The Right Place forms response team to ease Benteler transition
Caroline MacGregor June 19, 2013 | WGVU “The real purpose of putting this group together was that - you know - we don't have these kind of announcements very often in West Michigan but when we do, we want to make sure the companies and employees have a single point of contact when it comes to transitioning out or dealing with possible displaced employees.”
with the Right Place.
While the decision by Benteler to close its facility on
Hall Streets hit many as a surprise and seemed rather abrupt, the company has,
in reality, been intensely scrutinizing its global strategy and North American
presence for some time.
“Very rarely will we get advanced notice of a major decision like this, many are made with the company's legal consultation. Many times they are a publicly traded company here in the US or abroad and that information can't be shared with The Right Place, hence the importance of having a response team so we can jump into action that much quicker.”
Klohs, President and CEO of The Right Place, says the fact that Benteler has
three other locations in West Michigan is even more reason to form a response
team. Spokeswoman for Benteler's North American Operation, Maryam Komejan, agrees
and says some employees will have the option to transfer to the company’s other
West Michigan plants.
Klohs and other Right Place representatives met with Benteler officials to talk
about the company’s 7-8 month phase-out plan and how the newly formed response
team can minimize the impact of Benteler’s decision on the community.
“Although this team was created to address the recent announcement from Benteler, The Right Place is setting a precedent to say that this will be our response team if and when announcements like this happen in the future.”
will partner with the City of Grand Rapids along with workforce development to
help employees and figure out what to do with a soon to be vacant piece of prime
industrial property on Hall Street.
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