Wednesday, March 11, 2009

It's A Global Economy-right?

Let's put this news in the "to be continued" file:

Datalogic plans Vietnam plant
Register-Guard, The (Eugene, OR) - Saturday, February 14, 2009
Author: Sherri Buri McDonald The Register-Guard

Datalogic Scanning, a barcode scanner maker in Eugene, plans to open a factory in Vietnam in June, company officials said on Friday.
They said they do not anticipate the new plant in Ho Chi Minh City will have any significant impact on the company 's manufacturing and design centers in Eugene; Bologna, Italy; or Trnava, Czech Republic.

The Vietnam factory will export nearly all of what it produces, company officials said.

Datalogic Scanning, a division of an Italian company , has about 433 employees, including some temporary workers, at its facility in west Eugene, vice president for human resources Rhone Lee said. A separate division, Datalogic Mobile, has about 110 employees in Eugene, he said.

By early April, Datalogic will implement a wage freeze for 200 salaried employees - executives, managers, professionals and others - in the United States, Lee said. Blue-collar workers will continue to be eligible for raises, he said.

And starting next week, about 120 to 150 production employees in Eugene will begin working a four-day week, Tuesday through Friday.

Lee said the cost-cutting measures in Eugene are unrelated to Datalogic Scanning's plans to open a subsidiary in Vietnam.

The Saigon High Tech Park in Vietnam recently posted an article on its Web site referring to Datalogic's investment in the business park.

"That announcement was not authorized," West said, "so we were a little bit surprised by it." It prompted Datalogic Scanning to inform its Eugene employees on Friday about the plans to open a facility in Vietnam, he said.

The article said that Datalogic "had committed capital of $46 million" and that the factory would employ 500 people.

1 comment:

Robin said...

I'm speculating that one of the consequences of our economic downturn as as businesses continue to close, that in order to survive more businesses will be looking to outsourcing outside of the U.S.

I find it very hard to believe that multimillion dollar businesses are just going to merely close shop and walk away.

Either way, when a large corporation shuts down… We as a nation lose.