FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The City of Freeport has joined Sensata workers in calling for Republican Presidential Hopeful Mitt Romney to help stop their jobs from being shipped to China.
Aldermen unanimously signed a resolution Monday night requesting the presidential candidate to intervene. The Freeport plant is closing at the end of the year and 170 jobs will be lost. Sensata is owned by Bain Capital, which was started by Romney in the mid-80's. Sensata develops, manufactures and sells sensors and controls for the auto industry. Romney has not responded to their request.
Employees at the plant are expected to be out of work this winter after the company decided to out-source positions to China.
Sensata's CEO responded to a letter written by Congressmen Bobby Schilling and Don Manzullo. Tom Wroe says the company is doing everything they can to make the transition smooth for workers, saying outsourcing is the right move for their business.