Manufacturing Works by Fred Zimmerman

By Fred Zimmerman

The producing industry-in the United States-alone employs 17 million employees. in the back of production Works there's one basic premise: America’s production base drives its prosperity. the economic area is precise as a result of its dimension, its skill to generate innovation and price, its value to nationwide safeguard, its function in assembly people’s needs and wants, and the glory of the paintings it offers for 17 million american citizens. The mixed difficulties of a worsening U.S. exchange stability, mounting layoffs, and uncertainties in monetary markets are heightening the necessity to increase the U.S. business base that allows you to maintain the prosperity the country has loved in recent times. in response to the landmark examine they created to discover the yank production panorama, authors Fred Zimmerman and Dave Beal take a troublesome examine this often-unappreciated part in 232 key counties. Zimmerman and Beal construct their case via concise examine, rankings of interviews, and lots of visits to manufacturing unit flooring. The clever dialogue of producing Works could be liked and revered via exertions leaders, company executives, humans drawn to public coverage, and rank-and-file manufacturing unit staff. The publication initiates a provocative dialogue on how comparative virtue might be created and misplaced, together with: • Appraisal of the U.S. business base, which used to be the relevant strength at the back of prosperity within the Nineteen Nineties yet used to be overshadowed via Internet-related businesses and different elements of the financial system • serious research of the way American production has survived regardless of many pressures from domestic and overseas • clarification of why a robust production quarter is still necessary to the long term survival of our nation’s economic climate Made extra understandable via photos, tables, and maps, production Works tells the tales of the employees, managers, neighborhood leaders, and others-the faces in the back of the information.

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MFG. 69 325 Chemical Mfg. 32 336 Transportation Equipment Mfg. 36 331 Primary Metal Mfg. 59 312 Beverage & Tobacco Product Mfg. S. MFG. 65% 333 Machinery Mfg. 39 327 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Mfg. 06 335 Electrical Equip. 52 332 Fabricated Metal Product Mfg. 00 339 Miscellaneous Mfg. 41 326 Plastics & Rubber Products Mfg. 28 311 Food Mfg. 79 321 Wood Product Mfg. 57 337 Furniture & Related Product Mfg. 33 316 Leather & Allied Product Mfg. 315 Apparel Mfg. S. S. Department of Commerce, 2001 Where the Money Is 19 The contribution that each of these major industries makes to the prosperity of the nation varies broadly.

The Wall Street Journal reported that in July of 1986, Michigan Governor John Engler sent 1,000 letters to Fort Wayne businesses talking up 21 tax cuts the state had made. The letters cited comparisons showing state and local taxes that were lower overall in Jackson, Michigan, than in Fort Wayne. (Edward O. ) The GM plant opened in 1986. By the end of that year, the Fort Wayne area was back. It had added some 30,000 jobs since 1983, thus rebuilding its job base to its 1979 high of 177,000 workers.

Don’t fight it, fund officials advised. Celebrate it. Maybe we should not celebrate so quickly. If deindustrialization means shedding high-value industries, the effects may not be so beneficial. People and nations around the world want those industries, for good reason, and they are working hard to get them. C H A P T E R 2 Where the Money Is All industries may be created equal, but some quickly emerge as more profitable to their employees and their communities. For example, consider the contrasts in wage levels that set the manufacturing sector apart from retail trade.

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