Thursday, December 04, 2003

Kwikset May Leave

Black and Decker's Kwikset Lock Company in Bristow is considering moving its plant out of the US to lower costs. This would put 1,000 people out of work and endanger Bristow's survival. Black and Decker is one of the multinational corporations that has stopped manufacturing anything of its own and turned itself into a brand marketer. They do not move jobs to places like Mexico and China they get out of the jobs business altogether by contracting out all manufacturing. In China Black and Decker drives such hard bargains that even their Chinese subcontractors make virtually nothing - and pay their Chinese employees next to nothing. These multinationals are ruthless to both Americans and to Chinese and Mexicans. But whose to blame? We consumers are. It is our choice to purchase either the cheapest items at Wal-Mart or to look at the label and pay a little more for goods made in our own country.

It's up to you.

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