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Archive for Saturday, July 17, 2010

Brake maker closing plant in SE Kansas

July 17, 2010

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— About 160 jobs will be lost in southeast Kansas when a factory that makes parts for commercial vehicle brakes is closed later this year.

Haldex Brake in Iola is a division of Sweden-based Haldex Commercial Vehicle Systems. The Iola plant has been in operation since 1973.

The Iola Register reported Friday the company plans to close the plant by the end of the year and move its operations to another Haldex plant in Monterrey, Mexico. The production of brake cylinders was moved from Iola to Monterrey in 2007.

At one time, the Kansas plant had more than 400 employees.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 4 years, 5 months ago

I guess what goes around, comes around. Some years ago, the city made big notice of the moving of Gustin-Bacon manufacturing to Lawrence, and the Maxibrake line of large air brakes came with that. Customers for this brake line included Ford and Volvo of Sweden. Gustin-Bacon became Aeroquip where I worked from 1979 till they moved the Maxibrake line to Midland Brake in Iola. Apparently, Midland sold out to the Swedes and now they have moved the jobs to Mexico.

Well, does anyone see a common pattern here? We hear the mantra to create jobs, to keep American jobs in the U.S., but we see these companies fleeing the U.S. for foreign workers who get lower wages, less benefits, and generally lower living standards.

I guess the need for greed trumps the need for American jobs.

Richard Heckler 4 years, 5 months ago

My guess the Kansas legislature scares a lot of people as they move backwards.

Lawrence is an expensive place to locate. Where economic displacement rules.

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