A tale of two cities

Well, I’ve got some good news and I have got some bad news.  The good news first.  ABC News reported that a quite a few members of our extended American family living in Malta, New York are now making state of the art semiconductors.  Global Foundries recently built a $7 billion plant in Malta that now employs about 1,300 people, with plans to reach 1,600 by the end of the year.  Equally exciting for me is Global Foundries partnership with 17 community colleges and a high school designed to prepare young Maltese with the skills to succeed at the high-tech work of making semiconductors.  According to ABC News, at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility, high school graduates can complete a two-year program that gives them real-world experience in a chip-making laboratory setting. Several of them had already been hired by Global Foundries.  Way to go Global Foundries!

Now for the bad news.  Many members of our extended American family in Mayville, Wisconsin have been out of work for four months ever since the Mayville Products Corp closed its doors this January.  The firm manufactured cabinets, racks, frames, and mounting products for computers and telecommunications equipment.  Now I know that firms are born, flourish and then fold.  But if you are working at that firm, it is an incredibly personal event when the firm closes and you are shown the door.  And over the last ten years, more than five million American manufacturing workers have had to endure that difficult event.  And most endured it not because they couldn’t cut the mustard.  No, they endured it because the fellas who ran their firm decided that they could make their products a little bit cheaper in China or Vietnam.  So see ya!

Well, it’s time to send a message to those corporate humps who think offshoring is ok since they sure aren’t going to be losing their job.  Instead of buying toys, apparel, shoes and other products made in the Middle Kingdom, we can buy American made products like Libman brooms, Wigwam socks, Allen Edmonds beltsPreserve cutting boards, you name it.  We can tell the people who manage the stores we shop at that we want to see more American made goods, even if they might sometimes be a bit more expensive.  We can support firms that are attempting to reshore some of their products.  If we do this, we can create jobs for members of our extended American family who have been without work for months or years.  If that isn’t worth a little effort, I don’t know what is!

I wish to thank the many people who visit my blog and especially those people who follow my blog everyday.  I want to hear from you about what you want to have featured on the blog.  Tell me about products made by members of our extended American family that you love.  Tell me about stories about American workers that inspire you, make you happy or make you sad.  Tell me about issues related to Made in America or trade that you would like to discuss with me.  As Colbert says, “talk to me Nation!”

I leave you with a great little video from Lands End related to their recently launched Made in America “Durable Goods” campaign I posted about earlier this year.  Enjoy!


About John Briggs

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at www.simply-american.com.
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1 Response to A tale of two cities

  1. Offshore Company says:

    This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and tell you I truly enjoy reading your articles.
    Can you suggest any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the
    same subjects?
    Thanks a ton!

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