Page 1 of 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32

Thread: Mitsu might sell its only North American plant (Normal, IL, USA)

  1. #1
    Senior Member grsupercity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Location
    Michigan
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    817
    Thanks
    38
    Thanked 69 Times in 56 Posts

    Mitsu might sell its only North American plant (Normal, IL, USA)

    Just outside of Chicago sits Mitsubishi's only North American automobile plant. There UAW contract ends in August. They are considering not renewing there contract and selling the plant. That would be a huge loss. 1, its 918 people out of business. 2, The factory brings in 120 Million to Normal IL. 3rdly it wont look good to potential buyers seeing Mitsubishi ending production in America all over the TV.

    Thoughts and Opinions


    I love everything about Mitsubishi!!!!

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2014
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    252
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 36 Times in 28 Posts
    The plant is growing older and is the only auto plant owned by a foreign manufacturer that has workers represented by the UAW. The plant got a ton of tax "incentives" when it was built, all of which have expired.

    None of the above bode well for Mitsubishi retaining the plant.

    On the other side, the brand is doing well in the US and publicity about them moving production offshore would probably not be what they would like to see, even though this is common practice for "American" brands.

    The plant also manufacturers the Outlander Sport, which is a great seller for Mitsubishi.

    I'm guessing that the option of moving production elsewhere in the world is a bargaining chip for contract renewal. Got to be less expensive to ship vehicles within the US after production, as opposed to half way around the world.

    Just have to wait and see how the negotiations go.

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to aydu For This Useful Post:

    poorman1 (01-11-2019)

  4. #3
    Senior Member Ares's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Location
    Houston
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    1,611
    Thanks
    20
    Thanked 110 Times in 77 Posts
    Plus, didnt mitsu just invest in a plant in the Philippines? If it's not too expensive to just ship stuff from there, and other places, then let it go.

  5. #4
    Phantasmagoria
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Ohio
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    192
    Thanks
    4
    Thanked 40 Times in 30 Posts
    It's official according to this:

    http://www.msn.com/en-us/money/compa...ort/ar-AAdqLOH

    Sounds like just the Outlander!?

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage ES 1.2 automatic: 43.1 mpg (US) ... 18.3 km/L ... 5.5 L/100 km ... 51.8 mpg (Imp)


  6. #5
    Senior Member Cobrajet's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2015
    Location
    Olympia, WA
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    2,352
    Thanks
    872
    Thanked 1,284 Times in 784 Posts
    Doesn't make sense to keep building cars in a union/tax hell like Illinois if you are only selling 60k of them per year.

    Cheaper to ship them in from Japan or SE Asia.

  7. The Following 4 Users Say Thank You to Cobrajet For This Useful Post:

    debburyl (07-25-2015),deleted user (07-25-2015),poorman1 (01-11-2019),tlstreak (07-25-2015)

  8. #6
    Senior Member jamiec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Australia
    Country
    Australia
    Posts
    495
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked 67 Times in 50 Posts
    Mitsubishi announced overnight that it will cease manufacturing vehicles in the USA by the close of 2015.
    Article here http://www.caradvice.com.au/368612/m...on-in-the-usa/

  9. #7
    Administrator MetroMPG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    1000 Islands, Ontario
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    7,746
    Thanks
    3,160
    Thanked 2,293 Times in 1,414 Posts
    Regardless of the business case for doing it (or threatening to do it -- union negotiation tactic), this is going to put a serious dent in prospective buyers' confidence about the company's commitment to the U.S. market.

    It's going to ratchet up the "Mitsubishi USA deathwatch" commenters all over the Internet again.

        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


  10. #8
    Senior Member jamiec's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Australia
    Country
    Australia
    Posts
    495
    Garage empty: add car
    Thanks
    32
    Thanked 67 Times in 50 Posts
    Mitsubishi Australia ended car production here in 2008. There was some talk at that time from uninformed people that Mitsu was leaving Australia all together and would not buy a Mitsu car. Well Mitsubishi is still here and doing ok.

    Hope that the USA closure works out at least as good as it did in Australia for Mitsubishi.

  11. The Following User Says Thank You to jamiec For This Useful Post:

    deleted user (09-09-2015)

  12. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2014
    Location
    Central NY
    Country
    United States
    Posts
    351
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 19 Times in 17 Posts
    I don't see them pulling out of the US market - especially since they are doing so well lately. But, getting rid of a UAW plant is a good move. It's sad that US workers have to lose their jobs over it.

    Maybe we will get lucky and they will open a non-UAW plant in a state like Alabama?

  13. #10
    Administrator MetroMPG's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    1000 Islands, Ontario
    Country
    Canada
    Posts
    7,746
    Thanks
    3,160
    Thanked 2,293 Times in 1,414 Posts

    Mitsubishi USA is doomed (TTAC); Mitsubishi is Not Dead Yet (Jalopnik)

    Inevitable:

    The Truth About Cars ...

    Mitsubishi Doomsday Clock – When Do We Start Counting? UPDATE: Right Now.Our Mitsubishi Doomsday Countdown starts right now, putting Mitsubishi’s Best-Before Date at Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

    Source: http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/201...tart-counting/
    Jalopnik ...

    These guys, on the other hand, think it's too soon to count Mitsubishi out. Sales are up, in no small part because of the Mirage.

    Their total sales peg them at around 8,000 cars a month, which is better than brands like Mini and Fiat. They’re hardly too small or contracting (though it’s true their dealer network appears to be.) If you’re not doubting the existence of Fiat in the United States then think twice about why you’re so worried about Mitsubishi.

    ...

    Would shuttering the Normal plant be the first sign that Mitsubishi is abandoning the United States? Yes. It’s also the first sign that Mitsubishi may be trying to adjust its United States operations more sustainable so they can stay here for a long time.
    I’d bet on the latter.


    Source: http://jalopnik.com/mitsubishi-is-no...yet-1720389883



        __________________________________________

        click to view fuel log View my fuel log 2014 Mirage base ES 1.2 manual: 54.0 mpg (US) ... 23.0 km/L ... 4.4 L/100 km ... 64.9 mpg (Imp)


  14. The Following User Says Thank You to MetroMPG For This Useful Post:

    Mikhail (07-28-2015)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •