On July 1, 2009 Albany International announced in the Puget Sound Business Journal that it intended to close its Tumwater manufacturing plant at 5700 Littlerock Rd. Two months later, at the end of August, they closed it. Thirty years of manufacturing history ended. The average length of work per employee had been eighteen years.
Thousands of people marched yet again down the main avenues of Madrid on Saturday evening, February 16, 2013. As the protestors turned from the grand Paseo de Recoletos into the more narrow confines of the Gran Via, their chant of “Si Se Puede!” boomed off the buildings in such a way as to make a believer out of you. The marchers are on the verge of a major political victory.
In August 2009 Albany International closed its Tumwater manufacturing plant and thirty years of manufacturing history ended.
Now, as Albany International attempts to make more layoffs at a manufacturing plant in France, our foreign correspondent Dan Leahy reports from the center of the labor struggle in St. Junien.