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    Re: Story City Pella Plant

    Being a department manager there was definitely challenging. It was a good challenge though IMO. The problem was that they were not even close to being competitive salary wise with other companies, especially considering you have to live in a small town. I left for 10k more a year, and a much better location.



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    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    Being a department manager there was definitely challenging. It was a good challenge though IMO. The problem was that they were not even close to being competitive salary wise with other companies, especially considering you have to live in a small town. I left for 10k more a year, and a much better location.
    Did you have to work insane amount of hours like our department managers did?

    People in my department made the most money in the facility besides the plant manager and the two production managers, but it was all due to the overtime we had to work. We had a high turnover rate too, but most of the turnover was not voluntary.

    I remember most of them left due to pay and hours. Plus our production manager (2nd in command) was a micro-manager to no end. The department managers could not make any decision without his blessing.



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    I worked allot of hours, depending on the time of year. I got fairly lucky from that regard though, only worked a few 60 hour weeks.

    I had a couple great bosses, a ok one, and a not so great one. That's how it is everywhere though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    I had a couple great bosses, a ok one, and a not so great one. That's how it is everywhere though.
    True. I don't necessarily dislike the organization as a whole.



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    Re: Story City Pella Plant

    Thats really too bad.. I tailgate with a couple of employees there, one of them is a fellow CF'r. They are GREAT guys. Wish them all the best. Im in a similiar career, John Deere, and I would be PO'd!!!


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    That is really too bad. It is a huge blow to the economy in Story City. I wonder if this will plunge real estate prices.



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    I'm currently one of those workers who will be displaced March 9th.

    Our hours were cut to 32 a couple of weeks ago and my scheduled day off was today when they announced the closing. They called me and asked me to come in at 3:00 but I had my son and couldn't make it happen. I had one of my co-workers call me after the meeting (a fellow clone fan and tailgater with rip and 4vrcy) and thought he was joking. We've both been there since the beginning.

    As far as the Story City plant goes and all the negative stuff you've read alot of it is true. The line work is very micro-managed and getting performance raises anymore is nearly impossible. They don't give out sick leave so if you have a family don't plan on being sick or staying home with a sick child or it counts against you. The schedule changes day to day on how many hours you're going to work so it's hard to schedule anything outside of work. Back when I was single it was no big deal, but with a family now it's quite taxing. Least I forget, the summer months suck with no air conditioning in the plant.

    Other employees who have transferred from other plants unanimously say the Story City plant has the worst work environment. I trained in Carroll and thought it wasn't so bad, the work was tough, but you didn't have management looking over your shoulder all the time.

    If anyone out there is hiring you won't find a better worker than a former Pella employee.

    The bonus' and profit sharing are great, I'll miss that the most.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    That is really too bad. It is a huge blow to the economy in Story City. I wonder if this will plunge real estate prices.

    Story City will miss out on the philanthropic $ Pella gives to them, but not many Pella workers actually live in Story City. Most live to the north. A few of us live here in the metro.


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    Altoona to Story City every day? That's a hike.


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    Ya, I don't mind the drive, but the $ putting into the car hurts. I could possibly transfer to Pella, but it wouldn't happen till maybe April and I'd have to go back to the 3-11 pm shift...I'll pass, I did that for 5 1/2 years.

    I've been looking for a new job for the past 2 years, but the bonus's kept me planted in Story City. I've been applying all day online for new jobs, my fingers are killing me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Landshark View Post
    Story City will miss out on the philanthropic $ Pella gives to them, but not many Pella workers actually live in Story City. Most live to the north. A few of us live here in the metro.

    Thanks for that insight. I hope this doesn't hurt the town too much, although I am sure it will hurt the workers.



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    Thanks for that insight. I hope this doesn't hurt the town too much, although I am sure it will hurt the workers.
    Story City has a lot going for it, it's a great little town, they'll attract another great company soon, no doubt about it.

    I really feel for the married couples who both work at the plant, there's quite a few of them. My wife has a great job and my resume is solid so we shoud be alright.


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    Best of luck to ya LandShark and anyone else affected.

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    One of my good friends is still a production manager there, I am going to try to get a little more information about what is going on.

    What is funny is when I was there I had a group of 6 or 7 close friends I hung out with. There is only one of us still there. Probably one of the reasons they are having trouble. They have to invest so much money in training new managers.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Landshark View Post
    Story City has a lot going for it, it's a great little town, they'll attract another great company soon, no doubt about it.

    I really feel for the married couples who both work at the plant, there's quite a few of them. My wife has a great job and my resume is solid so we shoud be alright.

    That is why I advise that married couples do not both work at the same place. It is too hard when something happends, because it always does. My parents both worked at the same place in Ames, and when it closed this past week it could have been pretty bad for them if they had not prepared for it.


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