7UP bottling plant closing in Vallejo, more than 90 jobs lost

After about 60 years on Vallejo's Chestnut Street, the Dr Pepper Snapple/7UP Bottling operation is shutting down, a company official said Monday. Full Story
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Storm

Oakland, CA

#1 Sep 28, 2010
Well that's sad but let's not linger on it. Let's try and getting some else going as soon as possible. That whole South Vallejo area is underutilized anyway.
LeavingVallejo

AOL

#2 Sep 28, 2010
Hey, No stress the City Council and City Management have been working to bring businesses to Vallejo...

They've ummm...and they've ummmm

What have they done to bring businesses to Vallejo? Nothing...
plato

Enterprise, AL

#3 Sep 28, 2010
This should cause the counsle to notice and try and bring some industrie to vallejo really feel for those out of work
Slightly Dusty

Concord, CA

#4 Sep 28, 2010
I doubt this is a personal slam against Vallejo as they're not the sort of business that is particularly impacted by crime or reputation issues. I think this is simply more corporate cost-cutting (b)ullshit, inevitable in recessionary times. With a plant in Sacto they will see us as redundant. At least they are placing most of the workers so there will not be many jobs lost overall--just jobs lost to Vallejo, specifically.

Obviously not good for Vallejo though. It would be NICE if the Clowncil had a plan for that stretch of waterfront. WOULD BE NICE. It COULD be so lovely along there. But then we have lots more industrial fouling of the area's natural beauty to contend with--lots more. And I'm sure there IS no plan. OH WELL. lol
Slightly Dusty

Concord, CA

#5 Sep 28, 2010
Hey. Who are the people that brought about Emeryville's renaissance? Remember Emeryville in the 70s? Crime, drugs running rampant? My uncle was a substitute teacher back then, and he swore after a week or two of taking knives AND GUNS away from students BACK THEN, yes, that he'd never work in Emeryville again.

My how things have changed.

You think those people would want a potentially even more lucrative investment possibility? Maybe they can engineer a takeover of Vallejo. I know you serious haters deny this and the Clowncil sure seems remarkably daft and clueless, but there are major, major profits to be made in this city for some profoundly ballsy investors and politicians with the gift of vision. Nobody saw it in Emeryville back then, NOBODY...except I guess, them. Whoever they are. Hellllooooooo!
Full Pallet

Vallejo, CA

#6 Sep 28, 2010
Slightly Dusty wrote:
I doubt this is a personal slam against Vallejo as they're not the sort of business that is particularly impacted by crime or reputation issues. I think this is simply more corporate cost-cutting (b)ullshit, inevitable in recessionary times. With a plant in Sacto they will see us as redundant. At least they are placing most of the workers so there will not be many jobs lost overall--just jobs lost to Vallejo, specifically.
Obviously not good for Vallejo though. It would be NICE if the Clowncil had a plan for that stretch of waterfront. WOULD BE NICE. It COULD be so lovely along there. But then we have lots more industrial fouling of the area's natural beauty to contend with--lots more. And I'm sure there IS no plan. OH WELL. lol
You are right. A family owned business for some 3 generations.
The Easleys operated a number of 7up distributorships throughout the bay area. Once the grandkids sold out to I believe the Cadbury Corp.The BIG corp started to lop of some of the distribution and bottling plants. They call it consolidation, I can't disagree, but it is the working people that get eliminated. I don't think Walter Easley would ever/nor did let this happen. He was a professional, compassionate boss who cared about families. I wish the best for the displaced workers.
Wrong Again

Vacaville, CA

#7 Sep 28, 2010
glad to see more business and yet another dilapidated building will landscape Vallejo.
casper51

United States

#8 Sep 28, 2010
I would think that most of the employees are happy, the ones that will be re-located that is. A blessing in desguise, keep your job and be able to get out of this crime infested city. I know if I were an employee there and given the opportunity to transfer, I'd be gone to Petaluma quick. If you got kids they will stand a better chance at having a more possitive enviornment to grow in. It's to bad for those that don't want the change or won't get the chance to transfer but at least they have a severance package or other avenues for them to seek. Plus they can open up a new sight to have birthday parties for all the 18 year olds to attend.
mackerel

Carmichael, CA

#9 Sep 28, 2010
Nothing personal against Vallejo? Why wasn't every measure used to encourage Cadbury to consolidate Petaluma with Vallejo, here in Vallejo? Can't we cut sweetheart deals when it matters? Give them a good deal on something out at Mare Island? We want to develop out there anyway don't we?
90 jobs lost to Vallejo. If you read the article all the way through only half of those will be re-employed elsewhere the other half will be unemployed.
Inside Info

Santa Clara, CA

#10 Sep 28, 2010
GREAT another building that will be stripped of its copper and set on fire
john

Vallejo, CA

#11 Sep 28, 2010
our Haitian mayor sez 7up is the best mixer!
mackerel

Carmichael, CA

#12 Sep 28, 2010
LOL

It's so true!
Slightly Dusty

Concord, CA

#13 Sep 28, 2010
LOL at the last several posts....too funny and yes, true. You raise a good point, Mackerel, which did occur to me as one of Vallejo's good points is its central location, wide roadways and easy access to both the state highway and the interstate. But we don't know that the corporation even offered Vallejo a chance to negotiate. I would bet they did not. Sacramento being the state capitol, I'm sure there were influences in play pushing for Sac to prevail and there is a lot more $$ and influence in Sac than there is here, obviously. Petaluma I don't know, but if there are no similar facilities in North Marin then I figure they would want to keep one there, not all the way over here. Plus 37 is not the best delivery route, don't you think?

I would also have thought that the lower operational costs that we surely can offer here in Vallejo might have counted in our favor--land, supplies, possibly even labor all cheaper. But I guess not, lol. I do agree with you that there is probably a spot in the process where our Clowncil and their overpaid minions did drop the ball, where they could have contacted the company and said "wait a minute, discuss this with us first, we will make it worth your while," but I doubt they did that, or if they did I'm sure they were bureaucratic, officious and ineffectual. Of course, they probably are going to say (if they bother addressing the issue at ALL) "we meant for this to happen, we have A PLAN for that area"....*awed hush*.....but I'm sure they don't and I bet you agree.
Marley

United States

#14 Sep 28, 2010
Don't expect Congressman George Miller to do anything to help Vallejo. He's been asleep at the wheel for years and does only what Pelosi tells him to do.
Native Vallejoan

Benicia, CA

#15 Sep 28, 2010
casper51 wrote:
I would think that most of the employees are happy, the ones that will be re-located that is. A blessing in desguise, keep your job and be able to get out of this crime infested city. I know if I were an employee there and given the opportunity to transfer, I'd be gone to Petaluma quick. If you got kids they will stand a better chance at having a more possitive enviornment to grow in. It's to bad for those that don't want the change or won't get the chance to transfer but at least they have a severance package or other avenues for them to seek. Plus they can open up a new sight to have birthday parties for all the 18 year olds to attend.
The lucky ones that get transfered to another city will just get a job away from their existing home. They are not going to prosper from their JOB being relocated. We're talking about blue collar workers who probably don't have the resources to pull up stakes and buy a new/different house in a different city. They in fact will have a new obstacle of commuting to another city and will have to keep a commuter car in good working condition, add the cost of gas, bridge tolls and the strain of the lengthy time to commute a minimum of 40 miles per day. I commuted to San Francisco for 20+ yrs back in the 80s and the 90s. It was a pain back then. I can't imagine the increase in time and wear and tear on people and vehicles since I retired from commuting in '95. Their new job will be just that, a new job. I see no luck or joy having to commute from Vallejo to Petaluma or the lower Bay Area. Sure they'll have a job, but it will drain their bodies an their resources.
Leaving Vallejo

AOL

#16 Sep 28, 2010
Native Vallejoan wrote:
<quoted text> The lucky ones that get transfered to another city will just get a job away from their existing home. They are not going to prosper from their JOB being relocated. We're talking about blue collar workers who probably don't have the resources to pull up stakes and buy a new/different house in a different city. They in fact will have a new obstacle of commuting to another city and will have to keep a commuter car in good working condition, add the cost of gas, bridge tolls and the strain of the lengthy time to commute a minimum of 40 miles per day. I commuted to San Francisco for 20+ yrs back in the 80s and the 90s. It was a pain back then. I can't imagine the increase in time and wear and tear on people and vehicles since I retired from commuting in '95. Their new job will be just that, a new job. I see no luck or joy having to commute from Vallejo to Petaluma or the lower Bay Area. Sure they'll have a job, but it will drain their bodies an their resources.
Great point, with high crime, bad schools and the city still wasting all of our money on that joke of a bankruptcy there is no upside in sight for our low property values.

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One More Time

Hayward, CA

#17 Sep 28, 2010
Ahhhh some more of that ol Democrat job creation in action. Yay Bohama!!! Hows it go now?? Oh yeah: Change we can believe in!!
Imaginator

Vallejo, CA

#18 Sep 28, 2010
Slightly Dusty wrote:
LOL at the last several posts....too funny and yes, true. You raise a good point, Mackerel, which did occur to me as one of Vallejo's good points is its central location, wide roadways and easy access to both the state highway and the interstate. But we don't know that the corporation even offered Vallejo a chance to negotiate. I would bet they did not. Sacramento being the state capitol, I'm sure there were influences in play pushing for Sac to prevail and there is a lot more $$ and influence in Sac than there is here, obviously. Petaluma I don't know, but if there are no similar facilities in North Marin then I figure they would want to keep one there, not all the way over here. Plus 37 is not the best delivery route, don't you think?
I would also have thought that the lower operational costs that we surely can offer here in Vallejo might have counted in our favor--land, supplies, possibly even labor all cheaper. But I guess not, lol. I do agree with you that there is probably a spot in the process where our Clowncil and their overpaid minions did drop the ball, where they could have contacted the company and said "wait a minute, discuss this with us first, we will make it worth your while," but I doubt they did that, or if they did I'm sure they were bureaucratic, officious and ineffectual. Of course, they probably are going to say (if they bother addressing the issue at ALL) "we meant for this to happen, we have A PLAN for that area"....*awed hush*.....but I'm sure they don't and I bet you agree.
Staff realizes they don't have to perform and won't be evaluated by anyone outside their own circle of wagons. Most live out of town anyway and are not vested.
notpc

Napa, CA

#19 Sep 28, 2010
Not a personal slam against Vallejo. LaLaLaLaLaLaLand. Just on perception alone Vallejo never had a chance when they looked at consolidation. If Vallejo had a plan for economic development and some sort of incentive they may have stayed. It takes about 3 seconds to look at the pros and con of Vallejo vs. Petaluma to make a business decision. Let me tell you from experience that crime statistics matter to businesses becuase theft and vandalism impact the bottom line. Have fun trying to put a different spin on reality.
Sam the enraged -t-urd

Martinez, CA

#21 Sep 28, 2010
notpc wrote:
Not a personal slam against Vallejo. LaLaLaLaLaLaLand. Just on perception alone Vallejo never had a chance when they looked at consolidation. If Vallejo had a plan for economic development and some sort of incentive they may have stayed. It takes about 3 seconds to look at the pros and con of Vallejo vs. Petaluma to make a business decision. Let me tell you from experience that crime statistics matter to businesses becuase theft and vandalism impact the bottom line. Have fun trying to put a different spin on reality.
"some sort of incentives", weren't you one of the bozos blasting the City's incentive to promote Touro Uniniversity and more business when they gave a $1 land incentive?
(t)urd enragement!

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