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My dad is retiring at the end of June after 43 years with the same company. The owners have changed over the years but it's the only place he's ever worked. He started as a teenager and made a daily commute to the same building during all of those 43 years. Sadly, his retirement is not by choice. His company is closing and moving its manufacturing to Poland.

Today, the company is known as Getinge. When he started, it was called Castle Sybron. This division of the company specialized in sterilization equipment, like hospitals need. These sterilizers must be manufactured at the highest quality levels because of health and safety concerns. When he started, there were 325 manufacturing staff and 200 office staff. Today, that number has dwindled to just 9 people still working in the factory. At this point, staff are just boxing up supplies to be shipped to Poland.
Because of his expertise, troubleshooting skill, and communications strengths, my dad was selected to visit Poland to train the workers who will be taking over his job and the jobs of his friends and coworkers. He said that he supposed that training these workers would be his long-lasting "legacy." I asked him what the entire experience has been like being forced to leave the only job he has ever known and train people overseas to move into these same jobs. His only response was "soul-sucking". I know my dad is lucky--he will be financially secure thanks to his union pension and severance. The more difficult part has been seeing his coworkers with young families lose their jobs. Some of whom who are still looking for decent jobs. He worries about the next generation of machinists. He also worries about the long-term future of a country that doesn't manufacture the products they depend on.
Soul-sucking: the human face of outsourcing