Skip to comments.U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People
Posted on 09/22/2013 3:04:28 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
The old textile mills here are mostly gone now. Gaffney Manufacturing, National Textiles, Cherokee clangorous, dusty, productive engines of the Carolinas fabric trade fell one by one to the forces of globalization.
Just as the Carolinas benefited when manufacturing migrated first from the Cottonopolises of England to the mill towns of New England and then to here, where labor was even cheaper, they suffered in the 1990s when the textile industry mostly left the United States.
It headed to China, India, Mexico wherever people would spool, spin and sew for a few dollars or less a day. Which is why what is happening at the old Wellstone spinning plant is so remarkable.
Drive out to the interstate, with the big peach-shaped water tower just down the highway, and youll find the mill up and running again. Parkdale Mills, the countrys largest buyer of raw cotton, reopened it in 2010.
The [Parkdale] mill here produces 2.5 million pounds of yarn a week with about 140 workers. In 1980, that production level would have required more than 2,000 people.
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Any story involving US textile mills and peach-shaped water towers is a must read...”pinging” for later, and THANKS for posting!
What will Humans do when we don’t need each other to do anything?
Maybe they’d have more employees on the floor if they offered a higher minimum wage. /S
More seriously, this is what will happen to fast food joints—they’ll become vending-machine-like automated factories with a few skilled maintenance people and bulk food handlers. The customer will exchange credit with a terminal, and the food will be delivered through a slot. It will be the New Automat (if anyone remembers those NYC restaurants of the early 50’s).
< /Idiocracy The Movie >
Well, SKYNET will determine that we are no longer needed and will be slated for extermination.
We could also help the unemployed by imposing a 29.5 hour work week. /s
The Automat gave the illusion of machine service, although it was really quite labor intensive with the guys behind the glass racing to keep the compartments filled.
The restaurant of the future will be machine intensive, but they’ll try to find some way to give the illusion of personalization.
Holds 1,000,000 gallons of water. Been there since the early 80s.
Well, it lowers unemployment, because it takes more workers to perform the same amount of economic activity. Of course, the workers are much worse off, because they have to take second jobs to pay for their healthcare, and the companies are worse off, too, because they have so much red tape to manage to avoid big fines.
I think I would just rather cook my own food at home.
While we are advocating legalizing 10-20 million illegals, we are getting ready to implement large scale farm robotics, self driving cars, and new AI software that can displace tens of millions of workers, and it is all going to hit in the same 10-15 years.
Where now are all those who so loudly proclaimed a service economy was the future?
Read an article that said MCD is working on adding more automation to their stores. Makes a lot of sense.
It’s funny that the minimum wage for a machine is less than what the marxists require.
When my family passes it regularly the grandkids say “there’s the big butt”...
It kills me to hear of the jobs illegals will have. By filling the jobs needed to keep the illegals here and alive.
An automat on a 1904 postcard
While automation means less jobs, someone is earning and spending. The trick is for the people who lose jobs to automation to learn to maintain and service the machines or find something else that people still want or even prefer to have done by hand.
Grew up about 45 minutes away from it.
Aren't we all? Isn't it a large part of why we're here?
Where’s the “Bring Jobs back to America from China” FReeper? He/she needs to read this!
Give it time. I’m sure they will figure out a way to unionize machines and give them voting rights.
Become robot-designing engineers (mechanical, electrical, software) or perish.
Truth be told, politicians will fleece the engineers (producers) to give handouts to the rest who will be bonded in subsistence and indebtedness to perpetually vote for the same politicians.
My son recently graduated from Limestone College in Gaffney. He lives in Boiling Springs now ... we drive by the big peach every time we visit. Lovely country.
Are European fabrics better than American?
When I was stationed in Japan, in the late ‘80s, one could purchase beer from a vending machine :-)
When I was trying to find a pic of it, there were several of the butt view. I decided against that, FR being family oriented and all.
” We could also help the unemployed by imposing a 29.5 hour work week. /s”
Obama’s on it.
That moronic idea was at its height in the 60s and early 70s.
Even as a young man, that never made any sense to me.
It's not rocket science to see that everybody providing services for everybody else, with no one devising, designing and making things makes for a hilarious, but short lived society.
This is a hoot, in that it really shows the decline of American unions. And you can bet your bottom dollar that there is only going to be textiles in right to work states.
It started with the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union, which merged with the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union in 1995, to form UNITE. In 2004, that organization merged with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees union to form UNITE HERE.
In 2005, UNITE HERE withdrew from the AFL-CIO and joined the Change to Win Federation, along with several other unions, including the Teamsters, SEIU and the UFCW.
In May of 2009 union president Bruce Raynor (originally from UNITE) left UNITE HERE, taking with him numerous local unions and between 105,000 and 150,000 members, mostly garment workers. They formed a new Service Employees International Union (SEIU) affiliate called Workers United.
In September of 2009, UNITE HERE announced that it would re-affiliate with the AFL-CIO.
still can plus about a hundred other things - a hot coffee out of one of those machines on a cold night is a great comfort. never understood why heated cans didn’t catch on in the us
Just maybe people will eat at home and/or brown bag lunches.
Limestone is a very good school. I live in Gaffney and work in the textile industry. My company (www.hamrickmills.com) is not mentioned in the article, but it has been around for 100 years. The secret to their success? They never go into debt. As for the peach, it has been the butt of jokes around here for 30 years.
Yup. Horn and Hardart on 57th and 6th.
“Read an article that said MCD is working on adding more automation to their stores. Makes a lot of sense.”
Was at a local “Steak & Shake” restaurant a while back and counted 29 workers in the store. I can’t imagine how they are turning a profit with that many employees. A different employee seated you, waited on you, delivered you food and rung up the tab. I am self employed and can’t even think of having an employee.
Robots don't eat burgers, or wear clothes, or live in houses, or drive cars, etc.
Will the entire world be on welfare, supported by our robot masters?
No one can say with certainty, of course, but I remember reading in a dusty old book once that "Idle hands are the Devil's playground." I'm sure nothing good will come of it.
I watched that movie a couple of hours ago, never seen it before.
The trick is to get out of the rat race altogether. Find a small piece of land and plant a garden with a few chickens and some sheep or goats. Stop working for others and work for yourself instead.
doesn’t look big enough from that angle