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Superior Industries to shutter Rogers plant, cut 500 jobs

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 30, 2014 at 8:39 a.m.

ROGERS — A company that makes aluminum wheels for cars and other vehicles says it will shut down its manufacturing plant in Rogers, eliminating 500 jobs.

Superior Industries International Inc. announced Wednesday that it expects to cease operations at the Rogers plant by the end of this year. Work done at the plant will be shifted to other Superior facilities in Fayetteville and in Chihuahua, Mexico.

The company said the closure is expected to save the company $15 million in year-over-year labor costs. Superior President and CEO Dan Stebbins said the closure comes after a "comprehensive review."

Superior produces aluminum wheels at five plants in the United States and Mexico. The company is a supplier to many automakers, including Ford, General Motors, Toyota and Nissan.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more on this story.

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LevyRat says... July 30, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

NAFTA ........ thanks Bill Clinton, we needed that!

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Pacorabone says... July 30, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.

Obama Care....! Thanks Obama, we needed that....NOT

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FreeSpiritMan says... July 30, 2014 at 10:13 a.m.

LevyRat we need a few facts and "The Rest of the Story" to clear up your spin.
NAFTA had already been signed by Bush before Clinton was elected, and a GOP controlled congress authorized it:
The impetus for NAFTA actually began with President Ronald Reagan, who campaigned on a North American common market. In 1984, Congress passed the Trade and Tariff Act. This is important because it gave the President "fast-track" authority to negotiate free trade agreements, while only allowing Congress the ability to approve or disapprove, not change negotiating points. Canadian Prime Minister Mulroney agreed with Reagan to begin negotiations for the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement, which was signed in 1988, went into effect in 1989 and is now suspended since it's no longer neeeded. (Source: NaFina, NAFTA Timeline)
Following diplomatic negotiations dating back to 1986 among the three nations, the leaders met in San Antonio, Texas, on December 17, 1992, to sign NAFTA. U.S. President George H. W. Bush, Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mexican President Carlos Salinas, each responsible for spearheading and promoting the agreement, ceremonially signed it. The signed agreement then needed to be authorized by each nation's legislative or parliamentary branch.
This is just a clear case of a company wanting cheap labor, its that simple.

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FreeSpiritMan says... July 30, 2014 at 10:25 a.m.

Pacorabone ..... is getting his issues mixed up, he does not know the difference from the ACA and NAFTA. ADG needs to implement a literacy test in order to comment. Right winger's (for the few that could pass) should jump all over that since they like voter ID.

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aimee says... July 30, 2014 at 10:37 a.m.

When will Republican greed end..???

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RoyDaMercer says... July 30, 2014 at 10:54 a.m.

Aimee-that answer would be about the same time Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Jon Corzine and all of the other sleazebag Democrats stop extorting money from the American public. Oh that's right, you actually believe the Democrats are all dead broke like Bill and Hillary when they left the White House.

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SPA says... July 30, 2014 at 10:58 a.m.

FreeSpiritMan is right. Get the facts. He's also right that this is about Superior saving money, not about what Democrats are doing. Take out your ire on Superior, if you must.

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punk47 says... July 30, 2014 at 11:12 a.m.

NOBAMA plan at it best.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... July 30, 2014 at 11:29 a.m.

It was George H.W. Bush who signed NAFTA.

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