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Levi Strauss Plant Closes; Hundreds Lose Jobs
KATV ^ | Tuesday March 07, 2006 | Rusty Jackson

Posted on 03/08/2006 9:19:50 AM PST by Willie Green

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Little Rock - Hundreds of people are out of work Tuesday night after a major announcement at the Levi Strauss company. The company's Little Rock distribution plant will be closing its doors as early as August. The move will put 340 people out of work. The plant is located just south of Little Rock off Interstate 530 along the Pratt Road Exit.

Levi Strauss closed down the plant because company officials said it already has three major distribution plants in North America and this one was no longer necessary. Little rock native, Mary Bleck, has worked at the plant for nearly 30 years, and she found out Monday during a managers meeting she would no longer have a job. She says her initial reaction was shock.

(Mary Bleck, worker) Because I thought we were prospering with all the work we had been doing and really was just initially shocked..."

Tuesday morning at 8:00, the rest of the workers got the news of the closing.

(E.J. Bernacki, Levi Strauss) "They've done great work. This is not a reflection on them at all. It's really just a matter of business conditions and our network being over capacity."

Bernacki said the workers will receive a competitive severance package, but that still doesn't take away the sting of losing a job you've had most your life.

(Bleck) "It's sad they are leaving. Thirty years is a long time to work for a company. Now here you're thinking about having to start all over again..."

Mary Bleck is only one of many who will have to start over.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; US: Arkansas
KEYWORDS: bluejeans; bringbackcarter; cafta; corporatism; depression; globalism; grapesofwrath; itsoveritsover; killmenow; levis; levistrauss; littlerock; manufacturing; nafta; stagflation; suicidesolution; textiles; thebusheconomy; willielogic
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1 posted on 03/08/2006 9:19:52 AM PST by Willie Green
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To: Willie Green

Wal Mart.


2 posted on 03/08/2006 9:23:01 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Mexico.


3 posted on 03/08/2006 9:24:30 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Willie Green
Wow, a MSM sob story about a clinton loving, San Francisco based company(Levi Strauss), leaving the clinton's "home base".

Gee Willie you must be torn about this one.

Oh that's right it's Bush's fault and not the San Francisco based Levi Straus company's fault.

4 posted on 03/08/2006 9:24:40 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: Willie Green

Well, ain't that a kick in the pants.


5 posted on 03/08/2006 9:25:16 AM PST by Junior (Identical fecal matter, alternate diurnal period)
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To: theDentist
it already has three major distribution plants in North America

North America, huh? This means Mexico, doesn't it?
6 posted on 03/08/2006 9:26:19 AM PST by uncitizen
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Capitalism?


7 posted on 03/08/2006 9:27:57 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (More people died in Ted Kennedy's car than hunting with Dick Cheney.)
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To: Willie Green

I stopped buying anything Levi when they took their stance the United Way by attacking the Boy Scouts. Wrangler and Cinch for me.


8 posted on 03/08/2006 9:29:52 AM PST by printhead
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To: uncitizen

I recall there were also discussions about moving ALL their plants to Mexico, where it'll cost so much less....


9 posted on 03/08/2006 9:30:17 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Willie Green

Some of us quit buying Levis when we found out how lefty they were. Gungrabbing sentiments, as I recall.


10 posted on 03/08/2006 9:30:20 AM PST by Petronski (I love Cyborg!)
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To: Willie Green

Well... finally my 10+ year boycott of Levi Strauss is working. I stopped buying Levi's and went to Wranglers when LS adopted some hoky pro-homosexual company policy years ago.


11 posted on 03/08/2006 9:31:38 AM PST by Busywhiskers ("The fool says in his heart, There is no God." -Psalms)
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To: Willie Green

Whatever was being done at this U.S. "distribution plant," I'm guessing Levi Strauss intends to save a LOT of money by moving it to one of those other three such plants in North America (I read that as "Mexico").

In other words, what we're hearing may be the "giant sucking sound" of NAFTA.


12 posted on 03/08/2006 9:31:56 AM PST by newgeezer (a fundamentalist, regarding the Holy Bible AND the Constitution. Words mean things.)
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To: theDentist
Who is there to make them? Who does the jobs that no one wants to do while those doing the jobs no one else wants to do are doing those jobs?

My brain hurts.

13 posted on 03/08/2006 9:32:04 AM PST by SquirrelKing (Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.)
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To: Willie Green

14 posted on 03/08/2006 9:32:43 AM PST by Andy from Beaverton (I only vote Republican to stop the Democrats)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wal Mart saved Levi, they were close to going out of business when Wally approached them. They had very bad business practices that were annoying all retailers (uncertain deliveries being the big one, nobody knew when their trucks were going to arrive or what would ben in them) and causing them to lose display space. Wal Mart said if they could match the cost level and fix their fulfillment system they'd get space. If it wasn't for Wal Mart Levi would have gone away years ago.


15 posted on 03/08/2006 9:33:04 AM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: Dane

Your correct, this company is as looney-left and gay as san franfreko where they come from...


16 posted on 03/08/2006 9:33:11 AM PST by brainstem223
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To: Petronski

Yep. Major donors to the old Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady campaign). "Socially responsible." RIP.


17 posted on 03/08/2006 9:33:38 AM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Willie Green
Levi Strauss Plant Closes; Hundreds Lose Jobs

Yet curiously, Americans are wealthier than ever.

18 posted on 03/08/2006 9:33:57 AM PST by Lazamataz (We beat the Soviet Union, then we became them.)
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To: Willie Green

I guess they should pull this ad then.

Distribution Center Warehouse Worker - Little Rock, 2nd shift – 0600003

Description

Would you like the opportunity to join an exciting team? Would you like to work with a company that has established themselves as the apparel leader? You are invited to apply for a job with us. Levi Strauss & Co. has established itself as leader in apparel and the community. The primary purpose of this position is to provide accurate and timely processing of Levi Strauss & Co. garments to ensure the goals of the facility are met. Meeting the facility goals includes, but is not limited to adding customer specifications to the product, meeting facility accuracy and efficiency goals, contributing to the neatness and cleanliness of the facility, and following all established policy and safety guidelines in a drug free work place.

This position is for the evening shift, 3:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

http://levistrauss.taleo.net/servlets/CareerSection?art_ip_action=FlowDispatcher&flowTypeNo=13&pageSeq=2&reqNo=30960&art_servlet_language=en&csNo=10020


19 posted on 03/08/2006 9:34:03 AM PST by Jeremiah2911
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To: newgeezer

Don't even know where they sell Levi's anymore. Used to be they were the most popular jeans.


20 posted on 03/08/2006 9:34:13 AM PST by bonfire
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To: printhead

Levi's very pro-gay and very anti-gun. I stopped buying them years ago.


21 posted on 03/08/2006 9:34:26 AM PST by stevio (Red-Blooded American Male (NRA))
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To: Willie Green

I've refused to buy a Levi Strauss product for about 10 years-since they started using the promise gratuitous sex in their marketing strategy. I'm glad to see them on hard times.


22 posted on 03/08/2006 9:35:29 AM PST by Spok (Est omnis de civilitate.)
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To: Willie Green

This is a "distribution plant". Do they even make anything there?


23 posted on 03/08/2006 9:35:46 AM PST by AmishDude
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To: Willie Green

Yes, lets blame WalMart. Levi has had a long run and as the old saying goes "all good things come to an end".


24 posted on 03/08/2006 9:35:55 AM PST by hgro
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To: uncitizen

Uh, no. Unless you know something the rest of us do not.


25 posted on 03/08/2006 9:36:11 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: AmishDude

Levi's does not produce any of their product in the U.S. Zero.


26 posted on 03/08/2006 9:37:10 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Willie Green

I remember Levi's closing plants in McAllen, Edinburg, Harlingen and San Antonio. Hundreds of workers laid off each time. It's been going on for 20 years.


27 posted on 03/08/2006 9:37:21 AM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: Lazamataz

This is too rich, Laz getting all upset about an anti-2nd amendment and pro-gay coproration, leaving the clinton's home base, and basically saying that laz blames Bush.


28 posted on 03/08/2006 9:37:33 AM PST by Dane ( anyone who believes hillary would do something to stop illegal immigration is believing gibberish)
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To: SquirrelKing

You think everyone left in Mexico is gainfully employed? There are many many others who will do the job instead of trekking up over the border.


29 posted on 03/08/2006 9:37:39 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Willie Green

Honestly, I had thought they decided to shut down this facility a couple of years ago and move their operations to other sweatshop low labor cost countries. I guess I was thinking of another plant around here.


30 posted on 03/08/2006 9:37:49 AM PST by OB1kNOb (America is the land of the free BECAUSE of the BRAVE !!)
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To: theDentist
Mexico

Uh.... This is not a manufacturing plant.

It is a DISTRIBUTION PLANT.

Ya' really think they are building a distribution plant in Mexico or India?

31 posted on 03/08/2006 9:39:02 AM PST by Mr. Brightside (I know what I like.)
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To: theDentist
I recall there were also discussions about moving ALL their plants to Mexico, where it'll cost so much less....

LSC hasn't produced one stitch of clothing in the U.S. for several years now. They outsource all manufacturing. All that is left of the company in this country is distribution centers. Similarly, no bicycles are manufactured in America as Schwinn and the others all buy their product in Mexico and Japan.

32 posted on 03/08/2006 9:40:32 AM PST by subterfuge ("We're going to take things from you for the greater good..."---Hillary Rod-Ham Clinton)
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To: newgeezer
In other words, what we're hearing may be the "giant sucking sound" of NAFTA.

More likely that we're hearing the "giant sucking sound" of Levi Strauss & Co.

33 posted on 03/08/2006 9:40:48 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Kewlhand`tek; TheBattman; sweetliberty; parsifal; kcvl; OB1kNOb

Arkansas News -- PING


34 posted on 03/08/2006 9:43:30 AM PST by OB1kNOb (America is the land of the free BECAUSE of the BRAVE !!)
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To: stevio

"I stopped buying them years ago."


Same here, and I really loved the 560s they made. After learning of their leftiness, I decided to go with Eddie Bauers. I did slip once and buy a pair from LL Bean, they're pretty left too.


35 posted on 03/08/2006 9:45:33 AM PST by JZelle
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To: 1rudeboy
I don't know for sure. But if Levi Strauss were referring to the other 3 factories being in the United States, they would've probably said "The United States". But they chose to use the more broad "North America" which is why i framed my post in the form of a question.

That was a question for someone who might know more than i do. Do you know for sure that the other 3 factories are all in the USA?
36 posted on 03/08/2006 9:45:55 AM PST by uncitizen
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To: bonfire
Don't even know where they sell Levi's anymore.

I've no idea. It's been at least 10 years since I bought name brand jeans. Little red tags and rivets and stitching on the pockets don't mean diddly to me or my kids.

37 posted on 03/08/2006 9:46:49 AM PST by newgeezer (a fundamentalist, regarding the Holy Bible AND the Constitution. Words mean things.)
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To: Willie Green

I didn't even know there were any Levi's around. The textile industry left E. Tennessee back in the 60's. Levi's made it to the late 70's in Maryville. Sorry to hear about their loss.


38 posted on 03/08/2006 9:54:12 AM PST by eyedigress
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To: Mr. Brightside
Uh.... This is not a manufacturing plant. It is a DISTRIBUTION PLANT.

Ya' really think they are building a distribution plant in Mexico or India?

Who said anything about India? According to the article, "company officials said it already has three major distribution plants in North America and this one was no longer necessary."

Sounds like Mexico, especially considering NAFTA pretty much obliterated any U.S.-Mexico border for air and truck traffic.

39 posted on 03/08/2006 9:54:36 AM PST by newgeezer (a fundamentalist, regarding the Holy Bible AND the Constitution. Words mean things.)
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To: discostu

Exactly. Wal Mart doesn't need a Levi distribution plant in Little Rock.


40 posted on 03/08/2006 9:55:39 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: Dane; Lazamataz
This is too rich, Laz getting all upset about an anti-2nd amendment and pro-gay coproration, leaving the clinton's home base, and basically saying that laz blames Bush.

I guess the old adage about how difficult it can be to read intent into an online posting is true. My take on Laz's comment was more along the lines of:

"Yes, another American manufacturer has closed a facility located in the States. We keep hearing about all the detrimental effects this is supposed to have on our nation, and yet the average American citizen continues to see his income increase year after year. How can this be?"

But that's just me. Strange how the same post can influence two entirely different responses, eh?

41 posted on 03/08/2006 9:58:57 AM PST by Denver Ditdat (Melting solder since 1975)
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To: Mr. Brightside

Oops. My mistake. mea culpa.


42 posted on 03/08/2006 10:00:16 AM PST by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Busywhiskers

"I stopped buying Levi's and went to Wranglers when LS adopted some hoky pro-homosexual company policy years ago."

Kind of strange isn't it ?

People stop buying them about some PC policy by the owners,
company cuts costs by cutting jobs and moving them off-shore,
people complain about jobs going off-shore.


43 posted on 03/08/2006 10:03:29 AM PST by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Wal Mart didn't "need" Levi at all. But if it wasn't for the changes Wal Mart forced Levi to make the rest of the retail world would have figured out they don't need Levi either and they would already be a company of the past. Levi was close to bankruptcy when Wal Mart offered them a path out, the fact that Levi has found a way to screw up again isn't Wal Mart's fault.


44 posted on 03/08/2006 10:04:47 AM PST by discostu (a time when families gather together, don't talk, and watch football... good times)
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To: Denver Ditdat

Not lead based I hope! :)


45 posted on 03/08/2006 10:06:01 AM PST by eyedigress
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To: Willie Green
Levi Strauss Plant Closes; Hundreds Lose Jobs

Hey, Willie, I did my part. Stopped buying Levis years ago when I found out they support the Brady bunch. Every time I buy some new Carhartts I call and and tell them and remind them why. They never seem to care, though. LOL!

46 posted on 03/08/2006 10:06:32 AM PST by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: JZelle
LL BEAN came into a small town in upstate NY. and bought out a clothing Mfg.plant that had been in business for a long tine.They changed the name,and then proceeded to bring in mass quantity's of North Vietnamese to work there.My sister in law worked there for 5 years prior and was more or less let go.She said it was unbearable,plus the new workers worked for less,any hope of getting a raise any more was nill.They even wanted pay concessions from the workers who worked there.I saw it happen.
47 posted on 03/08/2006 10:09:09 AM PST by xarmydog
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To: uncitizen
That was a question for someone who might know more than i do. Do you know for sure that the other 3 factories are all in the USA?

It's a distribution center. That means it's where the customers are, so if they have a distribution center in Mexico, it's because they have customers in Mexico. They're really pretty leftist so most people who wear their product have shifted their purchases to more pro-American companies.

48 posted on 03/08/2006 10:09:30 AM PST by McGavin999 (I suggest the UAE form a Joint Venture Partnership with Halliburton & Wal-Mart)
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To: theDentist
I have 501s made in Mexico, South Africa & Dominican Republic. (bye bye america)
49 posted on 03/08/2006 10:13:05 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways Guero ╗ with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona....)
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To: Busywhiskers

I worked at the telemarketing firm in Annapolis, MD that handled all of the phone calls and mail Levi received because of their dissing the Boy Scouts.

The people I worked with laughed at the claims made in the mail, claims that talked about homosexuality's desire to be accepted and to get the right to marry. The other workers had no clue.

I loved answering the phones and telling the caller that I thought they were right. First, it befuddled the ones who were angry, and second, it helped the ones who were not angry, to get angry, because they needed to be angry.

I was let go from that job despite the fact I out-sold my entire team collectively when we sold stuff and not answered the Levi calls.


50 posted on 03/08/2006 10:13:45 AM PST by Sensei Ern (Now, IB4Z! http://www.myspace.com/reconcomedy/ "I believe Hillary is the aunti-christ.")
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