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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - May 31, 1986, Cedar Rapids, Iowa The Cedar rapids Gazette Cedar rapids. Iowa in our 104th year 35 cents final edition volume 104, number 142 Harnischfege an Era ending the Harnischfege Plant in far Southwest Cedar rapids company announces Sale phase out of work in George c. Ford Gazette assistant financial editor Harnischfege corp. On Friday announced the Sale of its construction equipment division to Kidde inc. And the phase out of operations at its Cedar rapids Plant. The closing of the Plant which will not occur for at least six months will Idle 430 employees and end All recall Hopes for 250 workers on Layoff. It will also reduce the number of Cedar rapids construction equipment firms to two a ced rapids inc., manufacturers of Road building machinery and Universal engineering and Hammer Mills inc., makers of crushing machinery. It was just Over a year ago on feb. 21, 1985, that fac announced it would cease Crane building operations in the City eventually idling about 450 people. The Harnischfege Sale also signals the movement of More . Jobs to Japan. Willii Iii Katy rant manage civic leaders look for Bright Side of closing by Dick Hogan Oazy tto staff Waltar he pending shutdown of the Harnischfege Plant in Cedar rapids a ars to have been a i Tell kept t secret. None of Cedar rapids business leaders and government officials contacted Friday afternoon was aware the Plant was going to close until after the company announced it. Any time a Community stands to eventually lose 430 jobs its not Good news. But Larry Waller executive director of the chamber of Commerce tried to be upbeat just Don to paint a picture of doom and gloom a Waller said Friday after being told of the closing by the Troette. Waller said William Kelty local Harnischfege Plant manager told him a closing in six months is a worst Case scenario. There could be extensions in this whole thing a Waller said. A we re hopeful it ill continue on the plants operation much longer. Quot there a a possibility the people Odio bought the product line May want More of it a and May want it built Waller vowed to Quot explore All Means possible to see that the Plant stays open Quot but in a not sure Liat it a cold be. We will do our Best to assist Bill Kielty and his people to do w4iatever they need to do. And do our Best to put something in that building a Waller said. The chamber has numerous names of businesses that will be made aware of the vacancy Waller added. Quot Ali at a certainly nothing we like to hear a Jeff Schott the chamber a Deputy a please turn to 13a auction Kobe steel ltd., of Japan one of the parties in the agreement and a part owner of the Milwaukee based Harnischfege will produce All of the a amp a line of Hydraulic cranes in Japan. A amp a has been Hamish Fegert a trademark product line for Many years. Kidde s Grove division will become the master distributor of the Kobe made a amp a cranes in the United states and Canada. Richard Schulze Hamis Feger senior vice president of human resources and Public relations said initial plans Call for the Cedar rapids facility at 5300 Harnischfege or. So to Quot build out or Complete existing orders Over the next six months. Quot for the foreseeable future it will be pretty much business As usual in Cedar rapids because the transaction requires Federal Trade commission approval a said Schulze. Quot beyond that Harnischfege has agreed to build out construction equipment for the Grove division of Kidde As a subcontractor for a period of at least six months. Quot there is considerable uncertainty about what will happen after the conclusion of that six month build out period. The Sale to Kidde involved the product line. It does not include the plants equipment or the Schulze said Kidde could contract for additional a please turn to 13a Harnischfege workers heard rumours but Are a disappointed by Dale Kueter Gazette staff writer it was not a very Hap scene. Men and women getting out of their cars walking toward the main Gate of Harnischfege Large Modem Plant on Cedar rapids far South Side walking toward an announcement that the plants product line a but not the facility itself a had been sold. The Day shift had just been told the bad news. Now the night shift was coming in and those people would be told. Barring some Miracle Cedar rapids is in the process of losing another old line company. There was Hope a As there was about a year ago when fac announced it was closing Down a that new contracts might prolong the end and Hope that some other company would buy the facility and provide jobs. Quot something must be going on a said a Young wife As she dropped her husband off at the ant. He looked at All the reporters outside the Plant and agreed. There had been Rumora for a week or More that the Plant would be sold but the reality is still a Shock. Quot i Kinda figured something was in the works a said Chiane Sills 1810 Paik ave. So who has Wor iced 13 years for heard Schweger. Quot there have been rumours. I done to know Diat ill do if the place closes a said Sills. Quot in be got Only a sixth Grade Quot yes the people Are real disappointed a said Chuck landu3, president of United Auto workers local 1316, which represents about 300 production workers at the Plant. Quot i think they Are disappointed because they did try to help the company last year in giving concessions a he continued. Last fall Union workers took a 3 percent pay Cut gave up Cost of living increases a please turn to 13a workers i Chuck Landuyt tour bus careens off Road 19 killed from Gazette wire services Walker Calif. A a tour bus carrying residents of a retirement Home careened at High Speed off a twisting Mountain Road and plunged into an icy Swift running River Friday killing 19 people and injuring 22, authorities said. The death toll made it the worst . Bus crash in nearly six years. The bus bringing passengers Back to Santa Monica Calif., after a four Day Outing to Reno nev., was 90 Miles Southeast of Reno on . 395 at 12 30 . Cd when it bounced off a Fence and plunged Down a 15-foot embankment into the West Fork of the Walker River. It flipped Over then lodged upright on rocks with its rear ripped apart in a few feet of racing water the California Highway patrol cup said. The River is near flood stage and seven feet deep in some spots. Some of the bodies were found 15 Miles downstream from the scene of the Accident said cup officer Mike Slappey. Divers searched for More than seven hours after the Accident before All passengers were accounted for. Mono county sheriffs i depart ment investigator John Daniels said the Accident apparently was caused by excessive Speed and no other vehicles were involved. The cup initially reported that 49 were aboard. But patrol dispatcher Bob Storar later said Only 41 people were on the bus. Storar also put the death toll at 19. Quot there were bodies All Over the place a said Alex Mcewan owner of the nearby Mountain Gate Lodge who helped remove the victims. Quot i believe quite a few got washed out through the Back when the windows popped out. A couple of the people we carried out died at the Side of the one of the passengers Valerie Webb said she was hurled into the aisle when the bus crashed and saw her husband Buster tossed out a window As people fell on top of her. A please turn to 12a bus a photo copyright the Reno Gazette journal the wreckage of a tour bus protrudes from the Walker River in the mountains of California on Friday. Nineteen residents of a retirement Home were killed and 22 were injured when the bus careened at High Speed off a twisting Mountain Road and plunged into the River. Poisoning linked to Stock plot fired brokerage clerk charged with tampering with capsules los Angeles apr a fired clerk at a Stock brokerage was arrested on charges of putting rat Poison in Over the counter capsules in a failed scheme to make Money on the Stock Market the Fri said Friday. Edward Aden Marks. 24, of suburban Temple City was ordered held without bail at his arraignment in Federal court in los Angeles on one count of tampering with consumer products. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $50,000 Fine. . Magistrate James Mcmahon ordered Marks transferred to Florida where most of the tainted capsules were discovered. It was the first drug tampering arrest in a series of cases that resulted in at least nine deaths since 1982, although others have been arrested for making extortion demands or threatening to Poison drugs. No one was injured by the rat Poison found March 19 and 20 in Orlando fla., and Houston in nine capsules of cold and allergy medicines Aud diet aids made by Smith Kline Beckman corp. The poisoning prompted an $8 million recall of Contact tel Drin and Dietsc capsules by the Philadelphia based company. A num identifying himself As Quot Gary had called new organizations and stores to say he had a please turn to 13a Poison Index births 12a editorial 6a people. 14a City briefs 7a farm 9c religion 9a classified. 1-10b Iowa today. 8a sports 1-3c comics 5c Ann Landers 10a stocks. 7-8c crisscross 5c Marion. 7.11a today. 1ta crossword. 5c Money. 6c to. Tab cryptic Kite 9b movies 10a .-world 3.14a deaths 12a outdoor 4c weather <4 10c today a chuckle then there was the Moth who blundered into a 2-year-oltl�?Ts birthday party and burned his end at both candles. A copyright

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