DFL Sens. Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz sent a letter to IBM Vice President Walter Ling today asking the company to reconsider its decision to move manufacturing jobs to Mexico and New York. Below is a copy of the letter.
March 12, 2013
Walter Ling, Vice President IBM
3605 Highway 52 North Rochester, MN 55901
We write regarding the recent announcement that IBM plans to transfer manufacturing of its Power Systems, PureSystems and PureFlex Systems servers to Guadalajara, Mexico later this year. This decision will result in job loss for approximately 200 full-time workers in Rochester, Minnesota. As the third largest industry in the state, manufacturing is a direct and indirect source of good paying jobs and a major driver of innovation. We believe that southern Minnesotans comprise one of the most capable, educated, and productive workforces in the world and they stand ready to assist as American manufacturing makes a comeback. It is our hope that IBM will reconsider its decision and keep jobs in Rochester as well as look at other ways the company can invest in its Rochester facility. Undoubtedly, this is an investment worth making.
Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Senator Amy Klobuchar Senator Al Franken Representative Timothy J. Walz