(Old News but New 2me fyi) LIFESAVERS CLOSES HOLLAND (MI) SHOP, MOVES TO CANADA

(Old News but New 2me fyi) LIFESAVERS CLOSES HOLLAND (MI) SHOP, MOVES TO CANADA*read more at
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0320-02.htm
[This is interesting to me because despite growing up in west Michigan in the 70’s & in Holland in the summers, I never realized LifeSavers was right in my own backyard. I just came across this story as I was browsing the web]
“HOLLAND, Mich. — As factory jobs go, Stan Rewa always
thought his was pretty neat. The work is steady and the pay
good, and there’s the added satisfaction of producing
something special, a piece of Americana that has delighted–
and hushed–generations of rambunctious kids.
Rewa doesn’t make electric trains. Or yo-yos. He makes Life
Savers.
“We are a part of America,” said Rewa, who cooks and flavors
the candy at the Life Savers factory here. “I don’t know
anybody who didn’t grow up eating them, to see if you could
get a whole roll in your mouth.” The memories will endure,
but the factory that turns out 46 billion Life Savers each year
won’t. Kraft Foods Inc. is closing the plant and moving its
operations to Canada, where sugar is half the price and its
work force will be nonunion. The move will wipe out 600 union
jobs that pay an average of $15.50 an hour.
For 35 years, the Life Savers plant was a symbol of stability and
financial security for 115,000 residents living in and …”
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0320-02.htm

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