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The Germans Are Leaving!  
User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1423 times:

Another blow to us folks here in Southeast Michigan!

VW moving HQ out of Michigan

Volkswagen AG is moving its North American headquarters from Michigan to northern Virginia to attract a younger skilled workforce, according to a report in the Washington Post Thursday morning.

The German automaker has 1,600 employees at its Volkswagen of America offices in Auburn Hills and Rochester Hills. The Post reports suggest that the company will move about 400 jobs and invest about $100 million in a move to Herdon, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. The paper also reported that about 400 Detroit-area jobs would be eliminated leave 600 positions in Southeast Michigan.

http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/a...?AID=/20070906/BUSINESS01/70906015

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User currently offlineDougloid From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1260 times:

An interesting article. It rings a bell for me as a former Michigander and a confirmed midwesterner.

It sounds from the article that VW's US operations have fallen on parlous times. I can tell you that there'll be no reasonable housing cost in the DC area. One wonders what the takehome would be today if they'd kept Westmoreland open back in the day.

The ups and downs of the auto industry always cause chills in the area for the worker bees because there are small subassembly producers all over the place, and guys with stripped out turbo commanders flying hotshot parts deliveries all over Michigan and Ohio. Fact is, one of my pals from back in the day bought the farm flying going into Cadillac on a parts run.

I've got a pal who works for the corporate aviation department of Pfizer, formerly Pharmacia, formerly Upjohn in K'zoo and he tells me that they've been going through the research operations in Michigan like shit through a goose.

I may be an optimist-you have to be to live in Michigan-but I think the General and Ford will survive, grow and prosper although things will never be the same as they were years ago. I'm not so sure about Chrysler.


User currently offlineGo3Team From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3267 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

Great. More added traffic for the DC area.


Yay Pudding!
User currently offlineWunalaYann From Australia, joined Mar 2005, 2839 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 1144 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
The Germans Are Leaving!

Yeah, the French say that every 20 or 30 years... But the Germans are repeat customers, though...  Wink


User currently offlineLHboyatDTW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1120 times:

Quoting Dtwclipper (Thread starter):
leave 600 positions in Southeast Michigan.

only to be filled up with Granholm's oh so brilliant scheme of more jobs as road construction workers  banghead   biting 

I think the local impact of our crappy economy could have been seriously reduced if only Michigan diversified during the oil embargo in the 1970s. Yet we are still too dependent on the auto industry.


User currently offlineHuskyAviation From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 1152 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1103 times:

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 2):
Great. More added traffic for the DC area.

Ha! too true. Just what the DC area needs.

Quoting Dougloid (Reply 1):
I may be an optimist-you have to be to live in Michigan-but I think the General and Ford will survive, grow and prosper although things will never be the same as they were years ago. I'm not so sure about Chrysler.

I agree--Chrysler should get Lee Iacocca back for Part Deux before it's too late. For Iacocca, not Chrysler.


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