GM to close Wyoming Stamping plant

GM to close Wyoming Stamping plant

There are 339 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Oct 13, 2008, titled GM to close Wyoming Stamping plant. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

The Wyoming stamping plant will be closed by General Motors by December 2009, 24 Hour News 8 has learned.

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commonsense

Aurora, CO

#1 Oct 13, 2008
The union has done this to itself. Its just another in a line of cuts, layoffs, closings etc thanks to outrageous wages and healthcare demands.
Mushmouth

Denver, CO

#2 Oct 13, 2008
My dad is a year from retirement.
I hope he can still get his full pension.
The way to Freedom

Big Rapids, MI

#3 Oct 13, 2008
commonsense wrote:
The union has done this to itself. Its just another in a line of cuts, layoffs, closings etc thanks to outrageous wages and healthcare demands.
This is the direct consequence of the Republican Party’s policies, paying companies to move out of the country. This is not a union problem; it is all jobs that have been closing down. You have blinders on to not see it.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#4 Oct 13, 2008
commonsense wrote:
The union has done this to itself. Its just another in a line of cuts, layoffs, closings etc thanks to outrageous wages and healthcare demands.
If you are so sure it's because of outrageous wages, then why didn't you post what these outrageous wages and healthcare demands are?

This is just more union bashing without any substantiated facts. They want to believe that the workers who don't make the business decisions are solely responsible for what happens to a company.
Ann

Montague, MI

#5 Oct 13, 2008
The way to Freedom wrote:
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This is the direct consequence of the Republican Party’s policies, paying companies to move out of the country. This is not a union problem; it is all jobs that have been closing down. You have blinders on to not see it.
There might be some truth to what you say. Bill Clinton helped entice them when NAFTA came into existance. Granholm pushed them out wih more taxes an the unions kept demanding more.
Hmm..the way I see it, it seems to be more liberal mentality driving these failures than anything else.

Since: Jun 08

Grand Rapids, MI

#6 Oct 13, 2008
Ann wrote:
<quoted text>There might be some truth to what you say. Bill Clinton helped entice them when NAFTA came into existance. Granholm pushed them out wih more taxes an the unions kept demanding more.
Hmm..the way I see it, it seems to be more liberal mentality driving these failures than anything else.
I would say that I 1/2 agree with you and with commonsense.

Unions AND NAFTA are to blame. NAFTA serves as an open door and Unions serve as the idiots pushing companies like GM thru said door.

I think we would do ourselves great if we pulled out of NAFTA, because it did NOT do what we were told it would do, and that was create jobs in America and bring more business to American companies. Instead it served as a way for American companies to get cheap labor.
So Sad

Battle Creek, MI

#7 Oct 13, 2008
And people are asking for 4 more years of the GOP...not!
michael g

Lawton, MI

#8 Oct 13, 2008
The way to Freedom wrote:
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This is the direct consequence of the Republican Party’s policies, paying companies to move out of the country. This is not a union problem; it is all jobs that have been closing down. You have blinders on to not see it.
Really? The republicans paid GM to move these jobs out of the country? Huh, you'd think they would have put that in the story.
Ann

Montague, MI

#9 Oct 13, 2008
Allen Cash wrote:
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I would say that I 1/2 agree with you and with commonsense.
Unions AND NAFTA are to blame. NAFTA serves as an open door and Unions serve as the idiots pushing companies like GM thru said door.
I think we would do ourselves great if we pulled out of NAFTA, because it did NOT do what we were told it would do, and that was create jobs in America and bring more business to American companies. Instead it served as a way for American companies to get cheap labor.
Well said !! I agree with you 3/4..lol. Kidding.
Maybe after a few more conversations on the subject we'll fully agree. Thank You
Killroy

Allegan, MI

#10 Oct 13, 2008
Allen Cash wrote:
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I would say that I 1/2 agree with you and with commonsense.
Unions AND NAFTA are to blame. NAFTA serves as an open door and Unions serve as the idiots pushing companies like GM thru said door.
I think we would do ourselves great if we pulled out of NAFTA, because it did NOT do what we were told it would do, and that was create jobs in America and bring more business to American companies. Instead it served as a way for American companies to get cheap labor.
The UAW is a dying breed. I show no remorse for these people who have fleeced corporations to give them mindless work for high dollar wages.
b durant

United States

#11 Oct 13, 2008
commonsense wrote:
The union has done this to itself. Its just another in a line of cuts, layoffs, closings etc thanks to outrageous wages and healthcare demands.
Oh, get a life. This is a big blow to many fine employees & West MI as a whole! The General is in trouble. I have little doubt they had to do this, but it still really hurts a lot of very good American workers. I will wish them the best. Get off the union bashing & Granholm bashing, too. These are fellow Americans & West MI citizens. Big economic blow that will have major ripple effect throughout GR & environs.
rooster

Denver, CO

#12 Oct 13, 2008
GM will move these jobs to China and then tell you to "buy American"! Believe it!
People don't understand how devastating an experience like this closing is until they experience it themselves(been there myself). Drop the "blame" right where it belongs..in GM's hands! They made this decision to make more money, nothing else!
Why doesn't Wyoming City Manager Curtis Holt demand the Million dolars in tax abatements Wyoming City
fathers gave GM just a few years ago(to keep them around). Maybe that would make GM give this a second thought!? They-GM- broke this agreemant and they owe the back taxes.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

Rockford, MI

#13 Oct 13, 2008
some one please cite just how it is republicans did this. give examples. I think you'all just like to whine and blame. If republicans caused this, please tell how.
no KoolAid here

Littleton, CO

#14 Oct 13, 2008
Arctic49519 wrote:
If you are so sure it's because of outrageous wages, then why didn't you post what these outrageous wages and healthcare demands are?
IMO most of those who go on about 'outrageous wages' are really saying, "Wah! Someone makes more than me and I don't think it's fair". Guess some of them haven't learned one of life's important lessons yet: nowhere is it written that life is-or must be-fair.
not delusional

White Cloud, MI

#15 Oct 13, 2008
buy American manufactured products! The job you save may be your own.#0 years ago, 80% of our economy was based in manufacturing, now it is around 30%. the rest is in service work and finance. You can see where this got us.

Oh by the way, The GM plant in WQyoming is known for having one of the "weakest" local unions. We have gone above and beyond what any other GM stamping plant has done. This closing has to with logistics, nothing more,
kev

Grand Rapids, MI

#16 Oct 13, 2008
In my opinion there are two main factors. Number one is gas prices. The big three have all had big trucks, vans, and SUVs as their bread and butter, now that gas has gone up that dynamic is changing. Number two just as with the realestate market, people made purchases that they cannot afford. Think about it, how many people have financed their vehicles through financial institutions owned by or in part by the big three???

Since: Mar 08

Wyoming, MI

#17 Oct 13, 2008
kclh_thunk wrote:
some one please cite just how it is republicans did this. give examples. I think you'all just like to whine and blame. If republicans caused this, please tell how.
Plus PROVE it !

Since: Sep 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#18 Oct 13, 2008
michael g wrote:
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Really? The republicans paid GM to move these jobs out of the country? Huh, you'd think they would have put that in the story.
Could you please supply a link to the information that made you make the above statement?

I didn't think so.....
Ronnie

Allegan, MI

#19 Oct 13, 2008
no KoolAid here wrote:
<quoted text>
IMO most of those who go on about 'outrageous wages' are really saying, "Wah! Someone makes more than me and I don't think it's fair". Guess some of them haven't learned one of life's important lessons yet: nowhere is it written that life is-or must be-fair.
True...life isn't always fair. Please take this test to verify you're not a complete moron:

Scenario: You own your own company and notice that your forklift driver is sleeping and there are several people on line who are drunk. Do you:

(A) Get rid of them
or
(B) Continue to pay these slugs and quite possibly be "written up" by the UAW just for sticking your nose in it
common joe worker

Cedar Springs, MI

#20 Oct 13, 2008
wasn`t this plant on strike just a few months ago?
what did they want? more everything.
gm has to cut wages and start making a profit.
paying people $30-$40 an hour is not going to make a profit.
how many of these people can go out and say they are skilled enough to make this money?
work there can be done by a sixth grader.
the reason companies go to china because of their government. items sold in china have to be built in china.
if this plant was in lansing or detroit granholm would be on the phone.
vote republican and granholm must go!!

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