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Thursday, September 18, 2008

80 Laid Off At Zippo

WESB News: 09/18/08 - More Layoffs at Zippo

Zippo Manufacturing has laid off another 80 employees. This newest round of layoffs comes just three months after they furloughed 35 workers citing faltering domestic lighter sales.

Company officials say quote "corporate initiatives that have resulted in improved efficiencies and operating capabilities" are responsible for the most recent round of layoffs.

Tim said...

Another thing Zippo fails to mention is that they opened a factory in China. When I took a trip over to China a stumbled upon a factory Zippo opened. Even the factory in China labels the Lighters "Made in Bradford PA" I just wonder why they aren't laying off there.

Anonymous said...

Cheaper labor. I understand the stance on any sort of outsourcing but since I have been doing more research on it and have been paying attention to my surroundings, it is no wonder.

We can employ people with degrees that are willing to work twice as hard as SOME Americans for less than half the cost. Why not? I would like to see jobs stay here as much as anyone else but sometimes I think we have gotten way too used to expecting something for nothing.

Mad Mike said...

http://www.zippo.com/NewsAndEvents/Counterfeiting_of_Zippo_lighters_in_China_affecting_Bradford.aspx?article=9209ee4c-ff1e-4712-b340-7f24bf485164

Check out this link from Zippo's website. I have not validated that there is an actual Zippo plant in China. However, it would not be surprising.

To "anonymous"...outsourcing is about two things - corporate greed and our goverment. Too many Americans could care less if it is Made in USA or Made in China. As long as they have access to it and it's easy on their wallet. Corporations should have to pay a substantial import tax on EVERYTHING that's shipped to this country. Maybe then American labor wouldn't appear so costly. It's your thought pattern that contributes to the downfall of our country. I agree with you...too many people want something for nothing. They don't know any better. These people are the offspring of those who sold their soul and traded their patriotism for riches. I used to buy things that were only made in America but that's no longer a viable choice.

I welcome you to the new world...the one where corporate America and our goverment p!ssed away all our economic power to Asia.

3 comments :

Tim said...

Another thing Zippo fails to mention is that they opened a factory in China. When I took a trip over to China a stumbled upon a factory Zippo opened. Even the factory in China labels the Lighters "Made in Bradford PA" I just wonder why they aren't laying off there.

Anonymous said...

Cheaper labor. I understand the stance on any sort of outsourcing but since I have been doing more research on it and have been paying attention to my surroundings, it is no wonder.

We can employ people with degrees that are willing to work twice as hard as SOME Americans for less than half the cost. Why not? I would like to see jobs stay here as much as anyone else but sometimes I think we have gotten way too used to expecting something for nothing.

Mad Mike said...

http://www.zippo.com/NewsAndEvents/Counterfeiting_of_Zippo_lighters_in_China_affecting_Bradford.aspx?article=9209ee4c-ff1e-4712-b340-7f24bf485164

Check out this link from Zippo's website. I have not validated that there is an actual Zippo plant in China. However, it would not be surprising.

To "anonymous"...outsourcing is about two things - corporate greed and our goverment. Too many Americans could care less if it is Made in USA or Made in China. As long as they have access to it and it's easy on their wallet. Corporations should have to pay a substantial import tax on EVERYTHING that's shipped to this country. Maybe then American labor wouldn't appear so costly. It's your thought pattern that contributes to the downfall of our country. I agree with you...too many people want something for nothing. They don't know any better. These people are the offspring of those who sold their soul and traded their patriotism for riches. I used to buy things that were only made in America but that's no longer a viable choice.

I welcome you to the new world...the one where corporate America and our goverment p!ssed away all our economic power to Asia.