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Employees disheartened by comments

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

The article in the May 9 Telegraph [“Local plants being consolidated”] discussed the consolidation and closure of three Anchor facilities in the Dixon and Sterling area. We have a few comments.

Huge thanks to Sterling Mayor Skip Lee for his positive comments regarding the hardship on the many fine families affected by this Caterpillar move. If only Mayor Jim Burke of Dixon could see the problem as it is, rather than make a comment like, “wouldn’t be catastrophic.” Shame on you, mayor.

Perhaps the mayor has forgotten that 160 people will lose their jobs as well as many service providers, vending companies, local business people, etc. Anchor has been a strong contributor to Kreider as well as other service organizations. Those employees will surely be adversely affected.

Many daily truck drivers come to Dixon Anchor for pickups and deliveries, buy fuel, eat lunch, and make purchases. Perhaps they don’t count either. Mayor Burke may have forgotten he was informed of this possibility 12 months ago, and may have made no attempt to contact Cat to save jobs.

We don’t know, but by his own admission, he was interested in selling them a piece of property 2 to 3 years ago. Perhaps his interest today is how he can get the property at 1100 Anchor Road listed for sale.

We feel it is a shame he did not work with management to try to save our jobs, and has taken such a casual attitude about the closure. Mayor, we would like to remind you we all vote. Thanks for nothing. 

Note to readers: Jerry McBride, and the following co-signed the submitted letter: Mark Miller, Lester Flaherty III, Shane Thomas, Larry Lally, Scott Short, Vicki Raymond, and Pat Grassnickel, all employees of Anchor Coupling Dixon. 

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