Hundreds of people worked their final shifts Friday at a Whirlpool Corp. refrigerator factory in southern Indiana that has been the site of protests over its closure.
The Evansville plant's production line was shutting down after turning out refrigerators for 54 years, meaning the loss of some 600 jobs. About 450 other workers were laid off in March when Whirlpool ended its second production shift.
The company announced last year that it would shut down the factory and move production to Mexico. Whirlpool will still have a presence in the city, with 300 employees at its refrigeration design center.
Months of protests over the closing plans didn't change the decision, which executives of the Benton Harbor, Mich.-based company said was needed to reduce costs and streamline its operations.Some 1,500 people joined AFL-CIO national President Richard Trumka for march outside the factory in February protesting the decision, which some workers attributed to corporate greed.
Out of curiosity, I wonder how many of the 1500 protesters bought one product over the other because of the price?
Would they consider themselves greedy for that?