Mishawaka parts plant closing

Mishawaka parts plant closing

There are 23 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 7, 2007, titled Mishawaka parts plant closing. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

MISHAWAKA, Ind. - Auto parts maker Affinia Group Inc. has decided to close its northern Indiana factory and cut about 190 jobs.

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lost Mitch

Waunakee, WI

#1 Oct 7, 2007
Japan or bust--

Where o where is Mitch at o where o where has he gone?
Hes over in a land across the sea.
Why can't he focus on Indiana hoosier's and create growth at home?
Cause hes a puppet for the monopolies of the global economic system.
What will we need to get our Indiana jobs.

Maybe some focus on local needs?
Maybe focus on Indiana needs.
Maybe some good old focus on technology, home grown.
Maybe some focus on jobs other than finace and insurance.
Maybe we ahould encourrage our chamber to devlope high tech energy related jobs that do not polute.

Since: Jan 07

Mishawaka, IN

#2 Oct 7, 2007
Jeff Rea has done little to improve Mishawaka south of the river. Industrial sites and commercial properties sit unused while north of the river he touts his successes.

Check out this commentary on the subject:

www.ilikemikehayes.blogspot.com

Since: Mar 07

Newark, OH

#3 Oct 7, 2007
Your man Mitch probably " Privatized " these jobs as well ....
WONDERING INDIANA

Union, KY

#4 Oct 7, 2007
Mishawaka, your to small and have very few voters, no round abouts, or big money players. Mitch says you don't count. So shut-up and pay your property taxes.

Since: Dec 06

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Oct 7, 2007
I thought the time change would increase business in Indiana and not close plants.
another bites the dust

United States

#6 Oct 7, 2007
Well another parts maker leaves Indiana , at least they stayed in the USA and didn't run for Mexico or China.
If you work there move or face no jobs in Indiana to match what you just had. I know , i lost a good job , try and find a good Toolmaking job north of Indianapolis , there are none left. NONE
Deadeye

Burnsville, MN

#7 Oct 7, 2007
Wonder if the UAW represented the Mishawaka workers.
kitty

Kankakee, IL

#9 Oct 7, 2007
Dustin Blythe wrote:
Jeff Rea has done little to improve Mishawaka south of the river. Industrial sites and commercial properties sit unused while north of the river he touts his successes.
Check out this commentary on the subject:
www.ilikemikehayes.blogspot.com
AMEN!! I'm a transplant from Mishawaka, and the area south of the river is dying off like much of South Bend. Rea came into politics because his mama was former mayor Beutter's secretary/assistant. His election illustrates what's wrong with politics: It's who you know, not how qualified or capable you are.

I went to high school with Rea and have met Mike Hayes several times. Hayes would be much better for Mishawaka, but he's a democrat, and they never get elected in ole' Mishawaka.
kitty

Kankakee, IL

#10 Oct 7, 2007
WONDERING INDIANA wrote:
Mishawaka, your to small and have very few voters, no round abouts, or big money players. Mitch says you don't count. So shut-up and pay your property taxes.
I'm confused....Anderson has 58,394 residents (according to the census data) and Mishawaka has 48,396. Is Mishawaka really that small? According to the same census data, Anderson lost 0.5% of its population from 2000-2003, while Mishawaka grew by 3.8%.

And now that I think about it, what the hay does this have to do with the fact that the former Dana plant (which was owned by the Krizmans several years ago) is closing. Methinks the real issue is family businesses, like Krizmans, sell out to national businesses like Dana, who then sell to other national businesses, who eventually relocate to the cheapest labor in the country (or world).....all while screwing over towns and cities who bend over backwards to offer tax breaks and other incentives to woo the business to their town/city.

Whether it's foolish politics or dirty business doesn't matter....it stinks. People are out of a job; cities inherit useless industrial real estate; The only winners are the big businesses...
PROUND UAW MOMMA

Indianapolis, IN

#11 Oct 7, 2007
I HAV NEW BIG TRUCK TO AND WORK UAW UNUION JOB HERE AND NICE BIG HOUSE ON LAKES WITH BOAT AND MONEY TO SPEND ON TV AND NEW KICHEN AND HOUSE. MY KID LIKE MONEY FRUM UAW AND HAVE STUFF AND IPODS AND VEDIO GAME AND TV IN ROOM WITH BOAT HERE AND HAVE FUN ON VACTION WHEN WE GO TO LAKE BOAT AND HAVE MONEY. UAW JOB IS GOOD FOR US AND HAVE NICE NEW CARS AND NEW BIGTRUCK AND HAVE TRAILER ON LAKES AND BOATS. WES NEED UAW HERE TO KEEP BOSSS AWAY TO BOTHER AND BE MEEN AND AT UAW FOR NO RESON AND HAVE TO WORK HARD TO MAKE THEM HAPPY CAUSE UAW IS GOOD TO US. IM HAPPY FOR UAW TO HAVE MONEY TO BY BOAT AND NEW TRUCK TO HAVE CAR AND NEW BIG HOUSE WITH 7 BEDROOM AND MAKE 140,000 LAST YEAR FOR WORK AND HAVE IPOD FOR KID AND NEW CAR TO DRIVE AND HAVELAKE BOAT WITH NEW TRUCK. I DRIVE A NEW DOGE RAM 4 WHEEL DRIVE AND HAS COSTOM STERO AND BIG WHEEL AND HAVE BOAT PAINT JOB FOR LAKES.
The Deal Is

Louisville, KY

#12 Oct 7, 2007
kitty wrote:
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I'm confused....Anderson has 58,394 residents (according to the census data) and Mishawaka has 48,396. Is Mishawaka really that small? According to the same census data, Anderson lost 0.5% of its population from 2000-2003, while Mishawaka grew by 3.8%.
And now that I think about it, what the hay does this have to do with the fact that the former Dana plant (which was owned by the Krizmans several years ago) is closing. Methinks the real issue is family businesses, like Krizmans, sell out to national businesses like Dana, who then sell to other national businesses, who eventually relocate to the cheapest labor in the country (or world).....all while screwing over towns and cities who bend over backwards to offer tax breaks and other incentives to woo the business to their town/city.
Whether it's foolish politics or dirty business doesn't matter....it stinks. People are out of a job; cities inherit useless industrial real estate; The only winners are the big businesses...
The deal is that Anderson is also too small for Mitch to worry about saving high paying industrial jobs. All the good manufacturing jobs are gone in Anderson and our Republican mayor gleefully proclaims his partnership with Mitch in securing a couple of hundred $10 and hour call center jobs.
Bryan

Panama City, FL

#13 Oct 7, 2007
The Deal Is wrote:
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The deal is that Anderson is also too small for Mitch to worry about saving high paying industrial jobs. All the good manufacturing jobs are gone in Anderson and our Republican mayor gleefully proclaims his partnership with Mitch in securing a couple of hundred $10 and hour call center jobs.
Better then not having anything at all.
Tom

Dayton, OH

#14 Oct 7, 2007
PROUND UAW MOMMA wrote:
I HAV NEW BIG TRUCK TO AND WORK UAW UNUION JOB HERE AND NICE BIG HOUSE ON LAKES WITH BOAT AND MONEY TO SPEND ON TV AND NEW KICHEN AND HOUSE. MY KID LIKE MONEY FRUM UAW AND HAVE STUFF AND IPODS AND VEDIO GAME AND TV IN ROOM WITH BOAT HERE AND HAVE FUN ON VACTION WHEN WE GO TO LAKE BOAT AND HAVE MONEY. UAW JOB IS GOOD FOR US AND HAVE NICE NEW CARS AND NEW BIGTRUCK AND HAVE TRAILER ON LAKES AND BOATS. WES NEED UAW HERE TO KEEP BOSSS AWAY TO BOTHER AND BE MEEN AND AT UAW FOR NO RESON AND HAVE TO WORK HARD TO MAKE THEM HAPPY CAUSE UAW IS GOOD TO US. IM HAPPY FOR UAW TO HAVE MONEY TO BY BOAT AND NEW TRUCK TO HAVE CAR AND NEW BIG HOUSE WITH 7 BEDROOM AND MAKE 140,000 LAST YEAR FOR WORK AND HAVE IPOD FOR KID AND NEW CAR TO DRIVE AND HAVELAKE BOAT WITH NEW TRUCK. I DRIVE A NEW DOGE RAM 4 WHEEL DRIVE AND HAS COSTOM STERO AND BIG WHEEL AND HAVE BOAT PAINT JOB FOR LAKES.
I am saddened by your choice of a "American" vehicle.
Former Anderson res

New Albany, IN

#15 Oct 7, 2007
To The Deal Is: The UAW I.Q. ruined Anderson. Killed the Golden Goose!Everyone thought GM would just keep on giving forever.
Mikey

United States

#16 Oct 7, 2007
Bryan wrote:
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Better then not having anything at all.
Is it?
Expatriate Ralph

UK

#19 Oct 8, 2007
Tom wrote:
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I am saddened by your choice of a "American" vehicle.
Auto Workers need to take a look at the way the rest of America lives. I haven't never made over 45,000 in a year. Most American's don't! The Auto workers do have great jobs! Problem is that they are the only ones able to afford the cars and trucks they are making. The U.S. automotive industry will not thrive.

(Unless they are innovative and first to the world markets with affordable and mass-produceable, sustainable, new green solution. For instance, the compressed air based engines. Or working with their friends, the energy companies, to perfect the algae based biodiesel fuels)

It's great to protect workers and get them a fair wage. But, when wages, medical insurance, pensions, and other benefits begin affecting the bottom-line, pricing and competiveness, then, the Union ultimately has no one to work for.

This is just a tip of a large iceberg...we won't begin to talk about corporate executives pay. Unfortunately, the good jobs that the automotive industry has created seem to be going. Every one involved took too long to read the writing on the wall. Now, it looks like the market is checking them on their perception of reality.

Just to think about: we pay more for house insurance, car insurance, and every other kind of insurance because of our lack of a national health care provision. National Health Care will help the bottom line for most companies because it takes the burden off the business. It's time the insurance companies had a reality check, too.
Greg A Loser

La Porte, IN

#20 Feb 29, 2008
Deadeye wrote:
Wonder if the UAW represented the Mishawaka workers.
Affinia, formerly Dana, Formerly Echlin, had a strong anti-union stance that stated simply, "If a union gets in here, this plant will close immediately." That has been the philosophy for many years, but it would have been a feather in the cap of Local 5 UAW! Too bad they didn't get it.
night shift

Carrolltown, PA

#21 Mar 5, 2008
According to the UAW, the company wants to cut workers’ wages from $28 per hour to $14 per hour. Dauch says the UAW agreed to wage-cutting moves at Dana and Delphi and should do the same at American Axle.
Former Employee

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Apr 9, 2008
I can tell you now from the outside looking back, what closed Affinia Mishawaka (Krizman International, Dana Mishawaka) was corporate greed, nothing more. We ran a good shop, produced a good American product with non-union employees, some who had been there 25+ years. Affinia is determined to become a "global manufacturer", which means opening factories in China, India, etc. They outsourced as much of the manufacturing work as they possibly could, then closed up shop and moved what was left to Oklahoma City. We loose, the executives win. They claim to be a "Purpose Driven Company", based on the Christian book "A Purpose Driven Life", but I can tell you they only care about profits.
former empoyee SoBend

South Bend, IN

#23 Nov 19, 2010
Dana Mishawaka some how managed to get rid of all thier good employees between 2004 an 2006 Which left them with all the suck asses an they were the ones that brought the company down. They found out that You just couldn't stand around an talk about the place you actually had to go on the floor an work. They had know knowledge on how we ran an setup those machines like they thought they did.

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