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Electrolux Exporting 850 Iowan Jobs to Mexico

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posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 09:47 AM

Home appliance maker Electrolux is closing down two factories in Iowa by spring of 2011 and expanding an existing plant in Juarez, Mexico, to make up the difference. 800 people work at the factory in Webster City, which will close early 2011, and 50 more are employed at a smaller facility in Jefferson city, which will close before the end of 2010.

I guess if Americans want jobs, they may end up having to leave the country.

At least the closure isn't immediately, but I doubt they'll be hiring any time soon, either.

U.S. workers cannot compete with wages paid in Mexico, Goldberg said. Electrolux is paying employees $2.50 an hour in Mexico, while the average union wage at the Iowa plant is about $16.50.

Yeah, how can an American worker compete with that?? Do you know anywhere in the United States where you could live off $2.50/hour with no benefits??

posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 09:50 AM
Haha gotta love it.................Americans are soaking up drugs like a wet sponge.............while all our jobs are going to Mexico. And the Mexicans have the f'ing nerve to blame their problems on our drug consumption.

posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 10:23 AM
That's what tariffs are for. If they take the jobs the US needs to charge a tariff on electrolux to reimport their product into the US. Let them see how many sweepers they can sell in Mexico.

posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 11:22 AM
Greetings this is my first post but I've been a long time lurker here at ATS.

First off, it's not vacuum cleaners being moved to Mexico, but the Laundry Division. Electrolux is known here in the United States as Frigidaire, Gibson, Kelvinator, White Westinghouse, and Tappan. The Laundry facility has been in operation in Juarez for quite a while now with Electrolux planning the closure of the Iowa facilities from the start.

In 2004 they announced the closing of the Greenville MI plant which made refrigerators. The facility had approximately 2700 employees when the announcement was made. See link

Electrolux is not moving because of the sudden downturn in the economy, it's been part of their plan to increase profits for years. See link

As for the tariff laws, Electrolux is pretty smart. The work under the Maquiladora program where they (thanks NAFTA) can import materials tariff free, assemble them into a product, then export them back to the United States (tariff free).

In Tennessee, they didn't have to move to Mexico to get their cheap labor. Again, see link

Of course the sheeple will continue buying their products, and since they hide behind a mask of brand names, even those who may avoid Electrolux may buy a Frigidaire appliance thinking it's still the refrigerator company in Dayton Ohio.

The point of my rant is that Electrolux is just another corporate monster who's shortsightedness for big profits will be at the expense of their customers. After all, it's hard to buy these appliances in the US when there are no jobs.

posted on Oct, 26 2009 @ 12:04 PM
reply to post by Zosynspiracy

Americans are soaking up drugs like a wet sponge.............while all our jobs are going to Mexico. And the Mexicans have the f'ing nerve to blame their problems on our drug consumption.

Congress created the incentive for companies to leave the US and take their business elsewhere. If you don't like it let your congress know and start buying American.

And not all American jobs are going to Mexico. Some go to China, India, and many other countries in order to compete.

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