Gov. Mark Dayton met with the head of Hutchinson Technology Wednesday to follow up on the company’s announcement that it is cutting 600 jobs in Hutchinson.
Afterward, Dayton said global market conditions are responsible for the lost jobs, says the Hutchinson Leader.
“It is through no fault of the workers in Hutchinson that they are losing their jobs,” Dayton said. “Unfortunately, in Thailand, they are willing to work for a fraction of what people are willing to work for here. The fact that [the company] still exists in Hutchinson is a credit to workers here, the company’s management and the city.”
And Dayton told the Minnesota Independent that there’s some good news: The company will keep its headquarters and research and development department in Hutchinson.
“The jobs that remain are skilled professionals,” Dayton said, while noting that the manufacturing employees were being sought out by local employers and were also eligible for retraining and education programs.