Thyssen-Krupp Layoff Numbers

Thyssen-Krupp Layoff Numbers

There are 3 comments on the WBBJ-TV story from Mar 22, 2010, titled Thyssen-Krupp Layoff Numbers. In it, WBBJ-TV reports that:

ABC 7 Eyewitness News has learned that a majority of the company's recent layoffs came at the expense of workers in Middleton.

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The Advocate

Corinth, MS

#1 Apr 7, 2010
Yes they are correct. Over the past year or so, approximately 450 people have been laid off from the Middleton TN plant. Since some of these have been laid off for over a year, there may be no chance that they will be called back. The plant recently trimmed over 40 employees from the payroll, but just a week later called around 27 back due to the fact that they had trimmed too many. Many departments within the plant are or have been working overtime due to the cuts. Also the plant missed many month end shipments for March due to the low workforce. Most of this can be blamed on John "Johnny" Abdon, VP of operation at the location. A backlog of jobs have been built up over the past few years, and instead of working the log out over time, he had many departments to work overtime to get shipments out. Why? It's simple. He gets a bonus for getting "X" amount of jobs out per week or month. Some say construction is down, which they may be right. This causes less orders for elevators and escalators. How can Mr. Abdon still make the mark each month? You trim the people on payroll. Although less money is coming in compared to previous months or years, there are fewer employees working, therefore the percentage can be the same or better. This just goes to show that corporate greed still rules. Layoffs may have been inevitable an the plant, but I believe the number could have been less had the greed not played a big factor.
Abdon also either doesn't know, or doesn't care about operations on the floor. Instead of coming out and watching how a process is performed, he will come up with some ridiculous idea of how it SHOULD be done. He simply will not listen to most employees when they make a suggestion if it goes against what he wants. Pay attention to this. Even though many were laid off, most of which were skilled laborers, over 10 jobs were created for salary, or non-floor jobs. Although not confirmed, it is rumored that some of these positions are being paid $250,000 a year or more. What was the average yearly salary for a "floor" employee?$35,000 -$43,000 a year. You do the math. Most of these created positions are redundant or are not necessary.
Over a year ago, ThyssenKrupp announced that they would make a huge investment to purchase punching and forming equipment from an Italian company called Salvagnini. They boasted about how many jobs this would create, and how many millions of dollars they would save because this would reduce the amount of scrap created, and the number of employees that would have to handle the product. What they failed to mention is that even though jobs were created, they were filled internally, and nobody was actually hired. Although the new machinery is fast, and can take a sheet of metal and turn it into a potentially finished product or part, many of the programmers lack the correct training to correctly program the machines. This is not the fault of said programmers, but the fact that they did not want to spend the money to have the right people to come in and teach the employees.
Keep an eye on this post as more information may be released.

Saint George, UT

#2 Jun 23, 2010
I think you have hit the nail on the head! As a former employee for two years laid off in august 09.. I have seen Mr. Abdon's so called making the company run smoothly as 2 months prior to being laid off i was workin 70 to 80+ hours a week before being kicked to the curb!We had plenty of work!

Schaumburg, IL

#3 Jun 25, 2010
I just know this excessive lay off has caused many families to suffer. It causes a huge strain on the community as a whole when the largest local employer lays off so many people. I am praying that more get called back. It doesn't effect my household but it does have an impact on my family. I heard a rumor that a plant is going in Mobile, AL that may cause the closing of Middleton. Is there any truth to that?

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