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Manufacturing In The US Is Making A Historic Comeback
Business Insider ^ | 12/15/2012 | Charles Fishman

Posted on 12/15/2012 10:51:28 AM PST by SeekAndFind

For much of the past decade, General Electric’s storied Appliance Park, in Louisville, Kentucky, appeared less like a monument to American manufacturing prowess than a memorial to it.

The very scale of the place seemed to underscore its irrelevance. Six factory buildings, each one the size of a large suburban shopping mall, line up neatly in a row. The parking lot in front of them measures a mile long and has its own traffic lights, built to control the chaos that once accompanied shift change. But in 2011, Appliance Park employed not even a tenth of the people it did in its heyday. The vast majority of the lot’s spaces were empty; the traffic lights looked forlorn.

In 1951, when General Electric designed the industrial park, the company’s ambition was as big as the place itself; GE didn’t build an appliance factory so much as an appliance city. Five of the six factory buildings were part of the original plan, and early on Appliance Park had a dedicated power plant, its own fire department, and the first computer ever used in a factory. The facility was so large that it got its own ZIPcode (40225). It was the headquarters for GE’s appliance division, as well as the place where just about all of the appliances were made.

By 1955, Appliance Park employed 16,000 workers. By the 1960s, the sixth building had been built, the union workforce was turning out 60,000 appliances a week, and the complex was powering the explosion of the U.S. consumer economy.

The arc that followed is familiar. Employment kept rising through the ’60s, but it peaked at 23,000 in 1973, 20 years after the facility first opened. By 1984, Appliance Park had fewer employees than it did in 1955.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: madeintheusa; manufacturing
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1 posted on 12/15/2012 10:51:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Not with all the draconian micromanaging regulations and the highest corporate tax rate on the planet standing in the way.


2 posted on 12/15/2012 10:53:43 AM PST by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

Business Insider is such a commie rag. With them, it’s all good with the Obama regime in power. Talk about living in an alternate universe.


3 posted on 12/15/2012 10:57:11 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's not about the guns. It's about the control.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

I tell that stupid bleeper off multiple times a week on Facebook. He’s such a tool.


4 posted on 12/15/2012 10:58:54 AM PST by riri (Plannedopolis-look it up. It's how the elites plan for US to live.)
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To: SeekAndFind
By 1955, Appliance Park employed 16,000 workers …
Employment kept rising through the ’60s, but it peaked at 23,000 in 1973 …
Appliance Park will end this year with 3,600 hourly employees

211,000,000 US population in 1973
313,000,000 US population in 2012

This is a “Good News” story? We’re making a comeback? Are we some kind of manufacturing giant today? Swarming with good manufacturing jobs, are we?

5 posted on 12/15/2012 10:59:31 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: riri

Who is the other BarryClown they have? Weisenthal or something like that?


6 posted on 12/15/2012 11:00:21 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (It's not about the guns. It's about the control.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Exploratory Discussion Group

Judeo-Christian, Small Business (JCSB) Think Tank

You don't for vote for them - or even know them. But they govern your life.



Congress needs small business morals and common sense - they work.

FReepmail me if you want to be on or off the JCSB Think Tank ping list.

7 posted on 12/15/2012 11:04:38 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: SeekAndFind
China Is Officially Dusting The U.S. In Manufacturing (And That's OK)
8 posted on 12/15/2012 11:10:29 AM PST by blam
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To: SeekAndFind
This article originated in the Atlantic Magazine - December 2012 issue as The Insourcing Boom.
9 posted on 12/15/2012 11:13:53 AM PST by willieroe
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To: ClearCase_guy

I’ll grant that this is a step in the right direction, but you’re right, it’s not near enough.


10 posted on 12/15/2012 11:16:04 AM PST by TwelveOfTwenty (Ho, ho, hey, hey, I'm BUYcotting Chick-Fil-A)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a rather large complex. I’ve driven past it numerous times. Louisville use to be known as Strike City, atlhough we haven’t seen much of that in years, alteast since I’ve lived here.


11 posted on 12/15/2012 11:17:38 AM PST by MachIV
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To: TwelveOfTwenty
One of the really key things that the US needs to wrestle with (and which I believe we ignore) is that we actually MAKE a lot of stuff. But we do it with few people. We are efficient. We have machines. We are automated.

Factory JOBS? Manufacturing? How about any kind of work you can do with just a HS degree? Or work that can be done with sweat and maybe not quite so much thinking?

We ain't got none of those jobs anymore. We have a population that requires jobs like that -- some people cannot contribute much more than the sweat of their brow. And we have none of those jobs.

So what do we do with tens of millions of people who are essentially unemployable? Right now, Obama and the socialists have the only answer.

12 posted on 12/15/2012 11:24:27 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (Republicans have made themselves useless, toothless, and clueless.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Well, there is just a *tad* more automation in manufacturing here in 2012 than there was in 1973.

This is material to the discussion.


13 posted on 12/15/2012 11:26:46 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SeekAndFind

GE appliances are terrible.
They are junk the day they leave the factory.


14 posted on 12/15/2012 12:55:56 PM PST by Iron Munro (I MISS AMERICA !)
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To: SeekAndFind

What in the wide world of sports are these maroons smoking? Seriously. With all the taxes and regulations coming down, what idiot (or group of them) can make such a pronouncement? As Perry Mason opined: “You’ve assumed a fact not in evidence.”


15 posted on 12/15/2012 1:06:44 PM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: SeekAndFind

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! That is funny right there.

LLS


16 posted on 12/15/2012 1:09:08 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (A child is born in Bethlehem KING of KINGS)
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To: SeekAndFind
Many offshoring decisions were based on a single preoccupation—cheap labor. The labor was so cheap, in fact, that it covered a multitude of sins in other areas. The approach to bringing jobs back has been much more thoughtful. Jobs are coming back not for a single, simple reason, but for many intertwined reasons—which means they won’t slip away again when one element of the business, or the economy, changes.

Final paragraph of the article. Many at FR need to read that several times to let it sink in. Some want to pretend that cheap labor was one of the last reasons for offshoring, if it was a reason at all.

But cheap labor was the reason, the first reason and overwhelmingly the most important reason for most offshoring. No one can compete when labor in a cheap labor nation is 10%, or even 5% or less of what it is in the US. And that goes for every job in the US that can be offshored or outsourced, not just for 'low skill' manufacturing jobs.

Who knows how big this trend back to the US will be, but it's the only thing that will produce enough jobs to bring about the economic growth and job growth needed to move people from unemployment and welfare back to the workforce, or to the workforce for the first time. And that is the only thing that will ever enable up to get our budget deficits and national debt under control. What Congress and Obama might do will amount to little or nothing.

17 posted on 12/15/2012 1:30:27 PM PST by Will88
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To: ClearCase_guy

The are not unemployable. There is a market wage that they can earn. It may not be a great wage but its there. Most unskilled and uneducated people in this country believe they have a birthright to a good paying job that doesn’t require much effort. If they cannot find it then there is Uncle Sugar.

We have many sweaty jobs for non-thinking people. They are in seasonal crops, drywall, roofing, ditch digging, cleaning, food preparation, and etc. Haven’t you seen all the fair skinned US citizens lining up for those jobs.


18 posted on 12/15/2012 2:11:53 PM PST by FreedomNotSafety
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To: Will88

Yup, and apparently no one can explain this in terms that the average Obama voter can understand.

The labor unions killed the golden goose.


19 posted on 12/15/2012 3:12:04 PM PST by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative.)
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To: Will88

Yup, and apparently no one can explain this in terms that the average Obama voter can understand.

The labor unions killed the golden goose.


20 posted on 12/15/2012 3:12:07 PM PST by sf4dubya (I rebelled against my parents by becoming a conservative.)
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