Any truth to the rumor that there will be a reorganization and either the Rome, Ga or Orange, TX mill will be closed and demoed? Heard that demand is down and these are the lowest performing mills in the system. Sounds like the Orange mill is likely closing due to no investment spending at the mill, equipment problems, and bad union problems. People in the know were saying it will happen in the second quarter 2018 when demand is seasonally low.
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Unions ruin all
It's not just mills. Fenton Mo. Container has lost of issues. Maintenance manager does little and protected by this boss. IP management is horrible. Need a clean house of lazy and useless management.
Most operators and helper or good people.
I also heard that IP and others will shut mills making linerboard to take capacity out of the system. Higher inflation, exchange rates, and now the issues with NAFTA and China tariffs mean less export, hence lower demand. IP has a history of taking out capacity to keep prices high. The mills that will be shut are those with a combination of needing major capital investment, labor problems, high cost, and location relative to other mills that can serve that area. IP shut a great mill in Courtland due to high required investment from years of too little spending. When IP closes mills, they demo enough that the mill could never be restarted.
I worked at Orange and was glad to get away. The maint dept is a mess due to mgmt. I don't know it this new job will be better but can't be worse. At least I'm closer to home and can retire from this place - that wasn't gonna happen at ip. The union does what they want which is nothing and mgmt won't support us salary people they just blame us. No one wants to fix anything just blame planners when things break and take long to fix. Ip don't want to spend money either. A lot of people left before me. Others looking to leave also before this ship goes down.
I also heard about mill closure, but a reorg at a TX mill in the maint dept, lot of layoffs there in the first qtr so that IP won't have to pay out bonus in cost saving move, then replace salary and hourly with contractors. Sounded like the problem is union and maint and operations can't work together. Maint is ineffective and can't keep things running according to ops. Some in maint are already leaving while they can get jobs in other companies, leaving mostly dead wood at the tx mill in the maint dept.
This is in line with what I heard