Skip to comments.Detroit adds production line of Shinola watches to the list of stuff it makes
Posted on 05/10/2013 6:16:50 AM PDT by Abathar
Detroit has a long history of making stuff cars, steel, even popcorn.
Now, the city is home to a manufacturing facility devoted to the production of an item not made at this scale in the U.S. for decades: Wristwatches.
A Dallas-based company has set up a production line for its Shinola brand of watches in Detroit.
Shinola officials say their watch production target for this year is 45,000, to be sold online, at flagship stores in Detroit and New York and at fashion and jewelry retailers and department stores around the country.
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Hopefully they are good quality. Other wise you wouldn’t be able to tell sh*t from Shinola.
Manufacturing is good thing — but kids today don’t wear watches.
Probably no one under 40 has ever heard that expression.
The watch has gone the way of the buggy whip.
Shinola is a brand name!!!????
darn you! I was going to say that! ;-)
Yeah, that’s where the phrase comes from - shoe polish.
You have to tell the difference or your shoes get messed up.
Large flat screen TVs are also being assembled in Detroit now too. The components come from china still but the Minnesota company hopes to start manufacturing components around the midwest.
There is a lot more going on in Detroit than people realize. Canada has reopened the salt mines under the city. Lots of warehousing and freight related jobs will come with the new bridge.
The infrastructure is all there, might need some work but all the money is already in the ground. Really smart investors looking down the road a ways could do a lot worse than Detroit, especially around the river and downtown.
JP Morgan just opened some kind of regional HQ in Detroit as well.
The simple fact is that there is a certain degree of freedom to be found in Detroit that is pretty rare in most American cities. You can eat what you want, drink what you want, defend yourself, use paper or plastic, drive what you want etc.
I’m happy to see that it is really IN Detroit and not 30 miles outside in a suburb where the unemployment rate is not awful.
Which is why we always said ‘s*** from apple butter’ instead.
should add to the similar phrase of “doesn’t know to scratch his watch or wind his a**”
and yes, i can attest that at least ONE person under 40 knows that phrase.
Shinola would be a good name for a rapper, cuz I can’t tell the difference
Private money is really stepping up and conservatives could retake and rebuild the city for the greatest coup since abolition.
Contrary to popular belief, Detroit is not a liberal city. Its a city with lots of corruption. We’re not seeing a drive for gay marriage, gun control, or green energy coming out of Detroit.
Working in close proximity to a university, I can tell you that kids do still wear watches...just cheap digital ones or “costume jewelry” type watches.
They need to make that 14” model that the little dorks wear around their necks.
I have nothing against cheap watches — I buy mine at Walmart.
The kids in SoCal, however, prefer to look at their phones if they want to know what time it is.
Things may be different in parts of the country where civilization has yet to collapse.
“Really smart investors looking down the road a ways could do a lot worse than Detroit, especially around the river and downtown.”
Wise investors might wish to add in the costs of high grade fencing, concertina wire, lighting systems, machine gun towers, rising ammo costs, etc.
Don’t forget the expenses of tail gunners on all company vehicles.
PS What about the increased insurance bills because of arson and degraded fire departments?
My nephew is staying with me while he earns money to get an apartment. I encourage him to wear a watch due to the fact that when he applies for a job or talks to a potential landlord, they’ll see it as a sign that he’s interested in being on time and is responsible.
Really? That would be great!
You wouldn't happen to know which company do you cripple?
Also, I wear a watch and heard the shinola expression and I am probably the second youngest person on this website.
So, I don't know what some of you are talking about.
I always wondered how the Shinola people felt about that one (the expression) . . . Hi! Im the new man from Shinola! Hi, how are ya, nice to see ya.And in the same routine, there was something about another expression about not knowing whether to $#!+ or wind your watch . . . Shinola Watches seems to combine the two, perhaps?
George Carlin, Filthy Words (from Occupation: Foole)
I’m not sure of the brand name but the company is Element Electronics. Apparently these are the only TVs being manufactured in the USA.
Story from January.
Element Electronics: America Matters
But Shinola Watches have a great website.
Steve Martin explained the difference quite well in the movie "The Jerk."
And don’t trust whitey.
My 30somethings have, they grew up on critical thinking stuff like that and “wish in one hand, poop in the other, then see which fills up faster”. What’s funny is to hear them tell their kids the same.
slightly off, this is an american company that makes expensive american watches.
you’re right about shoe polishes... since
“Shinola/Detroit LLC purchased the Shinola name from the defunct shoe polish company, and is now an American manufacturer of watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals in Detroit.”
I went to the internet to try to find out when the last can of Shinola was made. Can’t find it.
I have some friends who bought an Able Glass franchise and have expanded to 3 shops with one in Detroit.
Hey they’ve got Barry’s bike - a girls in pink.
Interesting read on the economics of the Detroit salt mine here.
Does anyone under forty shine their shoes these days?
Excellent advice. You would be surprised by how many employers notice such things.
Shinola, shoe polish wrist watches? Will it leave a stain on your wrist? Will it take a spit shine? Is it the same color as s***?
Inquiring minds want to know!
At that price point, they should offer a good automatic movement instead of a quartz one.
Nice retro looking watches. I hope they do well.
What will happen is that:
1. They will get a name as a hand built watch.
2. Their sales will increase.
3. The Money guy will demand increased production.
4. They will build bigger/more facilities.
5. Labor Union(s) will get involved.
6. Machine made in China (or worse).
so the locals will have something to pawn at Les Gold’s...
Bitter ugly union organizing attempt commencing in 3.....2.....1......
Decent shoes are another little detail I’ve heard that potential employers notice.
Shinola? What a crazy name. It reminds me of a phrase that begins with another s word.....
Correct. Generally, dress like a competent adult.