U.S. manufacturing doomed to extinction
We can complain all we want to and cry night and day about unfair trade. But you have to understand our time has came and gone.
The manufacturing in this country will leave here. The companies that are here now will either have something to do with government, medical or defense. The companies that we deal with are all struggling and if they cannot buy cheap molds overseas they will not survive.
The last two molds we built were to produce parts for Toyota. When the books were put to rest we made $27 an hour. We lost a lot of money, but I just cannot lay around and not work.
I cannot keep my company afloat with these numbers.
We have downsized several times. We have laid off 50 percent of our employees, our profit has fallen to near zero, if not in the red. I even feel sorry for my competitors. But, most of all, I feel sorry for the mold builders who have spent years in their trade trying to make a living.
It is time to admit to ourselves that our jobs will soon be over for most of us. The government, the consumer and our customers all want cheap products, at our expense. This is something we are unable and unwilling to give, so our ship is sinking and we have no life raft to cling to. The good thing is, most of us are skilled and we can be re-educated in other fields.
Good luck to all and hope to see you in a good-paying job soon.
Dynamik Tool and Die
Cartoon didn't depict real job-loss reasons
I have seen so many articles about how mold makers in the United States are lazy and they should automate, and the only reason that the industry is slow, like now, is because we aren't as sophisticated in new trends like our overseas competition. Who believes that? Many top-class mold shops here have all the equipment, and mold makers with 20-30 years of experience to make the technology work like no one else in the world. That is not the issue.
When was the last time someone said, ``We went overseas because of the experienced people,'' or ``We went overseas because they do a better job''? How about never!
The price takes them overseas, and that's why our business is slow. Your editorial cartoon (Oct. 14, Page 6, ``Two paths toward saving U.S. mold-making jobs'') should have the marchers' signs showing that we have the technology, know-how and skill second to no one, because that is true. Showing us like bureaucratic lazy people who just want handouts is unfair and untrue and serving to the wrong cause.
There are hundreds of skilled laborers in this country that used to make good money but are no longer employed because of the labor rates overseas.
Should we get paid $2 a day? Would that make these people happy? But they don't want to make any less and live in a communist country, do they?
Inland Technologies Inc.