Akebono buying Bosch Brake Company
worker

Glasgow, KY

#44 Sep 20, 2009
You people are just plain stupid. For anyone to have a job with any kind of pay and benifits at this time like we do,you better be thankful.If your not then most likely you are one of the dead a$$es that cause a problem for the rest of us .If you are that un happy go some place else.Most of us dont like the emvirement,nor the management but for now we just have to deal with it.All we need is better management(DW), And team leaders that know how to do there job without taking their anger out on the workers.I hear there is one on day shift that threatens his group with there jobs,and compairs them with others on 2nd & 3rd shift.Sounds like big boy (TE) has issues.Maybe HR could help him with.
B Guy

Holland, MI

#45 Sep 21, 2009
Apparently Sam I am is right. WCC is having fits over sticking calipers. Just Google it you will see.
Sam i am

United States

#46 Sep 23, 2009
Have you guys ever heard of the E.E.O.C.???? You do not have to put up with your job being threatened. Akebono is going to have a fit trying to run a former Bosch plant this way.
B guy

Byron Center, MI

#47 Sep 23, 2009
I doubt very much that Akebono will try and run any of the Bosch union plants. All they want is the business. Bosch will probably sub contract until Akebono can PPAP the work at their own facility.
Turbo

United States

#48 Sep 23, 2009
St.joe and Johnson City are the only union plants left. Bosch is closing the Johnson City plant and moving all work to Clarksville, TN. (Non union plant) This is a rotor and drum machining plant.
Insider

Buchanan, MI

#49 Sep 24, 2009
Akebono purchased the business unit for $10 million dollars. What's that tell you?
John

Glasgow, KY

#50 Sep 24, 2009
Insider wrote:
Akebono purchased the business unit for $10 million dollars. What's that tell you?
What does this tell us? Explain.
How could Akebono buy Bosch for ONLY 10 million.
I would have thought Bosch would be worth a LOT more than that? Akebono is only keeping 2 Bosch plants open, Clarksville, TN and Columbia, SC. all the rest are closing. They will move all the work to these plants and to Akebono's Glasgow, KY and Elizabethtown, KY. plants. I feel for all of you who are losing your jobs.
On board

Glasgow, KY

#51 Sep 24, 2009
Any other companies in the automotive industry buying out their competiton, working around the clock, bringing in new business and hiring?!?! NO!! Akebono is strongly positioning themselves in this industry for many years to come. The only risk is if the Auto Industry completely fails. If that happens, virtually every job in this country will be in jeopardy. So if you are lucky, you are already on board. If you are smart, you will try to get on board. And....if you aren't ready to work for something that is worth having...get the hell out of our way!!
Sam i am

Alviso, CA

#52 Sep 24, 2009
Akebono you just bought two of the least profitable plants in the whole Bosch division.(Suckers) Akebono could not get a loan from an American bank?? That is why they had to pay cash. 10 million for two plants and assets... How much are you really getting? he he haw haw.... Johnson City is not closing yet. St.joe is not closing yet (These plants are masters at what they do... So the competion is far from gone)
old hand

Glasgow, KY

#53 Sep 25, 2009
I have been with akebono 11 years and it has got hard. WE are very short handed every week for the past 5 months, I have been working 60 to 80 hrs a week. I'm tierd and mad been workin there for years and we can't get a raise...They go & buy this unproductive plant..WHAT!! Pizzes me off. Akebono is NOT going to allow their unproductive ways to continue and the plant is UNION...You don't know Akebono like I know.....They HATE unions the talk of a union w/ rules and exeptions is NOT NOT going to happen.. Akebono does not give a hoot how you feel over worked sick the weather... u better have ur azz at work asap!!! I feel sorry for those workers because i need my job 2 so....i keep on working keep on truckin and like i say when akebono takes over...you better get use too things their way or its the highway... Plus, glasgow ky wages are not very high so they can get more work for the buck and there are no labor laws in kentucky..So they can make us work as many hours as they want.. GOGGLE THAT!!!
old hand

Glasgow, KY

#54 Sep 25, 2009
GOOGLE THAT
hangin on

Kodak, TN

#55 Sep 25, 2009
Sam i am wrote:
Akebono you just bought two of the least profitable plants in the whole Bosch division.(Suckers) Akebono could not get a loan from an American bank?? That is why they had to pay cash. 10 million for two plants and assets... How much are you really getting? he he haw haw.... Johnson City is not closing yet. St.joe is not closing yet (These plants are masters at what they do... So the competion is far from gone)
Well, let's start with: Akebono didn't buy the JC or SJ plants, they bought the brake business, so they won't be in competition with those plants. So "master" that. JC will close and SJ will make other stuff. Didn't need to borrow money from any bank. Got $280 million,$270 now. Why pay interest? Will make money the Akebono way, cutting all the fat out. That's why they didn't buy the union plants. Too much fat! We're getting 50% of the brake business that's what!! Go Akebono!!
Sam i am

United States

#56 Sep 26, 2009
hangin on .... I am glad you are committed to Akebono. "Every company needs a few people with brown lips" In Johnson City every operator can run 10 rotor or drum lathes at a time... Edit programs as needed... Setup our own machines... Run over 85% OEE on a daily basics. SO WHERE IS THE FAT??? Do not need a engineer to hold our hands for 8 hours. Also Bosch owns over 11% of your stock so the Akebono way (better work)
hangin on

Kodak, TN

#57 Sep 26, 2009
sammy, sammy, sammy...what an old come back regarding brown nosing. It's folks like us that have kept you in a job, but you type can't see it. If we all had your attitude companies wouldn't survive. Akebono operators do the same as you mentioned. It's not a big deal. The fat is in the entire operation, top heavy mgt, partly due to having to deal with union. Ownership?? Not a factor obviously since Akebono BOUGHT YOUR brake business.
Sam i am

United States

#58 Sep 26, 2009
hangin on... Due to my position in the Bosch organization. I do not have the honor of belonging to a union. Wondering how Akebono purchased the braking business for 10 million??? The division as a whole is losing 1 million dollars a day. So the employees at Akebono could work for no pay and still not make a profit in this business. Bosch would have probably given you guys the business to get rid of it. The profit margin is so small in this business.... They can buy a finished product from china cheaper than what the castings cost us.
B guy

Grand Rapids, MI

#59 Oct 2, 2009
I hear Akebono is interviewing some Bosch people. Anybody at Akebono can you lend some credibility to that?
iheard

Cave City, KY

#60 Oct 2, 2009
B guy wrote:
I hear Akebono is interviewing some Bosch people. Anybody at Akebono can you lend some credibility to that?
Akebono is hiring for team members not sure if they are any Bosch people. Think that part of that business will be done at Etown plant.
Sam i am

United States

#61 Oct 3, 2009
B guy... Some engineers have visited the Clarksville plant. On unofficial interviews.
Mustang

United States

#62 Oct 6, 2009
It's always a sad day when any US business is downsized regardless of ownership. Neither company has said much about the sale other than whats been in the papers. Unfortunately, 3,700 Bosch Associates will be out on the streets once the sale has been completed of which only about 400 to 500 are Union. Bosch's problem with profits are more than just a Union issue. Best of luck to Akebono and Bosch in the hard challenages in the near future.
use your head

Elizabethtown, KY

#63 Oct 8, 2009
Sam i am wrote:
hangin on .... I am glad you are committed to Akebono. "Every company needs a few people with brown lips" In Johnson City every operator can run 10 rotor or drum lathes at a time... Edit programs as needed... Setup our own machines... Run over 85% OEE on a daily basics. SO WHERE IS THE FAT??? Do not need a engineer to hold our hands for 8 hours. Also Bosch owns over 11% of your stock so the Akebono way (better work)
We at ABE have been doing this for years however we run over 95% on a daily basis, so theres your fat also our engineers do what they were hired for develope new jigs and equipment, you never see them on the line unless the issue is so severe maint. can not figure it out. one other thing ABE is akebonos baby, we are going to be at a 100% capacity after this. i do feel for all you losing your job, however from what i have seen akebono does not do something unless they can make it work, so all of you left get ready to work, or they will expand at the plants that will

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