200 jobs coming to Smiths Aerospace

Manufacturing is far from dying in Buncombe County. Just ask Dale Collins of Smiths Aerospace in Asheville. Read more

Asheville, NC

#1 Mar 13, 2007
Ha. My husband used to work for Smith's It has the WORST reputation in the state as far as machine shops go....poor/unsafe working conditions, low worker morale and a definite class distinction between the blue collar and white collar workers. They have an incredible job turnover rate and that's pretty bad in an area where people NEED jobs.

If you like working 70 hour mandatory work weeks with no weekends off for months while the management spends that time going company sponsored fishing trips, then go to Smith's. Oh yeah...and don't forget that you are NOT allowed to go to the doctor, take your child to the emergency room or make any other necessary appointments. If you do, you'll be given a warning and that will affect your performance rating.

Don't say I didn't warn you...

Charleston, SC

#2 Mar 13, 2007
Industry is, for the most part, dead in Buncombe county. You get the occasional job shop like this that still hangs around but the skyrocketing housing costs coupled with the traditionally low pay in the area are driving any skilled labor an hour south to Greenville/Spartenburg. You can literally make twice as much and the housing is VERY affordable.
The Joe

Greensboro, NC

#3 Mar 13, 2007
It's good to see skilled job creation in the area, however the comments made by "Athame9999" are deeply concerning. I suppose this company will somehow need to manage it's employee relations if it hopes to stay competitive. "Doubter" also brings up an important topic in the housing costs. The housing costs are skyrocketing and will continue to drive the blue-collar folk further away from the city. However, the Greenville-Spartanburg area probably won't be far behind. A lot of people can tolerate 1-hour commutes, and many of the professional northerners who have/are moving down are used to sitting in traffic for 1-2 hours, so to be able to actually drive at highway speed to get to Asheville from Spartanburg might be right up their alley.

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