I read with great interest the April 2 letter from Jim Wallace (``Why the price gap for offshore resin?´´). His question is most timely! The concern he raises is no different in Canada. I´m not sure that his theory as to why is correct, but he is absolutely correct in stating that manufacturing jobs are being lost due to this problem, and this problem alone!
The first signs of this inequity became apparent shortly after the first resin price increases took hold some 18 months ago. Imported plastic finished goods never increased in price and many have since dropped in price.
In stating that this is the sole reason for the loss of plastics manufacturing jobs, we must remember that North America is by far the most economical place to purchase energy and build or lease a plant. In most cases, the labor forces from competing countries in question are similar or equal to our rates, so they or production efficiencies can not be the major cause.
Surely someone can enlighten us why this resin pricing inequity exists.
Jerry De Boer