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ConAgra To Close Plants

Closing Not A Real Surprise To Union President; More Than 400 Jobs Affected

March 20, 2014

DUNKIRK — More than 400 people will be looking for work after ConAgra announced it will be closing its Fredonia and Dunkirk facilities, with February as the projected date when the plants close......

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Mar-21-14 11:20 AM

MarquessoQ, excellent points! However, you are making far too much sense to post here. I find it interesting that unions talk about partnering with ownership when the benefits flow only to their members. ConAgra is in the business to make money and generate a return to their sharholders. Obviously, this was not happening in Fredonia. Since they have enjoyed property tax breaks and inexpensive power, the problem is clearly elsewhere. My guess is wages/productivity as well as cost of distribution. The union can address the first issue, but our local and state leaders need to step up and address the second quickly before we lose more industry.

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Mar-21-14 6:46 AM

smart business move, i just bought 1000 shares of conagra stock..go baby go!

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Mar-20-14 12:22 PM

This is not the last of the devastating job losses for the area. It's a death spiral for upstate New York. With an extremely high cost to do business coupled with onerous regulations, companies will continue to leave in a similar manner. You won't find enough new businesses to replace the old. Don't look to local leaders to solve this, the problems are rooted at the state level. Leave now if you can. If you can't leave now, find a way to do it soon. This area will never recover. Think about it. Con Agra can further their profitability by shutting down multiple NY operations they just purchased for huge sums of money. That's a pretty damning indictment of our NY business climate.

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Mar-20-14 8:20 AM

Come on New York voters, it's time you take some stock in responsibility for the people you vote into office!

For God's sake, look at Detroit. Democrat after democrat after democrat produced a city more akin to a war zone. People with any means and/or common sense pulled out years ago.

Is it any wonder today's top democrat in the White House can only sell diversion after diversion.

These people declared their own little Jihad on God and America's values.

Wake up New Yorkers, your dreams of a future are becoming a nightmare!

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Mar-20-14 6:22 AM

I wonder: Can the IDA and NYS come together to help purchase these plants put in top management that can oversee production while establishing a strong national sales team and run the plant? Is this possible and could it be done for Petri? Let's look outside the box leaders and see if this could be done. Lots of talent here but a national perspective is a bit different.

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Mar-20-14 6:18 AM

The blog is a nonsensical babble about an element of the cost of doing business, unrelated to what ConAgra. What ConAgra has done is purposely purchase business that with full knowledge of plants proximity and capacity, corporate production estimate needs, purchase plants that ConAgr could possibly need or use. Then close them stating what they did in the closing announcement. Now lets be clear about this, no morally responsible business school teaches this as a business model. This is an amoral action taking jobs from families, using a business model and decisions that is soley for profit purposes but does not put profits back into the corporation to expand. ConAgr didn't need the plants in Northern Chautauqua-Petri, Carriage House, but purchased them and closed them.

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Mar-20-14 2:47 AM

so sad .why dont buffet give a billion away to these people. he clearly has the money if he can risk it on a basketball braket .

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Mar-20-14 2:35 AM

We all realize and agree that NYS is a horrible climate for business but I find it ironic that the Union Rep knew of the closing and basically waited until it was official to even talk about it. Apparently placing the workers on Welfare, as he notes, is a more sensible alternative than trying to negotiate to get wages closer to those that, I imagine, are less in these other cities they are relocating to. I'll never understand that mentality. 30-40 years ago the Courier Express told the workers they would close the operation if they couldn't negotiate a lower pay scale. So as we hear about all these greedy 1%'ers (seemingly anyone who owns or runs a business) how do we ignore the philosophy that closing a business is better than making an attempt to save it? I don't know the details and maybe this is not the case here but as I look at the manufacturing exodus mostly to the South in the 1970's it seems there would be a willingness to take action that MIGHT save jobs?

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