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They're just getting their back story straight for when they close the plants and move production to either Mexico or China.

Plenty of cheap labor there.
 
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I think the last part of the article is often over looked by large corporations. People value stability and manufacturing has not offered that. Hire like crazy then layoff the little guy to keep stock prices up. People get tired of that kind of lifestyle. I left manufacturing over 20 years ago and have never missed it.
 
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Maybe they couldn't or wouldn't pass the drug test.

Or, maybe they need to move a plant to Texas. Caterpillar dis a few years ago. Seem to be doing well.

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I vote for the drug test theory.
A friend of mine has a daughter that does drug testing for companies. Out of 68 applicants none passed the drug test.
 
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I think the last part of the article is often over looked by large corporations. People value stability and manufacturing has not offered that. Hire like crazy then layoff the little guy to keep stock prices up. People get tired of that kind of lifestyle. I left manufacturing over 20 years ago and have never missed it.

I grew up in Waterloo (home of Deere's Tractor Works) and you are correct about peoples concern for employment stability. I also find it interesting that Deere is promoting $19/hr as a "premium wage", that's only $4 higher than minimum in some cities. Relatively speaking I believe wages were higher at Deere in the '70's but they've weakened the union through outsourcing and hiring of temps. When Deere boasts about being the employer of choice they're reflecting on a bygone era not the current state.

Additionally I suspect long lead times are (in part) the result of international sourcing. In the '60's and '70's there were many "feeder" businesses located in and around Waterloo, not so much anymore.
 
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I grew up in Waterloo (home of Deere's Tractor Works) and you are correct about peoples concern for employment stability. I also find it interesting that Deere is promoting $19/hr as a "premium wage", that's only $4 higher than minimum in some cities. Relatively speaking I believe wages were higher at Deere in the '70's but they've weakened the union through outsourcing and hiring of temps. When Deere boasts about being the employer of choice they're reflecting on a bygone era not the current state.

Additionally I suspect long lead times are (in part) the result of international sourcing. In the '60's and '70's there were many "feeder" businesses located in and around Waterloo, not so much anymore.
Yeah, when you can make $15 working at Target, $19 is anything but premium. They’re UAW too, and without intending to be political, that would be a huge red flag for me. Start qualified people at $22 an hour and move to a low cost, business friendly state like Texas and you’ll have more workers than you could ever hire.
 
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Yea, but if you hire $22 an hour workers they need to be able to produce $44 an hour worth of product/service. Finding hands that will do that is hard!
 
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I vote for the drug test theory.
A friend of mine has a daughter that does drug testing for companies. Out of 68 applicants none passed the drug test.

Holy cow!

And I thought nothing was 100% anymore.

Says a lot.

MoKelly
 
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Holy cow!

And I thought nothing was 100% anymore.

Says a lot.

MoKelly
The only companies who don’t have this problem with drug testing are the ones that don’t do it (i.e. most white collar jobs). There’s a good conspiracy theory in there if one was so inclined.
 
 
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