For example, it makes no sense to move a product from a loaded plant to one that has available capacity when product demand is evaporating.
In this case, the product should be dropped from the line, or perhaps moved offshore if this will reduce costs to the point where demand can be maintained.
"We recognize the significant impact this decision will have on our employees and the communities where our plants are located," a statement from the company said.
And, keep in mind that moving offshore is no panacea.
It has its own set of issues and potential disasters if not done carefully with the appropriate products, planning, product support and effective technical and administrative input and management. Make sure receiving plants can accommodate all operating requirements for the new products.
The Buffalo-based headgear maker plans to close its Jackson, Ala., facility by February, eliminating 322 jobs, spokesman Paul Gallagher said.
(AP) -- New Era Cap Co., which supplies Major League baseball players and celebrities, said Thursday that low consumer demand is forcing the consolidation of its U. manufacturing operations from three plants into one.
CWA officials who are expected to immediately begin discussions with New Era management on the future of the Derby and Demopolis operations.
Gallagher said productivity, seniority, efficiency and geographic location would factor into the decision on which plant to save.
The Jackson and Mobile facilities are represented by the Teamsters Union.
"The union is currently in the process of verifying the details in New Era's announcement and how it will impact our members," Teamsters spokesman Galen Munroe said. A call to the CWA was not immediately returned Thursday.
Space Systems operation; the Akron, Ohio, Mission Systems and Training operation; the Goodyear, Ariz., Information Systems & Global Solutions operation; and the Horizon City, Tex., Missiles and Fire Control operation.
Most of the functions of these operations will be shifted to other Lockheed locations.
Lockheed also will close four buildings at its Sunnyvale, Calif., Space Systems campus. “Operational efficiency initiatives” in Lockheed’s Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS), Mission System and Training (MST), and Space Systems business areas will result in a further 2,000 job reductions by the end of 2014.