I read with interest pthe front-page story by Joe Pryweller in your Feb. 3 issue [“Nypro slates two more plants for China”]. This story details how Nypro Inc. and others are expanding their operations in China.
I was especially intrigued by the remarks by Mr. Jones near the end, where he theorizes on how long the China boom will continue.
I wondered, first of all, if he has given any thought to what these types of decisions are doing to the U.S. molding and mold-making economy? I also wondered whether, if you looked up “exploitation” in the dictionary, you would see his picture next to the description?
After all, why should Chinese workers be allowed to make a living? Why not bail on them as soon as they stop coming out of the hinterlands in search of a decent wage?
Why concern yourself with Chinese workers when there are apparently tons of hungry people in India that would love to do his work at slave-labor rates?
My message to Mr. Jones is this: I hope the folks that provide this cheap labor can afford to buy your products over the long term.
Once the economy in the United States hits rock bottom, no one here will be able or willing to buy them. Of course, he'll be wealthy, so who cares?
My message to the Chinese (and Indians, etc.) is this: Wake up! About the time you are able to make a living, Nypro will be a memory and you'll be stuck with the cleanup!
My message to Plastics News is that you have a voice. Use it to support American mold makers and molders and to encourage people like Mr. Jones to use their head for the long-term good of our country and not look for the quick bottom-line impact.
It won't be easy, but if we don't take every opportunity to keep work in the United States, we won't need a weekly or even an annual newspaper for the plastics industry.
The mold-making industry in the United States has invested hundreds of millions of dollars to be competitive and quality-driven. I'd hate to see it go to waste.
Model Die & Mold Inc.
Grand Rapids, Mich.