Hit The Lights On Your Way Out: Mitsubishi Closes Normal Plant After 27 Years
Monday was the final day for many workers at Mitsubishi’s Normal, Illinois facility as the plant mostly shuttered operations after 27 years.
WEEK reported that roughly 900 workers finished work Monday before turning in their badges at the plant. About 300 workers will stay until May to produce parts for Mitsubishi, who announced in July that the plant would be closing.
Many of the workers told the TV station that they were too young for retirement and would be looking for work.
“I am going to have to find a job some place else,” Barbara Fisher told WEEK. “I’ll have to look for a job wherever I can find one. If I have to go out of town, I will go out of town.”
Mitsubishi said it would look to sell the plant, but no buyer has yet been announced for the facility.
According to the local union’s Facebook page, UAW representatives handed out informational packets to workers leaving the plant and the union would be holding career workshops throughout December.
The plant was started in 1988 as part of Diamond-Star motors, a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Chrysler. At its peak, the plant produced about 200,000 vehicles, but last year only produced about 70,000.
I wonder about the quality of cars built by workers who know they will be unemployed soon.
This is what happens when the UAW organizes your transplant factory.
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While I'd love to blame China for yet another factory closure here in America, this time around I just can't do it. Mitsubishi let this facility shrivel away. Without competitive product coming out of the plant, there was simply no way to justify its existence. My Lancer Sportback Ralliart will observe a moment of silence today...