Did everyone see the BIG layoff to AG...

Did everyone see the BIG layoff to AGC/AFG glass

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“you have to begin to start”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#1 Apr 16, 2008
OMG 246 employees and it starts within the next 2 weeks. What are these people going to do?
Observer

Columbia, TN

#3 Apr 16, 2008
Their headquarters moved from Kingsport to Atlanta one year ago, and they changed their name a few months later from AFG to to Asahi Glass Co, I assume they got bought out at that time. I suppose they are consolidating operations? With the price of gasoline though, the closer to the delivery site the cheaper to operate. However, it's not like we build a whole lot of skyscrapers in this area.

About the company:

http://www.afgglass.com/ManagedPage.aspx...
some old man

Columbia, TN

#4 Apr 16, 2008
What will the employees do? If they are smart, move to another town.
Another nail in the coffin for Kingsport, they are a dying city. Each year the population goes down and the lazy city leaders are so long used to money from Eastman that they've not done a think to attract investment in their town for decades.

Undoubtedly they are talking about attracting more tourism even as we speak.

“you have to begin to start”

Since: Feb 08

Location hidden

#5 Apr 16, 2008
crazy wrote:
Is that close to PMT
Its on AFG road near Dot and Ricks Market Just below the new road they built to for BFI trucks to the landfill

“Ow3n”

Since: Oct 07

American Computer Techs

#6 Apr 16, 2008
This is a very bad thing for the folks here in Hawkins County. We can not afford the loss of jobs.Not only are we looking at the employees losing their jobs, we are looking at the businesses their incomes help support and the taxes they pay.
For that matter it's not just a county or even a state problem. Our entire country and the citizens within it are in dire straights.
If we would put the same time , effort, resources and manpower into rebuilding the U.S. job market and industrial manufacturing that we put into Afghanistan and Iraq, we would be enjoying an unprecedented era of prosperity.
We can't change our past choice, however we can strive to build a better future for ourselves and our children.
Politicians need to either push, pull, or get the hell out of our way....'cause we have a lot of people who need to move ahead.
A Local

Columbia, TN

#7 Apr 16, 2008
Ow3n wrote:
If we would put the same time, effort, resources and manpower into rebuilding the U.S. job market and industrial manufacturing that we put into Afghanistan and Iraq, we would be enjoying an unprecedented era of prosperity.
You just said a mouthful. I agree completely. Paul Wolfowitz told us it would cost no more than $60 billion, and that was a lot of money. Now it is said the total cost, this is including medical care for injured vets, is around $6 trillion.$6 trillion! Oh my god, does anyone have any idea how much $6 trillion is?

Given that Iraq is a failed one sided war that was justified by intentional lies, the entire thing is shameful from beginning to end, without even having to start to consider the torture or loss of rights and power grab by corrupt corporations in Iraq, in the US, and worldwide.
A Local

Columbia, TN

#8 Apr 16, 2008
By the way, the $6 trillion comes from Nobel prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz.$3 trillion is the current amount spent, without the interest payments on debt or medical costs of injuries. When he factored those in it came to $5-$7 trillion: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/288...
A Local

Columbia, TN

#9 Apr 16, 2008
Oh and for those who want to debunk it I'll spare you the trouble and quote the Whitehouse's official response:

"[The Iraq war] is also an investment in the future safety and security of Americans and our vital national interests.$3 trillion? What price does Joe Stiglitz put on attacks on the homeland that have already been prevented? Or doesn't his slide rule work that way?"
kbailey

Kingsport, TN

#10 Apr 16, 2008
Observer wrote:
Their headquarters moved from Kingsport to Atlanta one year ago, and they changed their name a few months later from AFG to to Asahi Glass Co, I assume they got bought out at that time. I suppose they are consolidating operations? With the price of gasoline though, the closer to the delivery site the cheaper to operate. However, it's not like we build a whole lot of skyscrapers in this area.
About the company:
http://www.afgglass.com/ManagedPage.aspx...
This company sells glass all over and this is there biggest plant.They are doing this to break the union so they can pay cheap labor and the group that owns it now is from another country
Observer

Columbia, TN

#11 Apr 16, 2008
Asahi is a Japanese word - is the parent company Japanese?

Is this really about breaking the union? Is there an active union at the Hawkins plant, or plans to start one? Do the other factory locations not have unions?

I know that WalMart has shut down entire stores if there is even talk of a union. It amazes me that anyone who believes in labor rights, or anyone claiming to be a Christian, would shop there when they are so abusive to workers.

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#12 Apr 17, 2008
ow3n is correct we need to convince the politicians we need to invest in our own county first. Not wars between people that have been going on for thousands of years. Our medical system is a disaster followed by the job loss due to outsourcing.
Job loss is one of the worst things a family can suffer. Especially in this area. How many of you have lived here your entire lives? Could you uproot and move to another state in a large city for a new job? Deal with mixed cultures nasty attitudes from the locals. Have no family support? It is not easy. Your accent and way of speaking will give you away. My family and I have moved 5 times in the last four years due to outsourcing and plant closures. There are several manufacturing facilities on the cusp of closing due to outsourcing in Hawkins county. What will this area do for employment? Tourism will not save this area. Farming? Better pray that it rains more this season than last.

“Love my life!”

Since: Feb 08

Surgoinsville, TN

#13 Apr 17, 2008
This just adds to the lists of crap going on that makes tomorrow look a whole lot more scary.
2 Cents

Johnson City, TN

#14 Apr 17, 2008
This will have a snowball fall-out! Short Mountain will lose a huge % of the needed sand requirement. The trucking companies that haul to glass will suffer and have a lay-off. This list will grow when the effect trickles down.
A Local

Columbia, TN

#15 Apr 17, 2008
That's a very good point 2 Cents, I hadn't even thought of the obvious silica interconnections.
naughtypagan

Columbia, TN

#16 Apr 18, 2008
I worked at the blue ridge plant and was layed off in October 07. Yes the union is very active in the plant. There was 18 of us layed off in October - and a good portion of those people were good workers (I wont say all of them) but thanks to the union and the seniority rankings of the plant - they lost some good workers but some outright horrible workers were left with jobs there. I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that this new layoff is the fact they have been putting in automation for the past 3 years and at the time I was still working there it was a joke - the machines kept on messing up and generally created more work from the workers to correct the packing problems. Kitterman said that one of the reasons for restructuring was a costly repair and maintenance bill - sounds like the robots were costing more then they thought they would - but I could be wrong.
Vernon

Ottawa, Canada

#17 Apr 21, 2008
AFg has had a long history of mismanagement. From the time accountants were made president rather than glass technical men. Asahi has owned the company for at least 10 years, so don't blame them - your management and the falling US$ due to Iraq may well be the true cause along with reduced demand as a result of reduction in housing requirements. Failure of the company to stay in Architectural is significant too.

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