Empty mall parking lots. Empty and abandoned strip malls. Foreclosed mini-mansion neighborhoods in Arizona and Nevada. Major metropolitan areas on the day of major religious holidays. College campuses during winter recesses. Bars when the lights go on after last call. City streets after marathons or parades.
These are all pretty sad scenes. The emptiness of the locations dotted by signs of left over activity. Now we can add an automotive facility to the list.
In Delaware, the struggling Fisker Automotive has laid off an additional 12 workers at its Newport-area factory, leaving only a small team of maintenance workers to protect the plant’s remaining assets and listen to their voices echo off the walls.
Fisker’s second car, the Atlantic, was supposed to be manufactured in the state made infamous by Wayne’s World and tax law, but the company hasn’t hit the appropriate financing milestones associated with its $100k Karma electric hybrid sedan, forcing the U.S. Department of Energy to suspend the $529 million loan.
These layoffs come after 26 employees were fired in February.
That’s 38 people who’ll be able to traverse the New Castle County-based Newport, home to 1.055. Though I’ve never been to Newport, it looks like a quaint little place. There’s a perfect spot for the old Fisker workers to head to, as well. Located on Route 4 is the James Street Tavern, selected in 2010 as a Best Pub and Tavern in Delaware Today’s Best of Delaware.
If you’re ever on your way through northeastern Delaware, might as well stop in, say hello and try to ease the pain of the inhabitants. And if the lights do come on while at the James Street Tavern, do your best to make it happy.
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