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Handbag maker suppliers closing, idling 500

There are 63 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Mar 14, 2008, titled Handbag maker suppliers closing, idling 500. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

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spelchek

Duncan, OK

#1 Mar 14, 2008
Well, at least the jobs aren't going to China or Mexico for now.....

Since: Nov 07

Noblesville Indiana

#2 Mar 14, 2008
Sew, Where is Vera Bradley going to put their domestic facility hire these employees?

This is an old story for businesses that have all their eggs in one basket. Manufacturers reps have this problem frequently if they have only on or two major accounts. They loose an account and they are out of business and or broke.
Who is Vera Bradley

Florence, AL

#3 Mar 14, 2008
spelchek wrote:
Well, at least the jobs aren't going to China or Mexico for now.....
Says who? The report says the jobs are being "brought inside the company." It doesn't say where. "The company" can have operations anywhere.
Kat

United States

#4 Mar 14, 2008
I cant believe there are enough customers buying those ugly bags to employ 500. Eww!
Mark

United States

#6 Mar 14, 2008
Hmm... I could have sworn that I read a few months back that Vera Bradley was starting a new production facility overseas. "Inside the company", indeed.
whatever

Kansas City, MO

#7 Mar 14, 2008
some are being produced in China now.
JPS

Marshall, IL

#8 Mar 14, 2008
How long before those potential 500 seamstressess lose their job to a Chinese company that could do the job for 90% less than the workers in Ft. Wayne? I give it about 2 years until we see that story...
quququ

Troy, MI

#9 Mar 14, 2008
Possibly bring 500 jobs inside to a China production facility. Wake up Americans; urge legislators to impose trade sanctions on material producted outside of North America. Someday, we will have no jobs in the USA. That is when our government will fall to the Chinese or Mexicans.
Wondering

Muncie, IN

#10 Mar 14, 2008
Kat wrote:
I cant believe there are enough customers buying those ugly bags to employ 500. Eww!
I agree about the bags. I wonder how long this look will last. For longevity, perhaps the company should look into expanding with their own line into home decor fabric pieces i.e. kitchen, bed and bath products.
Mark

United States

#11 Mar 14, 2008
Ah yes, here it is:

http://www.rochsent.com/print.asp...

"Superior Sample saying so long to Rochester
Superior Sample Co. is closing its plant at 1225 N. Indiana 25.

The last day will be March 10, president and part owner Peggy Daniels said Monday. She said much of the work done at the plant is going to China. That would be the Vera Bradley line of handbags. Other Superior Sample work is being moved to the firm's plant in Ligonier, where the company was founded 50 years ago by Rex Hagen. Superior Sample has been in Rochester since 1988."

Keep in mind that Vera Bradley's owner used to be Secretary of Commerce under Governor Daniels. I wonder if she struck up any private deals using her government position on one of those Asian "trade missions".
Wayne Township Taxpayer

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Mar 14, 2008
If all the fat, lazy, uneducated, democrat, union lovers didn't have to make $80,000 a year with full benefits, and election days off so they can bus the ignorant to the polls to vote, maybe they could spend a little time doing a good job at their workplace.

Then companies wouldn't have to depend on other countries to do their work.
Bob Knight

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Mar 14, 2008
I hope Vera Bradley and the other corporations that send our jobs overseas, lose they tails! We should boycott buying their products thereby shutting them out of the US market. We in the US had better wake up or we will be the THIRD WORLD country while the rest of the world is living better!!!!!!!!
Bryan

Panama City, FL

#14 Mar 14, 2008
Mark wrote:
Ah yes, here it is:
http://www.rochsent.com/print.asp...
"Superior Sample saying so long to Rochester
Superior Sample Co. is closing its plant at 1225 N. Indiana 25.
The last day will be March 10, president and part owner Peggy Daniels said Monday. She said much of the work done at the plant is going to China. That would be the Vera Bradley line of handbags. Other Superior Sample work is being moved to the firm's plant in Ligonier, where the company was founded 50 years ago by Rex Hagen. Superior Sample has been in Rochester since 1988."
Keep in mind that Vera Bradley's owner used to be Secretary of Commerce under Governor Daniels. I wonder if she struck up any private deals using her government position on one of those Asian "trade missions".
Hey Mark are you from Rochester or live there?

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Since: Oct 07

Sasparilla

#15 Mar 14, 2008
"""the company expects to hire over 500 seamstresses by early 2009"""

What a sexist term, SEAMSTRESS. 537 employees and not a single male at a sewing machine?
whatever

Kansas City, MO

#16 Mar 14, 2008
Have you ever been to the Clay Terrace store? The company has rugs, bedding, lamps, dishes...with more to come. If people would quit buying the stuff and making a big deal about the discount sale, maybe it would die down some.
Wondering wrote:
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I agree about the bags. I wonder how long this look will last. For longevity, perhaps the company should look into expanding with their own line into home decor fabric pieces i.e. kitchen, bed and bath products.
Stone Brook

Thousand Oaks, CA

#17 Mar 14, 2008
Wayne Township Taxpayer wrote:
If all the fat, lazy, uneducated, democrat, union lovers didn't have to make $80,000 a year with full benefits, and election days off so they can bus the ignorant to the polls to vote, maybe they could spend a little time doing a good job at their workplace.
Then companies wouldn't have to depend on other countries to do their work.
You just hit the nail on the head, my friend.
Pure Economics

West Manchester, OH

#18 Mar 14, 2008
First of all.. does everyone here think that Americans should be doing mindless work like sewing handbags? Why do you think that every Levi's plant is now overseas? American workers are far too smart to be sewing pant legs together. Same goes for handbags. There is too much opportunity/technology in this country to have workers sitting behind a sewing machine.
Question

Carmel, IN

#19 Mar 14, 2008
Any chance those jobs are going to the giant Vera Bradley warehouse I see when driving up I69 to Fort Wayne? That building has some serious size and doesn't look like it's up and running yet. I'm sure that will help give jobs to a lot of people in that area. At least I hope so.
East Side

New Palestine, IN

#20 Mar 14, 2008
quququ wrote:
Possibly bring 500 jobs inside to a China production facility. Wake up Americans; urge legislators to impose trade sanctions on material producted outside of North America. Someday, we will have no jobs in the USA. That is when our government will fall to the Chinese or Mexicans.
Great!!!! trade sanctions and tariffs, all those jobs will come back to the US, and we can all pay higher prices and get higher wages. We'll pay more for raw materials, because ever other country will follow suit. Better yet why don't we use robotics to do all these jobs, and then we can complain about technology taking our jobs. Oops, thats already happening...sorry never mind.
Marji

Richlandtown, PA

#21 Mar 14, 2008
Hey Man Mitch,
come down from your ivory tower hideaway in the rich suburbs of Indianapolis....the state is crumbling....jobs are going elsewhere...the air is the dirtiest in the Midwest....the milk is full of hormones....the pork is full of arsenic....and you raised sales taxes this session without cutting a single penny from your rock star travel fund and fat cat Governor salary.....

maybe it's time for the Governor to get a pick layout slip this year, and go out into the real world and find a real job that he is good at doing (like making up stories for his rich corporate handlers)

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