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I think the UAW leaders in the auto industry were wise to push through their contracts. The UAW leaders at Kohler not so smart. They picked the worst time of year to strike. Slow season for Kohler products, vacations and holidays messed up. And the biggest issue is cold weather picketing. We adjusted our contracts to end in May. Then if we should be so unfortunate as to strike we would not be out in the cold. Very stupid move by the employees at Kohler. My bet Kohler will bust the Union. Time will tell.
Since I am in the industry:Porcelain is heavy to ship but I bet Kohler has been hammered by all the Chinese brass imports. Of course, a lot of that brass is likely sent to Kohler.
There is no slow time for Kohler or in plumbing fixture industry. The building industry in most parts of the country is going strong and building goes on year round. In snowy and cold climates the builders are smart enough to have the shells up and finish work going on during the winter and that's where Kohler products are used - inside the shell.
Porcelain may be heavy to ship but the vast majority of the vitreous china products come from Mexico, China, India, et al. Very few companies still make toilets and sink in America and those that do usually sell at a higher price point than the Home Depot specials. As for the brass, Kohler gets it's products from their factories in China and India. Their better brass products are often manufactured by other companies in the industry and those are sourced from Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Germany.
Kohler as a whole is well diversified company with multiple plumbing brands, a tile company, two furniture companies, generators and engines divisions, and the resort business. AFAIK, the only business affected by the strike in Wisconsin is the cast iron items as it is the only place they make those items.
In any case, will Kohler bust the union? I doubt it. Kohler, WI is all about Kohler Co.. They don't want to do anything that could sully their reputation in the community.
Ah - got it.@robr2 - I wasn't suggesting you get an RX (although as enthusiasts we loathe their existence, everyone who owns one swears by them). I was just saying because you were saying how you were shocked at how much they gave you for your Passat.
I think the reason they gave me what I think was a lot was that they knew that a tech of theirs would buy it. I wouldn't surprise me that the used car manager has a list of things the techs will jump at and with a ball park price.
...and in a preemptive strike: remember there is no correlation between the price of oil and the price of gasoline.Just noticed that oil is selling at just over $40.00 a barrel. The direction of the price of oil seems to be down and what I thought a few years back - that we'll never see oil at $35.00 a barrel again - was sure off base, if not just plain wrong.
I would not be surprised if oil drops to near $35.00 a barrel by January 31st.
Cheese allergy or lactose intolerant? If the latter, cheddar cheese does not contain lactose. There are also soy mozzarella cheeses available.
My VW dealer was busy this past Monday as the $2K loyalty was expiring. At 11 AM on a Monday, every sales person was with a customer and others waiting.