National Hardware plant and headquart...

National Hardware plant and headquarters to close in Sterling/Rock ...

There are 10 comments on the WQAD story from May 25, 2010, titled National Hardware plant and headquarters to close in Sterling/Rock .... In it, WQAD reports that:

Stanley Black & Decker is annoucing plans to close its National Hardware facilities in Whiteside County over the next year.

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Stupid Democrat

New Windsor, IL

#1 May 25, 2010
Excellent, If we can just get the Democrats to band the manufacture of semi automatic weapons, we could put Rock River Arms, Armalite and Springfield Armory out of business too. Or at least get them to move out of Illinois. Go Dems
Don

Davisburg, MI

#2 May 26, 2010
This is typical of both Stanley and Black and Decker,get rid of 2-300 so you can pay of the bribe/bonus you paid the already rich guys to sell out to the new owners.
Former employee

Lemon Grove, CA

#3 May 26, 2010
I was let go last month and I will tell you that the company has gone to pot from when I joined! "Great Civilizations are brought down by Stupidity". What do you think??? National was once a great 'civilization' that has fallen to corporate America. Then again, perhaps we should look at where it began...with the sale of National by the BENSON Family!!!!
another former employee

Grayslake, IL

#4 May 27, 2010
National used to be a family company until the Benson boys came back to the clan to take advantage of the money. they never cared about anything other than that. it's sad to see such a good company go away. i still have friends and relatives that work there. i'm more sad for them because there is nothing in Sterling and Rockfalls. the only thing that will go up in the area is the alcohol sales.
dave

Sterling, IL

#5 Jun 3, 2010
They need to heavily tax companies that export jobs so much that this doesn't happen.
aia1212

Rockford, IL

#6 Jun 5, 2010
The Benson and Bittorf families do not owe anyone an apology or explanation for selling the company. Their families were in business to make money. They got out when the getting was good. I say more power to them.
CureYus

Spencerport, NY

#7 Jun 15, 2010
Former employee wrote:
I was let go last month and I will tell you that the company has gone to pot from when I joined! "Great Civilizations are brought down by Stupidity". What do you think??? National was once a great 'civilization' that has fallen to corporate America. Then again, perhaps we should look at where it began...with the sale of National by the BENSON Family!!!!
How much did you make an hour, what benefits did you recieve. If you guys in that region would get your wages and unions in line with reality the rest of us would push for production to be moved back.
Former Employee

Lemon Grove, CA

#8 Jun 24, 2010
CureYus wrote:
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How much did you make an hour, what benefits did you recieve. If you guys in that region would get your wages and unions in line with reality the rest of us would push for production to be moved back.
In Dallas, cost of living is decent and we deal with the cheap wages in this region impacted by Mexico no doubt. I made the same as two other co-workers in two other areas. Severance package was nil due to the fact that they laid off others company wide. I was told that anyone on the Black & Decker side that got laid off received six months of severance regardless.
PODBAYDOORS

Skokie, IL

#9 Jul 1, 2010
Really sad.... My folks lived in Sterling in the early 70's when things were still going full tilt.
Northwestern Steel & wire, National, Lawrence and a myriad of other supporting companies all provided a nice living for the area residents.
I remember seeing the Wahl Clipper people's house on Locust and thinking that they really had it made. Seemed that the milk and honey would never end. Oh well......
David Nordin

Naperville, IL

#10 Jul 29, 2010
So what do we do about the dozens of American major manufacturers' boards of directors who have caused havoc in our communities across our country, by putting Americans out of work? Their business model has been to rely on the strength of their name brands, like Stanley, to keep their own jobs and profit margins (for a while) and the name-brand buying preferences of Americans, while giving our manufacturing jobs to the Chinese.
The answer is simple. Take our country back. From now on, the only label that counts is the one that says "Made in the U.S.A." We still make some of everthing here; it's not too late. Read the label every time you shop. If it isn't made here, you don't need it. That includes Chinese Christmas lights and plastic toys, Chinese Halloween decorations, Chinese Easter baskets, Chinese 4th of July fireworks, and other Chinese junk made by people who don't even believe in these holidays. It includes Chinese-made "name-brand" sneakers, purses, sporting goods, tools, household fixtures, cars and everything else we have bought with our credit cards to put ourselves into debt, while rewarding companies who have destryed our economy and brought us into national poverty for their own greed. Ask for it by name every time you shop-"Made In America!"

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