August 24, 2010

Olin Corp. May Move East Alton Plant

( -- Officials in the East Alton, Illinois, area are scrambling to save about 1,000 jobs that may be leaving for Oxford, Miss.

The munitions manufacturer informed its Winchester division employees at its East Alton site about a potential move that would send the company's centerfire ammunition manufacturing business, which includes rifle and handgun ammunition manufacturing, to the company's Mississippi site.

Company human resource director Valerie Peters would not reveal why the move was being considered or how soon it could come.

According to the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, a broad-based economic development corporation that represents Madison and St. Clair counties, 1,821 people are employed at the East Alton manufacturer -- the sixth-largest area employer.

This is not the first time that the Clayton, Mo.-based employer has moved jobs. St. Peters said that between 2004-05, about 150 jobs were transferred from the East Alton plant to the company's Mississippi plant when Olin decided to relocate its Rimfire operation there.

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"Valerie Peters would not reveal why the move was being considered or how soon it could come"
The above statement would suggest the decision was more than profit based. They can't come out and say it was due to the union. The employees would make the transition more difficult.

Posted by: JWallace | August 26, 2010 10:14 PM    Report this comment

I'd like to think IL's hostility towards firearms issues helped Olin decide, but there are enough compelling reasons to move without that.

Posted by: PVB | August 26, 2010 7:09 PM    Report this comment

As a publicly traded company Olin Corp. has an obligation to its shareholders to maximize profits. One way of doing that is to relocate manufacturing from high tax/high wage states like IL to lower tax/lower wage states like MS. Olin is probably factoring IL's hostile attitude toward firearms and firearms owners into the decision also.

Posted by: Dulrug | August 26, 2010 6:02 PM    Report this comment

To a non-union state, of course!
If the new law passes (card voting by unions) moves to non union states will accelerate!

Posted by: longarm45 | August 26, 2010 5:55 PM    Report this comment

Another victory for Unions.

Posted by: Mister E | August 26, 2010 3:20 PM    Report this comment

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