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  somnium

I wonder if our dumb ass politicians even have a clue of what's going on in the jobs market these days???

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Nothing like regulating and taxing the shit out of our industries to make them go else where... or, go under!!

Actually my point is: why doesn't Unky Sam step in and give incentives to our manufacturers to stay here, like states give incentives to bring companies over here- or do our politicians not have the brains of a knat even, to come up with ideas like that??

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pinklipstick2

Sep 7 @ 7:24AM  
Their track record is solid .Still no clue.
RevDocLove

Sep 7 @ 8:02AM  
Don't you know that India and China are both big auto buyers???
They're the new market for American cars
Called expanding the market and saving labor and shipping costs
somnium

Sep 7 @ 10:12AM  
Called expanding the market and saving labor and shipping costs

Lucky us!!!


sugarnspice005

Sep 7 @ 11:07AM  
Don't you know that India and China are both big auto buyers???
They're the new market for American cars
Called expanding the market and saving labor and shipping costs

That's all well and good Rev, but, there are people HERE in America that could use those jobs. Let China and India take care of their own and since Ford is supposed to be an American company, they need to keep their plants here and put people to work.

I see this as a slap in the face to the American worker...those whose unemployment is about to run out, who will be losing their homes, and put out in the streets. I firmly believe in taking care of our own and letting the foreign countries take care of their own in situations like this.

Maybe if the world economy was more stable, hell, even flourishing, Ford building a plant overseas would be a great idea. But right now, people need jobs, and this isn't helping those people at all.
Wordsofwit

Sep 7 @ 11:24AM  
That's all well and good Rev, but, there are people HERE in America that could use those jobs. Let China and India take care of their own and since Ford is supposed to be an American company, they need to keep their plants here and put people to work.

If you want your cars to be competitively priced you need to have assembly plants near your market. Foreign automakers have had assembly plants in the US for decades for that very reason. I can see nothing in it that costs Americans jobs as they are not closing a US plant for it. The plant is being built to take advantage of new market opportunities halfway around the world.

Kind of a BFD story if you ask me.
sugarnspice005

Sep 7 @ 11:55AM  
I can see nothing in it that costs Americans jobs as they are not closing a US plant for it.

Did I say they were closing a plant? No, I did not. But, they are building overseas instead of HERE, in America, where there are unemployed people who would most likely have liked to have applied for a job at a new plant, or, one that has been empty and has been restored and opened up.

If Ford has one billion to spend over in another country to build a new plant, and hire workers over there.........what about here? In America? Where there are empty plants not being used? Where there are people unemployed who want to work? Why not put fellow American's back to work?

somnium

Sep 7 @ 11:55AM  
I can see nothing in it that costs Americans jobs as they are not closing a US plant for it.

True as far as that goes but, they're not hiring 5,000 workers here either!

Eventually, we won't have a manufacturing base here, then what... buy everything we need from the rest of the world?? And who is going to be able to afford to buy anything because few people will have meaningful jobs here? Oh yeah, that's right, the government will take care of us- it's what it wants anyway!


RevDocLove

Sep 7 @ 12:16PM  
Foreign ‘Transplants’ Fuel U.S. Car Manufacturing
By Lois Kapila
Written on May 31, 2011

Despite longstanding talk of the decline in U.S. manufacturing, plenty of foreign automotive firms have been setting up plants throughout the United States, which offers a number of competitive advantages, according to Jonathan Browning, president and chief executive officer of the Volkswagen Group of America who spoke at the Council of Foreign Relations in Washington on May 13.

Addressing a crowd of around 60 people on the subject of "American revival," Browning explained the strategy behind Volkswagen's decision to build a new, soon-to-be-opened, billion-dollar plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, that is set to churn out 150,000 vehicles annually.

Volkswagen joins a parade of other foreign car companies, including Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz, that over the past few decades have set up U.S. "transplants," as these foreign-owned facilities are known in the industry.

Volkswagen's new billion-dollar plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the German automaker joins a parade of other foreign car companies such as Toyota and Mercedes-Benz that have set up manufacturing plants in the United States.The growth in foreign automotive manufacturing parallels a more recent upsurge in the U.S. manufacturing industry in general, with the nation's factories having added 250,000 jobs since the beginning of last year — making up about 13 percent of what was shed during the last recession and, more significantly, marking the first sustained increase in manufacturing employment since 1997, according to a recent report in the Washington Post.

Similarly, U.S. car production is experiencing an uptick, part of broader pattern of foreign transportation transplants finding a lucrative base on American soil. In the process, this is challenging long-held assumptions about U.S. manufacturing and changing the face of America's auto industry.

sugarnspice005

Sep 7 @ 12:22PM  
That's great about the foreign transplants and all. But, what about the so called American plants? The ones that tax payers bailed out? It's ok for them to build new plants elsewhere rather than do so here, at home, and give unemployed workers jobs?

I'm not saying they shouldn't build over seas. I'm just saying I wish they would focus more HERE first, then over seas.
somnium

Sep 7 @ 12:25PM  
Despite longstanding talk of the decline in U.S. manufacturing, plenty of foreign automotive firms have been setting up plants throughout the United States

We get it Doc... but there's more concern over our basic manufacturing base that was unparalleled for most of the 20th century, than that of just automotive manufacturers!

Maybe we should just swap countries??


Wordsofwit

Sep 7 @ 12:55PM  
If Ford wants to stay competitive and sell vehicles in India they have to have plants there, period. They have had a plant there since 1995. Many of the vehicles that they produce in India are not even models available here, but rather models that they sell in Europe. So if they didn't expand in India, they would have expanded their European operations. Those 5,000 jobs weren't coming to the US under any scenario.

Here is the Ford press release about it.

As for US manufacturing, there is hardly any left. Beyond the auto industry, the only major manufacturing sector I can think of off of the top of my head is aircraft and aerospace.

Foreign concerns are expanding US operations and hiring Americans. People would shit if they knew how many major US companies are subsidiaries of foreign firms. It has been happening for decades.
40DWM

Sep 7 @ 2:10PM  
Easy answer for this one. Right To Work States. Ford probably wanted to open a
plant in South Carolina, but after watching the Obama Administration go after Boeing,
probably thought it would involve less lawyers to offshore. LITIGATION

Barrack Hussian Obama wants to destroy the American Manufacturing capacity, and
he's doing a great job at it.
Wordsofwit

Sep 7 @ 2:17PM  
^^ ^^ Some people just don't get it It has been happening for decades and is a part of the global economy, the economic new world order. It hasn't been just the US, Japan, and Europe since the last century. Some views sound good but realistically are like trying to catch the wind, or like trying to close the corral gate long after all of the horses have bolted
Strega

Sep 7 @ 2:58PM  

Did I say they were closing a plant? No, I did not. But, they are building overseas instead of HERE, in America,


Actually they could help save some American jobs as sometimes a new market like India and China helps the company's bottom line and can help keep a less profitable area of the business afloat. If you build here and ship to India and China they are not going to buy them because they are too expensive and some European company will move in to fill that opening. I don't think companies like Ford are going to last long if they only can sell to Americans because no one else can afford the products. Then all their employees would be out of work.
40DWM

Sep 7 @ 3:18PM  
I might be wrong....as I usually am....but that whole 'Boeing' thing was kinda recent? Unless your google is broke.....
Only thing worse than a broke google, is two broke googles.....

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Ford building $1bn manufacturing complex in India