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Van Dyke's Employees Let Go

Discussion in 'The Taxidermy Industry' started by RTF, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. RTF

    RTF Active Member

  2. Jon S

    Jon S Well-Known Member

    Sad to see, but the way of the business world these days. Especially sad for what must be a very small town.

  3. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    It is sad indeed but not surprising. One would think they would keep the operation going at least for distribution purposes but the almighty dollar rules over peoples lives in the corporate world.

    I feel for you Van Dyke employees.

    R.I.P. Van Dyke's
  4. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    Actually come to think about it and I bet many can relate, Van Dyke's got me going back in the day. My first ever supply order was from them.
  5. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Of course Van Dykes sales are down 50%...McKenzie has funneled that off of their sales. Sad day for the Woonsocket community, and the entire taxidermy community.
  6. Closing Van Dykes is like closing "the taxidermy Profession" The word Van Dykes means taxidermy !

    Like most, my start up supplies was from there. I still try to use them as often as I can. Say what you will, but I say its not a good thing for any of us . Which one is next on there hit list to shuttle .
    Ever dam time I order from there It was always the same thing. They wanted to send this item out of Texas this item out of Carolina. And ever time I has the same replie if you cant send it ALL out of South Dakota don't send it at all. Yes they complied but, that has to be the stupidest idea to begin with. Its extra shipping cost on both sides.
    Joey is 100 % correct they did it to them selves. Doesn't matter the sell went into the same pocket. That sell was taken from that distributor.

    For me just another good reason to keep supporting the smaller supply companies.
  7. Very sad!
  8. I am sort of surprised it was van dykes ,thought WASCO would be gone before them.
  9. D.Price

    D.Price Well-Known Member

    WASCO has been gone since the day McKenzie bought them !!!!

  10. Richard C

    Richard C Well-Known Member

    Were any of the laid off employee's offered a relocation job at McK's in North Carolina or other McK location ???????? Most large company's do this for their laid off employee's .
  11. RTF

    RTF Active Member

    I haven't heard anything but your right, most do relocate.
  12. D.Price

    D.Price Well-Known Member

    If they were offered a job they probably can't afford to relocate.

  13. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Most of them probably have deep roots in South Dakota. They will have to start over in another line of work.
  14. EA

    EA Well-Known Member

    I thought this site had some interesting data. Really small town.

    High School Students - 57.
    Males: 333 (51.2%)
    Females: 319 (48.8%)


    The lady in the article mentioned she was laid off with no warning...It sucks, and I feel for those workers, but you can't really fault McKenzie for withholding that info. There have been many instances of sabotage, stealing, work stoppages, or worse. It usually doesn't go well when the deadline is known.

    Walking papers and only 5 days of insurance is cold. No doubt those jobs were important. I wish them well.
  15. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Mike, I have never even heard of anybody ever being warned they're going to get laid off. Most companies I've worked for oftentimes escort the individual out the door that day due to the reasons you've mentioned. Or, sometimes they'll give the (trusted) employee the option to stay their last two weeks to use the equipment for a job search or leave and get paid those last two weeks regardless. But, other than scuttlebutt, nobody ever gets a warning.

    More than 20 employees they probably have the option to pick-up Cobra for their insurance until they can get another job. On their own nickel of course. Or Obamacare???

    I doubt there's any relocation opps either. Those (especially being paid to relocate) don't happen too often unless you're an important cog in a company fairly high up on the ladder. Otherwise it's not cost-effective even if there's a position in another branch.

    Having "been there, done that" being let go is indeed devastating news. There is no such thing as job security these days. The most secure job you'll ever have is right here doing taxidermy. Doesn't pay much, but it's secure - lol!

    I'm not so sure being bought-out years ago was the main reason for the slow business and layoffs. In fact it may have extended their stay! IMO small companies in the taxidermy industry (days) were numbered regardless. Much like smaller auto companies years ago. I know for me it wasn't worth it to order one or two products from them. The main reason I use to order from VD's was for their Trophy Plates. However, that was a very frustrating endeavor before McKenzie took over. Half of my VD plates would inevitably have errors and we'd have to have them re-done. A royal pain. Once McKenzie took over the prices went up for those plates, but they also have only made one error in all these years. They are much more efficient. And then yeah, the goofy VD's shipping charges you'd get from having products shipped from different locations. Ultimately, we all try to do "one stop shopping" amap. As long as McKenzie's prices are in line and their service is top notch and they offer a gazillion products, why would I shop anywhere else??? I think the writing has been on the wall for a long time. Unfortunately, it is a business and these are people's lives getting a major change. I will say one thing. I do believe sometimes things happen for a reason. Everybody I know that has been let go from a job has bounced back stronger and landed a better job. So, hopefully, the same will be said about these folks.
  16. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    So many times I have read your posts and shook my head, tonight I shook it in total agreement. You said it all perfectly.
  17. FishArt

    FishArt Well-Known Member

    Michael, thanks (I think???) lol.
  18. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    Having been on the receiving end of the lay off scenario more times than I want to remember there is truth to what you said Marty. It has worked to my advantage in some form every time. It is hard to believe it at the time it happens. The only thing those people are thinking is, "What am I going to do now?" With a small town like that some may have to relocate, like it or not to make ends meet.
  19. michael p.

    michael p. Getting better with age :)

    You nailed it!
  20. magicmick

    magicmick magicmick

    19years service should be a massive redundancy package,if not very loyal worker she should find a job quick.