Not much time to join China trade mission
Although it may seem strange, I have volunteered to host a trade mission to China this summer. Through the auspices of the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. and the Department of Commerce, we will be visiting Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai June 21 through July 1.
This letter is to suggest that it may be helpful for any manufacturers or business leaders interested in either ``the China problem'' or in doing business in China to attend. It is vital that we know and learn as much as we can about our competitors, and we plan to use this mission to accomplish that. In fact, I think it's more important to attend a trade mission if you do not want or plan to do business in China! It is an unbelievable learning and cultural experience and will help to sharpen your understanding of the challenges, opportunities and real-life costs of doing business in China.
It is important that we finish out our attendee list as soon as possible. If you would like details, please go to www.socplas.org and look for the China Trade Mission information and the FAQ section.
This will be a working mission and typically involves daily briefings, targeted (specific to your needs) plant tours and matchmaker meetings. A personal interpreter/translator will be provided when you are interacting with the Chinese businesspersons one on one. There will be a provision, at lower cost, for spouses and other family members to attend. The Commerce Department will help to coordinate tours, cultural opportunities and shopping.
Time is of the essence - the best flight reservations are made 30-60 days in advance. You also need an up-to-date passport and a visa prior to departure.
Erie Plastics Corp.
Jobs tell real story about U.S. economy
I am very tired of reading how the economy is getting better and a few jobs have appeared here and there and, wow, we are in a recovery. For a recovery to truly happen, first the jobs that have been lost must be replaced. Then new jobs that come on the market can be celebrated as growth and building the economy.
You print articles about businesses that have an edge with new technology and skills. That technology, if it is truly worth anything, will be copied and used by other countries in less time than it took to develop it, leaving the people you boast as having an edge with their jaws on the floor wondering what happened.
I try to stay as positive as I can about things, but for every good piece of information you hear, it is easy to find thousands of negatives in the form of lost jobs to make that positive not so positive. In your articles and others I read, I hear people trying to feel good by trying to make what is happening to their industry sound like a good thing. I hope the people in this country will wake up and do something about our government's inability, unwillingness, or whatever it is that makes government not work for the people of this country.
Robert J. Grosse
Former president Grosse Tool Inc.
Sun Prairie, Wis.