March 08, 2002

How the Steal Deel Plays

How the Steal Deel Plays out in the Industrial Heartland: Ed Collins, a shop-floor veteran who is now engineering manager of a small Indiato our credibility, it hurts all of us who work in industry. There are millions of us working in manufacturing that use steel and steel products, and this has just fucked us with regard to competitiveness. There are steel companies here in the midwest that do just fine in global competition, such as Nucor and AK. At the Nucor plant in Crawfordsville, the executive dining room is a Chinese place up the road. At LTV steel in Gary, they have their own dinner ware with the company logo. The guys at Nucor fly cabin class, while LTV maintains executive jets.

I used to work at the tool and die shop in Indy for a corporation out of Detroit. When the suits came to visit, they would be driven to the Detroit airport in the company limo, fly to Indy, and be met by the same driver and car at Indy, which had driven down for the express purpose of picking them up at the airport. Most of us suspected they only came down for the Derby or the 500.

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March 08, 2002

How the Steal Deel Plays

How the Steal Deel Plays out in the Industrial Heartland: Ed Collins, a shop-floor veteran who is now engineering manager of a small Indiana company, sends along this report on how protectionist steel policies affect industrial production:

Besides the damage to our credibility, it hurts all of us who work in industry. There are millions of us working in manufacturing that use steel and steel products, and this has just fucked us with regard to competitiveness. There are steel companies here in the midwest that do just fine in global competition, such as Nucor and AK. At the Nucor plant in Crawfordsville, the executive dining room is a Chinese place up the road. At LTV steel in Gary, they have their own dinner ware with the company logo. The guys at Nucor fly cabin class, while LTV maintains executive jets.

I used to work at the tool and die shop in Indy for a corporation out of Detroit. When the suits came to visit, they would be driven to the Detroit airport in the company limo, fly to Indy, and be met by the same driver and car at Indy, which had driven down for the express purpose of picking them up at the airport. Most of us suspected they only came down for the Derby or the 500.

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