Don’t be misled by the 70 New Jobs

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I for one think it is good news for the City that the WINN Company is bringing 70 “new” jobs to the City of Lowell and that they will be in the downtown area. The Winn company has done an outstanding job renovating these buildings and having new business in Lowell is a good thing.

WinnCompanies taking 70 jobs to rehabbed Boott Mills West in Lowell

Just keep in mind that 3 other companies have already announced moves that will take 239 jobs OUT of Lowell. So while the City Administration and Mayor proudly strut around praising this development, keep in mind others are packing up as Winn is settling in.

Again the focus seems to be just on the Downtown and not the Varnum Ave / Pawtucket Blvd. or Chelmsford St areas or other business districts. Just look here in the downtown and forget those jobs on the outskirts that are leaving or have left during this Councils time in office, we as a City don’t seem to care. Those people didn’t drive into the downtown Lowell or have lunch here in the downtown so who cares if they leave.

Sure they may go to businesses on Middlesex St. or to Plain / Chelmsford St. areas but they are not in the Downtown Business District that this Council / Administration is focused on.

This Administration / Council is so focused on this one area of the city and getting no negative press from the newspaper or radio that people may not realize that these 70 “new” jobs still leaves Lowell at a -169 due to these three companies exiting:

Autoliv ASP, Inc. Auto safety R&D and manufacturing Lowell 8/1/14 – 12/9/14 93 Jobs to be eliminated Pawtucket Blvd

Genesis HealthCare – Glenwood Center facility Health care Lowell 2/20/14 – 3/20/14 86 Jobs eliminated, business boarded up on Varnum Ave.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. Financial Services Lowell
3/31/14 – 12/31/14 60 Jobs being eliminated at the former Wang Towers

So while congratulations are in order, don’t let the smoke screen of new business take your mind off the fact that 169 other jobs have been lost this year in the city. That doesn’t count any cuts Lowell General will still have to make or cuts the SUN has quietly made themselves.

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