800 being laid off at Devens

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Evergreen Solar Inc. -- one of the area's largest employers -- announced yesterday it will close its manufacturing plant in Devens after a year of shifting its manufacturing to China. Full Story
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Maynard, MA

#1 Jan 12, 2011
With all these continued layoffs and plant closings the state's unemployment rate keeps going lower, or so they say. So this is no big deal. Plenty of jobs out there paying $10/hour.
EVergreenMyArse

Leominster, MA

#2 Jan 12, 2011
Well here we go again. I wont buy anything with the name Evergreen or anything connected to it.

I think this is a disgrace we can't keep a manufacturing company in our own country even when it received funds from here to help it out.

I'm so disappointed with this news and now with it goes my confidence in so much. There was hope over there @ the Devens but now.

so what are these families / workers to do? Gee the Holidays are over and the new year begins Im sure this wont be the last of this in the business in the state either.

There goes the unemployment statistic again. Oh it was down before Christmas because of the ? We play this game over & over every year. What was the excuse this time to hold off till the next year?

Shame on anyone who let this happen.
Told Ya

Biddeford, ME

#3 Jan 12, 2011
It is business executives, not government ruining our economy. Give them grants they say to bring them into the state, to bail them out and allow them to expand. They come into the state, take the money, put it in their own pockets and ship those jobs overseas to increase their profits and put even more money into their pockets. Tax them and punish them for their greed. Government's fault lies only in the fact they now own it too. Republican "trickle down" has proven to be a failure. With the new election and more power for Republicans it will only get worse.
F N Hadit

Concord, MA

#4 Jan 12, 2011
Looks like this "global economy" thing is working quite well, isn't it.
Don

Dracut, MA

#5 Jan 12, 2011
58 million from the state to get all the design work and bugs out of the manufacturing process and then move to China it was all part of the master plan another great success for the Patrick admin
angela

Manchester, NH

#6 Jan 12, 2011
Told Ya wrote:
It is business executives, not government ruining our economy. Give them grants they say to bring them into the state, to bail them out and allow them to expand. They come into the state, take the money, put it in their own pockets and ship those jobs overseas to increase their profits and put even more money into their pockets. Tax them and punish them for their greed. Government's fault lies only in the fact they now own it too. Republican "trickle down" has proven to be a failure. With the new election and more power for Republicans it will only get worse.
How can you blame the Republicans???? It is the states fault. We bail them out and they slap us in the face. That company should never be allowed to sell their product in the USA again. A list of all of these companies every month should be published and shame on anyone that buys from these companies.
fruit cake

Westford, MA

#7 Jan 12, 2011
boy cot evergreen and its products lets put em out of buisness
saynotochina

Winchester, MA

#8 Jan 12, 2011
angela wrote:
<quoted text> How can you blame the Republicans???? It is the states fault. We bail them out and they slap us in the face. That company should never be allowed to sell their product in the USA again. A list of all of these companies every month should be published and shame on anyone that buys from these companies.
I make a mental note of the companies I won't do business with. At the top of the list is Walmart. As for Evergreen, I won't be installing solar panels anytime soon, so unfortunately I can't boycott them.
Told Ya

Biddeford, ME

#9 Jan 12, 2011
You can't duck it. Republicans and like thinking Democrats have sold the middle class down the river and things will not change until the pendulum swings back to where the unions can sway more votes because then they can protect and create jobs for their membership with strict business laws that will put more Americans back to work and put more money into their pockets instead of the pockets of business executives who care only about themselves. Id's rather have money reaching millions of workers than a few executives. Hell those executives are now even robbing their own stockholders and that used to be the middle class way of buying into the American economy. Anything worth investing in today is kept away from us through the "venture capitalist" system that allows the rich to become super rich and denies the less heeled opportunities to invest in emerging businesses. When they have milked a business they then offer the crumbs to us folk through a IPO and move on to new opportunities. That's what Republican relaxation of the rules during the Reagan administration allows.
Chillary Rodham-Clinton

Tyngsboro, MA

#10 Jan 12, 2011
Told Ya wrote:
It is business executives, not government ruining our economy. Give them grants they say to bring them into the state, to bail them out and allow them to expand. They come into the state, take the money, put it in their own pockets and ship those jobs overseas to increase their profits and put even more money into their pockets. Tax them and punish them for their greed. Government's fault lies only in the fact they now own it too. Republican "trickle down" has proven to be a failure. With the new election and more power for Republicans it will only get worse.
Do you remember who signed NAFTA-GATT?
Wake up

Groton, MA

#11 Jan 12, 2011
EVergreenMyArse wrote:
Well here we go again. I wont buy anything with the name Evergreen or anything connected to it.
I think this is a disgrace we can't keep a manufacturing company in our own country even when it received funds from here to help it out.
I'm so disappointed with this news and now with it goes my confidence in so much. There was hope over there @ the Devens but now.
so what are these families / workers to do? Gee the Holidays are over and the new year begins Im sure this wont be the last of this in the business in the state either.
There goes the unemployment statistic again. Oh it was down before Christmas because of the ? We play this game over & over every year. What was the excuse this time to hold off till the next year?
Shame on anyone who let this happen.
It Is Americana that is creating this problem. We continue to buy junk from china and borrow money from them. We continue to kick our children and besicly selling their souls.
State employee quote

Groton, MA

#12 Jan 12, 2011
We hope to get our money back. Really. It's my money get it back. I think we missed something. They are keeping the Michigan plant open. Michigan probably has cheaper work force and less liberals
maggie

Dracut, MA

#13 Jan 12, 2011
well over in China the employies are getting 3 dollars a day ,factory with no heat and are we giving the Chinese so many millions to build a plant
only dracut being dracut

Brighton, MA

#14 Jan 12, 2011
now let's not forget to be civil.
deval will fix this. trust him and beacon hill.
they will need more money though.
dracutboy

Boston, MA

#15 Jan 12, 2011
only dracut being dracut wrote:
now let's not forget to be civil.
deval will fix this. trust him and beacon hill.
they will need more money though.
They can get it from the cops in Dracut dealing drugs..There are more than 2 involved
so sad

Boxborough, MA

#16 Jan 12, 2011
Good going, Jamie Eldridge---First you want to take all the credit for getting Evergreen to locate in Devens while you were running for election and now you want to distance yourself from any of the state paid subsidies that convinced Evergreen to make the move. Talk about being a two-faced pol.
John

Fitchburg, MA

#17 Jan 12, 2011
This is what happens when you create an economy that is hostile towards businesses. So what if you throw them a $54 million bone? Massive regulations and high cost of employment makes it a no-brainer for companies. All this talk of "it's greed, not the government." HELLO PEOPLE, businesses are in place for one thing: to make money! And what's wrong with that? It's so easy to demonize the business owners out there, but instead we should look at why they move overseas. It couldn't hurt to unwind some of the stifling regulations and taxation that this state puts on every business. The cost to employ someone in the US almost double the salary you receive from all the hidden taxes that are paid on the employer's end. I'm sure we could find a way to cut some of the waste in government and pass the savings on.
world hunger

East Hampton, CT

#18 Jan 12, 2011
The CEOs made off with huge amounts of money before they announced the closing. Boston Globe Business section. How much longer must this go on before the government takes action to stop it?
Sk1ds

Lowell, MA

#19 Jan 12, 2011
Nothing to do with politics. Asia is a growing economy with millions of new customers, and they work cheaper. What company wouldn't hire people who are willing to work harder and for less? Companies have to do so in order compete...otherwise another Chinese company will do so and put American companies out of business.
BeanCounter

Worcester, MA

#20 Jan 12, 2011
State employee quote wrote:
We hope to get our money back. Really. It's my money get it back. I think we missed something. They are keeping the Michigan plant open. Michigan probably has cheaper work force and less liberals
The Michigan plant is very small and makes the 'string' they used to pull the silicon ribbons through the furnaces. Nothing to do with what Devens did. This is a very specialized and 'proprietary' product that will be used in China to make the wafers.

As soon as China 'proves' itself, I'm sure they will do that there too.

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