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Old 02-21-2014   #1
 
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Interesting Ad in Craigslist

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Looking for qualified persons who have extensive experience with the construction of Sotar style TPU inflatables. Ability to operate a weldmaster and know the ins and outs of manufacturing this style of material and cat tube construction. $$ for anyone with info on construction methods and top pay for someone qualified for the position. Will pay 10.00 more an hour than you are currently making in Merlin. Respond to this email with your contact info and qualifications.
Soooo.

Is a current company upgrading or a new company forming?

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If I had the above experience I would be concerned that the ad was placed by sotar management to weed out employees that do not align with the corporate model or violating trade secrets.

If its leget then I'd be worried that the owner doesn't know what hell he is doing. How the heck can you know that you can pay 10 bones an hour more but not understand the manufacturing process?
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Old 02-21-2014   #3
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I would say a current company upgrading, putting out that kind of dough you would have to have business in the pipeline. They probably have less overhead or cash surplus or make more than just the inflatable portion. Not training someone is worth a lot of money if they can go right to work.

This is reminiscent of a Tech/Hardware company I worked at. One of the new up and comers had been head hunting and actually poached 3 of our lead guys out on the same day. They had been in secret negotiations the whole time . It essentially crippled our operation and skyrocketed the other company, luckily I had another venture going at the time.

I could only imagine some of Sotar's lead people all being yanked at one time, It would blind side them and essentially cut the beast off at the knees in the middle of spring production. It would probably be an unrecoverable blow. If all the talent and skilled labor went down the road I highly doubt any of the founders or office people are even polished at working on the floor anymore. All of their product development would essentially change hands in one day. They may have people selling designs and patterns and info right now. You just never know.

Bad thing about having a big head and being on top it gives the small guys with less overhead lots of time to figure out how to knock the wind out of you.

From past life experience I would say someone is making a very strategic power play
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Interesting take river. You could be right. I went to work for an archery manufacture that did that same thing in the early 90's. They poached the lead workers and started up. They actually where a bigger outfit 2 years out. It crippled high country archery. They had to move out of the area and start up across the country to stay in business. ya might be on to something.
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SOTAR is the most expensive product out there.
I wonder if they now provide health insurance. Or will.
Who knows what the non-disclosure trade secrets agreement may be.
Who has basically admitted that SOTARs materials and welding are the best?
Are there patents that could apply?

I'm thinking 2 segments in the new river runner realty TV show.

Not really but this is interesting.
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This is why you see many companies now requiring new hires to sign a non-compete. I think its BS for the fact than the employee is in a very niche market so if they dislike their boss or work environment they can't move to a competitor unless they move their family to another location. It's obvious why the employer does it. Non-compete's holding up in court is whole other deal.
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Haha this is going to get good. Nice early speculation, but the truth will be funnier than fiction if (when) this turns out to be what I think it is.
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This is why you see many companies now requiring new hires to sign a non-compete. I think its BS for the fact than the employee is in a very niche market so if they dislike their boss or work environment they can't move to a competitor unless they move their family to another location. It's obvious why the employer does it. Non-compete's holding up in court is whole other deal.
I disagree.
A company spends to develop a product they should have the right to benefit from those efforts.

What I disagree with, is if an employee developed, (doesn't have to go through to a patent - because those are often avoided), an improvement that they don't get appropriate shared compensation.
If an employee developed a unique process but gets no bonus, they can take their trade elsewhere.

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Haha this is going to get good. Nice early speculation, but the truth will be funnier than fiction if (when) this turns out to be what I think it is.
Are you thinking someone nearby who knows how to drive up I-5 and makes and retails Cat stuff?
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Is a stripper going to jump out of a birthday cake? Do you know something we don't Ted?
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