Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
People who care about their employees, and themselves enough to realize that money isn't everything. I'd much rather spend time with my wife and kids than know I have an extra few thousand dollars in the bank, and somewhere most people in our country have lost that. I'm glad they shut down for the two weeks, and wished it would be longer for their workers' sakes, and gladly will pay and wait for delays to know they treat their workers as humans and not money making machines.
Too idealistic. I'm VP of operations/engineering at a large manufacturer (large industrial machinery) 27 miles down the road from Alden. We do soup to nuts manufacturing (Raw steel in one door of facility, finished product out the other door that ships world wide, with full staff engineering,), one of the few left of what was many years ago.
Shut downs have nothing to do with "caring about the worker". They work to the benefit of the company; as someone said maintenance, retooling, etc. And from an accounting standpoint, it wipes a lot of vacation off the books all at once and helps my supervisors from a planning standpoint. Many workers actually do not like it, as it forces them to take vacation time, as taking vacation time is mandatory during shut downs. As we have been in business for over 40 years, some of the older people head off to Portugal (large Portuguese work force) during shut down, but the younger one's sort of chafe at being forced to take vacation time. In the last 3 years because of our increasing backlog, I have cancelled the shut down, but have noticed the increasing maintenance issues on some of our larger more complex manufacturing equipment, many of our lasers. Our sheet metal department runs 7 days per week, 24 hours per day.
As for "wishing it was longer", my manufacturing staff (157 direct labor, meaning hourly) would be pissed. It would mean using up 1) more vacation or 2) being unpaid. Someone said that we "already work too hard" or something to that effect. During the financial crisis I had to take down manufacturing to 4 days per week to save jobs, and the general morale was just bad. I'd walk the floor and it was tough. Some of the best times are when we are cranking and my OT is climbing.
Just an ops executives insight. I'm a big fan of USA built goods (as you can tell from my job) and come from a long line of "made in USA"; father worked for Morse Twist Drill for many years (the twist drill was invented in MA) before the union there destroyed the company (my father was a union member his whole life, and you won't find a more non-union guy out there), and my brother is Operations Manager for a union steel plant in MA as well. My plant is non-union.
Sorry to turn this into an Ops 101 class.