U.S. factory shutdown
Mitsubishi will shut down its only factory in the U.S., in Normal, Illinois, about 100 miles southwest of Chicago, on November 30, so that it can focus on production in Asian markets. The company hopes that it can find a buyer that will continue to employ all the 1,200 workers already working there. Officials maintain that the factory is closing because of dramatically falling sales and not labor issues. Illinois state Sen. Brady says Mitsubishi officials have assured him that:
[Mitsubishi’s effort to sell the plant] will not be about getting top dollar for the sale but about doing the right thing. We are going to do everything we can to make sure people know that Mitsubishi no longer needs the facility, but that this is a facility that has a very efficient, world-class workforce and a supplier network that’s second to none.