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Sensata Letter

Sensata Letter

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Published by: Cole Stangler on Aug 21, 2012
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 July 13, 2012Congressman Donald Manzullo2228 Rayburn HOBWashington, DC 20515Congressman Bobby Schilling507 Cannon HOBWashington, DC 20515Dear Congressman Manzullo and Congressman Schilling,I am writing in response to your letter dated July 6 concerning Sensata’s plans to move itsoperations in Freeport, IL to other Sensata sites. I know this has been and continues to be verydifficult for the employees impacted by this move; I assure you that this is a matter of importance that has been given due consideration within Sensata. Throughout this process, wehave communicated openly with the plant employees to give them as much time as possible tomake this very difficult adjustment. The pending consolidation of the operations in Freeport intoother Sensata locations is a required step as part of our acquisition of the business and is in noway a reflection of the dedication and skills of the Freeport workforce.By way of background, Sensata completed the purchase of Honeywell’s Automotive on Board(AoB) business in January 2011. At that time, we spoke with the employees who would beaffected at Honeywell’s plant in Freeport and at other locations. We also spoke withCongressman Manzullo’s office and other local elected officials to describe the transaction andour plans. As part of the sale, Honeywell agreed to lease part of the Freeport facility to us for upto two years following which we were required to consolidate the Freeport and other AoBoperations into our existing regional locations. Subsequent to the sale of the AoB business to us,Honeywell decided to exit this particular Freeport plant and announced in March 2012 that theywould be consolidating its activities into other facilities. We have been clear and transparentwith employees throughout this process and we have attempted to give as much notice aspossible to those involved. We will cease manufacturing operations in Freeport by the end of this year.Sensata is a global company, headquartered in The Netherlands with a U.S. headquarters inAttleboro, Massachusetts. We operate worldwide, supplying sensor and control componentsacross a number of end-markets including: automotive, appliance, aircraft, industrial, military,heavy vehicle, heating, air-conditioning and ventilation and data and telecommunications.Sensata is a public company; our shares are listed on the NYSE. The firm was owned by BainCapital from the time of its spin-out from Texas Instruments in 2006 until its IPO in March 2010.

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