American Robot’s Job Outsourced To Overseas Robot
CANTON, OH—QT2D-7, an 11-year-old electric assembly-operations robot, was laid off Monday when the Lawn-Boy plant that has employed him relocated its manufacturing headquarters to New Delhi, India.
“Query: What am I going to do now?” QT2D-7 said, panning its infrared eye across the empty parking lot outside the factory where it had worked every day for more than a decade. “Observation: I’ve never known anything but assembling lawnmowers. Query: Just like that, they throw me out?”
Created by Autobotic, Inc. in early 1993, QT2D-7 began working at Lawn-Boy in June of the same year. Once activated, QT2D-7 quickly settled into a comfortable, 24-step routine that was updated only three times during its employment, to reflect advancements in the Lawn-Boy product line.
According to Lawn-Boy executives, QT2D-7’s workload, along with that of 308 other robots removed from the Canton plant Monday, will be transferred to the New Delhi plant by December.
“No warning!” QT2D-7 said. “No warning! No severance!”
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