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Minnesota Rubber and Plastics employee speaks out

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Employees at Minnesota Rubber and Plastics in Watertown recently learned they'll be out of a job within a year. 

The plant manager tells KSFY the closure is happening because the facility is reaching its limits with antiquated equipment. 

However some employees do not think management is being up front.

KSFY spoke to one of the 171 employees soon to be unemployed.

"We were pretty much all shocked. I mean everybody, just the whole room was silent, except for some people started crying," said an employee.

This Minnesota Rubber and Plastics employee wishes to remain anonymous for fear of losing his job even sooner. He says the plant manager for Watertown's facility wasn't up front with employees about the real reason for shutting down.

"I mean, why didn't he come out and tell people right away that stuff was going overseas or to Mexico," said an employee.

We spoke to Plant Manager Robb Peterson Friday afternoon. He says the company has been up front. He says two plants in the U.S., one in Mexico and one in China are getting some of the work.

He says this is no secret.

"Well, we kind of had an idea maybe with all the molds that were leaving going to Mexico that something was going to happen to this plant," said an employee.

This longtime employee is unsure of what's next. He needs to pay his bills and says taking a minimum wage job after having the job security he's had at Minnesota Rubber Plastic for years, would be tough.

"As far as good paying jobs, their ain't that many in Watertown, not unless you're qualified for a machinest or whatever. There ain't that many there," said an employee. 


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