since been terminated) did not know this? isn't it his job to know these things? it appears that no one is going to further investigate and/or try to pursue this matter to see if prosecution is in order. Sorry if you or I write bad checks we go to Jail... if a CEO has a hand in any wrong doing they should be given the exact same treatment. But unlike the dedicated employees of Johnson Rubber, Mr. Price has the money to hire a big time attorney to save his backside if needed. Sad how one man can destroy a company with over 100 years of history behind it in just a short time. even sadder is the 400+ loyal employees who agreed back in august to band together and fight for our existance, only to see it all fade away. all the people who are unemployable due to age or other issues and too young to collect social security, what becomes of them?? Again Mr. Price, we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for what you have done for us all....

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TLJ

Mount Gilead, OH

#7 Mar 19, 2008
I have heard so many things concerning this whole ordeal ....hard to sift through all the B.S....The rumors are as plentiful as the horse manure in Middlefield. Honestly I think they have done nothing but blow smoke up our butts since day one.... has anyone else heard the one about the company has sifted the Majority of it's productions to Mexico?? which would in fact explain the most recent notice by the time clock stating we are eligable for continuing education through the Trade adjustment Act (T.A.A) The act provides training for "dislocated" workers whose jobs have been lost or hours cut due to production being sent out of the country. hmmm.... makes you wonder if we went bankrupt setting things up south of the border.....
the awful truth

Willoughby, OH

#8 Mar 28, 2008
was that CHARLES PRICE was hired to turn the company around. He just milked it dry. He did not even have the guts to tell us about not paying the Health Insuranace Premiums or the 401K Match.
These are facts,not rumors. If he had an ethical bone in his body, he would have told us.
TLJ wrote:
I have heard so many things concerning this whole ordeal ....hard to sift through all the B.S....The rumors are as plentiful as the horse manure in Middlefield. Honestly I think they have done nothing but blow smoke up our butts since day one.... has anyone else heard the one about the company has sifted the Majority of it's productions to Mexico?? which would in fact explain the most recent notice by the time clock stating we are eligable for continuing education through the Trade adjustment Act (T.A.A) The act provides training for "dislocated" workers whose jobs have been lost or hours cut due to production being sent out of the country. hmmm.... makes you wonder if we went bankrupt setting things up south of the border.....
TLJ

AOL

#9 Mar 28, 2008
if he had an ethical Bone in his Body he NEVER woulda pulled this crap at all...... but no one said that CEO's were background checked for ethics or morals. This kinda thing happens all too often anymore. I feel the worst for the employees who have been there for years and years and gave that company all they had. obviously working there has never been a walk in the park, as far as, it has always involved long hours and 6 & 7 days a week. People do not stay with a company 30 or 40 years through everything just for grins and giggles. there is a real sense of commitment and family amongst the good people there. and many of those "lifers" now find themselves somewhere between too young to collect social security and too old or with health issues to find another job. what are they going to do? my heart goes out to them all.... so to Say our dear "friend" Charles has no ethics is a drastic understatement...he has got to be the biggest piece of garbage to ever walk upright and someday his judgement day will come I hope he gets al he deserves, the coward.
James

Westland, MI

#10 Mar 29, 2008
Been following this story up here in the Detroit area. So sad that so many good people will be in the street because of a greedy monster. He's not alone. Many companies are being run into the ground of workers jobs lost because of outsourcing. How do these monsters sleep at night? They should fear for thier lives. Good luck to all the workers.
Schratboy

Louisville, CO

#11 Mar 31, 2008
Sounds like the bankers, the pin-stripe suited thieves from Wall Street, helped precipitate this mess. Calling the loan and forcing bankruptcy? Sounds like a perfect way to get all their thieving pals involved: the lawyers and liquidators.

This is very sad. I'm sorry for all the workers. We can't just let the money-handlers continue to disembowel our manufacturing base this way. Surrendering to foreign competition cannot be our fate. When is somebody going to address this?
20 plus years

AOL

#12 Mar 31, 2008
Its a complete shame this happened. I believe this could have been avoided. I was informed that they purposely priced the products lower to encourage the automotive industry to give us new parts to make. With the price of everything going up, We couldnt pass on the price increases. The Horizon group also did not stop their spending. We paid for everything. We got nothing. Johnson Rubber pays for their housing ,cars, meals entertainment, flights. Vacations, and still they get a pay check too!!!!! We cant even get our benefits paid. 401K 2 years not paid???? how can they justify giving themselves bonus's.
Shame on Charles Price

Norwalk, OH

#13 Apr 5, 2008
it he still milking the company while people will loose their jobs---SHAME ON YOU--CHARLES PRICE.
20 plus years wrote:
Its a complete shame this happened. I believe this could have been avoided. I was informed that they purposely priced the products lower to encourage the automotive industry to give us new parts to make. With the price of everything going up, We couldnt pass on the price increases. The Horizon group also did not stop their spending. We paid for everything. We got nothing. Johnson Rubber pays for their housing ,cars, meals entertainment, flights. Vacations, and still they get a pay check too!!!!! We cant even get our benefits paid. 401K 2 years not paid???? how can they justify giving themselves bonus's.
Investigate now

United States

#14 Apr 11, 2008
Why was the inventory over valued by $ 4 million dollars? Why were there no financial controls to prevent this from happening? Why wasn't Charles Price doing his job? Why didn't Charles Price tell us the health insurance premiums were not being made? Why didn't Charles Price tell us 401K matches were not being made? Did Charles Price get a bonus? Is he still being paid now?
Dick Gallagher

New Hampton, IA

#15 Apr 28, 2008
It has been with a great deal of sadness that I have been following the stories on the end of Johnson Rubber. I had the the honor of working with the good people of JR for over 14 years as their Director of Operations. With the help and support of those people we took a company that was losing money in 1991 to a company that had their best year ever in 1999 (the year Charles Miller sold out and congratulated his "lawyers" for their efforts at the celebration party) making more than double the industry average in profit as a percent to sales. You'd think the dedication and hard work demonstrated by all of the JR employees would count for something, but alas, in the United States these days, enough is never enough. Fair and reasonable profits that generate a fair return for the owners and allow for reinvestment in the company and the people that work there is not enough any more. To all of you that I worked with for those 14+ years: I will always remember and cherish our time together building something we can all be proud of in spite of what has happened to it since then. I wish you all the very best and hope and pray that you will all come out of this on the winning side.
Ron and Laura Duncan

Chardon, OH

#16 Apr 28, 2008
Dick, Middlefield will never forget you! Your good friends from Middlefield Ohio - Ron E. Duncan & Family

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mary lamar

Painesville, OH

#17 Sep 6, 2009
I too was a dedicated worker for johnson rubber, I ran the most complicated popular machines that nobody wanted to run and was very good at it,always me rate and most of the time I ran over rate, but never once was I commended for my jobs I did I cut my forefinger of at that job due to a faulty mold that they (Mr Charles Price) and other higher ups were aware of all I was told was to "keep running it, we need the parts'". And finally it happened! I never seen that mold agian they sent it to mexico.Righy now today I am fighting for some compensation for my injury but it is very hard to get something that once had everything but nolonger has nothing, Thank you Mr.Charles Price, I bet you and your family has everything you need and your fingers too eventhough you dont deserve them after stealing everything you touched.
AprilFong

Erie, PA

#18 Sep 7, 2009
amerikans this is old news. move on. we now make tires. it is too late to complain now. soon we make paper tires with 1 days warranty for $5. you will buy it because you are stupid.
Undercover Brother

Louisville, KY

#19 Sep 7, 2009
AprilFong wrote:
amerikans this is old news. move on. we now make tires. it is too late to complain now. soon we make paper tires with 1 days warranty for $5. you will buy it because you are stupid.
To April Fong: You's and your sistra's will be flat on your backs someday and unable to do real work, Wait-you there already!!!!!!!

You better get Green Card - No Obamacare without it!
Charles Price

Lorain, OH

#20 Dec 27, 2009
We heard rumors that he is still cashin' in.
gdh wrote:
First of all, it is 10 million dollars unaccounted for, 3 month health insurance premiums (now we are getting collection letters because he never paid for our insurance) 401K matching contributions for 2006 and 2007. He has not been terminated, he ran back to North Carolina with his tail between his legs. He ran this company into the ground by mismanagement. He is still earning his $42,000 a month salary-what are we going to earn after the company closes? All these newspapers, TV stations need to go to the employees on the floor to get the correct info. We were told by Mark Welch-restructering officer-that closing is not an option, 2 weeks later he stood in front of the employees and kicked our teeth in telling us that we are closing and that the Warren Tribune misquoted him. Will we get severence, vacation pay, anything else they have told us?? How can we trust what they have told us

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