Thursday, June 19, 2008

All of Your Jobs Are Belong To Us

With all the "economic patriots" up north demanding ever-higher walls to prevent Mexicans from taking up all the prime lettuce-picking jobs, it's worth stating the obvious every now and then: there's no wall to prevent an entire American factory from moving south.

Freudenberg-NOK employs 135 people at its Scottsburg, Indiana plant. They manufacture molded rubber parts for automotive braking systems.

A spokesperson for the company says... it will close its doors here and move operations to Querétaro, Mexico.

... It's a big hit to the Scottsburg community of roughly 6,000 people with an unemployment rate of 5.7%. Workers say they will get incentives of an extra $2/ hour to stay until the plant actually closes down.

Coincidentally, two dollars an hour is roughly what the starting wages will be in the new Querétaro plant.

Fortunately, Mexico is cheap enough that even an unemployed Indiana auto-parts worker can afford to live here. Interested parties can call the Burro Hall Hoosier Outreach Hotline Tuesday through Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm.

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