The Richmond, Ind., Palladium-Item kicked off a series on employment issues Sunday with an interesting story, "Disappearing act: Exodus of area jobs began long before recession hit." The story caught my eye because of the string of companies mentioned right at the top with plastics operations: Cinram, Engineered Plastic Components, and Spartech Plastics. Correspondent Pam Tharp described firms on the list as being among the "area employers that sent jobs overseas or shuttered local plants since 2006." The story notes that eastern Indiana and western Ohio -- the Palladium-Item's circulation area -- lost quite a few manufacturing jobs to low-cost countries in the past decade. But the story isn't all doom-and-gloom. Surviving manufacturing companies are leaner and better able to manage through tough times. Opportunities still exist for better trained, higher skilled workers. And some manufacturers say today they're winning work that a few years ago would have automatically been awarded to suppliers in China or Mexico. The story is worth a look ... and there's already an active debate about manufacturing issues taking place in the "reader reactions" section of the site.
Can the US win back its 'disappearing jobs'?
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