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|HEARD LIVE ON WGIL: Galesburg Beats Mexico for Gates Plant Expansion
|Gates Corporation is adding nearly eighty hydraulic manufacturing jobs to its rubber plant in Galesburg, instead of bringing those jobs to Mexico.
Facility Manager Doug Krause said at a press conference Monday morning heard live on WGIL and WGIL.com the reason being is that the company's brass overly impressed with the local workforce.
"This facility is their bread and butter, this is what they need to have to keep their families and what they need for life, and so they work hard to keep that," Krause said. "That showed in the eyes of Gates. When our presidents come to this facility they see a dedicated workforce, they a workfroce who knows their business, who runs their business well."
"It's financially stable, it's safe (and) it has quality consciousness, it makes for a 'win, win' for Gates."
Krause says some of the considered applicants will include retirees and past employees who will be out of work from a plant closure in Charleston, Missouri. However, he says the bulk of the seventy-eight new hires will be new in the area.
The Galesburg City Council will be taking up a measure next week to offer temporary storage for equipment, as well as offering worker training assistance for new employees.
Mayor Sal Garza says Gates' expansion is a regional opportunity for Galesburg, Knoxville, and the greater Knox County area-- one that can inject $3 million dollars into the local economy.
(L to R -- Galesburg Mayor Sal Garza; Joe Severns, United Steelworkers of America 685 Union President; and Tony Rolando, Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)
(L to R -- 74th District State Reprsentative Don Moffitt; Facility Manager Doug Krause, Gates Corporation Galesburg; Mayor Garza)
(WGIL Photos and News Story by Kyle Schassburger)
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