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Manitowoc company moving ice machine production to Mexico


MANITOWOC, WI (WTAQ) - A Manitowoc company is taking their production of a line of ice machines and moving it to Monterrey, Mexico.

Officials with Manitowoc Foodservice says about 150 workers on the Indigo line of ice machines will be affected. The company says it's intended to help it better service customers in Latin America and the U.S.

Company officials would not comment on the move.

The union representing employees at the plant tell FOX 11, “We’re probably going to have about 80 jobs left and we’re going to work with the company to retain the jobs at Manitowoc Ice. We’re never going to be able to compete for $3-an-hour jobs and we shouldn’t have to,” International Association of Machinists District 10 representative Russell Krings said. “It’s a shame we have to compete with jobs being run out of the country when we need the jobs here.”

According to Krings, the pending layoffs won't have anything to do with the union's current labor talks with Manitowoc Ice.

Product development, engineering, marketing, finance and service functions for Manitowoc Ice products are staying in Manitowoc. The company recently invested $3.2 million in the Wisconsin facility.

(Additional reporting from FOX 11).