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Spun Metals closings its doors soon

Monday, April 14, 2008

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Spun Metals, Inc., 301 N. Murphy Ave., Brazil, is in the process of relocating to Paris, Ill., to combine its resources with MECO, Inc., both of which are owned by Integrated Energy Technologies, Inc., Evansville.
A local company will be moving away soon, but is working to not leave the area high and dry.

Spun Metals, Inc., 301 N. Murphy Ave., Brazil, confirmed to The Brazil Times that it is relocating to Paris, Ill., as of May 31.

It is a manufacturing company that specializes in metal forming for combustion systems, and is one of five companies owned by Integrated Energy Technologies, Inc., Evansville.

"We are in the process of positioning our companies for growth," President of IET and Spun Metals Michael Lampert said. "The power generation market, which is our primary market, is expected to double by 2012 and we are already starting to see increases in the need for production volume."

The company will be consolidating with IET's MECO plant in Paris to better align its resources for production.

"There will probably still be a few operations here as of May 31, but when people call us, the phone will be picked up in Paris," Lampert said. "It is a steady process to move everything and still be productive at the same time."

Even though Spun Metals is leaving, Lampert said the company is offering a generous package to its current employees to make the move as well.

"It is important to have a trained staff in our industry and intend to keep as many of our current employees as we can," he said. "It is tough to find the right people to hire, which makes the value of our employees even higher, and the majority of our employees have voiced an interest in going with us."

At the same time of the move, another area company is looking into purchasing the Spun Metals building to expand their own operations.

UMDI, United Machine and Design, Inc, located at 3600 N. State Road 59, Brazil, does a lot of work with Spun Metals and may take over its building in the near future.

The company was founded in May 2000, and currently occupies more than 13,000 square feet of manufacturing area with an additional 8,000 square feet of warehouse space.

"UMDI does a lot of machining and design work. Spun Metals works with the raw materials and we usually get it after that," UMDI President Tim Callahan said. "Moving into their building would allow us to work for the future and be able to expand faster because there is three-and-a-half times more room in their building than where we currently are."

Spun Metals currently has approximately 41 full-time employees, while UMDI has 26.

"We plan to expand the number of employees as time goes on to suit our needs," Callahan said. "We might be doing some additional hiring around the end of this year."

With their respective industries continually growing and expanding, both Lampert and Callahan see big things to come in the future.

"We have to be consistent and hire more workers when we need them," Callahan said. "With a 15-20 percent growth expected over each of the next five years, we can't do it all at once because we won't be able to sustain the growth or be efficient."

The majority of the jobs UMDI does are hands-on and require a lot of skills, particularly in the machining of detail parts, but they are willing to work to build up the skills of those entering the industry.

"We always encourage people to further their education," Lampert said. "We like our employees to at least have taken technical programs and classes so they have a fundamental knowledge of the industry to begin with. It also allows the kids to see if they like it and gives them a better understanding of what they want to do."

Callahan agrees with Lampert on the need for a background and interest in the industry and said the companies do allow people to work while in school.

"It gives them a little bit of hands-on experience while they continue their education," he said. "We have to make sure people want to do the job because with the high skill level needed, there is a very low turnover rate. The job takes a lot of effort which is why our employees are so valuable to us."

Both UMDI and Spun Metals work with companies on a national and global scale, including those in the Aerospace industry, so their view in the local eye is fairly minimal.

"Unless people know our buildings from driving by them, they may not know we are here because we don't have local customers," Lampert said. "We have national and global customers like General Electric Industrial, Siemens and Caterpillar, but we do contribute to the local community by participating with the area United Way and other similar organizations."

While both Callahan and Lampert understand moving a major company from a small community can cause some shock and panic, but they believe, in the grand scheme of things, this particular move is a good thing overall.

"Paris is a similar community to Brazil, so we hope the transition for the workers who come with us will be a smooth one," Lampert said. "There are anxieties that surround every change, but once people see the good that can happen, the anxiety goes down, and people should see that this is not a bad thing, but an opportunity for growth on both ends."


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Are people that ignorant? Really? I'm not picking on any particular person, but use your head before you post comments. How could the sign ordinance have anything to do with this? Please think before you post. If that's all you can think about don't post!

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Mon, Apr 14, 2008, at 10:02 PM

the only signs that will matter from this will be more FOR SALE signs in front of those workers house that move to Paris IL. I am sure they can't afford to drive to work from Brazil at $3.50 a gallon

-- Posted by agar on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 4:29 AM

For Heaven sake people... I think the comment was intended to make you think. If we live in a town that is slowly closing it's revenue, then it is crazy we are worried about enforcing a sign ordinance! Get things in perspective... signs or business? We worry about the little things and now the big ones are slipping away! Cats... signs... business... we are in trouble!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 6:54 AM

The big picture. What is the big picture? The big picture is Brazil is trying to clean up. The big picture is we have to look to our future. I want to live in a clean town that has a uniformity in what they do. Why would the sign ordinance have anything to do with this? Spun Metals is expanding and has a place to move somewhere else. They have no sign to be in violation. I think there are too many cats, I think there are too many signs that look horrible. Some residence can't even plant flowers because the cats use the restroom on them. But what the heck does that have to do with Spun Metals? There is no correlation. Spun Metals Relocating because of business expansion-Having no sign to be in violation of a sign ordinance. No correlation folks. Maybe they are sick of the cats? Don't know? People need to have a different perspective and think out of the box and think about change. The reason we are in the current state of economic deprivation is because we have slacked and it's time to stop slacking and clean up.

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 10:05 AM

It's not just the sign ordinance thing, it's the overall attitude in Brazil and Clay county. As a former Brazil and now Greencastle resident, both cities are worlds apart. Greencastle will gladly welcome those businesses... and their signs. Yes, Brazil is in trouble

-- Posted by tenspeed1984 on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 10:05 AM

Scholary... Lighten up! You are way too intense. This is a very serious matter but so is the whole situation in this town.

We are fussing and fighting about signs that business' put out, making people put their houses up for sale over having cats INSIDE their house and the whole time business is pulling out. We are in trouble.

Think outside the box...the BOX is the problem. People are branching out, trying to attract economic growth and the BOX is telling them NO... PLAY BY THESE NEW RULES THAT WE CHANGE ON A WHIM!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 10:24 AM

The big picture here is the middle class people are losing their jobs. I have three relatives that work at Spun Metals. How can these people possibly afford to drive to Illinois everyday to work. The big execs make it sound so simple. Are they going to pay for travel time for these employees? These people are paid barely enough to survive week to week now. They are overworked and underpaid. Why don't you big wigs share some of your wealth? They expect these employees to move with the company, sell their houses at a loss (because the housing market is at an all time low) and try to make a new start just because they are offering a "great" package to those who go? Perhaps the Brazil Times should interview some of the employees instead of the execs. I am sure you would get a different perspective from those who are affected the most.

-- Posted by momofffive on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 10:25 AM

It is ashame another company is leaving the area. And families are being forced to make tough decisions. But we are not alone. The country as a whole is suffering. There are more available workers than available jobs. Indiana is a labor surplus state not just Clay county.

I lost my job about a year ago and it has been difficult to find other employment. My options were take what I could find or relocate my family and be paid according to my education and experience. Having roots in Clay County made me and my family decide to take the pay cut and stay close to our family and friends. Families will have to decide what is best for them.

Right now I am carpooling to work with two others. Is that always convenient for me? No, but with the gas prices being what they are it is a necessity. I have a coworker who drives from Bloomington to Greencastle, spending at least a $100 a week for gasoline. This individual has two choices, continue driving to Greencastle or find something else and give up seniority, accrued vacation/sick time and take a cut in pay. There is no simple solution.

Our leaders want us to believe we are in a recession, we are not. We are in a Depression. Before much longer, we will have more than one family living together just to put food on our tables and a roof over our heads. Families will have to pull together and those without families will have to pull resources with friends. This is an election year, make it count.

-- Posted by opinion on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 11:58 AM

Well said opinion

-- Posted by madmom61 on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 12:54 PM

i agree with momoffive,they need to talk to some employees because there is alot of smoke being blown.this story is far from what is going on i know because i work there.

-- Posted by str8up on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 5:04 PM

I respect everyones opinion, I really do. However, we have the laws on the books. We have elected officials previously that legislated the laws and put them on the books for the sign ordinance. The citizens elected them. My opinion is this: Instead of fussing about whats wrong with Brazil, write to your council members and mayor and tell them they need to change the ordinance and give them suggestions. How many of the citizens have actually done that? I guarantee no one has. Write to them. Get the ordinance changed. Until it is changed it is an ordinance that previous council and/or mayors have implemented. With that being said, it could be changed. But fussing on here will not do a thing. How often do people come to council meetings? People don't even vote. I hope everyone that fusses about the local government has voted, if you haven't voted don't give your opinion because honestly your opinion doesn't matter. In order to make a democracy work you must vote and give your opinion to your representation. I am not saying you guys don't vote and you guys don't do that, I am just saying chances are you probably don't and should.

-- Posted by BrazilScholarly on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 5:52 PM

The truth is Spun Metals was lost in December 2004 when it was acquired by Cold Corporate America. IET never had any intention of staying in Brazil long-term & employee welfare would appear to be the least of its priorities.

Too bad the Times fell for the "company line" & didn't tell the employee side of the story!

-- Posted by blueinaredstate on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 7:30 PM

wow how did this story of spun metals closing get brazilscholarly in a uproar about voting and the govt. People if you place your comment stick to the story your commenting about.

-- Posted by pepsilady on Tue, Apr 15, 2008, at 11:25 PM

People who do not educate themselves on the issues should not vote!

And anyway... as you said earlier WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE STORY!

And for the record... I vote everytime and I attend meetings to get information about issues!

-- Posted by madmom61 on Wed, Apr 16, 2008, at 12:10 PM


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