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How many effected by the economy?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by got2lb, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. got2lb Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    Just curious to see how many people have been directly effected by the economy so far yourself or you spouse.  Shortened hours, layoff, shutdowns, etc...
    They laid off 125 floor workers and about 30 in the office where I work a month ago.  STORY
    We found out yesterday that they will be closing our plant for a month in two weeks.  From March 16th - April 10th.  STORY
    Unfortunately I have a really bad feeling that it won't be the end of it for us.  /DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default/emoticons/sad.gif
     
  2. snowman82

    snowman82 Experienced Reefkeeper

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    I work for Pella Corporation in Pella. I have been affected by it more than i realized. our hours have been cut back was working a steady 40 then down to 28. we have no second shift production anymore at our Pella site. We have offered early retirement incentive programs, and separation incentives, and voluntary layoffs. the most recent thing has been a rotating layoff. each line is split up in about 5 to 6 teams, each week one team is off and is eligable for unemployment. untill this past week my fiance and i haven't changed our spending habits. we just realized how fast our accounts got depleated, and mainly on the new fishtank haha. but i'm being optomistic about it all. The financial problems we are having anymore are because people wont spend or invest, so i'm doing my part to help the economy and spending all i have and staying broke :)
     
  3. glaspie69

    glaspie69 Experienced Reefkeeper

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    I've been super lucky so far. The company I work for schedules so many projects in advance we have work for at least 18 months with alot of work being bid. Hopfully they will keep us busy, they've suspended hiring and offered us more hours if we need them so it's nice to know they care alittle.
     
  4. FishBrain Expert Reefkeeper GIRS Member

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    My wife has been laid off for about a month she is 7 months pregnant so she is enjoying the time off. She is receiving unemployment.
     
  5. wolfman1973

    wolfman1973 Inactive User

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    i work at international paper in waterloo and we have had fridays off for over a month,but the company has atleast offered cleanup on fridays to get your hours in.
     
  6. Troy

    Troy Experienced Reefkeeper

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    Me and my girlfriend work at whirlpool in amana, and after 8 years we had to go back to 2nd shift due to layoffs. Now they have had talk about shutting down 2nd shift all together. Plus we have been having down time about 3-4 days a month. I so hope this gets turned around for everyone soon.
     
  7. mralanjones

    mralanjones Inactive User

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    taavis i worked out at amana along with a lot of pople I know. What line do you work on
     
  8. REEFer Madness

    REEFer Madness Inactive User

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    We've been busier than usual since this "depression". In fact in the last month alone we've hired about 10 guys and more to come.
     
  9. AJ

    AJ Inactive User

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    So what business are you in?  Debt collection?  /DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default/emoticons/wink.gif
     
  10. REEFer Madness

    REEFer Madness Inactive User

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    ha ha no.   I work with railroad tank cars.   I get inside them and line the rubber.   B-Rad uses a huge water gun to blast the rubber off and I put in new rubbing lining in them for acid cars.
    We worked 3 Saturdays in a row last month and a lot of us have been working 10 hr days.   40% of our company was bought by Warren Buffet and they are trying to impress him with pumping out more cars than before so he'll buy the rest of the company.
     
  11. AJ

    AJ Inactive User

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    Interesting...I had no idea that they were made in this area. It's pretty cool to hear about the variety of products that are made in the state.

    --AJ
     
  12. xroads Veteran Reefkeeper Vendor

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    We are busier then ever. People arent buying new cars, they are fixing the ones they have.
     
  13. got2lb Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    I suppose they don't need a new car when they don't have a job to drive to! /DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default/emoticons/biggrin.gif
     
  14. REEFer Madness

    REEFer Madness Inactive User

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    There was a whole program dedicated to that on NPR a few weeks ago, Craig. It's not so much a "new car", but if it comes down to 1,700 to fix the car they have or just scrap and get a used one for 3 grand, now they don't have the choice and need to fix the car the own now.

    I bet you've been seeing some repairs that normally would have ended the vehicles life or be sold a few years before.
     
  15. DavidM199

    DavidM199 Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    we are slow. i work for United van lines, moving stuff

    Not many people buying new homes but we did deliver about 23,000 cases of girl scout cookies last week
     
  16. AJ

    AJ Inactive User

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    Wow! That's a whole lot of Thin Mints and Carmel Delights /DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default/emoticons/wink.gif
     
  17. DavidM199

    DavidM199 Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    yea, too many that I gett sick of just smelling the mint and looking at them that I havent ate one in like 2 1/2 years
     
  18. Waverz

    Waverz Expert Reefkeeper

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    I have just been "Effected", we found out today my company is closing at the end of this month. I'm actually pretty excited about it as I will be able to collect unemployment for 18 months. Thats 18 months of hanging out with mydaughter and watching her grow. I'm also considering going back to school to further my education.
     
  19. AJ

    AJ Inactive User

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    Sorry to hear about that...sounds like you're making the most of it. I hope it doesn't impact you too bad. You'll get lots more time to work on your glass and sell frags! With your company closing, doesn't that make you eligible for government grants to help pay for your education?

    --AJ
     
  20. got2lb Well-Known ReefKeeper

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    That sucks man, but at least if they're going to close the doors you can pretty much go back to school on the government.  See you in line at the unemployment office!  /DesktopModules/ActiveForums/themes/_default/emoticons/crazy.gif
     

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