Tuesday, June 8, 2010
One More for the Column: ONCE MADE IN AMERICA
I speak only of what I know, and being a small family business for over 60 years you see lots of changes, some for the better some for the worst. Industry in the North East was once booming, shoes, leather, textiles, fishing, to name but a few. We made something. Hire and trian good people who want to learn a trade, pay a good wage with benefits, support the community, that has been the goal of the small, non-union, private business person.
I also do realize that some industries will not be coming back and some are gone because it is the age of global warming, clean air, clean earth.........good, I want those things too. Not all people are suited for college but are still capable of getting a good paying job in the private sector and supporting their families.
Finally time to get to the point: Before the recession our company made and wired panels for machinery that made the plastic bags.
Our company has moved on and plastic will probably go the way of the leather industry, but many people who made the machines are unemployed and the jobs are gone and soon ALL that machinery will be made overseas and ALL of the jobs will be lost.