Omigod!! Those damnable German industrialists, outsourcing all those
jobs to the Swiss!
(NB: The statement struck me funny and I thought this might be a
clever rejoinder. It does NOT necessarily reflect any political
beliefs I may have on the subject.)
Master Woodbutcher and seasoned termite
Shamelessly whoring my website since 1999
Bosch was German; Skil was American. The Heber Springs plant, when I visited it
a few years ago, was Skil only as the buyout/merger/whatever had not taken
place at that time.
"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity
has made them good." H. L. Mencken
Often it is done (overseas) with good reason. Here is a real life scenario
November 15 request quotation from American company and Korean Company
November 16 AM received quotation from Korea
November 16 PM placed order with Korean Company for tooling at a cost of
$5400 + freight and duty for a landed cost of about $7000.
December 1st. (today)
Received notice from Korean company that tooling is complete and ready to
Received quotation from American company stating cost will be $14,800 and
delivery in 6 to 8 weeks.
Quality of the two sets of tooling is equal, same materials, same
I started to say "Ron Hock's irons", but I see by their
website that isn't the case all the time now. (Outsourced
to factories in the US and France. Well, seeing "France"
is certainly a change from the normal countries one sees
appended to the phrase "outsourced to".)
Steve Knight's planes (unless things have changed since I
visited him a couple of years ago).
Any tools and jigs that someone had a sudden need to cobble
together in their shop to complete a project. (We'll ignore
how often making the jig took longer to complete than the
project itself... learning experience, right?)
Hmm... that's all I can think of at this point.
11,100,000 hits on Google. They're still around, they're just not at
the Walmart, and you have to look for the small production shops.
They cost more, and are less widely advertised. Sometimes you get
what you pay for, sometimes you don't. But just because you don't see
them at Sears or Costco doesn't mean they don't exist!
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam
And Steve gets some of his irons from Japan. Technically outsourcing, even
though it's for a 'premium priced' upgrade.
whose Padauk high angle smoother is on it's way from Steve's workshop as we
Entrepeneur = slave labor? As in, working for little to nothing? And
everybody else gets paid first?
Like JOAT says: "Where's my T shirt?"
But at least, you're both beloved and world-famous. That's gotta count for
Milwaukee still makes something like 80% of their tools here in the US. No
other power tool manufacturer can claim anything close to this. With their
sale to Ryobi (use it twice, toss it out), I'm hoping that they don't get
into the outsourcing to China to routine.
Why should it be? In a country where consumers demand low prices and
don't give a damn about quality, Wal Mart fills the bill and has
become the largest retailer on earth. Why should Bosch behave any
differently? From a business standpoint, they're doing the perfectly
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