Tri-Mas CEO, Dave Wathen: Save Our Community, Keep Our Jobs
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Tri-Mas CEO, Dave Wathen: Save Our Community, Keep Our Jobs

    1. Susan Maroko
    2. Petition by

      Susan Maroko

      New Buffalo, MI

On Nov. 21, 2012, Tri-Mas informed 450 of it's employees that it would close its Goshen, Indiana plant. Cequent Performance had record sales this year and in 2011 netted more than $30 million dollars. Outsourcing the work to Mexico will damage our families, our communites, and the future of Amercian manufacturing.

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    1. WE MADE IT - Thank You All!

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to all of you, we made it to 1,400 signatures. Now we can send our petition to Tri-Mas' Dave Wathen, and our elected officials.
      Keep It Made in America, Save Our Communities!

    2. Reached 1,400 signatures
    3. We are almost there!

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      We need 4 more signatures!

      Thanks Ron, for asking me to clarify something I wrote earler:

      Cequent's intent to move is proof that "Right To Work" (RTW) is a lie. We were told that when RTW passed in Indiana - businesses would flock to the state to open their doors. Businesses do not use this when deciding whether to open a new business.
      This is best illustrated by Gordon Lafer, Univ. of Oregon professor. His study demonstarted that in RTW states not only are wages and benefits lower than non-RTW states, but that there are more worker's compensation claims by workers and fewer health and safety protections in place. Furthermore, that businesses use a host of other factors, markets, transporatation, availability of workforce, and resources when deciding where to operate.
      RTW was not a factor for Cequent staying in Indiana - it's all about the bottom line. And as they say -- you can take that to the bank.

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    4. Great Job

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      We are eight signatures shy of 1,400 -- Please ask your friends to sign!

    5. USW Member Kaye Owens talks about the effects of plant closings.

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer
    6. Tri-Mas 3rd Quarter Results -- Not too shabby another record

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      TRIMAS CORPORATION REPORTS RECORD THIRD QUARTER RESULTS - Company Reports Growth in Sales of 21% and Income(1) of 18%

      BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Michigan, October 25, 2012 - TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012. The Company reported record third quarter net sales from continuing operations of $335.9 million, an increase of 21.0% compared to third quarter 2011.

      TriMas Highlights
      • Reported record third quarter net sales of $335.9 million, an increase of 21.0% as compared to third quarter 2011.

    7. Tri-Mas' 2nd Quarter - record second net sales of $338.4 million

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      July 30, 2012
      TriMas Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter Results
      Company Reports Growth in Sales of 17% and Income(1) of 25%
      BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., July 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- TriMas Corporation (NASDAQ: TRS) today announced financial
      results for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. The Company reported record second quarter net sales from continuing operations of $338.4 million, an increase of 17.5% compared to second quarter 2011. Second quarter 2012 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations attributable to TriMas Corporation was $0.44, as compared to $0.46 during second quarter 2011. Excluding Special Items(1), second quarter 2012 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations would
      have been $0.61, a 15.1% improvement from second quarter 2011.
      TriMas Highlights Reported record second quarter net sales of $338.4 million, an increase of 17.5% as compared to second quarter 2011

    8. 1,300 signatures folks - Thank you for Keeping it Made in America

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

    9. 1,200 Signatures - Keep it Going!

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      LETTER: Executives should have waited on announcement
      In another story of Dickensian travesty, Cequent Performance Products (based in Plymouth, Mich.) and its president, Thomas Benson, along with TriMas CEO Dave Wathen, announced to its 450 employees it would close the Goshen plant and move it to Mexico the day before Thanksgiving. Happy Holidays. Would it have killed them to wait for a week or two?
      I wonder what kind of holiday these two had? I wonder if they were discussing the record sales they made from the Goshen plant and how they will make even more money by shedding an American workforce making a living wage? I wonder if they were talking about all the businesses in Goshen that will close because they rely on the workers from Goshen to purchase food, gas, clothing, etc. I wonder if they will tell their children how Cequent used the City of Goshen for hundreds and thousands of dollars in tax abatements?

    10. Thank you for supporting Cequent workers & our community

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached 1,000 signatures!.

    11. Reached 1,000 signatures
    12. Magnificent - 850!

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

    13. Fantasti -- We hit 750 signatures!

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

    14. Reached 750 signatures
    15. Goshen News supports Cequent workers - WSBT video of worker

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      Check out the editorial from the Goshen News and the video of the family interviewed on Thanksgiving Day (by WSBT-TV) after receiveing the news from the Cequent plant manager the work would be outsourced.

      http://www.wsbt.com/videogallery/73419478/News/Cequent-worker-celebrates-Thanksgiving-wonders-about-future

      http://goshennews.com/editorials/x1951904131/Employees-at-Cequent-deserved-more-respect

    16. Fantastic! Thanks you -- we have 249 signatures and need 151 more!

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      We have 249 signatures and need 151 more to send Dave Waten a proper holiday greeting. Please keep spreading the word. Thanks again for your time and support.

    17. We Made 100

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks for your support of working families - we made it now let's keep it going and send a holiday message to the "Scrooge of Goshen, Indiana!"

    18. Reached 100 signatures
    19. Keep up the great work

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      We're almost there - Keep it Made in America!

    20. Getting Closer

      Susan Maroko
      Petition Organizer

      Getting close to 100 -- let's keep it going!

    21. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Mickey Bolt TRANSFER, PA
      • about 1 year ago

      Keep it "Made In America" Cequent Performance should be a good community member and keep the jobs here!

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    • Gary Davis ELKHART, ID
      • over 1 year ago

      My son and I Both need our jobs

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    • Jill Molen ELKHART, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      I worked for company that moved to China a few years ago.

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    • Tiffany Davis TOPEKA, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      So close to home. How many people have to lose their jobs to foreign countries?

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    • Taylor Wright WESTFIELD, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      Companies should stop being so greedy and try to be part of the solution to our economic difficulties, instead of adding to them!

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