Smurfit-Stone Plant In Wilson Closing

About 100 people have less than two months until they are out of work when their plant closes.

Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation in Wilson is closing. The plant is slated to close at the end of April, putting 97 people out of work.

Smurfit-Stone is in the midst of bankruptcy proceedings.


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  • by Whodya Think Location: Underwatch on Mar 11, 2010 at 07:28 AM
    I'm not really sure if I believe in coincidence anymore, but I find it most interesting that news on the closing of the Smurfit-Stone plant closing in Wilson, NC came one day after I took the Canon BJC 1000 letter quality printer out to the storage unit after owning it a decade. I hadn't used the printer for a couple of years and have since purchased another one. But, I still have the BCJ 1000's original box, which has the Smurfit-Stone seal on the bottom. Now, I'm not asserting a correlation between my removing the printer from my room and the closing of the Wilson plant. I'm just pointing out the facts. I haven't been to Wilson in about 4 years, but sought employment there in the early 1990s, since I figured it to be within my commuting range and I still believed I had some semblance of a normal life. So many revelations have come in the intervening 17 years, that I just look back and laugh now. Super Walmarts are popping up everywhere, though, and they're nice to visit.
  • by Jethro Bodine Location: New Bern on Mar 9, 2010 at 09:05 PM
    When this happens on a small scale, it's impact is even more apparent. Look at Maysville, NC. They had a garment factory, a seed/feed distributor, a Chevrolet dealership, and a trucking company... all within a block from each other. Now all these places are empty, derelict and dilapidated. It's a wonder that Hardees hasn't folded there yet, but they get lots of beach/weekend traffic and it's about the only place to eat besides Subway within 20 miles.
  • by hmm on Mar 9, 2010 at 04:16 PM
    well, there's two sides to this. While its unfortunate that their losing their jobs, at least its only 97 people. Compare that to the plants in Detroit and other cities like that. Its sad how manufacturers are leaving the area, and it seems like the govt could fine some sort of incentives for them to stay. Riding by the old Singer Furniture plant in Chocowinity is depressing, because I remember being little, playing tball at Singer Field and having the factory bustling across the road...
  • by Rich Location: Washington on Mar 9, 2010 at 03:21 PM
    I agree with LW. NAFTA and the rest of them were suppose to be good for everybody but unfortunately, employers used it to their own advantage. Namely, to hire cheap labor abroad and turning their backs on the American people. Thats why everytime you call customer service for some big company, you get someone from India assisting you. It's really sad. It's all a corrupt and broken system and it's getting worse by the day. NO ONE AND I MEAN NO ONE ON THIS EARTH CAN FIX IT!! NUFF SAID
  • by LW Location: Greenvile on Mar 9, 2010 at 01:38 PM
    Thank all the polticians that voted for NAFTA, CAFTA, GATT for the plant closeing. Ross Perot said ,you,ll hear that big "sucking sound". YOU JOBS GOING OVERSEAS! Both partys are corrupt ,get use to it.
  • by Marvin Location: Marvinsville on Mar 9, 2010 at 01:18 PM
    Smurfit-Stone is slated to exit bankruptcy at the end of April. The Wilson plant isn't the only location slated for closure this year, but is probably the closest to the triad area. And a word to the 'Papa Smurf' fan; Smurfit-Stone certainly is NO Papa Smurf. This company is determined to climb out of bankruptcy squarely on the backs of human beings. While still in BK, the top brass has enjoyed several million dollars in bonuses. My heartfelt sympathy to all the good workers at the plant. There aren't any jobs in the area now, and 97 more unemployed.
  • by Rich Location: Washington on Mar 9, 2010 at 01:03 PM
    La, La, Lalalala, we're out of a job!! I can't get those smurfs out of my mind. I bet that Goggamel had something to do with it. On a serious note, I hope all of you the best in finding work. Keep your chin up. Things could be alot worse!! Take this time to re-evaluate your lives and stuff. That's what I did. It turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
  • by Fran on Mar 9, 2010 at 08:00 AM
    My heart goes out to the people affected by this closing and all other job losses.
  • by okayheregoes on Mar 9, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    That comment is so wrong & so funny...but exactly what I was thinking as well when I read the title~~~ Sorry for all the people losing their jobs though.
  • by Blue boy on Mar 9, 2010 at 05:13 AM
    Does Papa Smurf know about this? He would fix their problems...
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