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Homer Glen, IL

#26 Sep 3, 2009
Get A Life wrote:
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What's a stay at good stay at home mom?
I made a mistake, good stay at mom I meant is one who takes good care of her family. OMG I made a mistake. Shocking
nutsandbolts

Joliet, IL

#27 Sep 3, 2009
WSS is a bitch wrote:
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Let em go. You blue-collar asses demanding more and more every day are the ones running these companies out of the country. Idiot, do you know what happens to make up the largest cost of goods and services in this country?????
If you guessed labor, ding, ding, ding, you are correct. Time to go back to earning what a high school diploma should earn. Sorry,$80k a year to turn a screwdriver is a joke in my book. And you wonder why they are going to Costa Rica. With labor unions asking for more and more and more, in 10 years, there will only be two types of people in America, white collar and unemployed.
What a moronic statement! When the blue collar jobs go the white collar jobs go with it all the way to the top! Just a bunch of white collar pencil pushers and paper shufflers left with no one to manage. IDIOT.
WSS is a bitch

Lemont, IL

#29 Sep 3, 2009
nutsandbolts wrote:
<quoted text>What a moronic statement! When the blue collar jobs go the white collar jobs go with it all the way to the top! Just a bunch of white collar pencil pushers and paper shufflers left with no one to manage. IDIOT.
Another difference between them and us is that we can use a screwdriver and a wrench, however, they cannot complete a balance sheet or a journal entry. Who would be lost without whom?????
blue collar

Lockport, IL

#30 Sep 3, 2009
hey white collar, i'll bring my 4wd any night of the week, and discuss the town i so much, used to love. u pansy's moved into our town. i played football at lockport in the 70's, and so did my kids. pansy, i bet your kids play soccer
White Collar

Lemont, IL

#31 Sep 3, 2009
blue collar wrote:
hey white collar, i'll bring my 4wd any night of the week, and discuss the town i so much, used to love. u pansy's moved into our town. i played football at lockport in the 70's, and so did my kids. pansy, i bet your kids play soccer
Yeah, and maybe you can crack open that Budweiser and light up that Marlboro. You a real man, aren't you. Tending to the turf and filling water bottles doesn't really make you part of the team, but call it what you want.

By the way, while you were playin football, I was bangin your girlfriend.
Kevin P

United States

#32 Oct 3, 2009
I've worked at Panduit for 20 years. Where is the job that pays $80,000 for turning a screwdriver? Non-skilled labor makes maybe $30,000 a year. Mold Makers, electricians, Mechanics (in other words skilled labor) make between 45,000 and 60,000. I agree unions are a major problem with many American Companies, Panduit however; is non-union (thank god). I don't know where this closing of Lockport comes from. Panduit is closing New Lenox and manufacturing in Tinley is closing. Some of the manufacturing employees will move to Lockport. Many other jobs will relocate to the new facility on 80th Ave.
Joe

AOL

#33 Oct 3, 2009
Kevin P wrote:
I've worked at Panduit for 20 years. Where is the job that pays $80,000 for turning a screwdriver? Non-skilled labor makes maybe $30,000 a year. Mold Makers, electricians, Mechanics (in other words skilled labor) make between 45,000 and 60,000. I agree unions are a major problem with many American Companies, Panduit however; is non-union (thank god). I don't know where this closing of Lockport comes from. Panduit is closing New Lenox and manufacturing in Tinley is closing. Some of the manufacturing employees will move to Lockport. Many other jobs will relocate to the new facility on 80th Ave.
My son works for the one here in Lockport. This facility may not be completley closed down but most of the work 80-90% is going to Costa Rica and Mexico. He is management and will be transferred to another facility. There will be a small amount of manufacturing going on here but eventually it will be phased out. Do these people know for sure they are coming to Lockport? Panduit has done a number on these employees and have not be truthful.
Joe

AOL

#34 Oct 3, 2009
September 10, 2009
BY CINDY WOJDYLA CAIN, Sun-Times News Group
Panduit Corp. will phase out a "significant number" of jobs as it closes its New Lenox Township and Tinley Park manufacturing facilities over the next two years.
The electrical wiring and communications product manufacturer will shift the work to existing plants in Costa Rica and Mexico, company spokeswoman Sangita Kasturi said.
"Of course this hasn't been an easy decision at all," Kasturi said during a phone interview Wednesday. "I wish this weren't this kind of news. We're closing divisions that have had a historical presence in their communities."
Company President Tom Donovan blamed the economy for the move.
"It was a tough decision that we had hoped we wouldn't have to make," he said in a press release. "But we cannot ignore the effects of the economy on the electrical market in general and on the lowering demand for our electrical products in particular."
The company will help terminated employees find jobs at other Panduit locations or jobs at other companies by offering outplacement counseling and interview workshops, Kasturi said.
The 54-year-old company's Tinley Park manufacturing plant, which is located in Cook County, houses a wiring components division. The New Lenox facility is home to a terminal division. Both plants have been in place for decades.
The closures will not affect the company's construction of an eco-friendly global headquarters in the Will County portion of Tinley Park, which received $13 million in tax incentives from the state, school districts, village and county. The 250,000-square-foot headquarters is slated to open in the first or second quarter of next year, Kasturi said. About 500 jobs at the existing headquarters in the Cook County portion of Tinley Park will move to the new $39 million building, which will be located south of Interstate 80 and east of 80th Avenue at the site of the former Windy City Campground.
Tinley Park economic development director Ivan Baker and Will County Center for Economic Development CEO John Greuling agreed the closures were "regrettable" but understandable in today's economy.
New Lenox officials had no comment Wednesday on Panduit's plan to close its manufacturing plant located on South Schoolhouse Road in unincorporated New Lenox Township.
Kasturi would not say what will happen to Panduit's plan to expand its raceway system division in Lockport, a project that has received tax abatements from local taxing bodies and final approval from the city council. No work has been done on the 110,000-square-foot addition.
Kasturi said she expects Panduit to become a more efficient, more agile company.
(PLEASE NOTE THAT PANDUIT PLANNED EXPANSION IN LOCKPORT, IT WAS APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL OVER 1 YEAR AGO. ADDITION HAS BEEN STOPPED AND WILL NOT BE BUILT BECAUSE THEY WILL BE PHRASING OUT LOCKPORT AS WELL IN THE NEAR FUTURE. MANAGEMENT KNOWS THIS BUT THE FEW EMPLOYEES THAT WILL BE LEFT HERE AFTER TRANSFERRING MOST OF THE OPERATION TO COSTA RICA AND MEXICO ARE NOT BEING TOLD ANYTHING.)
Joe

AOL

#35 Oct 3, 2009
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robert h. wrote:
You are kidding, right Nicholas? Ever hear of Panduit's 20/20 plan? 20 growth and 20 percent profit annually? Panduit has NEVER lost money during a fiscal year. Profits aren't 20% I'm sure but don't kid yourself, Panduit is still profitable. The company is using the economy as an excuse to rid itself of the very people who helped make it a BILLION dollar company. And your other statement about the jobs just going away? They are going to Costa Rica. 75 molding machines from Tinley are being crated for shipment even as we speak! Wake up. Panduit has sold out hundreds of American workers. Why pay an American 20 bucks an hour when you can get a Costa Rican worker to do it for 5 bucks.
9/13/2009 11:22 PM CDT on southtownstar.com
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terry2257 wrote:
to nicholas you are not right the jobs are going south. Panduit sent them up here to be trained to take our jobs. they had layoffs then brought in temps to take there place. Employees have been lied to over and over and they are not trying to find jobs for their employees. In fact they told us that there will be no jobs for us. They do not care about the employees at all. The older employees that will have a harder time finding jobs were the first to go.(some loyalty) Everyone in this country should be outraged at sending these jobs south including you nicholas because your job is also at risk wether you belive it or not. What about the employees who were told that they had jobs and went out and bought homes and cars and now have to figure out how to pay for them. Upper mangement took care of themselves at the expence of the rest of the employees. They are moving south on our tax money and you should be upset by this. Its interesting how they claim they don`t have the money to expand lockport but they had the money to expand costa rica and just happen to expand it big enough to accommodate all the machines.(what luck) You talk about the new world headquarters or is it the new world order and if thats true were all in trouble.
9/12/2009 11:09 PM CDT on southtownstar.com
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robert h. wrote:
Nicholas H.: YES, Panduit lied to their employees. I was there, you were not. Ask anyone who worked at Panduit or is still there. There was no way that company tanked in just 6 weeks. And if things were that bad then why is the 36 million dollar world headquarters still being built? Why did the Costa Rica addition plans proceed as scheduled while the Lockport division addition was shelved? Did you know Panduit has a huge facility in China? The Caveney family has extensive real estate holdings. They pay cash for everything! John Caveney's own words "we don't borrow money. If we can't pay cash for something we won't buy it".
blue collar

Lockport, IL

#36 Oct 3, 2009
White Collar wrote:
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Yeah, and maybe you can crack open that Budweiser and light up that Marlboro. You a real man, aren't you. Tending to the turf and filling water bottles doesn't really make you part of the team, but call it what you want.
By the way, while you were playin football, I was bangin your girlfriend.
i doubt if you were banging my girl.you were the fat kid with snot bubbles, and had to make money, so girls would like you.
Kevin P

United States

#37 Oct 3, 2009
Joe is correct, Panduit pays cash for everything! And they did guarantee all employees a job before the economy went south. Panduit is presently conducting "job interviews" for positions in Lockport's new department (core electronics group). It would not surprise me if they were planning to shut down Lockport but it would be very surprising that the rummer mill had not caught wind of it, they have several leaks in upper management and seem to be completely incapable of keeping anything under wraps. It also doesn't make sense that they would announce the closer of Tinley and New Lenox yet keep the closing of Lockport a secret. Just a side note, I know it is popular to excoriate business owners now days, but we have a government that is extremely hostel toward wealth creators today. Outrageous taxes (the highest in the industrialized world), costly regulations, fees, and any other charges they can think of. Then after the richest 10% pay 71% of the total taxes collected we are told how greedy and evil they are. Much of the public buys into this and looks at them with disdain, then accuse them of being un-American when they leave the country. I'm not defending Panduit, I just wish people would realize all the class warfare perpetuated by politicians whose only concern is their next election comes at a cost. Without thriving business America is a third world nation. Thriving businesses come from entrepreneurs taking a chance with nothing more then an idea and whatever capital they can scrap up (most fail). If they do succeed, they create jobs and we all benefit. This is the structure that has made America the most prosperous nation the world has ever seen. All this in less then 200 years. These people should be held in high esteem not loathed as the currently are. My point is that although many people have legitimate gripes with their employers, we should also pay attention to what our government is doing (or better yet not doing) to ensure we have a business friendly climate. It is too easy move a business anywhere in the world today. With all the hurdles and harassment our government currently inflicts on our businesses, I suspect many of us would do the same if we were in their shoes.
White Collar

Lemont, IL

#38 Oct 3, 2009
blue collar wrote:
<quoted text> i doubt if you were banging my girl.you were the fat kid with snot bubbles, and had to make money, so girls would like you.
All of you "football" players were too stupid to know what was going on then and, today, you're in denial. While you were grabbing other men around the waist, I was grabbin her waist and given it to her good. Your girl probably told you she was waiting for marriage and couldn't do that with you, but she was really waiting for you to get your stupid ape ass out on that field so she could find me. I screwed more of your girls then you probably made tackles. Hope you enjoyed your high school years, I sure as hell enjoyed mine.
Larry Roachelle

Mount Sterling, KY

#39 Oct 23, 2009
Ross Perot said that this would happen when the Democrats passed NAFTA, and it did. Our government is run by a copletely inept group of Clowns, Fools & Idiots. Right now, Obama is putting through his Socalist programs disguised as economic policy. We are heading for a complete economic disaster. Unemployment is over 10% and increasing at over 250,000 jobs per month. FYI: The government conveniently drops people from the "statistics" after they have been dropped from the unemployment benefit rolls.

The interest on the national debt exceeds $550 million per DAY, and still they continue to spend like there's no tomorrow, but not to worry, Comrades Reid and Pelosi have a "plan" to properly redistribute the wealth.

American pays over 60% of the foriegn aid to third world nations, while our own economy crumbles as manufacturing closes down. Don't worry, Obama has a "PLAN". He's going to spend us into prosperity, as well as total economic disaster.

Loser Police

Lansdale, PA

#41 Jan 8, 2010
Why_so_serious wrote:
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Assuming makes as ass out of you and me. I happen to be white collar, thanks for asking before categorizing me, smart guy.
Increased productivity through automation and innovation was supposed to equal lower prices and thus require less money to live on, equating to lower salaries. As we have seen over the past century, that has not been the case. We have all been fleeced by corporate America, and now the companies can just go overseas and continue to cut costs and increase profits, until what happens here over the last 50 years happens overseas during the next 50 years. Developing nations will "get rich", develop a middle class that can consume like gangbusters, then when the system reaches it's breaking point like it has here, the corporations will move on to where they can remain profitable and the people will be f'd.
Where does that leave us, I ask you?
Read a history and econ book loser.....Costa Rica is the one practicing capitalism, not the US. The US model is nothing close to captialism. What morons like you want is communism. Idiots like you think that somehow the government can just come in and take over and waaa laaa its all gonna be better.....well take a look at Social Security and Medicare you wanker...
Loser Police

Lansdale, PA

#42 Jan 8, 2010
lockport resident wrote:
reading these posts that blame the workers or unions for the companies moving out of the country is such a joke. Since the 1970's the profits have not gone into worker hands, they've gone into the CEO and stock holders. real ages haven't increased in decades. Living wages haven't been paid in non-unionized "labor" jobs for so long that both parents have had to work for decades. That is not choice for many working class families but necessity. instead of arguing over the crumbs that the workers get, start questioning the salaries of the CEOs. How many companies today can you find like Whole Foods where the corporate folks CAN'T make more than 19x the lowest paid worker. I have a family member who works for a corp that the highest paid employee can't make more than 14x the lowest paid employee. Corporations either have core values that are society sustaining or not. Spend your dollars wisely with those companies who practice values and ethics you agree with, but don't pile on the backs of the workers.
Hey loser, Panduit is PRIVATELY owned....you'll have a hard time convincing even a preschooler that the profits went to stock holders. Next time check you facts so the Loser Police don't have to bust you for your ignance'.
wally 2022

Homer Glen, IL

#43 Dec 18, 2010
my son has worked for panduit for a long long time and he told me that they were taking on a lot of temp workers. that way if they do not like someone they just tell the temp company to lose that person... plus if that is not wright on the wall of what is coming then what is....
Gee golly

Cordele, GA

#44 Dec 20, 2010
Larry Roachelle wrote:
Ross Perot said that this would happen when the Democrats passed NAFTA, and it did. Our government is run by a copletely inept group of Clowns, Fools & Idiots. Right now, Obama is putting through his Socalist programs disguised as economic policy. We are heading for a complete economic disaster. Unemployment is over 10% and increasing at over 250,000 jobs per month. FYI: The government conveniently drops people from the "statistics" after they have been dropped from the unemployment benefit rolls.
The interest on the national debt exceeds $550 million per DAY, and still they continue to spend like there's no tomorrow, but not to worry, Comrades Reid and Pelosi have a "plan" to properly redistribute the wealth.
American pays over 60% of the foriegn aid to third world nations, while our own economy crumbles as manufacturing closes down. Don't worry, Obama has a "PLAN". He's going to spend us into prosperity, as well as total economic disaster.
NAFTA failed because our unions are paid so extravagantly that they have priced our country out of the world market. Unions need to get a grip on reality and stop demanding ever-increasing benefits for their members.
Barry Goldwater

Homer Glen, IL

#45 Dec 20, 2010
This is not a Democratic or Republican issue but of course Americans need someone to blame before they mix another drink and ignore the true cause. The cause is in the mirror. Americans get what they vote for...whether it is crap television or lying ,cheating politicians. It will have to get much worse to really have change and wake up the average American voter. Go mix another drink and blame the political party of your choice while they both take your future.

Since: Dec 09

Romeoville, IL

#46 Dec 20, 2010
Gee golly wrote:
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NAFTA failed because our unions are paid so extravagantly that they have priced our country out of the world market. Unions need to get a grip on reality and stop demanding ever-increasing benefits for their members.
I agree. How dare the Unions demand fair wages and benefits in this country. Just show up, do your job and take what the company gives you. Benefits are overrated anyway, if you live your life right and stay healthy you wont need medical insurance.
Solution

Lockport, IL

#47 Dec 20, 2010
Most of the economy is driven by the "deal" especially these last couple of years.

In general folks won't pay double or triple the cost of something because its made here. They will look to get the best at the least amount. If they get something made below standard they just throw it out and buy another widget.

Panduit is just doing what other large corporations are doing to keep adrift.

Look at United Airlines. They filed for backruptsy; gave up their pensions and started all over again. The built a corporate center in downtown Chicago with the intention of closing their offices in Elk Grove Village. The UA planes don't get serviced (just maintenance) in UA service centers in Chicago and SFO but rather and cheaper for them to subcontract in the south and in Viet Nam. They actually sent mechanics there to show them how to read the detailed manuals, etc.

Organized labor has to get off its high horse because their "building for America" plans don't work anymore relating to getting better wage concessions. The by-products of what they have created haven't gone away and actually remind the general public of what they don't want to deal with every time someone mentions organized labor and fair wages. It irritates me to know that my tax monies went to a failed company or bank bailout. Yeah its funny how government bailouts created jobs. Went out one pocket and into another one.

95% of the population isn't any better off than they were before the bailouts and in fact are worst off. The percentage of public sector jobs increased tremendously while private sector jobs did the opposite.

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