100 layoffs at Alcoa Howmet in Whitehall

Full story: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan

An Alcoa Howmet official says 100 employees are being laid off at the company's casting facility in Whitehall.
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Scott M

United States

#1 Oct 2, 2008
100 lay offs for now and a total of 309 people. More layoffs are likely to happen. And why is it when alcoa out sources jobs to Mexico and Ohio people in Michigan get laid off but yet Whitehall is earning record profits. I personally dont think Alcoa should be able to send jobs to Mexico while good working Michigan workers are losing thier jobs. Thanks Pres. Bush and Danny G!!
Half Days

United States

#2 Oct 2, 2008
Thanks should go to Jennifer for blowing all these jobs away to Mexico.
Chad

Spring Lake, MI

#3 Oct 2, 2008
Half Days wrote:
Thanks should go to Jennifer for blowing all these jobs away to Mexico.
AMEN to that! Maybe she can follow them.
Jimmy Hoffa

Saint Charles, IL

#4 Oct 2, 2008
Who the F is Danny G.?

It is the unions (IAMAW) that are causing these job losses.

I heard J Biden day tonight he wants MORE regulation. REGULATION, REGULATION, REGULATION, REGULATION, REGULATION, REGULATION, REGULATION.

Ok we get there are problem in the mortgage industry but most of those problems were caused by far left groups who wanted welfare recipients to have dream homes.

IF YOU WANT THE DREAM YOU HAVE TO EARN IT.

Over-regulation is why companies AND JOBS are leaving our country. We have to be very careful here folks with Joe and Baracks populist rhetoric.
Do we we want all the banks to relocate off-shore like all of our factories? Do we London to take the place of NYC?

I know banks are not popular right now but wake up.
Jimmy Hoffa

Saint Charles, IL

#5 Oct 2, 2008
I actually heard Biden say that he wants bankruptcy judges to RE-PRICE homes. He specifically said ADJUST THE PRINCIPLE AMOUNT of the MORTGAGE. That is SCARY.

Is it going to be the govt. who determines how much you sell your house for in the future? And who you sell it to?

If a buyer comes along and can only afford $50K but you are asking $125K, is uncle sam (Barack and Joe) going to be able to say; No, no, no you must sell that house to Ms. Juanita Hernandez for $50K, that is all her and her family can afford?

I say: But but I paid $120,000 for it 4 years ago.

Barack says: tough you have to sell it to Juanita for $50,000, that is all she can afford, or you go to jail.
Really Pissed Off

AOL

#6 Oct 2, 2008
Michigan socialist economics working at its finest - typical blue liberal welfare state - tax and regulate -
tax and regulate - tax and regulate - tax and regulate - when will it end????? When ALL the jobs are outsourced to less taxing and regulating states and countries - ya all might as well follow your jobs if you want to keep them
The Witch

AOL

#7 Oct 2, 2008
Jimmy Hoffa wrote:
I actually heard Biden say that he wants bankruptcy judges to RE-PRICE homes. He specifically said ADJUST THE PRINCIPLE AMOUNT of the MORTGAGE. That is SCARY.
Is it going to be the govt. who determines how much you sell your house for in the future? And who you sell it to?
If a buyer comes along and can only afford $50K but you are asking $125K, is uncle sam (Barack and Joe) going to be able to say; No, no, no you must sell that house to Ms. Juanita Hernandez for $50K, that is all her and her family can afford?
I say: But but I paid $120,000 for it 4 years ago.
Barack says: tough you have to sell it to Juanita for $50,000, that is all she can afford, or you go to jail.
That's pretty much in a nutshell what he is saying - do we really want that kind of leadership to run this country??? People need to clear the smoke from their eyes and see the reality in front of them.

Since: Sep 08

United States

#8 Oct 2, 2008
Jimmy Hoffa wrote:
I actually heard Biden say that he wants bankruptcy judges to RE-PRICE homes. He specifically said ADJUST THE PRINCIPLE AMOUNT of the MORTGAGE. That is SCARY.
Is it going to be the govt. who determines how much you sell your house for in the future? And who you sell it to?
If a buyer comes along and can only afford $50K but you are asking $125K, is uncle sam (Barack and Joe) going to be able to say; No, no, no you must sell that house to Ms. Juanita Hernandez for $50K, that is all her and her family can afford?
I say: But but I paid $120,000 for it 4 years ago.
Barack says: tough you have to sell it to Juanita for $50,000, that is all she can afford, or you go to jail.
What he said was he wanted Bankruptcy Judges to be able to deal with residential mortgages just like the are able to deal with other secured debt. They can rearrange the debt so that the secured part of the debt does not exceed the value of the house and the rest of the debt is treated like an unsecured debt. They can do this with second homes and commercial debt, why not residential debt. No one would be doing anything like you suggest in your example. It is standard stuff in bankruptcy.

Since: Sep 08

United States

#9 Oct 2, 2008
Half Days wrote:
Thanks should go to Jennifer for blowing all these jobs away to Mexico.
She has nothing to do with jobs going to Mexico. When I asked Vern about Greenville jobs going to Mexico he denied it happened, that is the problem.
Scott M

United States

#10 Oct 2, 2008
danny g is head of whitehall operations in alcoa howmet , also uaw is the most productive also profitable so read up on the union before talking thank you uaw local 1243
idunno

Detroit, MI

#12 Oct 3, 2008
Half Days wrote:
Thanks should go to Jennifer for blowing all these jobs away to Mexico.
if it was granholm would'nt she throw the JOBS to canada??????????

it's closer??????????
idunno

Detroit, MI

#13 Oct 3, 2008
Jimmy Hoffa wrote:
I actually heard Biden say that he wants bankruptcy judges to RE-PRICE homes. He specifically said ADJUST THE PRINCIPLE AMOUNT of the MORTGAGE. That is SCARY.
Is it going to be the govt. who determines how much you sell your house for in the future? And who you sell it to?
If a buyer comes along and can only afford $50K but you are asking $125K, is uncle sam (Barack and Joe) going to be able to say; No, no, no you must sell that house to Ms. Juanita Hernandez for $50K, that is all her and her family can afford?
I say: But but I paid $120,000 for it 4 years ago.
Barack says: tough you have to sell it to Juanita for $50,000, that is all she can afford, or you go to jail.
YOU are almost right but it is the REALATORS who rose the valuse of HOMES
FOR THIER bigger commi$$ion$ they are the ones with NOTHING at STAKE except PROFIT.
YOU want to sell THEY PROFIT AS IF THEY PAYED one bill or UPGRADE..........
that's when THIER buddy BANKER steps in and gives the poorest AN ADJUSTIBLE mortgage rate w/o any PREWARNING of what could happen..........
PRESIDENT OBAMMA

Detroit, MI

#14 Oct 3, 2008
anyone with over 10 million dollars needs
to RETIRE damn rich YOUR rich give SOMEONE ELSE A CHANCE.
The Witch

Byron Center, MI

#15 Oct 3, 2008
PRESIDENT OBAMMA wrote:
anyone with over 10 million dollars needs
to RETIRE damn rich YOUR rich give SOMEONE ELSE A CHANCE.
When Obamma is in charge, you will need more than 10 million to survive
BOB

Greenville, MI

#16 Oct 3, 2008
Half Days wrote:
Thanks should go to Jennifer for blowing all these jobs away to Mexico.
Half days should think before he speaks,Jennifer did not pass NAFTA.
tom

Greenville, MI

#17 Oct 3, 2008
at howmet, longtime union employess earn approx $17. per hr.
new hires: approx $10. per hr.
this is not excessive pay by any stretch, and sending work to meh'ico when you're making a good profit is PATHETIC, and has become the American Way.
This never should have happened in to this country.

The Asian Stock market feel today....GOOD!
France is in a recession......GOOD!

If you think voting for lying Obama/Biden is going to help, wake up & look what the libs have done to THIS STATE, form the top Down, including the absolute lib crooks in Detroit.

We're all guilty, because we sat there and let all of this happpen, and decline with indifference and apathy, letting greed, and incompetence in gov't get us to where we are.

For god's sake, WAKE UP! and let's get things right, now! America is for AMERICANS first! they just don't get it, and if it pisses off the rest of the world, SO WHAT!
What

Holland, MI

#18 Oct 3, 2008
Scott M wrote:
100 lay offs for now and a total of 309 people. More layoffs are likely to happen. And why is it when alcoa out sources jobs to Mexico and Ohio people in Michigan get laid off but yet Whitehall is earning record profits. I personally dont think Alcoa should be able to send jobs to Mexico while good working Michigan workers are losing thier jobs. Thanks Pres. Bush and Danny G!!
NAFTA which opened the door to jobs going over the boarder was passed during the Clinton administration. What about Granholm? She has had 6 years to come through with her promises to turn things around. Let's give credit where credit is due.
Grand Rapids Girl

United States

#19 Oct 3, 2008
BOB wrote:
<quoted text>Half days should think before he speaks,Jennifer did not pass NAFTA.
No but Bill Clinton had a huge part in it!!!
Scott M

United States

#20 Oct 3, 2008
The only thing Repub. have done is hurt our economy. Bush is spending Billions of dollars each month and for what? To line his pockets and the war on Iraq. Which doesnt make sense when Iraq can afford to make Bridges and rebuild thier cities; we cant even give cheaper insurance to the eldery and what about social security. Whats going to happen when you need to withdraw SS and there isnt any left. Jennifer is partitally to blame but what about John Engler and the way he left Michigan.
outoftouchrepuli cans

Grand Haven, MI

#21 Oct 3, 2008
Sad but I dont see how NAFTA makes us strong? I don't see it! Thank Bush for creating Jobs in Whitehall? I don't see it? I think Bush should outsource his Job to Antarctica, since he is Numb to reality. You are an idiot if you think the Governor is responsible for this, you should follow those jobs to Mexico

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