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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.


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#1 Comment By Suzanne On October 30, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

Maybe if the RV industry boycotts them and doesnt use the product they will rethink the move. America cannot recover if we keep allowing companies to move out of the country and we as americans still support them by buying their product.
We need american made products to keep america going.

#2 Comment By john martin On October 30, 2012 @ 1:53 pm

they own the brake controler market and most of the hitch market raise their prices and keep americans working and advertise they are american made we all have to pay a little more to keep jobs here. from a retired canadian dealer

#3 Comment By Ted Bell On October 30, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

I would like to see what brand of cars the union workers are driving. Are they driving Toyota or Ford, Subaru or Chevy, Nissan or Chrysler? If you are going to complain about loosing American jobs you should first look at where the products you use are made.

. As opposed to the RV industry boycotting Cequent I would suggest the Union workers boycott non union, non American made products. Cequent is a business that is just trying to get the best possible return on their investment. They are just like the rest of us who invest in IRA’s, 401K’s, or bank savings accounts who want to get the best return on our money as possible. I agree with Suzanne that we need American made products and I agree with John that we may need to pay a little more to keep jobs here.