Bosch Laying Off 100 At New Bern Plant

A manufacturing plant in New Bern says it's laying off around 100 employees because of a change in product lines.

BSH Home Appliances says it will phase out its 27-inch front load laundry products by the end of the year. That means one of three production lines at its plant in New Bern will shut down.

BSH says those employees are expected to work until early spring. The New Bern plant employs 730 workers.

The company sells its Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau products throughout North America.


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  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Feb 2, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    Several years ago, the state gave Bosch a ton of money because Bosch promised to employ over 1100 people. They are greedy, non-innovative, and make a product that is difficult to get serviced locally. Unfortunately the people at the top are making poor decisions, and the 100 people who work hard day in and day out have to pay the price of losing their jobs.
  • by Inside Info on Jan 23, 2011 at 09:37 AM
    There area several things that led to this. #1. Poor management of employees (promoting the wrong people, letting them get away with anything) #2. low quality outsourced parts (you wouldn't BELIEVE the waste I've seen) #3. Inability/unwillingness to listen to employees :( The top engineers at Bosch are German and have a God complex that makes them think they know best 100% of the time. The workers are constantly forced to bite their tongues in fear of losing their jobs so nothing is ever said and things continues to decline or never improve. The end result is a decent product (the washer are really good products) that took too long to build and cost way more than it should. The glass window/bowls that were ordered and the concrete weights they got are just a few of the problems they had. Brown-nosing, ladder-climbing employees that ignored production problems or shifted the blame to others is a major player in this segment failing as well.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 22, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    This is no time to scream "shut up" at others. It's time to dry your tears, quit crying like somebody stole something from you and go find another job. I have been laid off before, never shed one tear nor did I scream like a fool at others for the discussing the causes of the problem. I just went out and found another job by taking one that paid less until I could find a better one. We have over 10 million illegal aliens working in this country, if they can find a job, you can too. Stop your whining and go to work, even if it means mopping a floor or preparing food in a restaurant! You are NOT too good for it!
  • by sea trout Location: hyde county on Jan 22, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    Too angry to post. How can the republicans and the people who are reasonable can not rectify what our president and his staff has messed up for two years in about 20 days. If you are so smart, make a suggestion and I feel sure they will consider it. I go back to one statement, "we have passed the bill, now it is time to read it" This is not the way our constitution intended things to be.-----------'''''''
  • by laura Location: greenville on Jan 22, 2011 at 11:07 AM
    They need to make one of those washer/dryer combos where you don't even have to move the clothes, you just flip a switch and the washer turns into a dryer, but don't charge 1000 bucks for them, make them reasonable and college kids, single people and small families will snap them up. I hate the freakin laundry.
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Jan 22, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    I see that this has turned very political and this closing was not Obama's fault. As a die hard Republican it pains me to say it but its true. Reagan WAS a great president and brought economic prosperity to the US by, wait for it, MASSIVE federal spending on the Cold War. Obama did the same with the bailout. As for the placing of the employees, the other two factories are going to go over head count to accommodate as many of these people as possible. Of course Bosch buys its lower end products from other manufacturers such as Fridgidaire, every manufacturing company in the world does that. Kenmore does not make a single unit but has a full line of products for the consumer to purchase. Many expensive electronics are purchased from Chinese manufacturers and re-badged as a different brand name. Also the BSH (Bosch & Seimens) bashers may want to know Bosch is the third largest manufacturer of household appliances in the world so lets not say they can't compete in the world market.
  • by sad Location: Wilmington on Jan 22, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    We can sit and blame all day...but the fact remains jobs are lost. I know it happens all the time but when its your dad, its a different story. He has put his entire life into this laundry line. Its very disappointing, I just hope that B/S/H does all they can to help these employees.
  • by Baker Location: Williamston on Jan 21, 2011 at 05:44 PM
    These are obuma job losses! 2012 can't get here fast enough. Ok, we did what made us all warm and fuzzy inside, we showed the minorities that we were good people who loved everybody....now the warm feelings are gone and the cold chill of a culturally engrained socialism is showing us that it was a dangerous, four year mistake. Time to toss him out and elect a real president again. Warm and fuzzy time is OVAH!! In fact it was over about 6 months after this idiot street hustler from Chicago took office. Time to get America back to business, back to work, back to capitalism. No more Barney Frank, Chuck Dodd, obuma, Maxine Waters social program funky business in the home loan industry or housing regulations. Their effort to integrate neighborhoods by manipulating the home loan process created this disaster. Bush warned them, it emploded, then obuma, his cronies and the leftie lap dog media blamed Bush. Unbelievable! Baykha!!!!!
  • by Thr Truth Hurts Location: Martin County on Jan 21, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    What don't you understand? Trade tariffs were put into place so that we could compete with people working for $3 a day. We will continue to lose our Country's manufacturing capability to 3rd World Countries until we come to our senses about this whole "free trade" thing. We used to give Countries "foreign aid" so that they could buy our products, now they still get it and we are buying their products. Democrats, Republicans, what's the difference; they all become idiots when exposed to the festering disease that is Washington, DC.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Jan 21, 2011 at 05:33 PM
    As an investor, I don't want the companies in which I have stock investing in any expansions until the uncertainty of the direction of the economy is cleared up. I am not alone. If obuma is going to continue down this socialist road of ever growing government, it remains a time for companies to keep battening down the hatches and trying to ride it out until the socialist fool has been tossed out of office. If a Republican is elected in 2012, we will have another economic boom just like we had under Reagan. If it becomes clear over the next couple of years that the socialist obuma is going to be satisfied with how far he has moved us toward socialism/communism, knuckle under and go along with the Republicans in congress the economy will take off. Governing from the center is against obuma's personal grain so this one is still way too early to call. More growth of government means more stagnate economy.
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