Philips Moving 200 U.S. Manufacturing Jobs to Germany

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Aurora, IL

A total of 200 American manufacturing jobs will be outsourced to Germany as another plant shutters.

The Dunlee manufacturing plant in Aurora, Illinois, which is owned by Philips, will soon begin the process of laying off 200 Americans as the plant is expected to be moved to Hamburg, Germany, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Executives at the company said the decision to outsource the manufacturing jobs to an existing plant in Germany was “not taken lightly.” The plant manufactures medical parts.

“This decision was not taken lightly, and reflects the fact that the GTC (Generators, Tubes and Components) replacement market, which was primarily served by the Aurora facility, has been significantly declining in recent years,” a statement by the corporation stated.

The lay-off is not an isolated incident.

Most recently, Breitbart Texas reported how the Microsoft Corporation is expected to lay-off up to 3,000 American employees as the tech conglomerate continues to request and hire foreign workers through various visa programs, such as the H-1B.

Executives said employees working outside the U.S. would be the most impacted, but did also confirm that about 25 percent of the lay-offs would impact employees working stateside.

As the tech giant is performing lay-offs, foreign workers through the H-1B visa and Optional Practical Training (OPT) program continue to be hired by the corporation.

In 2016, Microsoft was the ninth-largest requester for foreign workers under the H-1B visa, asking for a whopping 4,575 workers. In 2017, Microsoft increased their requests, demanding more than 5,000.

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.

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