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Radio Flyer to move production of wagons to China
Associated Press ^ | 3-30-04

Posted on 03/30/2004 1:07:20 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:46:15 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

CHICAGO (AP) -- Radio Flyer Inc., maker of the little red wagon loved by generations of children, plans to move its manufacturing operation to China.

The 87-year-old company said it would keep its headquarters and distribution business in Chicago but decided the Chicago plant where the metal wagons are built is too expensive to maintain. With the plant closing, Radio Flyer will lay off nearly half its 90 employees.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Illinois
KEYWORDS: china; manufacturing; radioflyer
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1 posted on 03/30/2004 1:07:20 PM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"We're still a Chicago company. We're still a Chicago brand," he said.

No, sadly you are not.
2 posted on 03/30/2004 1:08:47 PM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Write in Tancredo in 04'!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Another "this is great for the American economy" bump.
3 posted on 03/30/2004 1:09:07 PM PST by Buffalo Bob
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
We simply cannot continue to buy products we do not make. That economic model will NOT work indefinitely. It just won't work. However, who is listening (or reading)? Only those of us here who already agree? What a joke.
4 posted on 03/30/2004 1:09:29 PM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: Flyer
What's your CB handle?
5 posted on 03/30/2004 1:11:08 PM PST by humblegunner
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Funny, they just had a segment on Radio Flyer on that John Ratzenberger show "Made in America" that I just watched within the last two to three weeks.
6 posted on 03/30/2004 1:12:25 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Go Fast, Turn Left!)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I can hardly wait to purchase a new Radio Flyer Wagon for my son.  Something about the "lovingly hand hammered by slaves" construction strikes deep within me.  And the new shade of Red is brighter than ever!
 
Owl_Eagle
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7 posted on 03/30/2004 1:14:13 PM PST by South Hawthorne ("I AIN'T GOT TIME FO' YO' JIBBA JABBA, FOOL!!!"~ Mr. T.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Just what China needs - amphibious vehicles for its invasion of Taiwan.
8 posted on 03/30/2004 1:14:35 PM PST by Fitzcarraldo
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To: Bikers4Bush
You are right they are not an American corp anymore.
9 posted on 03/30/2004 1:14:43 PM PST by TXBSAFH (KILL-9 needs no justification.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
They're changing the name to "Ladio Flyler".

All your little led wagons are belong to us....
10 posted on 03/30/2004 1:14:50 PM PST by azhenfud ("He who is always looking up seldom finds others' lost change...")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
I've had 25 of those little wagons at my garden center, since '91, for customers to pull plant purchases and kids around. They were made in the USA back then.

Sadly, all have rusted-out and were sold off to customers at $10ea, for their use. I've replaced them with heavy-duty, USA-made green steel nursery wagons, and don't regret not re-ordering Radio Flyer replacements, after reading this bad news.

No, they are not a Chicago or American company, any longer.
11 posted on 03/30/2004 1:17:55 PM PST by 7.62 x 51mm (Dogs have masters; Cats have staff.)
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To: Bikers4Bush
"We're still a Chicago company. We're still a Chicago brand," he said."

Yeah, Bejing, Chicago:)
12 posted on 03/30/2004 1:20:23 PM PST by international american (Support our troops!! Send Kerry back to Boston!!!!)
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To: humblegunner
What's your CB handle?

DUH!

Radio Flyer

13 posted on 03/30/2004 1:22:24 PM PST by Flyer ( http://talesfromtherail.com/ . . . .The disaster in Houston known as MetroRail)
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To: All
Hold on to your American made Radio Flyers they'll be worth bucks soon! Get to those yard sales, buy and hold on to them.
14 posted on 03/30/2004 1:24:11 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Mario Cuomo as VP? Has America gone mad?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
So now instead of playing with wagons, little kids will be assembling wagons. SAD
15 posted on 03/30/2004 1:30:27 PM PST by Moleman
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To: azhenfud
Classy.
16 posted on 03/30/2004 1:37:33 PM PST by non-anonymous
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To: Willie Green; Lazamataz
ping.
17 posted on 03/30/2004 1:37:37 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative (...He had committed no crime against America so I did not bring him here...-- Worst.President.Ever.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Chief executive Robert Pasin, whose grandfather started the company, said he did not believe the move would hurt customer loyalty.

I think this is someone who's out of touch. At least I hope he is out of touch. May Radio Flyer file Chapter 11 next year on this day to commemorate their 1 year anniversary of moving to China and becoming a CHINESE company.
18 posted on 03/30/2004 1:37:41 PM PST by brownsfan (I didn't leave the democratic party, the democratic party left me.)
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19 posted on 03/30/2004 1:39:27 PM PST by Calpernia (http://members.cox.net/classicweb/Heroes/heroes.htm)
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To: Moleman
Not everybody in China is a slave laborer. The cables I sell are mostly made in China. From what I have seen the western factories are usually decently run, and give the workers a lot better deal than the Red Chinese Gov't ones.

More to the point, if we didn't make the cables we sell in China, my company would have gone under years ago. And the 70 Americans it employs would be out on the street.

20 posted on 03/30/2004 1:39:36 PM PST by GreenLanternCorps (Just once I'd like to meet an alien menace that wasn't immune to bullets!!!)
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