Skip to comments.Levi Strauss Plant Closes; Hundreds Lose Jobs
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.
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.
Well, ain't that a kick in the pants.
I stopped buying anything Levi when they took their stance the United Way by attacking the Boy Scouts. Wrangler and Cinch for me.
I recall there were also discussions about moving ALL their plants to Mexico, where it'll cost so much less....
Some of us quit buying Levis when we found out how lefty they were. Gungrabbing sentiments, as I recall.
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.
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.
My brain hurts.
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.
Your correct, this company is as looney-left and gay as san franfreko where they come from...
Yep. Major donors to the old Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady campaign). "Socially responsible." RIP.
Yet curiously, Americans are wealthier than ever.
I guess they should pull this ad then.
Distribution Center Warehouse Worker - Little Rock, 2nd shift 0600003
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.
Don't even know where they sell Levi's anymore. Used to be they were the most popular jeans.
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