After its rescue by GM, Tube Products Corp was bought by Questor and renmaed AP Automotive Systems Inc.
The current CEO, Terry Bernander, described the old Tube Products factory as 'a sweat shop' with an appalling safety record and low wages. The employees 'deserved better,' he said.
Tube Products' Troy, Ohio, plant had a staff turnover of close to 100 percent a month. It relied on temporary laborers. Former Tube Products President Jim Bryson said during a lawsuit brought by an injured worker that he preferred to hire 'unemployables,' such as ex-convicts.
After Tube Products' owners successfully decertified the UAW labor union, wages were set at $5.80 per hour. The average worker now earns $10.75 per hour.
AP Automotive Systems includes parts of another Questor company, and is now the third-largest supplier of exhausts in the world, with annual sales of $600 million.