Fisker Automotive Lays Off 12 More Delaware Workers, Assembly Plant Reportedly Empty
April 18, 2012 12:10 PM
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The Delaware plant is "absolutely empty" according to an employee that was laid off last week
Amidst growing issues with
from the government,
Fisker Automotive has laid off 12 more workers
from its Delaware factory.
The Delaware layoffs occurred just last Friday, where 12 engineers and maintenance technicians were let go. According to Fisker, it's currently only able to keep a small maintenance team at the plant to maintain and watch over it.
"We have always had a flexible business model that allows us to scale up and down as work demands," said Russell Datz, Fisker spokesman. "As we ramp up the project again, we will add a new headcount. We've accomplished a lot at the plant, using more than 40 local contract firms to recycle old material and equipment. The plant is now ready for the next phase of installing new production equipment."
However, one of Fisker's laid-off employees described the Delaware Fisker plant as "absolutely empty."
Jeffrey Garland, a former aide for Sen. Bill Roth (R-Del.) who took charge of community affairs and business development for Fisker in Delaware, was one of the employees laid off last week. He said Fisker had hauled away used equipment, but didn't install the equipment required to build the
$47,000 Atlantic hybrid sedan
, which is Fisker's second electric-hybrid car. This vehicle was supposed to start production later this year, but has been put on hold due to financial issues with the government.
"All of us who were there hoped we were still adding value," said Garland. "I think what happened was the budget numbers are so tight right now and they're working so hard to preserve as much cash as they can that something had to give. We're not making a car in Wilmington right now, so given that situation, it was an obvious place to make a cut."
The last year hasn't been too kind to Fisker. Last May, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
blocked its loans
previously provided to the automaker in 2010. Fisker had received a total of $529 million where $169 million went toward
Fisker's $102,000 Karma plug-in
engineering and another $359 million went toward the Nina midsize sedan. The DOE has blocked those loans for nearly a year now, and Fisker has been looking for alternatives to DOE funding in the meantime.
The automaker, which entered Delaware in 2009, had received $21.5 million in grants and loans from the state and has collected about $18 million of it so far to keep the idle factory maintained.
Last week's 12 lay-offs were not the first this year. In February 2012, Fisker announced that
26 employees in the same factory were laid off
and work on the auto factory had halted.
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RE: Dead On Arrival
4/18/2012 5:25:11 PM
How about you do some research first. This is what the director of ARPA (of ARPANET) himself said about it:
"The ARPANET was not started to create a Command and Control System that would survive a nuclear attack, as many now claim. To build such a system was, clearly, a major military need, but it was not ARPA’s mission to do this; in fact, we would have been severely criticized had we tried. Rather, the ARPANET came out of our frustration that there were only a limited number of large, powerful research computers in the country, and that many research investigators, who should have access to them, were geographically separated from them."
It was not a military project. And even if it had been I don't know what you're trying to prove considering the military is clearly part of the government.
RE: Dead On Arrival
4/18/2012 6:22:06 PM
Sigh... Nowhere in my post did I say "nuclear attack". I said "It was designed to enable uninterrupted, semi-immediate, long-distance communication for war." In case you didn't know this, the "D" in DARPA stands for "DEFENSE", and it is a subset of the Department of Defense. What do you think the guys and gals at DARPA do? They make technologies for the military. If they cannot communicate, they cannot make technology, and the military suffers. It was a military project, even if the guys involved were just trying to improve their job efficiency.
As to the distinction between military and government spending... Military spending creates weapons for the military. We don't benefit from that outside of winning or deterring war, but military spending is a necessary evil. Government loans (the original point of this thread) are rarely advisable, as seen with Solyndra, and now Fisker. Fisker flat out admitted he opened the doors without anything to sell, and managed to get half a billion dollars within three years just because he said "green". I would have preferred that loan never been made at all, seeing as how it comes from our taxes. Add up all the loans like this and it gets to be ridiculous.
RE: Dead On Arrival
4/18/2012 6:31:04 PM
I don't know why you're still arguing this point when you're clearly wrong. The military applications came AFTER the civilian ones, not before as you were trying to say. This is what the guy in charge himself has said. It was a way for researchers to communicate. Even the military is smart enough to understand that they should invest in basic research, and not hope to develop a specific product. You foster an atmosphere of invention, you benefit. Simple.
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