Dana plant to close - 200 jobs lost

Dana plant to close - 200 jobs lost
By: Wes Wallace
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Citing production consolidation and using lower-cost manufacturing, Dana Corporation announces four plants will close, including the one in Cape Girardeau.
"It always hurts to know you're going to lose your job, especially after 13 and a half years,"  says Randy Swope before adding, "We could see the writing on the wall, today they made it official."
About 200 workers at the Cape plant will be out of work when the plant closes in June of 2008.  With the closing date is more than a year and a half away, it's perhaps the only piece of silver lining from Tuesday's announcement.
"Anytime you get advanced notice and know what's gonna happen and when it's gonna happen, it's better than getting up one morning and having a bad surprise,"  explains Swope.
When asked if he and the other workers could find similar jobs in the Cape area with similar pay and benefits, Swope told me you just have to put feelers out there for those type of jobs, which are out there.
As the workers look for their next job, the City of Cape Girardeau and the Cape Girardeau Area MAGNET will meet to search for options to help out as well. 
"We have recourse, we have avenues to attempt to help their families and in come cases may create opportunities for those people,'  says Mayor Jay Knudtson.  He also calls this a sobering reminder of the volatile and changing world we live in. 
Severance packages and other assistance will be worked out for Dana employees.