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Another Made in the USA Death
by Dave Harm   
Rated "G" by the Author.
Last edited: Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2008

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I grew up in a time where quality products were made in the USA. All the inferior products were made in China. I believe that for the most part, this statement still holds true.

 

Since my childhood, things have changed.  Quality still comes from the USA but it is getting harder to find.  More and more of our quality products are disappearing.  These products still exist but they no longer are made in the USA.

 

You can drive across our country and stop off at any good size town and see idle factories.  These empty buildings used to produce a quality product, created by loyal and devoted employees.

 

Their products made their companies money, yet they closed down.  Why?  Their jobs were moved overseas.

 

The last company to do so happened in my own backyard.  In the town of DeWitt, Nebraska, a product was produced for over 80 years, with pride and embedded with the “Made in the USA” logo.

 

DeWitt was the home of Peterson Manufacturing.  And Peterson Manufacturing was the home of Vice-Grip.  Roughly five years ago, the Rubbermaid Corporation bought out Peterson’s and assured the community that their factory and their jobs were safe.

 

Rubbermaid renamed the company Irwin Tools and by 2005 the “Made in the USA” brand was removed from the Vice-Grip.  And by the end of August 2008 the Rubbermaid Corporation  announced  that by October of 2008 the plant would be closed and the Vice-Grip would be made overseas.

 

In its hayday, Peterson’s employed over 800 people.  When the plant closes 300 people will lose their jobs. 

 

The new Vice-Grip has no emblem as to its place of creation.  Maybe it’s just me, but picking up a Vice-Grip that says “Made in China,” just sounds cheap.

 

 

Losing Our History

 

300 blank stares

news they already knew

still the confirmation

filled their soul with uncertainty

and yes… some anger and rage

 

realizing their powerlessness

they still felt like failures

a good part of their lives

spent inside factory walls

making a product with pride

than stamped… Made In The USA

 

Our industrial past

littered with long forgotten companies

and our work… given freely

to ChinaIndia… and Pakistan

 

the bottom line will show profits

and CEOs will get extravagant bonuses

while the factory is bulldozed

while foreclosures rise and bankruptcies soar

 

©2008DaveHarm

 

 

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Reviewed by Keith Rowley 10/8/2008
Well written
Reviewed by Felix Perry 10/8/2008
I empathize with those workers and their families as more and more shutdowns and closures becomes the norm not the exception.
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