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Old 03-23-2018, 07:31 PM
 
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An Indiana employer, but a big one in the Louisville area for 80 years, is closing down because of few orders due to a glut of barges available. Only about 160 union employees are currently working there and wer told that they will permanently close next month.

Jeffboat workers told facility will soon close 'for good' - WDRB 41 Louisville News
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Old 03-23-2018, 10:26 PM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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That is sad, My Grandfather when he was young worked there, and I have known people that work there. Sorry to hear this news.
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:52 PM
 
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They did the same thing when I first moved to Louisville with my father. They'll reopen in a few years when demand shifts with non union workers. They wanted rid of the union. To be honest, I haven't thought about them recently until thinking their shipyard is worth much more as commercial real estate than it is at making ships.

Louisville has one of the hottest economies and one of the lowest unemployment in the USA, so this isn't a big deal. These highly skilled workers will find new jobs fast (I rent to one who quickly found a job at Ford).
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Old 04-02-2018, 08:05 AM
 
Location: New Albany, Indiana (Greater Louisville)
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Would be a tragic end to Southern Indiana's long history of boat making. The good news is that waterfront site would be prime for redevelopment rather than sit empty like the Pillsbury site in New Albany.
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