The survival backpack company called Gregsport used to have a large presence in the southern California area with its large factory and assembly plant. They employed nearly 5,000 people with the majority of which being Asian American located in the greater Los Angeles area.
Today, Gregsport held a press conference stating that they are going to move their assembly operations to Asian countries including Malaysia and Taiwan. This comes as a shot to many members in the community as well as workers who have spent more than 20 years at the plant making some of the world’s top disaster bail out backpack, survival gear, and tactical weapons.
Gregsport is a company that specialized in making outdoor and camping equipment for the normal camping consumer. They also have developed a special line of adventure outdoor equipment for the armed forces including the Army Rangers, Navy Seals, and even the National Guard. Many have said the outdoor equipment from Gregsport is second to none.
We interviewed one employee named Lee who was proudly holding his personal bug out bag in hand while we talked with him. He said that he and his family depended on the company and the employment to create a life here in the states. Lee said that he was proud to have worked for the company and that he loves the products that he had the privilege to make over the past 15 years. Lee went on to say that Gregsport pioneered the idea of making a bail out bag checklist (realsurvivalist.com/condor-pack-review) to help dooms day believers prepare for any type of emergency situation. Lee stated that he has mixed feelings about the decision to close the plant. He said that he still loves the products, but he feels betrayed by the company he has worked for all of these years.
Unfortunately, the corporate officials did not hear the worker’s cries to keep a US based manufacturing plant. The LA plant is set to close its doors in October and consequently lay off its entire staff. The staff of 5,000 consisted largely of Asian Americans.
We need to fight this kind of corporate decisions. Our jobs should stay in our communities, so we can provide for our families. America will only get richer if we allow the whole middle class, especially minorities, the availability of honest work. Please support our cause of advocating for corporate changes and the rights of workers who are damaged by companies deciding to leave the states because profits can be increased by shipping jobs overseas.
Going back to our interview with Lee, he said that he is still struggling with the idea of finding a new job after all these years of making bug out backpacks, but he is hopeful that the strong Asian community in the south west will connect with each other and provide for those who have lost so much in this corporate decision. Send us a note if you have any more stories about this type of thing happening to your loved ones and what you were able to do to counter act it.