In your Feb. 3 issue, the article regarding the Plastics News Executive Forum in Phoenix has me puzzled [“Nypro slates two more plants for China,” Page 1].
I don't understand the statement by Joseph Raffa, vice president of Tessy Plastics Corp.: “Even our customers who aren't yet in China are giving us more business here because we have a plant in Shanghai.” If there is such a need here in the U.S. for jobs, why do companies invest in other countries and not the United States?
We are a small business and are fighting desperately to keep our good employees and stay in business. We started as a small shop in March 1978 and have grown, on our own, from a 2,000-square-foot tool and die shop to a total of 16,400 square feet in three facilities. No one handed us anything; we worked for everything we have accomplished.
It's a sad day when small business, which supports more employment than large corporations, sees potential jobs fly to other countries.
The Big Three insist on ISO or QS qualification in order to be a subcontractor, when the worst offenders are the Big Three when it comes to quality. The powers that be should take a longer look at the availability of potential in the U.S. and not continue to give away jobs that could be done here.
Patton Tool & Die Inc.