Michigan finds itself to be hurting. Here it's a way of life.
GM is talking about closing plants. Mack Truck, Ethan Allen, Celanese Acetate, Johnson & Johnson, Lear Corp., Dan River, Tultex, Spring Ford Industries, National Textiles, Buster Brown, Natalie Knitting Mills, American of Martinsville, Virginia Glove, Virginia House Furniture, Lea Industries, ArvinMeritor, Alcoa Wheels, Rowe Furniture, VF Knitwear, Vaughan Furniture, Webb Furniture, Burlington Industries, Renfro, Hooker Furniture, Bristol Compressors, Stanley Furniture, Dana Corporation, Thomasville Furniture, Sara Lee Branded Apparel, Bassett Furniture Industries, and Pulaski Furniture have been there - and done that.
Now, add to that list that dates back to the late 80's ...
Hundreds of layoffs on horizonCongress is in high dudgeon over GM's plight. Billions will be spent to save those breathtakingly lucrative UAW jobs.
By Duncan Adams and Jeff Sturgeon, The Roanoke Times
Four companies stretching from Bedford to Wytheville are looking at layoffs involving more than 400 workers starting early next year, with as many as 300 of those jobs imperiled by the drastic drop in U.S. auto sales.
The companies are all in the manufacturing sector, including auto parts, furniture and packaging. They come in the wake of an additional 220 recession-related layoffs across the region in November.
Acument Global Technologies ... eliminating 162 jobs.
Intermet Corp., ... 140 people.
Frank Chervan Inc. ... about 90.
Shorewood Packaging ... said 45 workers will lose their jobs. [link]
Meanwhile, down here where no one in Washington gives a damn ...