ORANGE City Council's pledge of $1.1 million to Electrolux over 10 years was a decision based on commercial not sentimental reasons, according to Finance Policy Committee chair, councillor Chris Gryllis.
Councillors unanimously agreed to sign off on a support package worth $110,000 a year at a rate of $200 per employee to help keep the plant open.
The head office of the Swedish-owned company is expected to make a final decision on the refrigeration plant's future next month.
Cr Gryllis said he received several favourable comments from the community in support of the council's "good move" of pledging the funds.
He now hopes the council will display a latest model refrigerator made in the Orange plant in the Civic Centre foyer as a show of moral support for the factory and its employees.
Under the council's conditions, the funding, starting from next July, will be guaranteed each year if there are at least 250 full-time equivalent employees.
The council considered eight submissions from the community about the financial support for the plant - seven against and one in favour.
The plant's management and combined unions also wrote to the council thanking them for the morale boost.
In the Central Western Daily's online poll, 52.5 per cent of the 217 respondents said the council should not bail out private enterprise.
In a close result, 44.2 per cent supported the funding because of the flow-on effect the plant's 500 plus jobs have on the local economy.
* The CWD poll is not a random sample and only reflects the opinions of those who chose to vote online.