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Old 10-21-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
Spartansburg Plant Closing
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Anyone hear any word on the closing of the US plant?
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there adding to the building
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Old 11-14-2008, 03:28 AM
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http://www.autoblog.com/2008/03/06/b...ant-expansion/
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Old 11-14-2008, 10:47 AM
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I assume you are talking about the layoffs and early closing for the holiday and NOT the expansion. The expansion has nothing to do with the closing.... the economy does. Most (if not all) BMW factories will be closing early this rear for the holiday break and not return until the new year. Even the Oxford MINI plant is closing earlier than normal.

Here is some info on the US plant layoffs and closing etc.

http://www.bimmerfile.com/2008/10/17...-us/#more-1051
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:20 PM
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They'll all be on holiday for 4 weeks.
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They're not getting paid; that's a layoff, not a holiday
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Old 11-16-2008, 11:41 AM
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They're not getting paid; that's a layoff, not a holiday
Full time employees are. BMW employs temporary workers to adjust to market conditions, this is in the US and in the EU. So temp employees are being laid off by their company which outsources to BMW. BMW contracts with full time employees grants them pay and benefits.
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I work at the SC plant, and we will be getting paid!!
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That is good news. Seeing that you and your wife both have BMW's I imagine you get an employee's discount.
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I work at the SC plant, and we will be getting paid!!
Good Luck! Keep us posted if things change, I know that I'd love to hear about how things are going...

BTW, looks like you are due for a new ride...
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That is good news. Seeing that you and your wife both have BMW's I imagine you get an employee's discount.
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Good Luck! Keep us posted if things change, I know that I'd love to hear about how things are going...

BTW, looks like you are due for a new ride...
Just got one last week. Just got another 528i. However, i will pick up one for my wife after Thanksgiving.
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Old 11-17-2008, 06:45 PM
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when i was at a tech training class back in october at the performance center.. the instructor told us that they were doin additions to the plant and there was a lot of construction going on.
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Old 11-17-2008, 07:32 PM
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when i was at a tech training class back in october at the performance center.. the instructor told us that they were doin additions to the plant and there was a lot of construction going on.
Yes, construction is very heavy now.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:23 PM
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Man.. the title scared me. I was there last month and did a tour, what an awesome facility! And yes, the construction is very evident!
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lets hope things improve soon, with BMWs new pull strategy we know they are actively seeking to decrease volume which will of course mean less need for workers

wonder how long BMW can continue to pay its employees to stay home?

Have you workers heard anything about longer range plans, i.e. Spring/Summer/Fall 2009?

I can't imagine they will need all the workers thru 2009, nothing appears to be improving economy wise
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My company is in a similar situation, better than most in the industry (semi-conductors). We have a large reserve of cash for capital expenses & are starting work on a large new facility for new manufacturing in the Philippines.

For the Xmas week we are closing and probably will close a week in Q1 2009 too. Like BMW probably, the pay employees are getting is money the company has already paid into (timebank), so the savings is large. Granted, those who have taken vacation time and are less than 40 hrs are going into a negative, but 3 months and it will be in the positive, at least until the next shutdown.

So I think Spartansburg will save $$$ the same way, by using employee timebank already paid into.
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My company is in a similar situation, better than most in the industry (semi-conductors). We have a large reserve of cash for capital expenses & are starting work on a large new facility for new manufacturing in the Philippines.

For the Xmas week we are closing and probably will close a week in Q1 2009 too. Like BMW probably, the pay employees are getting is money the company has already paid into (timebank), so the savings is large. Granted, those who have taken vacation time and are less than 40 hrs are going into a negative, but 3 months and it will be in the positive, at least until the next shutdown.

So I think Spartansburg will save $$$ the same way, by using employee timebank already paid into.
You are correct about the time bank... that is how BMW (at least BMWAG) operates. Hope things work out for you in this difficult time.
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You are correct about the time bank... that is how BMW (at least BMWAG) operates. Hope things work out for you in this difficult time.

Thanks. Actually, for my dept, we are fine. Ive got enough timebank to ride out the weeks off. No raises this year but health care premium increases are being paid for 100% by the company and end of year profit-sharing is estimated to be just under 10% of salary. Not alot but considering the economy...
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Glad to hear that. Everyone else working there treated the same as you?
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Glad to hear that. Everyone else working there treated the same as you?
Yes indeed!
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