"900 jobs safe," says Gainesville employer

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

GAINESVILLE, Tex. --A Gainesville manufacturer says 900 jobs at their plant are safe. Officials with Weber Aircraft say they may open a plant in Mexico, but plan to keep their Gainesville employees. The information comes after rumors of layoffs at the commercial aircraft seating company.

In a statement to KXII, their officials say:

"The 900 jobs are not moving to Mexico. We are committed to continuing providing excellent jobs in our community. The company is exploring a possible plant in Mexico. But, the company is committed to keep all current employees here fully utilized."

Weber Aircraft is based in Gainesville and also operates a service center in Atlanta.

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  • by James Location: Ardmore on Aug 16, 2007 at 01:59 PM
    They don't have Unions in Mexico. If I was Weber I would have already packed my bags and jumped the border to get out of paying a welder $14.00 an hour to make maybe (on a good day)4 parts in a 8 hour work day. Viva La Mexico!!!!
  • by Randy Location: Gainesville, TX on Aug 16, 2007 at 06:56 AM
    900 JOBS SAVE AT WEBER AIRCRAFT, WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER 500 PLUS EMPLOYEES WHO WORK THERE IN GAINESVILLE,TX?? When they start this plant in Mexico by next year they will HURT other vendors like K&D Plastics and others in the Texoma Area.
  • by Citizen Location: Sherman on Aug 14, 2007 at 08:44 PM
    I know that there could be a loss of jobs in the future but it's kinda nice to see something positive in the news these days. For now at least it's a good thing and something to be glad about.
  • by Julie Location: Era on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:04 AM
    Doesn't Weber Actually employee 1300 or 1400 people. If so that's a difference of around 400 or 500.
  • by Terry Johnson Location: Gainesville on Aug 14, 2007 at 07:21 AM
    Weber is owned buy Zodiac it already has a Company in Mexico.
  • by Terry Location: Gainesville on Aug 13, 2007 at 08:40 PM
    Weber Aircraft may promise to keep jobs in Gainesville TX for now, however that is only because their production orders have just about doubled by the end of next year. When the job loss will occur is when production orders drop and sales fall off. The Company has already made the Statement to the Union that they would keep the employees in Mexico, were they are paying for a complete package $3.00 and hour and let the people in Gainesville go.
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