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Johnson Controls to outsource 200 jobs to Mexico

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The third-largest manufacturing company in Franklin County announced this week it will send 200 jobs to Mexico.

Locals say it's a blow to the long-term relationship between Waynesboro and Johnson Controls.

Talk of the possible departure of these positions began in October. Despite a campaign by the local workers union, the company held to their decision.

"Some will tell you this is the beginning of the end of Johnson Controls in Waynesboro," said Mike Ross, president of the Franklin County Area Development Corporation.

He doesn't see it that way.

The company, which manufactures parts for refrigerators, has had a presence in Waynesboro since 1853.

In a statement, the Wisconsin-based manufacturer said: "Johnson Controls is continuously evaluating ways to better serve our customers, increase competitiveness and address tightening market conditions. We appreciate the years of service and dedication the affected employees have given to Johnson Controls and its customers."

"The upside is we are in an area that is growing. There are opportunities with other original equipment manufacturers here in Franklin County," Ross said.

His development corporation and local chambers of commerce will now work to help the 200 employees find new positions in the county.

Ross adds that there are over 1,000 jobs currently listed in the area.

While Johnson Controls has said that they will begin transferring the jobs to Mexico at the start of the new year, many are reaching out to Governor Tom Corbett and state legislators to stop the move.

A company spokesperson told abc27 that severance packages will be available to eligible employees.

The company also confirmed that the move will not impact plans to build a facility in Hopewell Township, York County.


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