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Posts: 765
From: Oregon, USA
Registered: Oct 2000

posted 02-09-2002 10:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 71RESTO   Click Here to Email 71RESTO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some of my close friends on M&M have e-mailed asking where I've been (and Sherra/73stp), and I guess now I'm ready to explain. As some of you may know, the company I work for (Willamette Industries) has been fighting a hostile takeover bid from Weyerhauser for the past 18 months, however two weeks ago the boards announced an agreeable stock price and the takeover is now under way. Nobody knows right now exactly how we all are going to be integrated into a combined company, what with Weyerhauser having their headquarters only 150 miles away and their own central engineering staff. Rumors are flying like crazy from total layoff to total integration and everything in between. As of this monday the 11th we will officially be Weyerhauser and on tuesday their director of engineering is coming in to our office with a "transition" team to work out the staffing details. I have worked for this company for 10 years and hate to see it end (if indeed it does), but frankly I have reached the point I don't much care. I would really only like an answer as to what is going to happen (either way--good or bad)rather than keeping me & my family's life on hold for the next 3-4 months (the announced transition time). I have other opportunities available (at much lower pay unfortunately), but would like to stick around in case everything works out and they decide to keep our office open and maintain the engineering staff. You can not believe the stress this has brought to our daily lives for the past 18 months wondering when or where this will end. I haven't really been avoiding M&M (I still drop in to give a quick looksy), however with all this going on I have been working massive overtime (being gone from the house over 13 hours per day) and am completely wore out by the time I settle in for the evening. Unfortunately my car repairs (new clutch and tranny for the '73 and body work for the '71) have been put on hold for the past year as well until I know where the finances are coming from.
Now, with that said I hope to get back into the swing of things here on M&M and hope to not stay away so much. I have quite working any overtime (screw them if they won't tell me if I still have a job) and am home at a reasonable hour with enough time to surf the net each evening.
One other item, my wife (73stp) and daughter have been wonderful throughout this whole episode and without them I may have gone over the edge on more than one occassion, and for them I am truly thankful!!!
Hope to chat with everyone soon!!

71 Fastback (his) under resto (351C-4V C6 auto)
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From: alvaton,ky,usa Suburb of Bowling Green, M&M #79, MCA #29208
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posted 02-09-2002 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for kcode   Click Here to Email kcode     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hang in there and keep the chin up, everything will work out for the better. I had worked for GE for 28 years, 13 in Ft Wayne Indiana and 15 here in Kentucky. Then one day they announced that our profitable plant was being sold to AO Smith. Now almost four years later, I'm still at the same location, we got to keep all of our service and vacation. Work is far more laid back than GE, and the light at the end of the tunnel is burning brighter. Give it a chance, things will work out. Do the best you can.


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posted 02-10-2002 12:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ragtopjr   Click Here to Email ragtopjr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Duane Life has funny ways of working out, I know what it is like to have your entire life on hold, and not even be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Just keep your chin up and I know it will work out for the best

Keep your chin up buddy I got my fingers crossed for you

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posted 02-10-2002 02:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Big D   Click Here to Email Big D     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

YU DA MAN... With your charm and personality... Not to mention,,, ability and intellect ... You will do just fine through it all...

We wish the best for you & Sherra...


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From: Columbia,NJ, USA. 65 Fastback, 69 Coupe MCA #-04549
Registered: Dec 2000

posted 02-10-2002 02:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mike65   Click Here to Email Mike65     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
GOOD LUCK hope all turns out for the best.

Mike & Robin
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From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
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posted 02-10-2002 04:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart   Click Here to Email Stewart     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sounds like your family network is very healthy and functioning at peak efficiency, Duane!

Thanks for popping in and letting us know whats going on. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!


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posted 02-10-2002 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish you luck as well. As you already know, a great family is the most important thing, and everything else is secondary, so you have all your ducks in a row there. The career will work itself out, try not to let it eat at you.

We're here when you need us, buddy.


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From: San Jose, Ca. USA
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posted 02-10-2002 10:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Wooden   Click Here to Email Wooden     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good Luck to you Duane! I hope there is only good news on the horizon. Sometimes change is good!

\_/ Joel Theriault
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posted 02-10-2002 11:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good luck Duane!


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posted 02-11-2002 01:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Duane,Sorry to hear about your job.I hope things get more easy for you.
I know what you mean about how great familys help can be.


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From: Sechelt,British Columbia M&M1791
Registered: Jan 2002

posted 02-11-2002 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Snake   Click Here to Email Snake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Watch that weyerhauser outfit,they've screwed over a lot of people in British Columbia,I Know a few Truck Loggers who'd like to run those SOB's right out of the country.As my Old Man used to say,Keep one hand on your behind and be prepared to move at any point in time.
Good Luck.

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From: Don't Let Your Mind's Far Too Small to Be Out There By Itself!
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posted 02-11-2002 09:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ked   Click Here to Email Ked     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good luck, Duane!

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From: WASILLA , AK USA M&M #743 MCA #40857
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posted 02-11-2002 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AKBOSSMAN   Click Here to Email AKBOSSMAN     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by Ked:
Good luck, Duane!

Yea and spend some quality time wit hthe family they love you alot to stick it out with ya!



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From: Milwaukie, OR USA
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posted 02-11-2002 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 73STP   Click Here to Email 73STP     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Big D finally got my name right! Oh, Happy Day!.

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posted 02-11-2002 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for I65Stang   Click Here to Email I65Stang     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Lol Sherra!

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