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120 year old Tombstone says it all...

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by grnberetcj, Mar 27, 2010.

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  1. grnberetcj

    grnberetcj Active Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    ... and this guy died over a hundred years ago!!


  2. stokinpls

    stokinpls Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    But you're talking about the party that wants to save the country with "green jobs".

    "They just finished construction on a new 50 million plant expansion. Then announced that they were going to tear it down (almost completed razing it now).
    It was built with a government grant, too.
    So now the jobs go to China.

    BP Solar lays off 320 workers
    Production being moved out of U.S. to cut costs
    Originally published March 27, 2010

    By Ed Waters Jr.
    News-Post Staff

    Even as the use of solar energy to power homes, offices and other buildings increases, the cost of making panels and other equipment is still high in the U.S.

    It was that cost that led to the shutdown of manufacturing at BP Solar in Frederick on Friday and the layoffs of 320 employees.

    The site, opened in 1981, had once employed more than 500, turning silicon into wafers and then assembling them into solar panels.

    The global market has taken its toll, said Reyad Fezzani, BP Solar CEO. The company is moving production to other countries.[China]

    "There is a demand for the product all over the world," Fezzani said Friday in a telephone interview from the company's headquarters in California. "We will do that at lower-cost locations, through a range of third-party manufacturers. We have a joint partnership with some in India and China."

    The CEO said the decision to end production at the Frederick site, known for a roof filled with solar panels that is visible from I-70, was "very difficult for us. We deeply regret what the decision will have on Frederick employees."

    The plant's manufacturing equipment will be sold or decommissioned, Fezzani said.

    About 110 employees will remain at the building on Solarex Court, working in sales, marketing, business support, and research and development.

    State and federal leaders tried to help BP Solar, but it wasn't enough to overcome market conditions.

    Maryland's congressional delegation worked to secure about $11 million in federal stimulus tax credits for BP Solar last year.[actually 50 million]

    But even that was not enough, since the plan was for BP to invest about $22 million as part of the stimulus deal, said Delegate Sue Hecht, a Frederick Democrat who had advocated for the deal.

    "What they said last night was when they relooked (at) it, the market had changed so drastically that they just couldn't make it work," Hecht said.

    The company will no longer be receiving those credits.

    Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) directed state rapid response teams to immediately begin reaching out to laid-off workers.

    "While Maryland's unemployment rate remains below the national average, today's announcement is a reminder for all of us that families in our state are not immune from the global economic downturn," O'Malley said.

    Employees in Frederick will be given three months' pay and benefits, as well as severance and outplacement benefits.[don't forget the handshake]

    "Our main concern is for the 320 employees and the city and county's Workforce Services stand ready to help in re-employment," said Richard Griffin, director of the city's Department of Economic Development. "BP Solar has been a long-standing employer in the city, the facility has been a source of pride for the community. I'm hopeful we can retain the R&D center and have a presence in the community."

    Laurie Holden, director of Workforce Services, said her staff was prepared, even if a BP Solar employee walked in the door on Friday.

    "We have set up six days over the next three weeks to meet with them letting them know how to file for unemployment and our re-employment services," Holden said.

    This is the second-largest layoff her office has handled. The biggest was the closure of Alcoa Eastalco Works with more than 600 unemployed workers. Holden said she has already spoken with officials at the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation on potential funding to add temporary personnel to help handle displaced workers.

    Bernie Kohn, spokesman for the department, said its Rapid Response Team would be in Frederick for the next three weeks helping BP Solar employees who lost their jobs.

    Laurie Boyer, director of the county's Office of Economic Development, said her main concern is also the displaced workers. But she said she understands the economic pressures faced by a global company.

    "BP Solar is competing with companies with costs (that are) a lot lower," Boyer said. "I know it was a difficult decision for BP Solar, but I hope it makes the company stronger to compete in the global market. As the market grows, that could mean the company's R&D will grow."

    Fezzani said the cost of production is a global issue, not just local, and complimented the city, county and state for their support of BP Solar over the years.

    "We shut down plants in Australia and Spain," Fezzani said.

    The company's goal is to see more solar energy systems deployed, he said, but to do that the cost has to come down for the consumer. He said the company envisions a 50 percent increase in growth this year, but that is through production at lower cost."
  3. crusha

    crusha TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    So, Tom Friedman - how's that "Green Jobs Revolution" coming along?

    (Yes, it really is a race to the bottom - even in the high tech sector).
  4. Ljutic111

    Ljutic111 TS Member

    Jan 20, 2008
    This Solar business is a big bust as far as I have seen it . For 20 years our Union dumped investment money into a company in the USA to help it prosper, don`t know which one , but we lost everything we put into it . It was so bad that one of our International Leaders quit the Union just to work there . It was like a Cash Cow to many of them never running out of money .
  5. b12

    b12 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    How do I send this page to a friend.
  6. Hauxfan

    Hauxfan Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    B-12, right click with your mouse on the picture and a little menu should pop up where you can send it via email.

  7. freddy01

    freddy01 Member

    Jan 29, 1998
  8. xringjim

    xringjim TS Member

    Nov 3, 2009
    When you think about it the writing was on the wall back in the 1850's. When the railroad wanted people to do hard labor they brought China here. That was a major sign of things to come as it turns out. Keep in mind that our government was up to its neck in the building of those rails. BTW, just who where the Presidents involved in that? Could that headstone been pointing a finger then? JKP
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