Job losses at KBI generate fear for plant's future

Employees of Kyklos Bearing International — the former New Departure/Delphi bearing factory — are afraid for the future of the plant.
Melissa Topey
Mar 13, 2013

Karen Balconi Ghezzi, director of the Erie County Job and Family Services, said KBI laid off 36 employees since late last month.  

"They say the layoffs are indefinite and are the result of a reduction of the workload," Ghezzi said.

Get the ePaper on Thursday or buy a copy of the Register at a newsstand near you to learn more about the anxiety workers have concerning the plant's future.

A seven-year employee of KBI said he was one of the layoffs and he anticipates more are coming.

It is possible anyone hired from 2006 or after, about 120 people, will soon be out of a job, he said.

“Since 2008 we have lost 175 production jobs and 10 skilled trade jobs, all in four years,” another employee said. “Growing up I used to hear people say if the New Departure plant closed we (the community) were done. I am afraid that time may be here.”

Comments

luvblues2

You just made it very easy to figure which corner/side of RT 4 and Perkins Avenue you "used" to park in for the days work.

Kimo

Dig down and see who really owns KBI, not who fronts for them, but the real owners.

8ballinthesidepocket

I give up, who owns KBI???

swiss cheese kat

Wall street.

EZOB

lifetimeresident,
My father retired from New Departure. I remember him telling about the first guy to drive a foreign car (Volkswagon) to work. Some guys picked it up and turned it side ways in the parking space. We are all to blame. We buy all the foreign junk and yell when plants close. Your two main purches in your life are a house and probably a new car. So the second most valuable purchase most make are cars and more and more are Foreign. Now don't mention Honda because it is Japanese and the profits go over seas.

lifetimeresident

To bad we cant get your father and his friends to go to all the schools. They would break their backs.

Put America 1st

Now that is an intelligent well thought out opinion. Glad to see you went back and receive your GED with honors.

pavedparadise

Lifetime is correct. The teachers union wants community support in protecting their contracts, yet many many teachers drive foreign cars with foreign headlights, tail-lights and wheel bearings

bucknut36

I served 23 years in the United States Air Force and spent 10 years as a member of the United Auto Workers. I am just as proud of my affiliation with the UAW as I am of my military time. Most of the UAW members I knew were decent hard working people just trying to provide for their families. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE AT KBI!!!!

KURTje

What some of the others said -PLUS - complain more as services for the populace might diminish. Wonder why?

Professor Playdoh

kBI isn't getting beat by China or Japan and cheap labor. they're get beat by companys like American Axle and Colfer, UAW companys that have used technolgy to produce products at much lower costs. I saw above a comment about Honda and how the profits go back overseas. Your wrong... They re-invest in their plants to stay competitive first. It's called "World Class Manufacturing. KBI can't spell Lean or 6 Sigma. Do you know what it's called when you continue to do things the same way and expect different results?

looking around

Playdoh American Axle has all but closed and knocked down their plants in the US and have taken their manufacturing off shore. Only their company headquarters in Detroit remain.

ronjeremysdonkeydc

You are wrong. The lines that are shutting down at KBI are the ones GM has outsourced to China.

Put America 1st

Japan's automakers have increase production in the US due to existing currency (yen) problem with that said Japan's automakers are making a larger investment in America. 70% of US made vehicle's are sold in America. However their headquarters and operations are still base in Japan where profit outside of investment is return. Every factory has an allocation cost that gets trim off the top of profits and return to Honda, Nissan and Toyota.

KBI makes an outstanding bearing that has had no serious issues in GM-Delphi nor KBI's history. KBI warranty's second to none, they have the world's largest testing lab and a number of quality train individuals working their. With that said, NO American manufacturing company can compete with China, India and etc vs labor production. And now we are starting to see plutocracy society before our eyes with "right to work" states. KBI lost work to South Carolina and Georgia I believe cause those individuals work for $8-$9 an hour. The biggest thing KBI has going for them is top notch quality.

goofus

I believe pigs can fly and Dennis Kucinich believes in UFO's but that don't make anything true. Use the internet and research the RTW wages and the compare them to the cost of living in their respective states, sources should be cited and not subject to speculation!

Talkings hit

Ain't nobody got time for that.

Put America 1st

Facts are Goofus that RTW states make $5k less per year, less benefits and erosion of worker's rights.

goofus

Where is that written,is the cost of living factored in your figures. I'm talking housing cost and grocery cost and the like. Fact? Let's see it in print from a reputible source!!! Facts from the unknowledgable are like opinions!!!!!

goofus

Facts are Put America 1st that liberals are lazy and beat their wives and children. They have a diminished sense of self worth and have lower than average IQ's. My statistics come from your source of RTW wages, the imagination!!

The Big Dog's back

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SmokingGunn

Before KBI, there was Delphi and numerous other trade names for that plant including New Departure Hyatt. Products from those trade names were of the highest in quality until some brainer (salary side) from above said they made too good of a product, meaning, the service bearing industry pay higher than an OEM. So they opened the parameters up and allowing the bearing to fail earlier than it should, creating a market for service bearings and higher profits. Mostly all manufacturers do that now days. The design is to at least not fail until the warranty ends, then fail, creating a need for replacement parts. Try to buy a bearing at $30.00 anywhere other than in a factory..same applies to computers, dishwashers etc. KBI know quality, because the employees are the best there is at making a bearing, its up to the company to promote it and assure the equipment is able to operate at a high quality standard. New technology doesnt necessarily mean its a right fit for the job. That plant has used dinosaurs and maintain the best quality bearing in the world..as for Lean, they been there for years, just never practiced it as it should be, which includes Lean on the salary side too.

Perkins2060

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Talkings hit

It's the quarry.

Perkins2060

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Perkins2060

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Put America 1st

First thing you should in the morning Perkins is take a shower and use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash and problem would be solve.

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