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Old 02-03-2014, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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KEE closes plant in USA. Goes overseas.

Paintball company KEE Action Sports closes Clearwater plant, cutting 109 jobs | Tampa Bay Times


KEE Action Sports, the biggest maker of paintballs in the world, has closed its Clearwater manufacturing facility and is shipping the bulk of the work to cheaper labor in Asia.

The closure means KEE is laying off 109 of its 110 plant employees, the company said in a mass layoff notice filed with the state Monday. Only one senior executive working there will be relocated.

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CEO and president John Robinson said about a third of the production "high and mid-grade stuff" will be sent to the company's plant in London, Ontario. Most of the work will go to Asia through strategic partnerships with producers in Taiwan and China.

"It was a pure economic decision," Robinson said, citing a "glut in the marketplace" with international manufacturers that didn't exist even a few years ago. "We were just not able to compete."

"As you can imagine, it was a brutal decision to ultimately get to," he added.

KEE Action Sports, which pumps out about 5 billion paintballs a year, is an amalgamation of acquired sporting companies and has a dispersed organizational chart as a result. Its headquarters is in Sewell, N.J., while its CEO is based in Bentonville, Ark., the home of Walmart.

The Clearwater plant at 11399 47th Street, N., which has been used by KEE the last seven years, closed last Thursday.

In a letter to the state, Robinson said employees will not be required to report for work unless requested to help decommission the facility. Employees will continue to receive pay and benefits until March 31.

Following the layoffs, KEE will have about 170 employees remaining between Canada, a small office in the United Kingdom, and multiple distribution centers around the United States, including nine employees in sales and distribution in Tampa Bay.

Paintball company KEE Action Sports closes Clearwater plant, cutting 109 jobs 02/03/14


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Old 02-03-2014, 08:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is why I try to support local markets and smaller marker makers, this crap pisses me off. Lets cut costs and employee's to make more cash...:S
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:00 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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it prove the fact it hard and hard to compete against company's that make thing cheaper over seas. also the fact some company's will look better way's to make more rich if can get some made some where cheaper.
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Picture in your mind: Lynn Massachusetts. 1900. Central Square. Several thousand recent immigrants, shopping in all the downtown stores, surrounded by FACTORIES. Shoe factories, light bulb factories, shoe machinery factories, several General Electric factories. All these people WORK in these factories. They pay TAXES. These taxes support SCHOOLS where their children attend. They buy HOMES, and assimilate into American life.

Picture in your mind: Lynn Massaachusetts. 2014. Central Square. Several hundred homeless persons, drug-addicts and very poor and unemployed people waiting for state-subsidized health care. All those surrounding factories are now vacant lots, strewn with trash. Those who are working are angry because they are over taxed, paying for all the entitlement programs, trying to keep the thousands of unemployed from starving.

I guess no one gets it.

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Picture in your mind: Lynn Massachusetts. 1900. Central Square. Several thousand recent immigrants, shopping in all the downtown stores, surrounded by FACTORIES. Shoe factories, light bulb factories, shoe machinery factories, several General Electric factories. All these people WORK in these factories. They pay TAXES. These taxes support SCHOOLS where their children attend. They buy HOMES, and assimilate into American life.

Picture in your mind: Lynn Massaachusetts. 2014. Central Square. Several hundred homeless persons, drug-addicts and very poor and unemployed people waiting for state-subsidized health care. All those surrounding factories are now vacant lots, strewn with trash. Those who are working are angry because they are over taxed, paying for all the entitlement programs, trying to keep the thousands of unemployed from starving.

I guess no one gets it.

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A GOOD Business plan [if you wanna say that]: It is cheaper to out source and screw the local worker...even if he or she has a family to feed.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Lost a lot of respect for KEE with this decision. Wish they would have looked at the employees rather than their bottom line. *sigh*
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:34 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I was a move that I saw coming as they grew bigger and bigger. Woo hoo for made in Taiwan markers!
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Valken just announced they're moving paint production to the US haha.
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