La-Z-Boy closing Tremonton, Utah, plant

La-Z-Boy closing Tremonton, Utah, plant

There are 8 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids story from Apr 2, 2008, titled La-Z-Boy closing Tremonton, Utah, plant. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids reports that:

La-Z-Boy Inc. is closing its production plant in Tremonton, Utah. The plant employs about 630 people and is responsible for producing recliners, motion furniture and stationary upholstery. via WOOD-TV Grand Rapids

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Ogden, UT

#1 Apr 2, 2008
Who didn't see that one comeing?? Everyone working there in the last 2 years when Richard Hawkes took over should absolutely have known it was going under... Thanks RICH!

Tremonton, UT

#2 Apr 2, 2008
When Richard came in, they said it was to turn the place around and that he had a timeline to do it in. Another theory is, he was brought in to phase it out. He has a boss too and ultimately they make the decisions. I'm not defending but you have to remember that as well. But I also think that telling everyone that all the "big bosses" that were visiting in the last little bit were there because the plant was doing so well and they wanted to see how they were doing it, was a cover. They were there to initiate the closure. You don't send in the big guys to look into why a plant is succeeding when you are going to announce a closure. What would be the point. I am also surprised they gave the employees that much advance notice. It usually goes more like, "oh by the way, starting tomorrow..." My heart goes out to the many workers though and I wish them the best.

Ogden, UT

#3 Apr 3, 2008
Yeah he had a timeline, and he could have done it. but his arrogant attitude and lack of appreciation for the workforce did not make him successful. Upper managements way of treating employees was crap. Seems they thought they could be easily replaced. It's not always about wages either, simply recognizing hard work goes a helluva long ways, and that didn't happen. Why would people work for you if you are not going to recognize them?
your workforce then leaves you, and you have a load of unexperienced unskilled laborers trying to do a job that takes time, skill, and experience. Not that things were perfect before he came, but I remember when you had to know someone who knew someone to get a job there.
Tired of ignorance

Salt Lake City, UT

#4 Apr 6, 2008
I find it humorous how you are coming up with these theories of why Richard came in. He did not come in to phase out the plant. If you didn't already know, the plant was implementing the cell system that was being used in other companies. The system takes a long time to get up and running smoothly, but it would pay off in the long run. Why would he implement such a long and arduous, yet successful system if he was planning on closing down the plant? I think you need to think about the accusations you are making, and adjust or retract them.

Ogden, UT

#5 Apr 7, 2008
he didn't start that implementation, it was corporate. And furthermore, had been planned out long before his arrival.

Cells didn't cause the people to leave, the lack of appreciation for the people and their hard work did.

that doesn't have solely to do with him either, it was a lot of management. poor management.

I do find *YOU* humorous though.

Ogden, UT

#6 Mar 16, 2013
its glaringly obvious, the attitudes reflected by the posters. if similar attitudes prevailed by the shift workers its surprising this plant didn't close years ago.
poor economy in 2008? Blame Bush.

Grayson, KY

#7 Jul 11, 2013
future wrote:
its glaringly obvious, the attitudes reflected by the posters. if similar attitudes prevailed by the shift workers its surprising this plant didn't close years ago.
poor economy in 2008? Blame Bush.
. That's right! Blame Bush. When did the plant finally close?
I agree

Ashland, KY

#8 Aug 25, 2013
Is it closed now? Is Morton Thiokol closed too?

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