Oops ! There goes another one ( or another 1100 ) !
Whirlpool Corporation is shutting down a refrigerator plant in
Evansville, Indiana that will put 1100 people out of work. Are they
having trouble selling refrigerators in these bad economic times? No.
Whirlpool is profitable and still selling plenty of refrigerators
here. But they want to ship these jobs to Mexico where they can
produce them cheaper and without having to respect U.S. labor and
environmental regulations. Whirlpool took $19 million in economic
recovery money and now instead of helping our economy recover, it’s
destroying 1100 good American jobs. The AFL-CIO has started an online
petition drive telling Whirlpool to “Keep It Made In America” to save
our jobs. You can find it at unionvoice.org/campaign/Evansville The
AFL-CIO says Whirlpool should reverse its decision to keep these 1100
jobs in the U.S. and help our economic recovery. The labor federation
says taxpayer economic recovery money should be used to create jobs in
America, not ship them to cheap labor markets in other countries.
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Are you sure about Mexico? More likely, it is Communist China.
A couple of months ago, we were looking for a washer and
drier replacement - which had to be the same physical size
as the old standard machines. (Not those stainless steel,
or colorfully-painted tall $1200 front-loader boxes with all
of the Chinese-made built-in problems ensuring it won't last a
year before requiring $500 worth of new parts . . .)
It turns out that you can't buy an American-made washer or
dryer anymore; all of the old-favorite American brand names
(even mighty Maytag) have been sold off to Chinese factories.
Oh, they look pretty much the same - and checking "underneath
the hood" shows that they were smart enough to follow the old,
reliable designs - but the timers, motors, solenoid valves, etc.
are clearly inferior Chinese knock-offs.
The biggest difference, though? The sheet metal the Chinese use
is real thin, light stuff - making a washer at least a hundred
pounds lighter than any old American-made one. I can easily
foresee an interior repaint (with brown rust-oleum) within the
first two-three years . . . and definitely no climbing on the
washer to replace an overhead light: the lid easily flexes
inward with just medium hand pressure.
(BTW - it ain't just American companies, either. What used to
be good German-made stuff (e.g. - Bosch; Siemens) is made in
the same Chinese factories as all the familiar old American
brand names. Even the Japanese electronics guys are outsourcing
to China these days.)
In order to meet the new sound ratings for dishwashers, Whirpool
(Kitchenaid) does it by stuffing a pile of yellow insulation under the
dishwasher with a strong piece of rubber going up the front. That is in
place of a quiet motor!!!
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