If you think I’m exaggerating the negative impact of the Trump-Tax-driven closure of the Molded Fiber Glass plant in Aberdeen, check out the Aberdeen American News editorial board, which calls the loss of 409 manufacturing jobs a “disaster” for Aberdeen:
By most accounts, MFG has been a model employer. Since its groundbreaking in November 2007, Molded Fiber Glass has been a constant. While the beef plant went through years of fits and starts — and different ownership groups — before stability today, Molded Fiber Glass has been a relatively consistent home for workers in Aberdeen.
Though officials last week would not confirm average employee salaries, we have been told by workers that these are good-paying jobs that aren’t easily found here.
In addition, those who have been laid off — last week or in previous lean times — are generally positive about how MFG has handled those situations.
There have been instances when, in down times, MFG has even paid employees to do volunteer work around town.
That, coupled with training opportunities for workers, make this an especially tough loss [editorial, Aberdeen American News, 2017.12.09].
This isn’t the first time Molded Fiber Glass has been kicked in the shins by Donald Trump. Dr. Newquist reminds us that, back in 1990, Trump refused to pay MFG for the domes and other decorations it produced for Trump’s doomed, law-breaking Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City. MFG sued but settled for a third of the three million dollars it was owed.
The Trump Tax follows the Trump business plan: enrich himself with wanton disregard for anyone else’s welfare or due compensation.