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calblacksmith
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Posted Wed Sep 18, 2013, 12:08pm
Subject: Well this is the pits.
 

We have been expecting it for a while but the company just announced that they will be closing the plant in late 2015.
After our biggest customer had their fleet completed, there just enough demand for any more aircraft, well not enough to keep the plant open with over 1K people on site alone. It has been a good ride, I started at the very beginning and will see it to the end.

Thanks, C17, it has been great.

 
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Posted Wed Sep 18, 2013, 1:43pm
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Oh bummer. Sorry to hear about that, Wayne. Well, at least you have time to plan for something else.

 
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Posted Wed Sep 18, 2013, 2:26pm
Subject: Re: Well this is the pits.
 

calblacksmith Said:

We have been expecting it for a while but the company just announced that they will be closing the plant in late 2015...It has been a good ride, I started at the very beginning and will see it to the end.

Posted September 18, 2013 link

Wayne, sorry to hear it. It is a tough time, especially for someone in their late 50's to find (meaningful) work. But, you have a great skill set as well as a fantastic attitude, so we are all pulling for you!

 
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calblacksmith
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Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 4:39am
Subject: Re: Well this is the pits.
 

Thanks :D

We do have a while and I have been working to get finances inline for retirement so we should not have a lot of worries there but no one knows the future.

I have been very lucky, aerospace has always been an up and down situation, I have had a whole lot more up than down and I do have nearly two years to finish getting things in alignment.

I have thought of several things, among them, an independent coffee gear repair business, there is no telling where this train will stop but it sure has been a good ride!

 
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Posted Thu Sep 19, 2013, 5:45pm
Subject: Re: Well this is the pits.
 

You help build C17s?!  I pro-supered those planes over in Turkey a few years ago.  Nice planes.  I'm originally an AWACer and I thought the Ctrl-Alt-Delete repair method was strange.  Of course I'm comparing old vs. new technology.  Thanks for the great job and good luck in your future.  I'm getting ready to retire 1 Feb.

 
I drink espresso so I can work longer,
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so I can drink more espresso,
so I can work longer,
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Posted Fri Sep 20, 2013, 3:16am
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calblacksmith Said:

Thanks :D

We do have a while and I have been working to get finances inline for retirement so we should not have a lot of worries there but no one knows the future.

I have been very lucky, aerospace has always been an up and down situation, I have had a whole lot more up than down and I do have nearly two years to finish getting things in alignment.

I have thought of several things, among them, an independent coffee gear repair business, there is no telling where this train will stop but it sure has been a good ride!

Posted September 19, 2013 link

I only know one thing, a few years after you finish there, you will look back and say, "you know what, it really wasn't important", I enjoyed it at the time, but I'm enjoying myself now.. In my life most of the great things that happened to me, never looked good at the time, but change is good, it creates new opportunities, it's interesting. You're right, no one knows the future, we can only enjoy today and hope we're still here tomorrow!

If coffee is your passion, what better way to make a bit of money setting up a coffee repair business, perhaps even add some machine retailing and a small roasting operation into that mix, god knows we need more good roasters. I have thought to come out of retirement to start roasting commercially, lord knows I've been asked enough...but, I'm enjoying being retired.
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calblacksmith
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Posted Fri Sep 20, 2013, 7:01am
Subject: Re: Well this is the pits.
 

IronBarista Said:

You help build C17s?!  I pro-supered those planes over in Turkey a few years ago.  Nice planes.  I'm originally an AWACer and I thought the Ctrl-Alt-Delete repair method was strange.  Of course I'm comparing old vs. new technology.  Thanks for the great job and good luck in your future.  I'm getting ready to retire 1 Feb.

Posted September 19, 2013 link

Thanks, my work is in production tooling. I made and now inspect the tools used for production. Indirectly I had a part of every one and on a large percentage of AC have had my hands touch personally.  I have been in tooling inspection on the program for about 25 years and built a good portion of the tooling before that. I have done a lot of production checks and data logging on many AC, tracking trends for QC and helping production when a ship had to move out of station with an open item. A lot of times I would be involved in telling production where to install an item as the tool that was supposed to be used, is on the assy jig the ship just left. It happens sometimes. Yes we have tooling but AC are pretty much hand built. Many have tried to automate but it always comes down to the skill of the people who do the work, On an item this big, you just have to do a lot by hand.

It is a great company to work for, I have no regrets giving them 33 years + of my life, they have always been good to me and I am darn proud of the C17, in my humble opinion, it is the best air lifter ever built, it holds more than a dozen in class flight records with an exceptional ready record. Fleet wide, we have hit over 2.6 MILLION flight hours. We just delivered the last of the USAF fleet of 223 ships, this month. There is no place on earth it can not go and it has been on every contanant in the world.

Nick, best of luck on the upcoming retirement! There are a lot of us old farts here :D

 
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calblacksmith
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Espresso: ECM Vene. A1, La Cimbali M32
Grinder: Azkoyen Capriccio, Major
Vac Pot: 40s era Silex
Drip: Msl. Com. brewers
Roaster: gave it a try, decided no
Posted Fri Sep 20, 2013, 7:10am
Subject: Re: Well this is the pits.
 

Dave, I know you are correct. Part of me is glad for "early retirement" other parts, not so much. I guess, mostly, like everyone, it is the unknown and the unfamiliar that is the most troublesome. If one lives in the Aerospace world, we all know it is an up and down thing, I was very blessed to get into AS early on an uptick in the '70s and have been able to stay on the wave nearly the whole time and at the same company, not many in AS can say that.

It isn't over yet and we still have AC to build and to build properly for a little over two years to come, again, I am blessed with a little fore warning of what is to come and a little stability until then. It is mainly the transition of knowing it will happen someday to the firm date in the future. Now to get used to the new situation and to move on!

 
In real life, my name is
Wayne P.
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Posted Wed Sep 25, 2013, 6:02pm
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Thanks Wayne!  I think the C17 is definitely better than FRED!  I miss them sometimes.

 
I drink espresso so I can work longer,
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so I can drink more espresso,
so I can work longer,
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so I can drink more espresso...
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Posted Mon Sep 30, 2013, 11:50am
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Sorry to hear that the job is going away. I'm told that this is the new reality and that the expectation that you'll find a job you love at a company that treats you well and spend most of your life doing work that's somewhat interesting and satisfying is so old-fashioned these days. I think you're extraordinarily lucky to have had a good run at a company that treated you well. And, knowing you, I don't expect you'll have a lot of trouble finding something to do that is sufficiently interesting and challenging to keep you occupied and solvent.

Here's to "Wayne's Barn of Meticulously Restored Vintage Espresso Machines and Knick-Knacks" - long may it wave.
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