Viewpoint on Nypro proves eye-opening
It was exciting and inspiring to read the cover story in the March 10 issue, ``FRP replicates 1898 look of San Francisco landmark.'' As a long-time Plastics News subscriber, I always enjoy reading and learning about creative uses of plastics. The story reminded me of one of the reasons I was attracted to this field many years ago. Knowing the difficulty in using plastics in different contexts and multiple-operation processes, Kreysler & Associates Inc. did excellent work on a challenging, and I'm sure, politically touchy job. Reading about the matching of new to existing work, replicating the different structures and the techniques involved, was truly interesting.
And, after reading your Viewpoint on the editorial page of the same issue, I felt like apologizing to Nypro President Brian Jones for my initial response to the Feb. 3, 2003, cover story ``Nypro slates two more plants for China.'' Mr. Jones and Nypro are to be commended for adding manufacturing and employment in the United States, while making some difficult or unpopular business decisions to remain fiscally healthy.
However, many people employed in and displaced from the plastics and other manufacturing fields are frustrated by the many American-owned companies that leap at the first opportunity to relocate offshore or south of the border. As we are well aware, in the 1990s many U.S. companies moved south of the border with the financial support and encouragement of our own government.
Your point that ``sometimes investing abroad is part of building and maintaining a strong domestic industry'' shed some new light on a sometimes-forgotten idea.
An idea, along with initiatives such as those voiced by letter-writer Cynthia Petrucci [``Group seeks to save U.S. manufacturing,'' Page 6], might be part of the answer.
Spring Hill, Tenn.
Ironic turn of events takes Mexican jobs
I just finished the story ``Mexico balks at growing China `invasion' '' [March 24, Page 9]. I say, welcome to the real world.
I find it ironic that Mexico is complaining about China stealing their factories and their jobs when they have been doing it to the United States for years.
Mexico really hurt the plastic injection industry - tooling, molding and production - in our country. My husband has been a toolmaker for more than 20 years and I have watched his hours decrease from 55-plus hours a week to 24-32.
I have more than 10 years as a quality manager at two plastic injection shops. When trying to hire new personnel I have found that it is the benefits that rule. Our health and dental insurance has gone up while the coverage has been reduced. This was done so that workers could ``afford'' to have insurance. You can't afford to get sick anymore because you can't pay the deductibles and copays.
It was not like this before Mexico stole our factories and jobs. So wake up Mexico - what comes around goes around. Put up or shut up.
Rocktech Plastics Inc.
BNC Precision Inc.