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Pilkington’s jobs worth effort to try & save for region

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POSTED December 7, 2013 1:02 a.m.

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

A couple weeks ago the Bulletin published articles on the closing of the Pilkington Glass Lathrop facility and mayor Sonny Dhaliwal ‘s effort to keep our factory producing. Dennis Wyatt also wrote about the loss of the plant and the stringent environmental regulations being requested.

My 39-year career at Pilkington (LOF) started in 1962. Over the years I married, we purchased a home, raised four children, were able to help them through college, and then retire with some sense of security. All this took place because of the opportunity to work at Pilkington as an hourly employee.

There are hundreds of former employees and their families who were afforded these opportunities because of this factory being in operation.  I believe saving this facility would add another 100+ jobs to the existing 118 employed currently as the economy continues to improve. These workers, hourly and salary, come not only from Lathrop and Manteca, but also from many cities in the surrounding area.

I urge the mayors and  city council members of Manteca, Ripon, Modesto, Oakdale, Stockton, Lodi, Tracy, and the others who have current and retired employees of Pilkington in their cities, to join Mayor Dhaliwal in his campaign to keep our facility running and allow those current and future employees to contribute to their communities. The county, state and federal political figures should be in on this effort also.

If those of us who have enjoyed the fruits of being employed at Pilkington can contribute to the effort to save it, please contact us.

John Gaynor


Dec. 5, 2013

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