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10/28/2012 6:00:00 AM
Editorial Column: Miner is not keeping a lid on Freeport

Rich Thurlow

The caller insisted we do some legwork and find out what is going on in Freeport, Ill. Sensata Technologies is shutting down operations there as part of a well publicized consolidation, with 170 positions being moved to China.

This really sucks if you happen to work for Sensata Technologies, especially if your tenure there included working for Honeywell's Automotive on Board in Freeport prior to its acquisition by Sensata in January 2011.

All this information is readily available online in the Journal-Standard, with the stories I read authored by Nick Crow. He's a straight-forward journalist.

A Google search reveals plenty of others are weighing in on the plant closure, including the Huffington Post, MSNBC, Democracy Now and the Daily Kos. Much of their interest can be traced to Bain Capital, which has representatives on Sensata's board of directors. Sensata is an independent, public company.

"Mitt Romney's Bain Capital shipping Freeport, Illinois, jobs to China" is the title of the YouTube video that originally aired on MSNBC. That's not an MSNBC headline, I don't believe, but no matter - Romney hasn't been with Bain for about a decade. Since that time, Romney headed Salt Lake City's Olympics and served a term as a governor of Massachusetts. Much of the anti-Romney media fixation is on Bain, however, because that's where he made his money. The current president and many of his followers hold Romney and others like him in contempt.

It's part of the class warfare routine we've been hearing for years.

After I took the call (actually a forwarded recording) and before resorting to Google, I searched on the AP. But all I came up with for Freeport, which would be the dateline for Sensata stories, was high school football scores. And that explains, dear caller, why we haven't had any stories about what is going on with Sensata in Freeport, Ill. If AP was writing the stories, we had the space and it was more interesting than other stuff, we'd print it.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: nick Schmidt

As long as buying power is here,
products made in China are sold
here, and shareholders (American
or Arabian or Andorran) get richer
from the value added.
Right now, the buying power is so
poor that China credits what she
sells to a large extent.
Later, this system swings over:
Americans will work in sweat shops and export to China.

Posted: Monday, October 29, 2012
Article comment by: tj denton

anson, lori, anon....

for one, what does it matter what romney does with his money and HIS private business?? it doesnt, in a case of abortion, you tell me to mind my own business, its not my body...well romneys money is his, so mind your business.

also..if it were for liberals wanting to tax corporations to death, then no one would have to go oversees, but liberals lack any common sense or knowledge of basic economics...so it is what it is i guess

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: Doesn't Really Matter

It really doesn't matter what's going on with Sensata or any other company related to Bain and Romney. I say that because KDM wouldn't print anything derogatory against Myth Romney and if they did print anything they would put thier own spin on it because KDM is biased toward Romney. So much for fair reporting.

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

I do find this amusing, its not new that companies have been seeking cheap labor in China, India, Mexico, when ever I call Dell Computers for tech assistance I get a gal or fellow from India, quite intelligent, fixes the issues, but am sure someone here in America lost their job to them! I guess its election time and the editor wishes to some how hint this is Obamas fault since its happening on his watch? Wonder were you doing the Paul Revere thing under the Bush regime?

Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: Lori Gabriel-Dane

To Rich Thurlow:

Obiously, you didn't bother to read the reports from any of the sources you mentioned. Two Illinois Senators wrote to Romney asking him to persuade Bain Capital to keep the Sensata Plant open. Romney never responded, but his Bain Capital henchmen responded by saying that "Closing that plant was in the best interest of their shareholders." Your guy, Mitt Romney, is one of those shareholders - he owns $8 million dollars worth of shares. Excuse me, but that plant made a record profit of $504 million last year. That profit isn't enough for Romney or the other shareholders? Obviously not. And that is why they are shipping these jobs to China. Workers there earn 99 cents an hours to work in sweatshops. That sure beats paying the Freeport workers an average of $17 per hour.

You cannot tell me that Romney has no pull at Bain. But Romney is going to make millions on this deal so, of course, that is more important to him than trying to save 170 workers and their families from the hardships they are about to face. To add insult to injury, those workers were forced to train their Chinese replacements. Nice.

When I hear Romney say he'll create jobs, it makes me want to throw up. He is lying through his teeth every time he opens his mouth. He wants to make money, period. And the only thing being president means to him is the title and the power he'll have. He doesn't care about American workers, not if he can make a dime off of them by shipping their jobs overseas.

Try reading one of those sites. I made it easier for you by providing link:



Posted: Sunday, October 28, 2012
Article comment by: Anson's Nephew

As one poster is fond of telling me here, “I call BS to this story.”

A search of the AP website entering the word “Sensata” turned up a story on Reverend Jesse Jackson being freed following his arrest at the plant that is moving American jobs to COMMUNIST CHINA. Willard the Money Hider will profit from this move – as usual – as we seen more American jobs leave our nation. And what has Willard had to say about it? Not one word, despite his vow to stop such actions.

And this line is a classic, “If AP was writing the stories, we had the space and it was more interesting than other stuff, we'd print it.” Such a story would never be “more interesting” to the KDM because it would point up what a sleaze and liar Willard the Money hider is.

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