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Is anyone angry over manufacturing industry’s demise?



Published: Thu, January 28, 2010 @ 11:17 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Where is the rage, wonders an editor who has covered the devastation of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

Industries have disappeared at an alarming rate because of what Richard McCormack considers unfair trade and foreign currency manipulation.

Recent stimulus and jobs bills coming out of Washington, D.C., have only made it worse, said the editor and publisher of Manufacturing & Technology News, who spoke Thursday at a Williamson Symposium put on by Youngstown State University’s business school.

The Virginia-based editor said the bills contain few incentives for creating private-sector jobs, while they add to the nation’s mounting debt.

“Manufacturers think it has backfired because they think they have to pay the bill,” McCormack said.

For the complete story, see Friday’s Vindicator or www.vindy.com.


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1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

We are going green and importing manufactured goods . The liberal view is that we have no need to manufacture here on our soil . What is amusing is the backlash against imported chinese pipe .

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2Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

You are dead wrong Stan. American manufacturing simply cannot compete against near-slave-labor and
mercantilist policies. China does not practice free or fair trade; yet, we keep trying to. You can't have free trade with a country that isn't free.

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3Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

You can't manufacture here in the states without incentives to be able to compete . Let's give huge tax breaks and put the welfare masses to work ! There is nothing productive from the unemployed masses unless they are given the ability to produce !

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4Ytownboy(142 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

I think putting those on welfare to work is a great idea. I also believe that people want to work a job if given a chance-a job that they can support themselves on. Unfortunately, we aren't producing those types of jobs; we are producing low-level-service-sector jobs that pay next to nothing. Its time we reinvest in Americans, expand the economy, and train people for new jobs.

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5Viewpoint(89 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

There is no vision on the part of our elected officials, there are no creative ideas being formulated. There is a severe lack of effort being put forth by anyone in this valley that might create employment. Why not start with a radical idea like creating a union free zone for new businesses for a minimum of the first ten years. Then GIVE land away to companies that will commit to building a facility, training and employing workers with a wage of $12 an hour and $4 an hour towards health care. Next look at all businesses nationwide that are old line manufacturers with top heavy union payroll burdens, target those companies for relocation to the valley. And reduce the payroll tax to 1% for all newly created jobs in the city, also give existing employees the same break if their company hires new employees on a one for one basis.We have water, rail access, highways, and an untapped labor force that needs to gain self respect through employment. Why are those attributes not being marked nationwide? Get it started Jay Williams and all you other political want to be's.

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6klenovich(1 comment)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Stan how quick we forget. remember Regan the altimate liberal he was going to change this nation to a service oriented society where we could all exist cooking hamburgers for each other. This notion worked out great if you lived on either coast but the Heartland including the tri-state area was dessimated. His policy has spread accross this nation like a cancer and yet today people like you choose to ignore history and just blame it on the liberals. There were some big election mistakes made now the question is what are we going to do about it?
Krash

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7d1eggman(10 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

We have some choice now but We all need to be selective for American Products, ever heard that before? Stay the course and we can be united again.

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8joat(28 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Innovation has always been the strong suit in American manufacturing. There certainly needs to be an emphasis placed on this for today's times. If you are a manufacturer still in the US making very standard products that can be mass produced in Asia, your days are numbered. I have sold manufacturing software for the past 15 years. Those companies that reinvent themselves and invest in technology and new products are the ones that stick around. The real value in American made products is the 'value' created by the teamwork between engineers and shop floor workers. Cheap labor cannot innovate, they just copy. The US needs to lead where we're strong (green energy related products would be a good start). More companies and startups should be teamed up with the universities, especially in this area.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

klenovich :

During the Regan years we were drilling, mining and manufacturing . Prosperity abounded . When the liberals got a grip on power in DC drilling, mining and manufacturing weren't cool . Going green and global warming fatasies were cool . Today being broke, hungry and cold is cool !

GOT CARBON CREDITS ?

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10walter_sobchak(1831 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

joat - you are correct on many levels. This country is still the world's leader in manufacturing, but mostly in high end products and processes. We produce more steel now than ever before but we are doing it with drastically lower man-hours per ton. There was no way steel could be econimacally produced with the high-cost union wages and their burdensome quantity of job classifications. Add the EPA regualtions that did nothing for productivity but only added $/ton.

This country wants cheap consumer products in large quantities. Thus, these items must be mass produced in countries that have low labor rates. Sorry, nobody wants to pay $100 for a toaster. It is the mass-production of cheap semiconductors and microprocessors that have revolutionized the world. I t has led to the most productive American workforce ever. Unfortunately, we are going thru a difficult adjustment period due to the computer revolution, but we will get by. Remember, the buggy whip industry and the horse-drawn plow industry were once very big.

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