Manufacturing Plant Closure

A closure of a large employer in a community has a serious impact on not only the employees that lose their jobs, but also on other segments of the community such as housing and retail. We will take a closer look at the impact a manufacturing closure has on a community in this discussion. Upon successful completion of this discussion, you will be able to: ·   Recognize the impacts of a manufacturing plant closure on a local economy. Video: Oscar Mayer Madison Plant Closing:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKqmlHAeCfw&feature=youtu.be 1.  Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade. 2.  Watch the video located under resources above. 3.  Identify a manufacturing plant closure that has been announced during the past twelve (12) months by conducting independent research. 4.  NOTE: There are many news stories across the country that meet the criteria, so each student is expected to introduce a different news story. Carefully watch the discussion as it develops. At the time of your post, make sure the story you discuss has not already been posted by a colleague. 5.  Locate at least two (2) newspaper articles that report on the closure. 6.  Navigate to the threaded discussion below and respond to the following PROMPTS, using the headings below to organize your post: a.  Story: Tell the story of the plant closure described within its larger urban and political context. b.  Local Quotes: What does the mayor, economic development professional, or the plant manager say about the closure? How does the closure relate to the future strategy of the city and/or elected officials? Does the community reaction, as documented in media outlets, relate to housing, crime, or education?  Share at least one (1) direct quote from the local community found in a news article. Be sure to cite it properly per APA. c.  Your Thoughts: Share your perspective on the closure.             i.     What can we learn from it?            ii.     How does it build on the course material? Cite the text or other required course reading. d.  Citations: Be sure you properly reference both news articles per APA. (Just including a website will not fulfill this requirement since a URL is not in APA format.) e.  It is expected that this initial posting be at least one paragraph in length.   1.  Review the rubric to make sure you understand the criteria for earning your grade. 2.  Watch the video located under resources above. 3.  Identify a manufacturing plant closure that has been announced during the past twelve (12) months by conducting independent research. 4.  NOTE: There are many news stories across the country that meet the criteria, so each student is expected to introduce a different news story. Carefully watch the discussion as it develops. At the time of your post, make sure the story you discuss has not already been posted by a colleague. 5.  Locate at least two (2) newspaper articles that report on the closure. 6.  Navigate to the threaded discussion below and respond to the following PROMPTS, using the headings below to organize your post: a.  Story: Tell the story of the plant closure described within its larger urban and political context. b.  Local Quotes: What does the mayor, economic development professional, or the plant manager say about the closure? How does the closure relate to the future strategy of the city and/or elected officials? Does the community reaction, as documented in media outlets, relate to housing, crime, or education?  Share at least one (1) direct quote from the local community found in a news article. Be sure to cite it properly per APA. c.  Your Thoughts: Share your perspective on the closure.             i.     What can we learn from it?            ii.     How does it build on the course material? Cite the text or other required course reading. d.  Citations: Be sure you properly reference both news articles per APA. (Just including a website will not fulfill this requirement since a URL is not in APA format.) e.  It is expected that this initial posting be at least one paragraph in length.

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