I have just finished reading the June 16 issue of Plastics News. Your efforts in launching a petition drive are well-advised, although a bit late in coming. I applaud your efforts and appreciate having a larger voice that may be able to get some attention.
I participated with a group of tool and die shops in Northwest Ohio last year that was trying to get some of the same recognition that SPI now seeks. Larry Durivage from Toledo, Ohio, did an excellent job breaking down the barriers between tooling competitors. He brought many of us together in a common meeting place in which we discussed our industry-related problems. Agenda's were set and one of those tasks was to write to our representatives and state our case. I sent several letters to Marcy Kaptur, and much to my dismay I never received as much as a form letter back from her in response.
I then joined an organization named SAM (Saving American Manufacturing) and also sent letters to various contacts it had posted on its Web site. Although this has been a relatively new venture for me, to date I have received no response. The flavor of this letter should now be becoming evident - our individual voices have no effect on our elected representatives. Your efforts are to be commended, but you need to understand that this effort must come to a successful conclusion. Your collective efforts must be focused on maintaining American jobs. Your efforts may be one of the last drives to help many of us stay in business.
One more issue, and I do understand that your publication needs advertising monies to continue to be published. Is it not a contradiction that your front page story focus is on the plight of U.S.-based manufacturing firms, and then the last pages contain many advertisements from Asian companies seeking to obtain more of these same jobs?
I am sorry fellows, but the time has come to recognize that market globalization is the death knell of many U.S.-based manufacturing firms. You need to develop the hard line - accept no advertisements from Asian-based companies. I for one will send you a monthly check to help offset your loss of these advertisement fees you collect. I cannot speak for others, but I would be willing to bet many other companies would be glad to follow suit. One more thing, how about renaming your publication - Plastics News USA? Radical thinking, maybe, but the time has come to help preserve the American way of life.
Upper Sandusky, Ohio