Delta Faucet idles 70 in Greensburg

Delta Faucet idles 70 in Greensburg

There are 59 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 1, 2007, titled Delta Faucet idles 70 in Greensburg. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Effective this week, 53 full-time employees and 17 temporary employees at Delta Faucet will punch their time cards for the last time as another mass layoff sweeps through the factory, the Greensburg Daily News ...

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Went back to college

Franklin, MI

#44 Apr 1, 2007
Delta Faucet employee wrote:
My father has worked at Delta for over 30 years and I have been there for 6 years. The problems with Delta seem to be getting worse on a daily basis and I anticipate my job being eliminated soon. I have been a factory worker since I graduated from High school and I can honestly say that Greensurg Delta has the worst management I have ever seen, It's just sad to see such a lack of communication between management and the hourly employees. It seems there is alaways a little resentment between management and hourly associates in every place I have worked, but here at Delta it is exceptionally strong and it just get's worse every day. The current market situation and quality issues does have alot to do with the layoffs at Delta, but the idiots running the show at Greensburg are much to blame for wasted $$ and disregarding good quality improvement input from there employees for reasons I cannot understand.
I know exactly what you mean! You are so very correct. The over 25 years I worked there many $$$ were spent on "entertainment" for the "bosses". Hourly employees were pretty much ignored, and I imagine still are. The "party" has been more important than the "product" for many, many years!
TVS

Indianapolis, IN

#45 Apr 1, 2007
delta employee wrote:
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Jesus was just a carpenter, there should be nothing wrong with making a good wage by the sweat of your brow.
I'm guessing Jesus and Joseph ran their own business, so there were no "wages."
code

Anadarko, OK

#46 May 23, 2007
NAFTA wrote:
Does Delta manufacture products in Mexico, China or India???
yes they moved our plant from chickasha oklahoma to chin in 2006 and laid of 606 people
Delta Faucet employee

Florence, KY

#47 May 24, 2007
Get this... Delta Faucet has decided to call back some of the employees they laid off, but NOT full time, and they will be working for P.M.I. ( temp service). So, Delta has found a way to get around providing insurance, vacation , bonus', etc... if the person decides to return. They are being called by a P.M.I. associate and told that if they turn down the job offer that they will no longer be able to draw unemployment ( which is not true ).
andy

Newport, KY

#48 Jun 4, 2007
individual wrote:
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If they do manufacture products in Mexico, China or India, the quality will be improved and consumers in Indiana will benefit. It's somwhat like the automobile industry where American made equals poor quality. And for that we have the unions to thank. But the real sufferers are the shareholder owners of Delta Faucet.
As far as the quality overseas,who do you think is teaching these people manufacturing? We also taught more effective and streamline manufacturing to Japan after WW2.Many of the countries these jobs are going to have no previous manufacturing experience.Other than Germany and England, we pretty much have taught the whole world manufacture and design.And believe it or not, before WW 1 Germany had people over here ordering weapons so they could take the home and copy them.They even toured plants to see the manufacturing process. And as naive as we were and are,we were proud to show them everything they asked to see. It's not the unions to thank. Its the corporate people who have the final decision on what materials and design is allowed.The guy making the widget can only make them as well as the pieces he or she has been given.Sadly it's the labor movement thats gotten so weak that we almost villanize the factory guy.I don't know how many people realize many factories didn't just throw you on the line but was actaully an apprenticeship with school hours and work.Machine work requires excellent math skills that are not just taught in school but develop over years of application.In reality, before the nafta crisis the U.S. was where you went when you needed reliable and accurate equipment.It still is the place the world turns to for setting up factories and work forces. How long that will last is unsure.
Passerby

Central District, Hong Kong

#49 Sep 24, 2007
Go google "china syndrome" + "jeremy haft" for an article on this same subject.
Latest

AOL

#50 Oct 31, 2007
Delta Faucet will be back in the news, they let go 30 employees from the Indy office and just announced that the greensburg plant will start working 32 hours per week starting this week, is this there way of getting out of paying unemployment from a much needed lay-off. Things are not going to get better, they are sending parts to China and they are recieving junk in return which is making them go bankrupt but they have to much invested in China now to pull out. So Delta Faucet will go down the tubes very soon and you will be able to buy the faucet at Dollar Tree. Everyone pray the world does not continue to crumble like this , there will be nothing left for young.
Ditch Mitch

Indianapolis, IN

#51 Oct 31, 2007
DST was supposed to make Indiana more competitive for jobs. Hmmm. Well, I guess they can get jobs at Honda!
Mike

Kingfisher, OK

#52 Jan 19, 2008
I worked for Delta Faucet in Chickasha, OK for 20 plus years. I enjoyed the time that Delta gave me to work for them.Before learning Chickasha was closing we were told on a daily basis---"If you can't build it, we'll find somebody that can".But we never opened our eyes until it was too late. The Oklahoma Workmens Comp. laws need to be rewritten. Sounds like to me the states of the United States need to wake up more than the factories. Delta at least gave me six months notice before letting me go. I was saddened when I was told that the plant would be closing in October 2006. I use the skills that I was taught every day. This is something that you can not learn from going to school. Hard work and knowledge is learned on the floor and not in a classroom. And yes, I did graduate from high school. Along with four years of vocational education.
Gee Woman

Fremont, OH

#53 Jan 19, 2008
Nickster wrote:
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You're right. You should not try to get a degree. Wallow in ignorance. People with masters degrees, doctorates and post doctorates get laid off. Wow - that is a news flash. However, your ability to compete in a new economy is greater if you have a higher degree of education.
If you really believe outsourcing stops at the manufacturing level then you too have your head in the sand.

Try Google-ing 2008 Outsourcing Outlook and I think you'll find that just having a degree will "not" protect you forever.
ex- delta employee

Thermal, CA

#54 Feb 6, 2008
Ditch Mitch wrote:
DST was supposed to make Indiana more competitive for jobs. Hmmm. Well, I guess they can get jobs at Honda!
I hope to get hired by Honda, at least they treat the employees with respect, which is more than what Delta faucet management does, after getting rid of their group leaders & supervisors, and trying to re- invent quality, they will end up shutting down if they are not willing to change for the better instead of for the worse.
rogator 74

AOL

#55 Mar 5, 2008
Dave wrote:
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Nah, I want cheaper products at all costs. I'm not going to pay more so some high school educated guy can make a decent wage because they got their 16 year old girlfriend pregnant
you are an idiot what about a the college educated mothers and fathers that put in over ten years at Delta to put food on the table and have affordable healthcare for there families
True American

AOL

#56 Mar 15, 2008
If you really want cheaper products, then move to China. This is America and we should support ourselves. Make it in America, buy it in American! If we can't strive to do that then what do our children have to live for!
AgedPewterBoy

Columbus, IN

#57 Mar 20, 2008
Hey it gets even better. In the past 60 days Delta has laid off 115 people in Greensburg yet the exectuives feel they deserve a night together in a suite at Conseco to watch the Bruce Springsteen concert on 3/20. No much for belt tightening and a downturn in the housing industry.
Davis

Mishawaka, IN

#58 Apr 3, 2008
I know exactly what you mean! You are so very correct. The over 25 years I worked there many $$$ were spent on "entertainment" for the "bosses". Hourly employees were pretty much ignored, and I imagine still are. The "party" has been more important than the "product" for many, many years!

Don't foget Mr./Mrs. 25 years about that bonus you got every December - let's see, about $1400.00????????
Delta Lady in London

London, Canada

#59 May 7, 2008
You gus got a bonus????? Here in London Ont. all we ever got was a frozen turkey....until last year, they took that away too. One third of our hourly people are on lay-off, we have been on work-sharing for over half a year. But the "crap" from China keeps on coming.
Ex delta employee

Mishawaka, IN

#60 May 9, 2008
Delta faucet just laid off 91 more employees today, including myself :(
Get with the program

Kempton, IN

#61 Jul 16, 2009
Look at the economic picture. Replace those that want to talk on cell phones, take extra breaks and complain with robotics and flexible automation! No production means NO PRODUCTION WORKERS needed!
Chris

United States

#62 Jul 16, 2009
As a large purchaser of plumbing supplies, it is no surprise to me that Delta is now feeling the economic pinch. They have continually, over the past 10 years, priced themselves out of the market. Now, with a sluggish economy, the prices have remained the same?

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