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Old 11-10-2009, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Hooterville PA
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From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Dish Network has announced today that it will close it's call center in Mckeesport which employs 600 people by March.

The company opened the call center in 1998 and said that it no longer suits it's needs.
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Old 11-10-2009, 05:26 PM
 
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Every area of the country is suffering from closings and layoffs. Pittsburgh's unemployment still remains lower than most parts of the country. Not sure what's your point.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:31 PM
 
Location: NOT a native Pittsburgher
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The Pittsburgh area is dying. It is too expensive for corporations to locate to the Pittsburgh region. You can expect more companies to shut down in the future.
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Old 11-10-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: SouthEastern PeeAye
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If Pittsburgh is too expensive, then those same corporations have already ruled out all of NJ, all of NY except the Adirondacks, almost all every county in the Lehigh Valley and all of southeastern PA. All of eastern MD, northern VA and the entire DC area.

The point is, Pittsburgh is pretty inexpensive compared to other metro areas of the country. If companies are saying they are relocating because of that factor, dig deeper, because there are other reasons hidden somewhere.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:39 PM
 
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It is too expensive for corporations to locate to the Pittsburgh region.
This is the funniest thing I've read all week! It's even funnier that you don't realize how ignorant it sounds!
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:53 PM
 
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I'd have to assume UPMC McKeesport employs more than 600 people.
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Old 11-10-2009, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Kittanning
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The Pittsburgh area is dying. It is too expensive for corporations to locate to the Pittsburgh region. You can expect more companies to shut down in the future.
The Pittsburgh area is "dying," but somehow it is doing better economically than almost anywhere else in the United States.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:09 AM
 
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Even in normal times, particular jobs and particular employers come and go. That is the nature of a competitive capitalist economy.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:14 AM
 
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From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette:

Dish Network has announced today that it will close it's call center in Mckeesport which employs 600 people by March.

The company opened the call center in 1998 and said that it no longer suits it's needs.

The real answer: Echostar's 10 year tax abatement period is up. They will simply move to another city that will offer the same sweetheart deal, leaving the employees behind.
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Old 11-11-2009, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Western PA
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I was wondering about the ten-year tax abatement, too, when I read the article. But the satellite TV business isn't what it used to be, either. As Brian said, businesses come and go all the time - it's the nature of capitalism.
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