Cessna closing 3 Columbus plants

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Cessna Aircraft Co. says the company will close its three Columbus plants within six to 24 months.

The Wichita, Kan.-based airplane manufacturer has employed as many as 600 people in Columbus. Cessna told its remaining 315 workers the news on Tuesday.

The Columbus operation assembles various parts that are shipped to Cessna facilities for assembly of small business jets and general aviation aircraft. Company spokesman Doug Oliver says that work will move to plants in Independence, Kan., and Mexico.

In August 2008, Cessna opened a $25 million, 100,000-square-foot plant in Columbus and announced plans for 150 jobs over five years. Instead, the company has steadily laid off workers in the down economy. A hundred cuts were announced in January, followed by 89 in April and 50 in August.

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disssman
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disssman 12/09/09 - 11:11 am
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I believe it will equate to

I believe it will equate to one person moved to Independance Kansas and 314 or so to Mexico. I believe if the workers were union and had a firm contract, they wouldn't have gone anywhere. I also wonder just how much of a management excellence bonus was paid to the CEO's for this little jewel. Note: They aren't going to China. Probably because those people have gotten smart quickly and now about 80 percent of the factories are unionized to protect workers.

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MadSnapper 12/09/09 - 11:45 am
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No union can protect

No union can protect employees in an underperforming company. How many UAW autoworkers jobs have moved to Mexico or just went away? If a company cannot compete, or the business is suffering due to an economic downturn, a union can't help. But they will never tell you that. And if anyone believes that unions help companies operate more efficiently, or help reduce waste, they have obviously never worked in that environment. By the way, did you know that the UAW owns a golf resort in Michigan? With all their people laid off you would think that the union executives would sell it and spread some of that money around, wouldn't you? But no, like the corporate execs they are unwilling to give up their high salaries and perks too. Obama should have fired Gettelfinger too, he is as much of the problem as the CEO of GM was.

MadSnapper
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MadSnapper 12/09/09 - 12:22 pm
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While I am ranting, why do

While I am ranting, why do you think Boeing is transferring operations to Charleston, S.C. from Washington State? Look it up, the union there has struck numerous times in the last 10 years and cost them production and contracts. Now those union jobs are leaving to go to SC, where the employees recently decertified the union. Did that union save those jobs in Washington or cause the job transfer? I could go on with other examples, but if anyone is thinking of joining a union, ask the organizer to put in writing all the promises made, including guaranteed employment.

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corgimom 12/09/09 - 12:38 pm
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If a company wants to close a

If a company wants to close a plant, no union can't stop them.

THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME
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THE GAME INSIDE THE GAME 12/09/09 - 01:05 pm
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Bill Clinton.......NAFTA

Bill Clinton.......NAFTA

FormerAugustaResident
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FormerAugustaResident 12/09/09 - 01:48 pm
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Having a lengthy (30+ years)

Having a lengthy (30+ years) career in aviation and still employed in the business jet industry, I can tell you that you are barking up the wrong tree in your union vs. non-union argument. Business aviation has been hit extremely hard in the past year, with Cessna (Wichita) laying off about 1/2 of it's entire work force and they are in good company with most other major aerospace firms. Long and short of it is....if you manufacture a product with relatively small sales (measured in the dozens up to maybe low hundreds per year) then a significant loss of product sales / backlogs will result in lost jobs whether unionized or not.

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baronvonreich 12/09/09 - 02:35 pm
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Labor unions lost their

Labor unions lost their usefulness about 50 years ago. They hinder employment and ruin entire industries rather than support them.

austinevans
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austinevans 12/09/09 - 08:38 pm
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Obamanomics working just for

Obamanomics working just for YOU!

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