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

whocares

I always hear people crying for the unions. How about the salaried people that are taking a beating. And as for the County Government getting involved, the same democrats get elected every time

Super Judge

employees are lucky they are not making less than minimum wage is what they deserve

Perkins2060

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Perkins2060

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EZOB

AngryWhiteDude,
You can undertstand why a certain person makes negative comments directed at you. Their free ride is coming to an end and they want to blame anyone that will cut-off the free hand outs. Like in that stroh's beer commercial where the guy is crawling in the desert and only would drink a stroh's beer. I can see these Liberals crawling along, tongue hanging out, and Me offering them an "Iced Tea". They'll probably refuse it but they'll drink the Kool Aid.

Super Judge

how old are you that a you talking about a commercial from 1974 does the Erie County care facility know you using their computer

looking around

Hmmm....Lets see....layoffs and possible closures loom,cutbacks in funding for city infrastructure,increased unemployment and welfare, lower property values = less taxation revenue on payroll,property, and approved levies, poorly maintained city infrastructure and less services. Guess that all looks like Sandusky and surrounding area " The diamond in the rough" gets duller and duller..... Funny, when good Union jobs with pattern bargaining and group representation were the norm, things looked a lot better,; new schools, lots of local supporting business,great local infrastructure, low unemployment, good middle income wages and life styles, defined pension plans. Keep worrying about your neighbor making a decent living and soon you will all join him in an impoverished environment. Just what the republicans dream about.

whocares

I don't think you can blame this one on the republicans. If Obama was more pro business KBI would probably be doing better. We all would be doing better.

Mr. D

Hmmmm. . . Didn't original GM workers get shipped out or bought out so KBI could hire new labor cheaper? If most of the original workers are gone via retirement, buyouts and transfers, why are new low wage KBI workers getting cut? Are we seeing more results of poor management? Or is this just their secret agenda to liquidate local labor?

whocares

Oh yea, I almost forgot Bill Clinton Signed NAFTA into law. Also made China a most favored trading nation.

whocares

Oh yea, I almost forgot Bill Clinton Signed NAFTA into law. Also made China a most favored trading nation.

Kimo

That is what happens when American companies sell out to Japan and China.
Like I posted b4, dig to the bottom, follow the money...........

whocares

Companies are trying to survive in a World Economy. Unions are like a business, the have President, Vice Presidents, Managers, Members and buildings. What are the Unions doing to survive in a World Economy. Maybe if you organized Mexico and China you could raise the labor rate world wide and earn more? Plus people complain about management pay. What does a national union president earn?

Kimo

Re: "What does a national union president earn?"

who cares?

If he/she worked for a buck, it would not bring back the jobs "Waltonism" sent overseas.
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KURTje

Looking around you'll make many mad with the truth. (keep doing that)

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