Providing further evidence that offshoring is driven by lower wages rather than a shortage of labor in the U.S., Hershey plans to lay off 600 Americans at the company's only West Coast facility in Oakdale California, and transfer the manufacturing of Kisses, Reese's, Mounds, Almond Joy and such to a new facility in Monterrey Mexico.
Chief Operating Officer David J. West claims that "Oakdale manufacturing will transfer to the new Monterrey plant. If the 40 year old Oakdale plant was only running at 40% capacity, why did Hershey invest in a new plant in the first place?
These 600 Americans can blame the NAFTA "giant sucking sound" that Ross Perot warned of for their plight, but can take comfort that, globalists assure us, the net result of shipping jobs to Mexico is the creation of even more and better jobs in the U.S. But only the $2/hour jobs driving Mexican trucks of candy back into the U.S. comes to mind.
Kiss your job goodbye, as Hersey retains free access to the U.S. market which skirting U.S. labor standards.