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Cott layoffs may number about 20

February 5, 2013

The local economy has taken another hit. Dunkirk’s Cott Corp. operations have let go some 20 employees, according to figures heard by Katie Geise, executive director of Chautauqua Works....

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Feb-05-13 8:25 AM

If this surprises anyone it's because you are brainless. Cott will go the way of Carriage House and Petri. Stanley was a local guy and cared about the area. Cott is not local and just another greedy big business. They are following their plan to make money. Dunkirk circling the drain faster and faster.

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Feb-05-13 8:33 AM

This is the beginning of the end. Slow economy. High taxes. High water and sewer rates. Sad very sad.

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Feb-05-13 9:22 AM

Cott is not a greedy business. As such it has to make decisions concerning the for the welfare of the business and all remaining employees. The company did not announce a company wide layoff. So guess what? Conditions at Dunkirk were were determined to need some change. Too bad for the impacted employees and Dunkirk. Perhaps you could ask the city development office for answers.

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Feb-05-13 9:32 AM

i guess to the libs at least, a company has to bankrupt itself to show it is not greedy. That is a common response here, greed ! Foxnews, corporations ! . the schools are never mentioned as greedy nor our govts. Go figure that out. this will decrease demand for power and sends a great message to other businesses, do not come to WNY.

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Feb-05-13 10:05 AM

Business always does what it is supposed to do - make a profit for it's stockholders and owners. That's not greed - that's common sense and the free market system. So, here is a suggestion for Mayor Dolce and the uncommon council. Just raise the water and sewer rates, throw in an occasional tax hike, give all employees a pay raise or increase longevity pay and you will be able to expedite this whole process of destroying the City of Dunkirk. When I think of what this city used to be and what we have left today it is sad and symbolic of damage that can be done with poor leadership and excessive taxation. The city has natural assets that other communities can only dream about. All that's missing is leadership

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Feb-05-13 10:16 AM

to Commentor, we may be going down the drain, but we have water to wash it down, both to drink, and in our pool. Do you think this is just a Dunkirk thing, and Fredonia won't be hurt. I know everyone from Fredonia will work at FSU, We all need to work as one to get jobs here no matter where the locate, thats been the problem.

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Feb-05-13 10:42 AM

It all boils down to NEW YORK High Taxes for businesses and home owners.The bottom line.Its cheaper to take your business down south or move out of the country.

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Feb-05-13 10:52 AM

I'll have to say that I agree with what all of you combined. The Start of the downfall was back in the 60's with the so-called URBAN RENEWAL!! Now see Dunkirk where you have brought us... is is a cryin' shame. My Dad took us away in the 60's when this started and I don't know what I was thinking when I came back in 95!!!!!

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Feb-05-13 11:16 AM

The philosophy that Cott follows is much different than how Stanley operated. Stanley's M.O. was take every acceptable order and make money off of volume. Cott's approach is to not sell product under a certain margin. Theoretically, with less work, they'll make the same money. Also, the Dunkirk plant is an anomaly in that it has a lot of lines compared to the rest of their facilities, so it's a bit of an ajustment figuring how to run Dunkirk best.

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Feb-05-13 11:36 AM

Despite what all of you have said about Carraige house, and taxes and the economy etc... I used to work here recently before moving and I have many friends employed there. The 20 people they let go were layed off because they were on a step 3 or 4... So bad attendance essentially. There's the truth for ya, before more rumors get created.

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Feb-05-13 12:12 PM

Mayor Dolce says, “…it makes it very difficult to reach out to people to see what we can do as a city to offer a helping hand. As always we're willing to assist where we can…”. Well, Dunkirk is reaping the rewards of ever higher municipal payrolls and benefits. And Mayor Dolce seems to leading the way. I’m pretty sure I don’t want follow.

The Mayor is on record that he supports unionization of all workers and was very vocal about this when he was running for office. If I was running Cott, I wouldn’t risk another dollar for improvements in Dunkirk when I have other facilities in U.S. municipalities that are business friendly. Every time Cott invests money they have to consider: Is now the time and is this the place? The only reason Cott is still here is that it doesn’t make economic sense to move the equipment yet. It’s more likely that they will invest new money and new equipment in production lines outside Dunkirk when the Dunkirk equipment becomes outdated. ...continues

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Feb-05-13 12:12 PM

…continued Taxing local businesses and homeowners more, in order to develop bigger and more expensive government, is not the answer. And the thought that government can develop businesses then take them private is insane. The entire government model is an example of inefficiencies; the best way for government to help is to get small and get out of the way so that the tax burden on real businesses is not so great that it kills them.

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Feb-05-13 2:33 PM

I have an idea to help business in the north county. Let's continue to spend over $3M per year in tax dollars to keep the Chautauqua County Home operating instead of selling it to a concern that will pay taxes and increase services and employment at the home.

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Feb-05-13 4:55 PM

It is difficult to say without saying insulting the responders here. Going on about there usual comments almost a traditional republican Party line. The reality is too much government, layer upon layer, special districts, fire districts, water districts, town government, village government, county government, school districts and state government all serving us and all charging us for services. Some of the comments here do nothing to help us reduce the layers of government for 139,000 people. So nothing will be done becase we do not demand anything of ourselves or our elected officials, We work, we struggle, we care for our family, or pets, we eat, then we sit and wtach tv or read a good book. One a year we vote, unless-and we don't-become involved in our government it will NEVER stop and there will be NO CHANGE, end of story.

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Feb-05-13 5:52 PM

FredoniaFred:What does the County Home have to with Cott?.Stay on the topic.20 employees?.This is just the beginning.Cott will pull the plug on its Dunkirk operations,the writing is on the wall.The best idea?.Move out of this County and this state!.

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Feb-05-13 6:56 PM

Stanley sold it to the wrong people, Cott's is putting that place down the tubes, sad really sad

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Feb-05-13 6:58 PM

NY high taxes and high utilities is why places close and people loose jobs and people leave NY

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Feb-05-13 7:36 PM

...(sigh)...NYS' regulations and high taxes have nothing to do with this, as it had nothing to do with Carriage House. Whether you believe it or not, when these decisions are made, taxes and regulations are hardly, hardly a determining factor in the decision. I mean, please, give the corporate decision makers some intelligence credit...

NYS is #26 in Forbes (you know, THE main business magazine) list of states to do business in. Its not the worst and its not the best -- its average. The state which is consistently ranked for best for new, innovative companies??? A state with more regulations and higher taxes than NY: Massachusetts.

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Feb-05-13 9:06 PM

In Forbes' overall ranking of best states for business, MA ranks 17, NY is 23.

The top 10: UT, VA, ND, NC, CO, NE, TX, GA, OK, IA.

Bottom 10: CA, WI, NM, VT, WV, MS, MI, HI, RI, ME. Maine is worst.

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Feb-05-13 9:09 PM

In overall business costs, KY ranks 9th best. NY ranks 46.

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Feb-05-13 9:29 PM

What ever the reason for these companies to be leaving there needs to be something done to stop the bleeding. If you look at the factories that have left this area in the last thirty years and compare that to the ones that have come it sure does not give much evidence that our policies are business friendly. It is amazing that there are still people that are so naive to believe that the policies of this state are not root cause for these businesses to leave.

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Feb-06-13 2:43 PM

Dcronig - corporate decisions are based on profitability. Excessive taxes and fees go right to the bottom line as a direct cost. You can't operate a business that loses money. Taxes, fees and excessive labor costs are major factors in decisions to close or relocate a business.

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