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concernedmother

Orland Park, IL

#1 May 30, 2009
Concerns and/or fears now that Metaldyne has announced the closure of the New Castle plant....
Outahere

Indianapolis, IN

#2 May 30, 2009
Would the last one to leave please turn of the utilities, especially the Water!
Hilo Driver Forever

Medina, OH

#3 May 30, 2009
Metaldyne to close in New Castle, ending nearly 400 jobs!

NEW CASTLE -- The city's Metaldyne Corp. plant will close in the coming weeks, costing nearly 400 workers their jobs.

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The closing, announced Friday afternoon, ends operations at the plant, which was the community's largest employer when it was owned by Chrysler. The troubled automaker remains the largest customer for auto parts made at the New Castle plant.

Metaldyne Corp., which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday, has operated the New Castle plant on a workforce of slightly more than 80 employees for several weeks since the temporary layoff of 300 workers.

"This is a very difficult decision," company spokesman Marge Sorge told The Star Press. "New Castle has been part of Metaldyne since 2004. Its employees have been committed to delivering quality products to Metaldyne customers and should be commended on their performance."

Sorge said that Chrysler, which filed its own Chapter 11 papers on April 30, has asked Metaldyne to keep the plant open "no more than 90 days" or until it can find another source for the parts it needs. The size of the plant and how under-utilized it is "makes it economically impossible to keep it open."

Mayor Jim Small said the news was grim but not totally unexpected.

"We were sort of prepared for it, but it's still a shock," Small said, adding that plans would continue to market the western half of the Metaldyne plant as a potential incubator for green industries. He said he didn't believe the announcement would alter those efforts.

Randy Perdew, a four-year Metaldyne employee who was laid off six months ago, said, "I'm not surprised. Yeah, I'm disappointed for everybody that needs a job."

Metaldyne Corp. on Thursday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, citing the downturn in the auto industry.

A month ago, about 300 workers at the New Castle plant were sent home and told the bulk of production would end for as long as 60 days. The work stoppage came about because of planned plant closings for Chrysler plants.

Metaldyne employed 325 hourly and 59 salaried workers at the end of April, down from 409 hourly and 59 salaried in January. The workforce has decreased considerably since 2007, when the company reported 775 hourly workers and 140 salaried workers.

"It's been decreasing as work has gone away," Sorge said.

Perdew -- who worked for nearly 10 years at the Visteon Plant in Connersville before being laid off in 2004 after that plant was closed outright -- said he's gone back to school to become a school teacher.

"I'll finish when I'm around 53 years old," Perdew said. "I would still have 15 years to work, and that's what I plan on doing."
Hilo Driver Forever

Medina, OH

#4 May 30, 2009
Well this should be a real hit to New Castles Tax Base! One more nail in New Castle Coffin, not to mention what this will do to Local 371! Without money coming from Active workers it will not be long before the Union Office will be closed also!
Insider

Round Lake, IL

#6 May 30, 2009
Yeah, because we all know that one of the duties of being mayor is being in charge of privately-owned factories.
Soon to be out of a job

Indianapolis, IN

#7 May 30, 2009
The unfortunate part about this is that most of us who work there are not really that surprised by the events that have taken place. The plant has been declining for several years. Metaldyne management has not done the greatest job managing their people and resources. And the union screwed the plant over in 2003 when they let Chrysler blatantly violate the international contract and had the gall to tell the people to be "happy for the deal we got for you."

Since: May 09

Carmel,in

#8 May 30, 2009
And we were supposed to smile while they were sticking it to us.
I think when unions started, they were great.
But everything's so corrupt anymore.
Octoganago

Indianapolis, IN

#9 May 30, 2009
UAW National headquarters will not support a strike against Metaldyne or they will close the plant.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/jun2003/uaw...
Octoganago

Indianapolis, IN

#10 May 30, 2009
Betrayed By The UAW

This betrayal by the UAW bureaucracy will come as no surprise to most auto workers. Over the past 25 years the UAW bureaucracy has presided over wage cuts and the slashing of hundred of thousands of jobs by the auto companies, aerospace firms and farm and heavy machinery manufacturers without offering any serious resistance.

The imposition of what is essentially a sweatshop contract on workers at New Castle Machining and Forge in exchange for the right to collect more union dues sums up the role of the UAW today. It is not a workers organization in any proper sense. It has become in the course of decades of degeneration an organization of, by and for the union bureaucracy: it defends the corrupt and parasitic social layer that administers the union and a small periphery of more privileged workers in its immediate orbit.

Since: May 09

Carmel,in

#11 May 30, 2009
Octoganago wrote:
UAW National headquarters will not support a strike against Metaldyne or they will close the plant.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2003/jun2003/uaw...
Well it's gonna close anyway.
The way I look at it, if it would be a headace for them, then strike.
They take union dues, then stab everyone in the back.
But then isn't that what our government does to us?

Since: May 09

New Castle, IN

#12 May 30, 2009
I work at an auto plant in Greensburg,(not honda) and when chrysler filled they layed off half the workforce here some of them permenantly I have 10 years here and I got layed off till the restructuring is finished, things are tough all over
Bob

Linwood, KS

#13 May 30, 2009
Anything associated with the Auto industry is in jeopardy. GM will go into bankruptcy on Monday and the cascade will continue. If Grede is still highly dependent on GM look for them to close also.
Michael

Zalau, Romania

#14 May 30, 2009
Bill wrote:
Way to go Jim Small it was on his watch.
How in the hell could it be his fault!? What could he have done to prevent it!? I suppose AIG and the worldwide economic situation is the Mayor's fault as well? Wow!
Michael

Zalau, Romania

#15 May 30, 2009
Bob wrote:
Anything associated with the Auto industry is in jeopardy. GM will go into bankruptcy on Monday and the cascade will continue. If Grede is still highly dependent on GM look for them to close also.
You are right. The days of factory sustained cities are gone. Cities and towns are going to have to return to the days of small, individual stores and shops to sustain themselves and create jobs. Small local factories can survive, but will produce items needed locally and within a small area. It's about getting back to the basics now.
Raj Rotenkrotsch

Windfall, IN

#16 May 30, 2009
The problem is right now all this town has is basically Wall-Mart.
No personal service.
What happened to the days when a customer could walk into a Ma& Pa store and walk to the same location in the store and find the same quality item?
Michael

Zalau, Romania

#17 May 31, 2009
Raj Rotenkrotsch wrote:
The problem is right now all this town has is basically Wall-Mart.
No personal service.
What happened to the days when a customer could walk into a Ma& Pa store and walk to the same location in the store and find the same quality item?
You are right, but Wal-mart no longer has to care about providing customer care because the people have no alternatives, so Wal-mart doesn't care about the customers.

Places like Wal-mart hoodwinked people who didn't think long term what buying from them would cause and others knew, but didn't care, and all bought from Wal-mart to get things a little cheaper at the expense of the mom and pop stores and, in the long term, American Jobs. Now that the people buying from Wal-mart, and Wal-mart itself, have put all the manufacturers out of business, Wal-mart went into its next phase, which it planned all along, which was to buy cheaply made, and poorly made, Chinese products and sell them for the same prices that one would be able to buy them at the mom and pop stores, if any existed. Same thing with the American auto makers, the American people sold themselves out of work because they wanted cheap cars, so they bought Japanese cars. I remember when electronics were American made, but again, the people bought cheap Japanese stuff and now there are no television or radio makers in America where they once employed tens of thousands or more.

America has sold itself out because of greed. Other countries are doing it, and have done so, but America is my home so I'm going to beef about the place I care about of course.
Michael

Zalau, Romania

#19 May 31, 2009
Bill wrote:
If it is your home why aren't you here.
You're friends with Zofus who was ready to renounce his citizenship. Why don't you leave!?

According to you and the other nuts, I am there and I am STILL waiting for the addrss so you can prove yourself.
Uncle Bud

Kennard, IN

#20 May 31, 2009
Sounds like I picked the wrong time to move to this area.
golfer

Hoytville, OH

#21 May 31, 2009
Michael please come save us!!!!!!!
We need your help!!!!!
Please run for mayor next time!!!! You could run the whole town... You could kick out all the losers and only keep people who admire you in New Castle!!!!! You could put us all back to work and save us from ruination!!!! I could be your right hand man or is it your left hand??? I promise to honor and worship you the rest of my days!!!
PLEASE, PLEASE!!! Help us!!!
Bill

Indianapolis, IN

#22 May 31, 2009
Zofus will be back.

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