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Friday, October 21, 2005

Dana Cuts in Detail

Where Dana is cutting jobs the sword has been swift. Bristol, Virginia, found that to be the case.

Lima, Ohio, will be losing 100 jobs at its Spicer Axle Plant. Tim Rauscher of the Lima
News reports on that cut as well as listing the remainder of the job cuts and shifts.

Not even local officials were notified before the announcement in one Virginia city. Dana said it will be closing its Bristol, VA, driveshaft plant. The closing process will go on through 2006 and "possibly even 2007." The closing will cost about 270 jobs. Much of the production is expected to be shifted to Mexico.
"They never contacted us," Mayor Doug Weberling said. "We were never in the mix to see if there was anything we could have done to change this. "I know the city, state and Congressman (Rick) Boucher would have done anything in our power to keep those good jobs here. It’s just another loss due to NAFTA, with jobs going to Mexico instead of staying here. It’s a sad day for Bristol."
That Bristol plant is near the Tri-Cities area on the Virginia/Tennessee border. The closing will affect a metropolitan area containing the cities of Kingsport, Johnson City, Elizabethton and Bristol in Tennessee as well as Bristol in Virginia. Another plant primarily making axles will be closed in Buena Vista, VA,near Roanoke and Lynchburg, VA. Its production will be shifted to Dry Ridge, Kentucky near the Cincinnati OH area. The Buena Vista plant closing will affect approximately 275 jobs.

The Buena Vista plant is the largest property tax payer in its county.

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