Vilsack to hear concerns of Maytag families

Vilsack to hear concerns of Maytag families
Date August 30, 2005
Section(s) Local News
(AP) — Gov. Tom Vilsack will visit Newton on Labor Day to hear concerns about the future of the Maytag plant.

“Anxiety is very high right now,” the governor said Monday. “The message we want to send is we understand that people are anxious.”

Maytag Corp. and Whirlpool Corp. have signed an agreement for Whirlpool to buy the Newton-based appliance maker.

In addition, Maytag announced just last week plans to lay off 200 workers, leaving the plant with about 1,000 production workers. The layoffs are to take effect Sept. 6.

Vilsack said he will be joined by U.S. Rep. Leonard Boswell and Newton Mayor Chaz Allen.

Vilsack said with Maytag in transition, he knows that many people in the central Iowa town 15,579 have questions.

“I want to make sure there is an opportunity for those questions to be asked,” Vilsack said.

The listening session will be held at 3 p.m. at the Maytag Bowl at Maytag Park.


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