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   Airbus to open plant in Alabama, plans to build single-wides

28 Jun 2012 10:29 AM   |   722 clicks   |   BusinessWeek
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Slives    [TotalFark]  
Winnebagos with wings?

28 Jun 2012 09:40 AM
Rapmaster2000    [TotalFark]  
Roll Eagle!

28 Jun 2012 10:35 AM
zedster    [TotalFark]  
step 1: Give state subsidies to build new plant in right to work red state
step 2: Company moves into area and pays slightly less then unionized works but still has to come close in benefits to keep skilled labor
step 3: new plant does well due to new technology in the brand spanking new plant
step 4: older American company with northern unionized decade old plants not overly subsidized have trouble facing off against new overly subsidized plant
step 5: claim that unions are the problem and scream when American companies move American factories to other countries that give them new subsidies for new plants to compete with the foreign plants we subsidized here

//worked for the automotive industry

28 Jun 2012 11:30 AM
Psylence    [TotalFark]  
WOOHOO RACE TO THE BOTTOM!!

We're Europe's farking cheap exploitable labor....

28 Jun 2012 11:38 AM
bdub77    [TotalFark]  
Airbus / Scarebus continues its ritual un-prosecuted pre-meditated hiring of US workers world wide.

28 Jun 2012 11:48 AM
Devolving_Spud     
Do you think it's a good idea to have people in Alabama building airplanes?

GIS Alabama redneck

28 Jun 2012 12:17 PM
ha-ha-guy     

zedster: step 1: Give state subsidies to build new plant in right to work red state
step 2: Company moves into area and pays slightly less then unionized works but still has to come close in benefits to keep skilled labor
step 3: new plant does well due to new technology in the brand spanking new plant
step 4: older American company with northern unionized decade old plants not overly subsidized have trouble facing off against new overly subsidized plant
step 5: claim that unions are the problem and scream when American companies move American factories to other countries that give them new subsidies for new plants to compete with the foreign plants we subsidized here

//worked for the automotive industry


To be fair, as my father (a UAW line worker) pointed out the Union would have these problems if union heads had some balls and went after the non union companies and the tax breaks they received. My grandfather and father both worked the line and they were pretty disgusted at the UAW's inability to actually push back against non union companies that basically did the above. You don't blame the union, but you can definitely blame their leadership. Heck the current UAW head is the son of a Ford executive.

The UAW was too focused on getting even more benefits out of the Big 3 than identifying the new threat and dealing with it (by unionizing their factories and/or going hard after the companies that blocked unionization). So the UAW doesn't get away totally free of blame in regards to all those Honda and Toyota factories in the South.

/white collar auto engineer

28 Jun 2012 01:01 PM
Huck And Molly Ziegler     
And the best part is, Airbus is building this fancy new plant near Mobile, where there won't be any danger whatsoever of supply interruption, of work stoppages, or of total destruction of facilities, due to bad weather. Nice goin' ...

28 Jun 2012 01:18 PM
JustGetItRight     

Huck And Molly Ziegler: And the best part is, Airbus is building this fancy new plant near Mobile, where there won't be any danger whatsoever of supply interruption, of work stoppages, or of total destruction of facilities, due to bad weather. Nice goin' ...


That's right, it isn't like an earthquake would ever seriously damage a Boeing plant in the northwest.

28 Jun 2012 04:33 PM
FabulousFreep     
AL must have offered some AMAZING tax incentives. Can't imagine any other reason they would go there, place is void of skilled tech hires.

28 Jun 2012 04:43 PM
JustGetItRight     

FabulousFreep: AL must have offered some AMAZING tax incentives. Can't imagine any other reason they would go there, place is void of skilled tech hires.


You might want to tell that to GKN Aerospace, who already builds a pile of Airbus components here, or Mercedes, Hyundai, and Honda who build cars here, or Austal, who builds the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship here, or Raytheon who builds the Navy's SM-3 missile (the one that can hit satellites and ballistic missiles) here, or Lockheed who builds the Army's Hellfire missile here, or NASA who's designed and build damned near every space vehicle since the Saturn V here.

Yep. Nothing here but us dumbass rednecks.

28 Jun 2012 05:20 PM
Cormee     
They going to start making the Screamliner in Yurep now?

28 Jun 2012 05:23 PM
EngineerAU     

JustGetItRight: Huck And Molly Ziegler: And the best part is, Airbus is building this fancy new plant near Mobile, where there won't be any danger whatsoever of supply interruption, of work stoppages, or of total destruction of facilities, due to bad weather. Nice goin' ...

That's right, it isn't like an earthquake would ever seriously damage a Boeing plant in the northwest.


If they are going to build in Alabama, I would think they'd do it in Huntsville where there already is a good bit of aerospace talent and less hurricanes.

28 Jun 2012 05:25 PM
JustGetItRight     

EngineerAU: JustGetItRight: Huck And Molly Ziegler: And the best part is, Airbus is building this fancy new plant near Mobile, where there won't be any danger whatsoever of supply interruption, of work stoppages, or of total destruction of facilities, due to bad weather. Nice goin' ...

That's right, it isn't like an earthquake would ever seriously damage a Boeing plant in the northwest.

If they are going to build in Alabama, I would think they'd do it in Huntsville where there already is a good bit of aerospace talent and less hurricanes.


Mobile's site is probably what made it more attractive than Huntsville. IIRC, they're building the plant at the old Brookley air force base - which is very convenient to both the port and the airport.

28 Jun 2012 05:50 PM
MaxSupernova     

JustGetItRight: FabulousFreep: AL must have offered some AMAZING tax incentives. Can't imagine any other reason they would go there, place is void of skilled tech hires.

You might want to tell that to GKN Aerospace, who already builds a pile of Airbus components here, or Mercedes, Hyundai, and Honda who build cars here, or Austal, who builds the Navy's Littoral Combat Ship here, or Raytheon who builds the Navy's SM-3 missile (the one that can hit satellites and ballistic missiles) here, or Lockheed who builds the Army's Hellfire missile here, or NASA who's designed and build damned near every space vehicle since the Saturn V here.

Yep. Nothing here but us dumbass rednecks.


If it weren't for the football fans of alabama and auburn the state of Alabama would be a great place to live. Those two fanbases make the whole state look like a bunch of idiots.

28 Jun 2012 09:04 PM
paulleah     
Freep: You are aware that Huntsville has the highest number of PHDs per capita of anyplace in the US, right?

Alabama has its issues, but lack of high tech people is not one of them. Plus, Mobile is right across the bay from Pensacola and a ton of aviation experts all over the place.

Not to mention that the modern manufacturing plants are doing really well. Hyundai's Montgomery plant is amazing. And it pay decent wages, although robots do a huge amount of the work that used to be done by Jimmy Lunchpail and Barbara Brownbag.

28 Jun 2012 11:02 PM
dbirchall     

Psylence: WOOHOO RACE TO THE BOTTOM!!

We're Europe's farking cheap exploitable labor....


Yep, like the man said, "Another advantage is that Americans in general are lower paid, so you can get cheap labor in the U.S."

:/

29 Jun 2012 07:11 AM
jso2897     
Being the whore on the block who sells herself the cheapest is not a good long term strategy for prosperity.

29 Jun 2012 10:32 AM
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