Thermo King closing to affect 235 jobs

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LOUISVILLE, Ga. --- Ingersoll Rand, the parent company to Thermo King in Louisville, said it will close the plant by the second quarter 2012. It employs 235 people.

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Thermo King in Louisville, Ga., owned by Ingersoll Rand, will close in the second quarter of 2012.   Morris News Service
Morris News Service
Thermo King in Louisville, Ga., owned by Ingersoll Rand, will close in the second quarter of 2012.

"The decision to close the Louisville facility was not an easy decision," said Misty Zelent, the director of external communications with Ingersoll Rand. "It was made in an effort to improve all of the Ingersoll Rand plants and to consolidate manufacturing where it makes sense."

Thermo King makes refrigeration equipment for the transportation industry, including refrigerated semi-trailers and rail box cars.

Zelent said some employees might be offered an opportunity in other company facilities.

Tom Jordan, the executive director of the Development Authority of Jefferson County, said that the announcement is "a powerful blow economic impact-wise."

"This closing represents a devastating loss to the economy of the community and to the families in Jefferson County and surrounding areas," the development authority said in a statement.

"The decision to close the Louisville facility did not reflect on the local work force, the quality of work being produced here or the support of the community. We were assured that the corporation was preparing severance packages for its workers and would be offering transfer opportunities to some of the specialized positions," the authority's statements also said.

The authority was notified Tuesday morning in a conference call with corporate managers. The call included Larry Morgan, the mayor of Louisville, and members of the county administration. Morgan said the closing will affect not just Louisville, but also the county.

"They've been here 47 years, and this is really a big blow," he said. "A lot of people's lives depend on that place."

The manufacturing line will be moved to Thermo King's facility in Hastings, Neb.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/13/11 - 03:43 pm
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A small town losing over 200

A small town losing over 200 jobs makes a big impact....when will it stop...when you ride through the small towns in Georgia you see many closed factories...some towns never recover.
Wakeup America....turn this around....buy made in the good ole USA products.....put Americans back to work...tell WalMart to get more USA products.
Even though these jobs are going to Nebraska....I doubt many of the folks in this town will transfer. Sad situation for them.

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Dixieman 07/13/11 - 03:44 pm
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How's that hopey-changey

How's that hopey-changey Obama thing working out for y'all? If you want to keep jobs like this and add more of them, vote Republican!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/13/11 - 03:49 pm
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The only way for congress

The only way for congress to"get it" would be for the rug to get jerked out from under their bottoms....

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/13/11 - 04:10 pm
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SeenIt is right. That plant

SeenIt is right. That plant is huge in that little town. Good paying jobs. The last person leaving Louisville turn out the lights.

edubb
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edubb 07/13/11 - 04:38 pm
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This problem has been coming

This problem has been coming for years. The companies that used to make stuff here in the states started moving their operations to other countries like Mexico where they can pay almost nothing per hour. So this problem is our fault. The people who always vote for corporations to have the right to do whatever they want created this America that doesn't manufacture anything. Now you have polictians talking about 45 and 55 year old people need to go back to school and be trained for the jobs of the future. That is not going to happen in most cases. It's the same attitude in certain political parties now, what's best for the rich man is best for the poor man. The days of being a good worker and getting ahead at a manufacturing job is over. What's your skill? What credentials do you have behind your name? What certifications? That's the future....

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madgerman 07/13/11 - 05:25 pm
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The only good part of this
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The only good part of this news is the CEO will probably get a whopping raise and probably a new jet. If I had to make a bet, I would say the operations in Mexico, Korea or columbia will be expanded. BTW what is our Congress doing to save jobs. If I am not mistaken they rode to power on a promise to create jobs and haven't produced one bill for job creation. But They are steadfast in their refusal to limit deductions for Jets or having CEO's pay a little more. I wonder what the difference of a CEO and a factory worker is today - somewhere in the 450 times as much I believe. Of course they need their money more than a working class American because they do have a certain life style they must maintain. So keep supporting the Republican/Tea Party folks so these CEO's can eke out a living.

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allhans 07/13/11 - 05:38 pm
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A disaster for the town. My

A disaster for the town. My prayers go out to them.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/13/11 - 06:19 pm
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I believe a company should be

I believe a company should be allowed to go where they want, but the NLRB says they have the right to prevent moves due to effects on the local economy. They are trying to stop Boeing from moving into their already completed facility in SC. So what about this move by Thermo King? It will totally devastate Louisville. I challenge the NLRB to find a community that will be hit harder by a company leaving than Louisville.

gaspringwater
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gaspringwater 07/13/11 - 07:00 pm
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Manufacturing jobs are

Manufacturing jobs are disappearing and maybe there's no way to turn the situation around, seeing there's no political will to do it and folks are just unconcerned. So Georgia needs to focus on green jobs and green businesses. Georgia's performance to date had been dismal. We don't need more nuclear or coal power plant. Instead, it's time to abandon our 20th century electricity system, dominated by large, centralized utilities, for a 21st century electricity system: a network of independently owned and widely dispersed renewable energy producers. Bigger is not better. We need more democratizing electrical power instead of monopolies and centralization. Georgians need solar power projects scattered throughout our economically depressed areas. Sized to the community, making them easier to finance, build and connect to the local grid and eliminating expensive transmission lines to move power
from centralized plants. Multiple and small generating facilities around the state would provide income for people living in rural areas. As a small illustration, Southern California Edison utility recently announced it had signed contracts for 239.5 megawatts of electricity to be generated by small-scale photovoltaic farms. Our land is an opportunity waiting on doers. Arizona State University ranks Georgia among the top ten most favorable places in the nation for solar power.

Perhaps we can learn from Germany.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/12/idUS256490156120110712

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faithson 07/13/11 - 09:29 pm
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dog gone it! I love

dog gone it! I love Louisville and have done business with many of their good people, to include Wadley. Thermo King has been a main stay for this community for so many years. The loss of employment is disgruntling. I wish the best to the whole community.

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/14/11 - 03:28 am
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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/14/11 - 01:59 am
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"These are the times that try

"These are the times that try men's (and women's) souls."

charliemanson
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charliemanson 07/14/11 - 03:39 am
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From Marshall Berman in his

From Marshall Berman in his 1987 book All That is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity:

"The truth of the matter, as Marx sees, is that everything that bourgeois society builds is built to be torn down. "All that is solid" — from the clothes on our backs to the looms and mills that weave them, to the men and women who work the machines, to the houses and neighborhoods the workers live in, to the firms and corporations that exploit the workers, to the towns and cities and whole regions and even nations that embrace them all — all these are made to be broken tomorrow...smashed, shredded pulverized, dissolved"

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Brad Owens 07/14/11 - 03:38 am
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I grew up in Wrens and lots

I grew up in Wrens and lots of people who lived there worked at TK.

This will be a terrible for surrounding communities as well.

Gov. Deal! HELP!!!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/14/11 - 05:02 am
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We can do it ourselves

We can do it ourselves brad....just buy 25% more of USA products....at the grocery-veggies-when buying anything---furniture--our politicians are in lalaland...preening for the tv...trying to outdo each other...to be honest ...right now both sides make me upchuck....this is insane...we are talking about thousands of jobs going bye-bye...they are considering cutting Soc.sec.-medicare....& some counties are already going up in taxes.....not to mention cutting school teachers-libraries-police-firemen...congress needs a paycut....they seem to have a lot of time to send nude pics to women......amazing isn't it....Sen.Kerry & his wife are worth over 650 million but they didn't want to pay the tax on their yacht.. Big business gets away w/o the tax crunch too........when will we get enough folks.......have you seen the fighting in the streets in Europe...it is coming.

TK3
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TK3 07/14/11 - 06:13 am
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As Big Brother figures, such

As Big Brother figures, such towns can always welcome a Prohibition prison in their area.

NOTE: INTERESTING that following A/C story link not working anymore;

SC inmates: Greenish meat, spoiled milk routinely served

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2011-07-13/sc-inmates-greenish-...

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/14/11 - 06:25 am
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Prison or ballpark.....maybe

Prison or ballpark.....maybe we can get a call center there for business in India...yeh...I know it isn't funny for the folks in that town...just trying to laugh to keep from crying.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/14/11 - 06:30 am
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The plant closure will

The plant closure will snowball. The revenue for the hospital will be affected greatly. These workers had insurance. I'll bet the hospital closes, too.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/14/11 - 06:41 am
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Dr. Molly Howard,

Dr. Molly Howard, superintendent of the Jefferson County School System, will help rally the people of Louisville, Wrens, Adrian and the rest of her home county to mitigate the devastating effects of this IR plant closure.

Let us hope that IR does not have a multi-purpose vehicle-production plant in Hastings, NE or anywhere else other than Martinez, GA.

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scoobynews 07/14/11 - 12:52 pm
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As a Jefferson county native,

As a Jefferson county native, learning of this was shocking. This company has long employed many of the people who live in this area. Lousiville is already like a ghost town compared to Wrens which is closer to Augusta and Thomson. There is a very good documentary on Frontline called "Is Walmart Good for America?". It was very eye opening to me because you can see that big corps just don't care about the people that keep them in business. Where do they think these people are going to find jobs? Driving to Augusta, Swainsboro, Sandersville, and else where will just add on the extra burden of gas cost. Very sad.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/14/11 - 07:20 am
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scooby....I would also ask is

scooby....I would also ask is congress good for America....we have been losing jobs for the last 15 years for sure....have they stemmed the tide...... big lobby-big business controls the decisions in DC.....we are living on the edge just like that song says.....we have closed our eyes everytime it happens in another town---we say whew..missed us this time.....we all need to write-call-make yourself HEARD---especially in the voting booth----who owns this country??

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/14/11 - 07:21 am
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Saxby & Isackson & Woodall

Saxby & Isackson & Woodall will be getting letters from me this week!!

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 07/14/11 - 07:29 am
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Practically, citizens in

Practically, citizens in republics tend to get the quality of government their scrutiny produces.

LouLou
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LouLou 07/14/11 - 09:23 am
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Brad, this is the last thing

Brad, this is the last thing on Deal's plate, he's buttering up himself every where else but here, sad to say

scorehouse
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scorehouse 07/14/11 - 10:22 am
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hope and change. be careful
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hope and change. be careful what you hope for you just might get it. U.S. corporations pay the highest tax rate in the world. government regulation is insane. this is happening everywhere and some moron truly believes solar plants will provide everyone jobs? if there is no manufacturing or jobs who needs power anyway? solar facilities, which are subsidized by taxpayer dollars of which there aren't any, don't require many employees anyway? how many people work at clarks hill dam? this plant may just have run its course technologically? i don't know. but i'll bet with the depression, maybe the demand for their product has vanished?. this is nothing, wait till the obamacare tax bill takes effect.

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wordwright 07/14/11 - 12:40 pm
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My dad retired from Thermo

My dad retired from Thermo King. He's dead and gone now, but I'm glad he didn't have to see this. Louisville will be devastated.

I saw a comment about buying products made in the good old USA--good luck finding many of them.

We let Congress create this situation;we can make Congress fix it. The big problem is that business has bought Congress--every Congressman--Dem or Repub--has been bought off by big business. Otherwise, we wouldn't have this situation. Now, the Supreme Court has ruled that a corporation is a "person" and can donate unlimited amounts of money to political campaigns. I fully expect to see the Toyota candidate for president or the Hormel candidate for agricultural commissioner soon.

Daddy always said that the Democrats look out for the little guy. I guess he was right. Even though we have a democratic president, our Congress and Supreme Court are controlled by the rich Republicans--hamstringing any bills that help the common man. The trickle down theory that Repubs try to dupe us with does not work. The trickle goes from the CEO and takes a sharp turn to China or Mexico or India.

Does no one see a correlation between the rising middle class in China and increased manufacturing there? Does no one see a correlation between the sinking middle class in the US and the exportation of manufacturing here? Duh.

The Republicans have really duped the tea partiers and other middle-class people into voting for policies that are against their best interests.
Let's route the Senators and Representatives who have allowed our jobs to go overseas!

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MadSnapper 07/14/11 - 01:18 pm
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Riverman, the NLRB could not

Riverman, the NLRB could not care less about a local economy; unless of course that economy is driven by unionized jobs. And Wordwright, your Daddy may have been correct about the democrats looking after the little guy, but the democrats stay in power by assuring that the little guy never gets too big. In other words, if little people are your power base, keep them little or you lose your power.

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scorehouse 07/14/11 - 01:32 pm
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wordwright you should change
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wordwright you should change your name to wordwrong. dems have run the country since 2006 elections. how's that hope and change? the government can do 2 things for the american worker. cut taxes on business and on individuals, reduce regulation. they will do neither! instead they institute the largest tax increase in american history. obamacare. go read all the tax increases in the bill. they raise the cost of everything in the medical industry. i guess only the rich pay medical bills? obamacare also raises taxes on every type of income in america from small savings accounts , to wages, to capital gains. why are unions and congress exempt?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/14/11 - 03:16 pm
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write your

write your congressman-senator---local & state

seenitB4
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seenitB4 07/14/11 - 03:15 pm
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wordwright....Both sides have

wordwright....Both sides have had a hand in our mess/not just 1party----congress is stocked with millionaires----kinda hard to relate to a paycheck to paycheck run of the mill worker---heck the tax on Sen.Kerrys yacht was $550,000....more than some make in 10 years.

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