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Pee Dee Losing 65 Jobs

FLORENCE COMPANY SHEDDING POSITIONS A Florence, S.C. company that employs 425 workers is laying off fifteen percent of its workforce – sending the positions to Texas and Mexico. The company – ESAB Welding and Cutting Products – made the announcement late Friday. News of the sixty-five lost jobs was first…

FLORENCE COMPANY SHEDDING POSITIONS

A Florence, S.C. company that employs 425 workers is laying off fifteen percent of its workforce – sending the positions to Texas and Mexico.

The company – ESAB Welding and Cutting Products – made the announcement late Friday. News of the sixty-five lost jobs was first reported by WBTW TV 13 (CBS – Florence/ Myrtle Beach, S.C.).

According to the station, ESAB “opened a new multi-million-dollar automation process center” three years ago and promised to bring new jobs to the area.

Oops …

A spokeswoman for the S.C. Department of Commerce wasn’t immediately available to comment on the lost jobs – or whether the company received taxpayer-funded incentives.

And of course South Carolina’s “Jobs Governor” – Nikki Haley – was nowhere to be found.

ESAB is the world’s largest producer of welding and cutting systems. The company is headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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9 comments

ELCID August 8, 2014 at 6:48 pm

Over priced products that can’t compete with US Companies’: Miller and Lincoln Electric. Now out to cheapen their products down, and rip off USA workers.

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Non Sequiter August 8, 2014 at 8:35 pm

So not employing USA workers is ripping them off?

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RogueElephant August 9, 2014 at 9:06 am

Manufacturing in Mexico with lower pay and less regulation will let them cheapen the price of their products while taking the same amount of profit back to Sweden. Why would we buy their crap ?

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Next Stop? August 8, 2014 at 8:17 pm

If a company can’t make it with Pee Dee wages and Union County wages then the next stop will have to be……well, there won’t be a next stop. Even China jobs are coming back to the US.

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Amanda August 9, 2014 at 11:26 am

Wasn’t Haley the Witch just is Texas Whoring for money?

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Handjobs To Hadjobs™ August 9, 2014 at 11:41 am

Yes, indeed…

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Soft Sigh from Hell August 9, 2014 at 2:20 pm

“to Texas and Mexico”

That there alone is worth a laugh. Presumably part of Texas is more third-worldish than the Pee Dee region. Can that be so?

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Maybe, maybe not August 9, 2014 at 2:49 pm

“Presumably part of Texas is more third-worldish than the Pee Dee region. Can that be so?”

Not necessarily, if the tax structure is significantly lower that can be incentive enough via operating costs.

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Natural Fiber Man August 9, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Ever been to Lubbock and the cotton area of W. Texas? No? Well I have. It’s a lot more Third Worldish than the Pee Dee.

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