Industry not speaking with one voice.
While AFS should be commended for its efforts on trade, it is clear that large manufacturers are muffling our cries for help. Those touting free trade are those still employed, yet to be burned by "impossible and subsidized" pricing. Some say free trade will open markets for American goods in China. To them I say: "I have a bridge for sale, bring cash."
If foreign metalcasting operations continue to pay peanuts, ignore health care, safety and environmental responsibility, they will destroy us. Clearly, the time has come for us to take additional action that will insure our survival as an industry and a sovereign nation. Personally, I think it is time to wage war in the form of tariffs and a "Buy American" campaign Like none other in the history of our nation. Perhaps a Civil War within our own domestic manufacturing community is what we need; a campaign of shame.
Most of us that have been in this industry long enough know that seven foundrymen signed the Declaration of Independence. We proudly tout this statistic with plaques in our foundries, but sadly, today we are approaching a Declaration of Dependence. Sir Edmund Burke once said that, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." Will this be our legacy, of will we finally say that enough is enough? "Arm" my fellow patriots! It is time for us to unload with both barrels and change our course.
MICAHEL L. LENAHAN
RESOURCE RECOVERY CORP., COOPERSVlLLE, MICHIGAN
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|Title Annotation:||Letterbox; foundry industry|
|Comment:||Industry not speaking with one voice.(Letterbox; foundry industry)|
|Author:||Lenahan, Michael A.|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2003|
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