Wabash Technologies Transferring Work to Mexico
50 Huntington workers losing jobs
Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2015 11:00 pm
By Linda Lipp
Workers at the Huntington operations of Wabash Technologies whose work is being transferred to Mexicali, Mexico, will be eligible for assistance under the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program.
The Huntington plant, which makes electronic sensors, employed 75 people, according to the most recent information available from Huntington County Economic Development.
Michigan-based Wabash Technologies, which was previously owned by Sun Capital Partners, was purchased in January 2014 by Sensata Technol0gies Holding N.V., of Almelo, Netherlands.
Representatives of the new owners met with employees a few days after the purchase to tell them of its plans, although the company made no public announcements and did not notify local economic development or government agencies.
Those plans include continuing to move manufacturing operations from Huntington to another former Wabash location in Mexicali, by the end of June this year, Sensata spokeswoman Linda Megathlin said in an email.
The site will be transitioned into a business and engineering center, with about 25 employees remaining in Huntington. About 50 positions will be lost by the manufacturing transfer, Megathlin said.
The TAA petition filed by Sensata on behalf of those employees was approved in March. It will provide eligible employees with opportunities to obtain training and additional unemployment benefits and other support they need to become reemployed.
Eligible workers also qualify for Alternative Trade Adjustment Assistance, a wage subsidy for workers 50 years of age or older without easily transferable skills who find re-employment in lower wage positions.
Sensata will provide workers separation benefits and career transition assistance.
“We understand this is difficult for employees who are losing their jobs and are working with local officials and the Department of Labor to hold workshops on the site to make the transition as easy as possible,” Megathlin said.
Sensata is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sensing, electrical protection, control and power management products, with manufacturing and business centers in 16 countries. The products designed and manufactured in Huntington include rotary and linear position, speed and engine timing sensors and fuel injection stators/actuators for diesel engines.