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United Technologies Corporation bought out the Goodrich Corporation on September 21. The purchase includes a Chula Vista company called Goodrich Aerostructures, which employs over 2000 people.

Although some business media voiced concerns about potential layoffs, on September 23 Wall Street Journal bureau chief Andrew Dowell speculated that the scenario was not one of consolidation. Instead, he suggested that United Technologies was trying to “buy growth” in that it had purchased “a business related to theirs but not one that they were already in.”

Goodrich, located on the outer perimeter of Chula Vista’s bayfront, has enjoyed a special relationship with the city.

In anticipation of bayfront development that didn’t materialize, the city, through its redevelopment agency, relocated Goodrich factory buildings. According to a 2007 Union-Tribune article, “The bayfront has incurred a $2 million deficit by spending more on redevelopment activity — such as relocating the BF Goodrich factory away from the water front — than its tax increment brought in.”

In 2010, Goodrich and Chula Vista’s Redevelopment Agency signed an agreement in which the city pledged $5 million to help Goodrich with toxic remediation in exchange for Goodrich dropping its formal opposition to the city’s bayfront development plan.

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Bob_Hudson Sept. 26, 2011 @ 1:57 p.m.

This Chula Vista bayfront business began life as Rohr Corporation and in 1989 employed over 12,000 people - not all in Chula Vista, but at one time the CV plant had three shifts as the company was the world's largest subcontractor to the aerospace industry. They later made railcars for San Francisco's BART and for cars for the Washington DC subway. It's been said that Chula Vista grew with and because of Rohr and there was a time when three Rohr employees served on the CV city council at the same time. Judging by the city subsidies, one wonders if that's not still the case? :)

Rohr was sold to BF Goodrich after the usual rounds of mismanagement by Rohr's execs. And that was after Rohr has sought rent concessions from the Port District.

San Diego can certainly use the presumably well-paying industrial jobs at the plant: 2,000 jobs there probably pay as much as 6,000 hotel jobs on the waterfront, so perhaps those subsidies need to be put into perspective.


joepublic Sept. 26, 2011 @ 5:45 p.m.

Good paying industrial unionized jobs with health benefits are what gave working class Chula Vistans and San Diegans in general the chance to own homes and with their expendable income buy products and services within their community. What the city is proposing on the bayfront will serve a few wealthy investors, developers, and hotel operators. BobHudson is correct about hotel workers' wages. Hotel service jobs won't provide working people with what is necessary to sustain a healthy, viable, and economically sound commmunity.


Susan Luzzaro Sept. 26, 2011 @ 7:34 p.m.

Regarding comments--just to say, my father was employed at Rohr which allowed him to buy a house and send me to college. We need more of that.

Do we need the city to sell more redevelopment bonda to support a "private" company--that's an interesting question.

Not exactly on topic, but I was listening to an NPR report today on economy. An economic's professor commented that ending one government job equals ending one private job. The person employed by the government buys, or does not buy, products coming from the private sector. People are quite keen on cutting back the private sector in Chula Vista, parks, libraries-- but aside from the work they provide the residents, they are part of the functioning economy....

We need both the public and the private sectors, verdad?


Visduh Sept. 26, 2011 @ 7:53 p.m.

This takeover is just one more instance of the continued consolidation of the defense and aerospace industries into a few gigantic corporations. United Technologies is one of those. The Goodrich mentioned in the story has no connection to BF Goodrich tires. A long time ago, the BF Goodrich company sold its tire business to a joint venture with U S Rubber, aka Uniroyal. Eventually that joint venture was wholly owned by Uniroyal, and is known as Uniroyal Goodrich. So this Goodrich hasn't been involved in tires in many years. Oh, and the tire company Uniroyal Goodrich was bought by Michelin about 1991, and is still part of that French corporation.

Let's hope the jobs stay in Chula Vista. It needs all the good jobs it can get.


Susan Luzzaro Sept. 26, 2011 @ 9:33 p.m.


No doubt you're on point about continued consolidation of aerospace. One of the concerns about the takeover was that government aerospace contracts are supposed to go down 35%. We'll see how it all shakes out, I guess.


Ponzi Sept. 27, 2011 @ 11:57 a.m.

Want more Americans to have jobs? Then ask your representatives to end the H1-B Visa frauds that allow companies to import (immigrate) cheap labor from China and India. Ask American corporations to train their employees again, instead of shopping for foreign labor.

Nothing is going to change regarding job creation unless we force corporations to stop outsourcing and insourcing (bring Indian and Chinese labor to the U.S.)


radcat Sept. 29, 2011 @ 9:47 a.m.

Both my grandfathers worked at Rohr (post military careers) for a time in the early 1950's. My father worked at Rohr for 34 years beginning in 1958. His job allowed my parents to buy the home my mother still lives in which will go to my brother some day.

I worked at Rohr for a few years myself in the late 80's and was a casualty of the downsizing that started shortly after the new building was built.

A huge chunk of Chula Vista's growth can be directly attributed to Rohr.


cvres Sept. 29, 2011 @ 5:02 p.m.

I agree with radcat about Chula Vista's growth and Rohr. The loss of good jobs is visible in the west side of the city. An earlier comment was about outsourcing and insourcing--for Rohr the demise seemed to begin with shipping to Alabama.


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