The Joplin Globe's editorial board has come out in favor of O'Sullivan Industries' emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The Tuesday edition features this hard-hitting editorial. Rumors are it will be followed up by an editorial proclaiming that apple pie is tasty and another saying that puppies are adorable.
Seriously, the part of the Globe editorial that caught my attention was the mention of O'Sullivan's Lamar workforce of 600. It was just a couple of years that the company employed more than 1,200.
Perhaps this would have happened if the Newell Rubbermaid Mafia had not been placed in charge and the corporate headquarters moved from Lamar to an Atlanta, Georgia, suburb. Somehow, it is not difficult to believe that things would have been handled better, and in a far more humane fashion, by the people who preceded Million-Dollar Bob Parker, Rick Walters, and their fellow Newell Rubbermaid expatriates.
Unfortunately, the timing of the Globe editorial could not have been worse, since the message boards at Lamarmo.com have been lighting up with comments about another layoff at O'Sullivan, which supposedly took place earlier today. Hopefully, things are not as bad as they seem