Well, news hit Friday and it was everything we feared.
Our company is not renewing our building lease and is closing our division.
We have all been fearing this since last November when some of our customers (Harley Davidson, Caterpillar, SSI, Snap-On) pushed back install dates into forecasts for 2010 while other customers canceled orders. The final nail in the coffin was losing out on an Electro Motive Diesel job in January that we wanted to secure by last December. Without the ability to secure these jobs our profits for the 2009 year were slowly disappearing or being pushed into 2010.
With the cut backs and layoffs at both Harley Davidson and Caterpillar, our usefulness as a Robotics Integrator wasn't clear for this year.
So it was announced at our 9am meeting Friday by two corporate reps that we would be closing our doors. The hardest thing to deal with right now is the fact that we didn't really do anything wrong. Everything we had finished we had done well, and everything we were working had been going smoothly, but without a customer a business can't be successful.
I had the analogy, "you could make the best gloves in the world, but if no one ever got cold hands you'd be out of business"
We are masters of the craft, but with the trouble and hardships our current customers are going through we don't see the money and business coming back to us again.
It's unfortunate, as I loved the people I worked with, I loved that I was so close to home, and I loved where the job was taking me and the things I took away from it.
As of next Thursday, I along with 40 other people at our building will all be out of a job.
What does this mean for me? Well I'm keeping my Fett, but I'll be cutting back on a lot of things. I already have some stuff up in the cargo hold but will be adding to it.
I was already offered a managerial position at another company, but it isn't in the Automation industry where I'd prefer to stay. If it is my best option at the time though I'll go with it until I get fully on my feet again. When I told my family about the news, they were very supportive, and my girlfriend is helping me emotionally too, but almost is taking it harder than me as she is really worried for me right now.
I don't expect to be making the same kind of money right away, so my aspirations to purchase a home are fading away at the moment.
I'm hoping I can get everything figured out, but I thought I'd let my other family 'TDH' know too.
I'll miss working with Robots everyday...hopefully I get back on this track again someday.
Quinn Vladimir Chovanec