Northwestern Indiana has been wading through the heavy seas of the prolonged recession. Its once-busy steel industry has largely packed it in during the last decade. The statewide tax on business inventories each spring is being challenged, but stands. Retail car sales, along with employment, are down.
So although he and his staff have been implementing a new, long-term training strategy and rescripting the direction of Bosak Motor Sales, Skip Bosak let three members of his team go in December.
It's not so much a question of trying to retain people if they tell of better offers elsewhere. It's more about a weak economy, slow sales and not enough work to go around, Bosak says.
"I'm handling warranty claims myself these days," says Bosak, dealership vice president and grandson of the founder of the 75-year-old Merrillville, Ind., business.