Company: Goodrich Landing Gear likely to close after 2012

11:52 PM, Mar 24, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - Workers at Goodrich Landing Gear in Cleveland were given word Thursday that the days for the company are likely numbered.

Channel 3 has learned the employees were told in a meeting that it would be highly unlikely for the plant to remain open beyond 2012.

According to the company, there is not enough work to support keeping the site open past that date due to dwindling military orders.

Goodrich has been at the Marble Avenue location in Cleveland decades. It is one of the largest military gear suppliers.

Union workers at the plant have a contract that expires May 15. The company says it will continue to bargain in good faith with the union.

It has been a Cleveland staple for nearly a century but the future of Goodrich Landing gear its 400 plus employees... is in jeopardy.



At the start of each shift Goodrich told employees that the company is seriously considering closing up shop but would continue to bargain in good faith a new union contract.

Many of the the 217 hourly employees met with Union reps at the Slovenian Hall on east 80th street Thursday afternoon.

They were told the company is threatening to close by the end of 20-12.

It could means a loss of over 400 jobs Goodrich simply does not have enough work.

"They don't see a viable way to keep the company open. We don't have a enough volume here. We are down to doing just a few jobs," 33 year employee Dale Wilkinson said.

Wilkinson has been seeing the end for sometime.

Many contracts going to factories in Holland, Toronto and Tennessee.

The city says it was suroprised by the news. Goodrich said nothing about the likelyhood of closing before Thursday.




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