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Old 12-04-2009, 01:28 PM   #15
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Iowa? Did we sell that to China?

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Old 12-04-2009, 01:51 PM   #16
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I think that's the anglicized spelling. It's really I'oh'wha, PRC.

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Old 12-04-2009, 02:04 PM   #17
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If Bob Cat, Deere, or Catipillar, their bigger customers, has a plant in Iowa it might make sense. If not I can't see an English Company bothering to move the plant any place but China.
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Old 12-07-2009, 07:36 PM   #18
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GKN/Henschen to discontinue making rubber torsion axle

Greg Gerber posted on December 07, 2009 12:14

JACKSON CENTER, Ohio -- Staff members at GKN/Henschen in Jackson Center, Ohio, confirmed to RV Daily Report that the company will close its facility and discontinue the manufacture of rubber torsion axle. No further information is available at this time, but an announcement is expected later today from the company's headquarters in Great Britain.
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Old 12-07-2009, 09:39 PM   #19
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GKN is cutting jobs all over the globe, started the first of 2009.
I believe 2800 job cuts out of 42,000 jobs worldwide.

GKN cuts further 550 jobs and closes factories - Times Online
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Old 12-07-2009, 10:35 PM   #20
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I guess between this and Carrier dropping the low profile units, quality, common parts we're used to calling and getting in stock are going away. Hopefully someone picks up the area of the market with a direct bolt in unit that meets existing specs. Maybe GKN will sell their knowledge base/equipment to another builder?!?
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Old 12-08-2009, 04:26 AM   #21
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if they had announced a "closing our plant sale" i'd bet that they would have had a surge in business. it might even have carried them through this slow period.
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Where is InLand Andy on this.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:39 AM   #23
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I would not believe everything you read. GKN /Henshen has been and is a huge supplier of torsion products for CAT,JD Massey Ferguson,IH/Case These are their biggest customers,when I picked up my new axles last yr most everything I saw was for those customers. The agri industry is big in Iowa,and a move there makes sense to me.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:45 AM   #24
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On the other hand

Its not like they are the only ones who can make an axle. I had a set made custom by Axis a few years back, they work great. It might even be a healthy thing in the long run, you never know.

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Today's release from JC has a slightly different twist:
UPDATE: GKN releases statement concerning layoffs > RV Daily Report


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According to several top management sources in Jackson Center, That I have had conversations with, both at Henschen and Airstream, the party is not over until the fat lady sings, according to them.

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Airstream is using Dexter axels now I think. They are good axels and Dexter has been around a long time. Less expensive too.

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