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Exporting factories

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

The business article in the Northwest Herald discussing the closing of the Thermtrol Plant in Cary (“Thermtrol Shuttered,” Sept. 6) made my blood run cold.

Closing plants in our country, our state and our county and relocating them off shore to Mexico, India, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, etc. is the major reason that our middle class has been devastated.

You do not need a crystal ball to understand that with the Thermtrol plant closing, 60 good-paying jobs have been permanently lost to our area. The factory will be shipped to Vietnam, where, according to the owner, “Vietnam brings to the table a well-educated and stable workforce with an incredible work ethic and is among the lowest labor cost centers in the world.”

The media has reported that 42,000 factories have been closed, disassembled and sent overseas. Those 42,000 factories represent millions of our middle-class workers, and we never will recover those jobs unless we have some type of protection for the workers of our country. We cannot compete with 15 cents an hour. Flipping burgers won’t make up the loss.

I wonder if those who voted for the Fair Trade Act, both Democrats and Republicans, realize that we would be exporting factories and not finished products that were developed, created, and manufactured here in the good old USA.

We need to be smarter. We need to protect ourselves. We need to decide how much we are willing to lose in order to maintain the Walmart way of life.

Philip G. Lambruschi

West Dundee

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