Boeing and Seattle are synonymous.
Growing up in Seattle, it seemed like half of my buddies’ fathers worked for Boeing.
Lots of Boeing Engineers, some production line guys, one or two test pilots.
When Boeing decided to move its headquarters to Chicago, people in town were shocked.
Boeing has been battling Airbus for the consumer airliner market for the last couple of decades. I have always sided with Boeing because Americans made Boeing jets while Europeans made Airbus jets. No more. Airbus announced today that it is finalizing plans to start making A320s at a plant in Mobile, Alabama.
This announcement once again raises an interesting question for people who want to support companies that are employing members of our extended American family: does it matter if the firm that is doing the employing is an American firm or a foreign firm? Probably a more important consideration for me is who is making the components that are going into the products that is being manufactured in the U.S. This issue comes up a lot in the discussion of what is the most “American” car.
I would like to know what you think. Do you think it is better to buy the product of a firm that both employs U.S. workers and is based in the U.S.? Or do you think its best to buy the product of a firm that employs U.S. workers and has a high percentage of U.S. made components regardless of whether the firm’s managment is U.S. based. Please leave me a comment on this issue by clicking on the Comment button.
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