Conan said:The US is the world's #1 manufacturing country. China is a near second.
mechanic said:Caterpillar just announced layoffs of 10,000.
I need to find the report, but there was an (unpopular) study that revealed right to work shops produced on average a higher quality than union shops, and those plants who operate in right to work states have lower incident rates which affect workmanship and oversight. We have a good number of skilled labor in America today, who can do great work and have great lives if the government (and others) would just get out of the way. But what we don't have is a culture that cherishes skilled laborers, that tells their children that its honorable take the tech-track in high school, and get a trade instead of $75K in student debt and a job at Starbucks. Other cultures have recognized that the strength of their economy is not in academia, but in training craftsmen. China figured it out, and all they need to do is keep working on increasing their per capita manufacturing through training and technolgy, and the will out manufacture the rest of the world combined. Their only limit is resources.Conan said:Team Nelson,
Good catch! I forgot about that. Now a country with four times the population of the US is manufacturing more than the US. Still pretty hard to say that US is not a manufacturing power house. Another thing about US manufacturing is the US reputation for high quality manufactured goods; that's a word-wide reputation, and it makes US products very desirable.
Sheridan5mm said:Tough to do these days, but I still get excited about buying something with the American flag on the box, or just a simple "Made in U.S.A."
Just a thought.
Conan said:Why do you think that the point of manufacture matters?