Layoffs To Hit Kinston

MasterBrand Cabinets will lay off more than 150 workers at its Kinston plant as the Indiana-based manufacturer shifts to a new product line.

The layoffs are scheduled to begin this week.

The company is shifting the production of its Aristokraft cabinets from Kinston to its facility in Ferdinand, Ind.

MasterBrand will start producing its new line of Kitchen Classic cupboards at the Kinston plant, which requires less labor to manufacture.

Executive vice president Rob Mullally says the switch makes better use of the facilities.

The layoffs bring the number of workers at the plant to around 370. At the height of the housing boom, it had about 900 employees.

Last year the company announced plan to expand the facility, adding 334 new jobs over the next three years.


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  • by investor/trader Location: 80% cash on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    There are jobs but people lack the proper skills/training... If all else fails go back to school in a field where you can get a secure job. When Chinese folks will happily work hard for $42. per week, how can unskilled US workers compete.
  • by To OSOC and Wolfgang Location: ENC on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:37 PM
    Are these people "moochers"? Do they not deserve unemployment? Come on, defend you position not to help those who in your opinion don't deserve it-and according to you-that is everyone!
  • by meanwhile on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    Meanwhile the GOP finds the President's jobs bill "unacceptable"-even though they don't have one!!! They aren't even moving to debate or vote!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 03:39 PM
    Eastern carolina is looking more and more like a third world country since Barrack Obama became president.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:16 AM
    Bush was in office for 8 years and I don't know of 1 company he started and hired anyone. The problem in this country is the same problem that's been brewing for the last 30 years and that's Corporate greed. Money and power built this country but Corporate greed killed it. Every company, mega bank, and fortune 500 company that's ever failed was because of rich greedy CEO'S and rogue Investors.. You can worship Politicians all you want but the fact of the matter is is there is no fixing this country until we hit rock bottom. The only advice I have for you is to take your money and go hide it somewhere in your house and prepare for the worse because you ain't seen nothing yet..
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      by Back on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:49 AM in reply to Lavon
      LMAO lavon is passing out advice. I'd be better off taking advice from a dead chicken. Best laugh I've had all day. Thx buddy!!!
  • by Just Me on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:13 AM
    Sad news !
  • by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:03 AM
    This country needs new leadership the president has taken a poor situation and turned it into a disaster. President Obama is leading us right into another recession.
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      by teritorialTim on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:12 AM in reply to
      Please read the story.....the company is switching their manufacturing lines and the Kinston plant is going to be making a cabinet line that requires fewer folks. This is just "bidness," as my uncle would say. Companies change how they do things all the time, both in good times or bad. It certainly stinks for those folks losing their jobs, but to ascribe this to some larger Obama failureathon is ignorant.
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      by To anoymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:35 PM in reply to
      Where is the GOP on the Jobs Bill? Doing nothing!! Where is the GOP jobs bill- they don't have one! The American people are not fooled!!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 05:02 PM in reply to To anoymous
        We need permanent private industry business employment with staying power not temporary government jobs that end when the borrowed money is used up.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:29 AM
    Look it's this simple. If you want to get a job and keep a job then you need to get in a field where you don't have to worry about getting laid off. DO NOT work at a factory because industry in America is going away at a very rapid rate. I don't care what any Politician tells you, you will never ever see industry booming in America ever again. There is no Politician living that can bring industry back to US soil, it won't happen. Were just living in a different era. I mean face it folks, industry in America just doesn't make sense anymore and it just doesn't fit. A lot of you don't like to hear that but hey it's the truth. Face facts, industry in America is yesterdays news... Move along people there's nothing to see here.
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      by bear on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:30 AM in reply to Lavon
      if everyone runs to the "secure" fields, those fields will get flooded with applications - some qualified, some not - and will cease to be secure. how do you propose we fight the basic law of business...SUPPLY AND DEMAND? i'm very curious since i have a business degree and have yet to hear anyone come up with a sustainable recourse to good ol' supply and demand. the article mentions that at the height of the building boom, MasterBrand employed 900 people. it doesn't mention if those hired to meet the short term needs of the housing industry were P/T, F/T, permanent, or temporary workers. Since only a fraction of them remain and even more lay offs are planned for this week, i suspect MasterBrand put the cart before the horse and hired them as FT/permanent with the expectation that the housing bubble would just keep on growing. if that's the case...THAT'S THE PROBLEM. Poor management. Poor projections. Poor planning.
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      by Paul on Oct 3, 2011 at 09:34 AM in reply to Lavon
      Do you really think it's that easy to go and get a job NO it's not and it's not just factory workers thats getting laid off. Teachers, police officers,@ many more so don't think that it's only factory workers. I sure hope that you have a very good Job and isn't worried about getting laid off.. Good Luck
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      by Wondering on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:09 AM in reply to Lavon
      Lavon's message from the White House. What happens if Obama looses or is not able to suspend the election in 2012, how easy will it be able for you to find a job once your master is out and your job of supporting him by surfing the web and posting his message is no longer there?
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        by Anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 at 10:28 AM in reply to Wondering
        "...suspend the election..."?!?!?! Take off the tinfoil hat, looney, YOU are what's wrong with America!
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          by The flood on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:24 PM in reply to
          You mean like Bev suggested for congress the other day? Oh she was just joking you say, like when you ask the hot girl you're friends with if she wants to go out and she gives you that "never in a million years" look you say "I'm just joking!"
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        by Back on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:37 AM in reply to Wondering
        If he even attempts to suspend the elections obama better have the national guard ready for the revolt to follow.
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          by Or... on Oct 3, 2011 at 04:56 PM in reply to Back
          Is that what he wants? Start an uprising....begin to rip the country apart? (push-start it, grease the wheels)
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      by Back on Oct 3, 2011 at 11:46 AM in reply to Lavon
      I guess you didn't read the report out this weekend by an acredited economist group that has predicted acurrately financial occurences that have come to pass. It was on US news; not fox or msnbc. We are still in a recession and another recession is pretty much UNAVOIDABLE and will be much worse than the one we are in still. Your messiah hopefully will be history and your cushy government pie job will be as well. And according to your 2nd messiah, biden, you can no longer blame any of this on Bush as it is his and obama's problem. He said it in public. Now wipe the tears from your eyes before you ruin the keyboard you're crying over. I love it.
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      by The American Truth on Oct 3, 2011 at 12:26 PM in reply to Lavon
      US can retain and grow industries again if it limits or cuts out imports. Imports are whats killing the industreies here now.No jobs or very few jobs will ever be created aslong as nothing is manufactured in the US. All Americans need to tell thier local or nonlocal politicians to work towards restriction the amounts of imports and increase taxes on imports.
  • by Dark Horse on Oct 3, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    First! Wonder how long it is before OCSC gets here to blame the Prez? Too bad these folks are losing jobs here locally. I do hate hearing about job losses for good people who didn't anything to precipitate this move. Sounds like the company doesn't have its act together.
  • by ? on Oct 3, 2011 at 06:46 AM
    Hmmm, this must be apart of that whole "bring jobs from China to NC" thing that Bev keeps talking about. See it's working, it's pushing all of the local jobs to other states to make room for all those Chinese jobs that she'll bring back with her when she goes back to China in the coming months.
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      by WOW on Oct 3, 2011 at 08:48 AM in reply to ?
      Well said!!
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