Steelworkers Picket Cequent Facility in Goshen
An expected meeting this afternoon could give more than 400 local workers at the Goshen, Ind., Cequent Performance Products facility more information on whether there is any chance to save their jobs.
According to a report by WSBT, South Bend, leaders in the Steelworkers Union were scheduled to meet today with Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman to discuss the situation.
Cequent parent TriMas Corp. announced it has made a preliminary decision to close its Goshen plant and move the jobs to Mexico. A final decision is expected next month. Cequent produces trailer hitch products for the RV and other industries.
United Steelworkers Union members picketed on Monday to draw attention to their cause. Officials for the city of Goshen said they are doing what they can to keep the company here.
“This will be a big deal for this town if we lose those jobs,” said City Councilman Jeremy Stutsman.
“They are getting the rug pulled out from under them after they have contributed so greatly to the company’s success,” said United Steel Workers spokesman Mike O’Brien. “This is not a plant that is losing money. They made hundreds of millions of dollars.”
The union says it will sit down with the company on Oct. 30 to talk about the proposed move.