Who is Killing American Manufacturing?

February 24, 2016


United Technologies, Cardone and Dematic announced recently they will move plants to Mexico cutting 3,700  U.S. jobs. 

In the week before Valentine’s Day, United Technologies expressed its love for its devoted Indiana employees, workers whose labor had kept the corporation profitable, by informing 2,100 of them at two facilities that it was shipping their factories, their jobs, their communities’ resources to Mexico.

[Leo Gerard, International President, United Steel Workers| February, 23 2016 |Industry Week

A few workers shouted obscenities at the corporate official. Some walked out. Others openly wept as United Technologies shattered their hopes, their dreams, their means to pay middle-class mortgages.

Three days later, 1,336 workers at Philadelphia’s largest remaining manufacturer, Cardone, learned that company planned to throw them out too and build brake calipers in Mexico instead. Two weeks earlier, a Grand Rapids, Mich., company called Dematic did the same thing to its 300 workers.

No surprise. In the first decade of this century, America lost 56,190 factories, 15 a day.

Republican presidential candidates talk incessantly of building a physical wall to keep impoverished Mexican immigrants out of America. What they fail to offer is an economic barrier to prevent the likes of United Technologies and Cardone and Dematic from impoverishing American workers by exporting their jobs to Mexico.

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  • I would greatly appreciate if someone at CPA would send to all these companies who are planning a Mexico move the reshoring calculator from Harry Moser I think his site is ReshoreNow .org. Also that there is a very likely chance that if Trump gets elected there will be tariffs put on all imports until greater Balanced Trade is achieved with all trading countries. Therefore there is no net or real cost advantage to move to Mexico or China or anywhere else is only more false thinking blinded by greed. I guess Mr. Arguelles and others like him are living in the past and do not see the political revolution taking place during this presidential election. If Jeb! or Hillary were to be elected then I would say go because we would be getting “more of the same”.