I have been in the trades for over 40 years and have owned my own mold-making company for the last 20-plus years. Ever since I started Accede, my intent was to provide my customers with the best quality at the best cost and timing possible. To accomplish this, I've always known that top-notch employees with state-of-the-art equipment and training would be a must. Accede has succeeded and continues to strive for improvement. As I write this, Accede has in excess of 100 employees — or, I prefer, 100 families.
I am now beginning to have grave concerns for Accede's families, as well as all families whose futures depend on dedication, quality and craftsmanship. All skilled trades in general seem to be under attack.
We in the trades know that tooling and molds can be very costly. Those not in the trades, such as buyers and accountants, have always thought they were getting cheated. What some of us and most of them do not know or want to hear is that high-volume tooling costs will often be a small fraction of a percentage of any project cost. Long-term quality always pays off.
Why, then, over the past 15 years has there been such a double standard? Why, then, have poor quality, late deliveries and shorter life expectancy been acceptable?
We have faced Portugal, Europe, Mexico and now China. How is it that American companies are willing to invest millions or even billions of dollars on such a fast pace to pull tens of thousands of jobs from the United States?
Shouldn't someone wonder how the mold-making and molding industries, as well as other manufacturers, can be so overpriced? I have seen firsthand that we don't even get to the labor comparison of costs. The pricing from our competition is less than material costs. How? I have also been informed this is true in molding and metal forming.
Reviewing articles … it seems [corporate leaders] are willing to invest millions, accept standards less than they would accept in the United States, and acknowledge that they view this cheap pricing as short-lived and are willing to even plan on the next move to the next developing nation.
Could it be that corporations don't care about quality, the American middle class, America's manufacturing capability or even who will be capable of buying their products in the future? Have union demands driven them to these decisions or are corporate leaders only interested in their own pockets throughout their own careers?
I don't know the answer to these questions, but I do ask: Why the rush to eliminate the U.S. middle class or blue-collar worker?
Accede Mold & Tool Co. Inc.