Lafayette marks start of Camry produc...

Lafayette marks start of Camry production

There are 28 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Apr 19, 2007, titled Lafayette marks start of Camry production. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Subaru has hired 350 workers and is expected to bring on 650 more in late summer for the new Toyota Camry assembly line at Subaru's Lafayette plant.

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Something To Ponder

Independence, KY

#1 Apr 20, 2007
Revenge is complete for Japan

On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States of America was attacked by the Japanese military. America was caught flat-footed; we were way behind in materials,
men, training, logistics, and the plain art of fighting a war. After Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered Auto manufacturers to stop producing cars for domestic use. The last cars rolled off the assembly lines in early 1942 as automakers converted their factories to make war products such as ambulances, tanks,
trucks, jeeps bombers, guns, engines and ammunition. Detroit ranked No.1 in the nation in war production. The Detroit metropolitan area produced 70 percent of Michiganís total output. Automakers dominated war production.
The Big Three Automakers and their suppliers produced $30 billion worth of military equipment from 1942 to 1945. Hundreds of thousands of UAW
members that included your aunts, great aunts, moms and grand moms worked in plants (alongside of men) building bombers, tanks, and trucks at a great sacrifice to their family. They were known as Rosie the Riveters. Their mission: to defeat the Japanese
who attacked us with their kamikaze pilots at Pearl Harbor.
Yet today, the majority of Americans are helping the Japanese defeat the very Autoworkers and UAW Union that stood in the gap for America and help
them defeat the Japanese who attacked us without provocation. They unmercifully attack union people as no good and useless. Even though it was the
union people of the Big Three that helped defeat the Japanese Army. Even though thousands of union people fought and died in the wars since World War II
Today, thousands of union people are fighting and putting their lives on the line in Iraq, for Americans like you and I, yet, many Americans are buying Japanese cars at record pace. How many Japanese do you see driving American cars? Not many. Japanese people are loyal to their nation and to their culture, unlike many Americans. Yet we see specialty license plates on some of these Japanese cars depicting our armed forces. How can some of our veterans dishonor those soldiers that fought or died
at the hands of the Japanese during World War II by helping the Japanese destroy the very companies and people who supported and helped our soldiers to defeat the Japanese in World War II.
To every American who is supporting the American car companies and their employees by buying their products. Thank you for supporting us, our families, our communities and those who have benefited in our communities by auto workers
spending their paychecks at local businesses supporting their communities and neighbors.
To you Americans who have bought Japanese, you should be ashamed of yourself, for the hundreds of thousands of job losses (union and non-union jobs) at the Big Three. You should be ashamed of yourself for the hundreds of thousands of job losses in our
communities. You have affected waitresses, bank tellers, retail employees, small businesses (going bankrupt), communities and schools that have had to cut back in essential services, because of the loss of tax revenue, created by the loss of over 400,000 jobs in the Big Three and thousands of jobs by their suppliers. You should be ashamed of yourselves for all the hardships you have brought to blue collar families (union and non-union). You should be ashamed of yourself for helping the Japanese defeat the Big Three. The war is over, the Japanese smell victory over the Big Three Automakers, that brought defeat to them in World War II. Revenge is complete for Japan. One last thought, how many Japanese citizens are fighting and dying for you in Iraq today?
UNION YES

Fishers, IN

#2 Apr 20, 2007
ME WORK IN UNION AND GET LOTS OF MONEY FOR EASY WORK. I LIKE TO TAKE NAPS ALL DAY AND TAK TOO HOUR LUNCHES. UAW GIVE THIS 6TH GRADE GRADURATE A LIFE. THANKS AMERICA, LETS GO PICKET FOR MOR MONEY!
Something To Ponder

Independence, KY

#3 Apr 20, 2007
Revenge is complete for Japan

On Dec. 7, 1941, the United States of America was attacked by the Japanese military. America was caught flat-footed; we were way behind in materials, men, training, logistics, and the plain art of fighting a war. After Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered Auto manufacturers to stop producing cars for domestic use. The last cars rolled off the assembly lines in early 1942 as automakers converted their factories to make war products such as ambulances, tanks, trucks, jeeps bombers, guns, engines and ammunition. Detroit ranked No.1 in the nation in war production. The Detroit metropolitan area produced 70 percent of Michiganís total output. Automakers dominated war production.
The Big Three Automakers and their suppliers produced $30 billion worth of military equipment from 1942 to 1945. Hundreds of thousands of UAW members that included your aunts, great aunts, moms and grand moms worked in plants (alongside of men) building bombers, tanks, and trucks at a great sacrifice to their family. They were known as Rosie the Riveters. Their mission: to defeat the Japanese who attacked us with their kamikaze pilots at Pearl Harbor.
Yet today, the majority of Americans are helping the Japanese defeat the very Autoworkers and UAW Union that stood in the gap for America and help
them defeat the Japanese who attacked us without provocation. They unmercifully attack union people as no good and useless. Even though it was the union people of the Big Three that helped defeat the Japanese Army. Even though thousands of union people fought and died in the wars since World War II
Today, thousands of union people are fighting and putting their lives on the line in Iraq, for Americans like you and I, yet, many Americans are buying Japanese cars at record pace. How many Japanese do you see driving American cars? Not many. Japanese people are loyal to their nation and to their culture, unlike many Americans. Yet we see specialty license plates on some of these Japanese cars depicting our armed forces. How can some of our veterans dishonor those soldiers that fought or died at the hands of the Japanese during World War II by helping the Japanese destroy the very companies and people who supported and helped our soldiers to defeat the Japanese in World War II.
To every American who is supporting the American car companies and their employees by buying their products. Thank you for supporting us, our families, our communities and those who have benefited in our communities by auto workers spending their paychecks at local businesses supporting their communities and neighbors.
To you Americans who have bought Japanese, you should be ashamed of yourself, for the hundreds of thousands of job losses (union and non-union jobs) at the Big Three. You should be ashamed of yourself for the hundreds of thousands of job losses in our
communities. You have affected waitresses, bank tellers, retail employees, small businesses (going bankrupt), communities and schools that have had to cut back in essential services, because of the loss of tax revenue, created by the loss of over 400,000 jobs in the Big Three and thousands of jobs by their suppliers. You should be ashamed of yourselves for all the hardships you have brought to blue collar families (union and non-union). You should be ashamed of yourself for helping the Japanese defeat the Big Three. The war is over, the Japanese smell victory over the Big Three Automakers, that brought defeat to them in World War II. Revenge is complete for Japan. One last thought, how many Japanese citizens are fighting and dying for you in Iraq today?
LTC Neal Michal USA Ret

Tustin, MI

#4 Apr 20, 2007
i have mixed emotions about this - we as americans have permitted it and allow it - so what is the answer - it's good to see folks working and being productive but the money goes to japan - what is the answer - to late to close the door as they are here..................
Something To Ponder

Independence, KY

#5 Apr 20, 2007
UNION YES wrote:
ME WORK IN UNION AND GET LOTS OF MONEY FOR EASY WORK. I LIKE TO TAKE NAPS ALL DAY AND TAK TOO HOUR LUNCHES. UAW GIVE THIS 6TH GRADE GRADURATE A LIFE. THANKS AMERICA, LETS GO PICKET FOR MOR MONEY!
First, I think you need to go back to school and learn how to spell. Also, the proper use of "Two" to designate a numerical value, not TOO, which indicates excessive.
Calvin

United States

#6 Apr 20, 2007
More narrow, nazi-minded views from Kokomo. Go figure!
Nothing to Ponder

United States

#7 Apr 20, 2007
OK...time to get off your soap box. Don't kid yourself...Delphi and Daimler are global companies...just as Toyota, Honda and Subaru are. There is no possible way to compare what happened in the 40's to what is happening today. It's called globalization. Your beloved Big 3 started this concept simply because the UAW forced them to sell more product due to the ridiculously high wages that the factory workers "were" earning. The point that you "Something to ponder" forgot to mention is that is was an American who went to Japan and showed them how to build automobiles. The difference is simply the Japanese build high quality vehicles...the Big 3 do not. This is fact not fiction...

GET A LIFE!!!!!
Honda to Ponder

Fishers, IN

#8 Apr 20, 2007
The big three produce pieces of crap that go down in value much more than a decent vehicle. Ponder why you're broke. It's not my job to subsidize unions.
to add

United States

#9 Apr 20, 2007
I bought a Honda Civic....I'll never be ashamed!!! I pay 25.00 a week for gas....EVEN AT THESE HIGH PRICES!!!

Go Honda! AND...Go Toyota! Good for BOTH of you to bring jobs to Indiana!!!

I have words for "Something to ponder" to read...Get off of your soap box and get back to work.
Idiots

United States

#10 Apr 20, 2007
Do YOU want SOMETHING TO PONDER?

Through the late '40 and '50, after we A-bombed two of their towns to a pile of ankle-high rubble and vaporized a few hundred-thousand citizens, the U.S. and Allies rebuilt Japan.

We sent over engineers, doctors, etc...and one guy named Deming. Deming showed the Japaneese how to run industry. Japan took the tools we gave them, and ran without looking back!

Meanwhile, back in The States, U.S. citizens became complacent (read fat and lazy). Our auto industry fell to $hit due to greedy managment and unions.

GM has $1500 per unit for health care. Toyota has $200. Toyota cars are top rated and people are fighting to work in thier non-union U.S. factories.

Quit fighting "the war" and open you mind! It is the ONLY way to save the United States.
No More

Jasper, IN

#11 Apr 20, 2007
Honda to Ponder wrote:
The big three produce pieces of crap that go down in value much more than a decent vehicle. Ponder why you're broke. It's not my job to subsidize unions.
You opinion concerns me because some "American" cars are very good in quality, but Japan marketing has given you the perception that their quality is much much better. I was surprised to find myself buying a new Buick in 2002. Still have the car. It's been flawless. My 1999 Subaru has been very very good, too. Since I want to replace at least one of the cars next year I've been searching and shopping already. American cars get very good gas mileage (not compared to hybrids)and appear to be easily challenge Honda and Toyota. South Korea is the next big challenge. Their cars have really improved. If you study the real depreciation of vehicles across brands, even BMW only beats some Big 3 buy a couple of percentage points. Cars depreciate. Pay cash. Buy used.
Capt Jack

United States

#12 Apr 20, 2007
Something to Ponder,

First, I think you missed the sarcasm in Union Yes's message. He was trying to convey the mentality of Union Workers. I don't agree with him, but I did immediately recognized the sarcasm.

Second, while you did present, in your posting, some of the same rantings I have heard about why we should avoid buying Japanese cars, you did forget why they are doing so well in the U.S. And that is, the big 3 auto companies have done this to themselves. They have not kept up with the standards of thier competitors. I know someone who used to work in the Ford Plant, and he told me that the parts he made there were built under one rule. "Make it to Break".

These companies make big money in repairs, so they have to make these car to break. Did you know that the average life of an American engine is 125,000 miles. A Subaru or an Isuzu engine has an average life of close to 200,000 miles. If you are a heavy traveler, which would you buy?

If the three big auto manufactures want my business, then maybe they need to look at their own product and see how they can "Make it to last".

As far as WWII. The people who did this are no longer living. We are friends with Japan, We work well together. And if you are holding a grudge for something that happened over 60 years ago, then I think you should think about some therapy. Chances are, you were not even alive, or at least out of diapers in 1941.

By the way, I have owned both American cars and Japanese cars. I currently drive an American car, but I can almost guarantee that my next car will not be. I hate throwing my money away on repairs.
Dan

Berwyn, IL

#13 Apr 20, 2007
In 1984, I bought a "Plymouth Horizon" that had a Peugot (France) engine, Canadian exhaust system and a Brazilian drive train--but I THINK it came off a Detroit assembly line. So, I offer this question to the union guy: Is it even still possible to buy a totally 'American' car???
Dan

Berwyn, IL

#14 Apr 20, 2007
Something To Ponder wrote:
<quoted text>
First, I think you need to go back to school and learn how to spell. Also, the proper use of "Two" to designate a numerical value, not TOO, which indicates excessive.
It was satirical, I'm sure.
Wilson

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Apr 20, 2007
Americans would have been happy to continue to buy GM, Ford, & Chrysler, except, like me, Americans got tired of paying for INFERIOR automobiles .... period, end of story. Excuse us for being INTELLIGENT consumers, who refused to blindly sacrifice our paychecks to support union auto worker's ridiculous wages, paying for crap work ethics while being protected by their thug unions. You union guys got what you deserved. You saw it coming years ago .... and ignorantly gave the finger to the companies that gave millions access to a standard of living way beyond what their talents and education could have earned them anywhere in the rest of the workplace. You built your own coffins, and nailed them shut.
Nothing to Ponder

United States

#16 Apr 20, 2007
Wilson wrote:
Americans would have been happy to continue to buy GM, Ford, & Chrysler, except, like me, Americans got tired of paying for INFERIOR automobiles .... period, end of story. Excuse us for being INTELLIGENT consumers, who refused to blindly sacrifice our paychecks to support union auto worker's ridiculous wages, paying for crap work ethics while being protected by their thug unions. You union guys got what you deserved. You saw it coming years ago .... and ignorantly gave the finger to the companies that gave millions access to a standard of living way beyond what their talents and education could have earned them anywhere in the rest of the workplace. You built your own coffins, and nailed them shut.
Couldn't have said it better!!!
JBP

Bringhurst, IN

#17 Apr 20, 2007
Something To Ponder wrote:
<quoted text>
First, I think you need to go back to school and learn how to spell. Also, the proper use of "Two" to designate a numerical value, not TOO, which indicates excessive.
Hey dumb a**, the guy was making a point that UAW members may not be ready for Harvard.
I think you proved his point.
By the way, the war against Japan is over.(We won.)
JBP

Bringhurst, IN

#18 Apr 20, 2007
Wilson wrote:
Americans would have been happy to continue to buy GM, Ford, & Chrysler, except, like me, Americans got tired of paying for INFERIOR automobiles .... period, end of story. Excuse us for being INTELLIGENT consumers, who refused to blindly sacrifice our paychecks to support union auto worker's ridiculous wages, paying for crap work ethics while being protected by their thug unions. You union guys got what you deserved. You saw it coming years ago .... and ignorantly gave the finger to the companies that gave millions access to a standard of living way beyond what their talents and education could have earned them anywhere in the rest of the workplace. You built your own coffins, and nailed them shut.
Brilliantly stated!

It is fun to hear them cry about the good old days and complain about how our economy is being ruined by cheap foreign labor.
lastrep

Columbus, IN

#19 Apr 20, 2007
To "Something To Ponder".

Spare me the poor me and my union brothers pity party, but thanks for helping me decide to buy either a Honda or a Toyota.

Unless you are one hundred eighteen years old you were no where near the auto industry in 1942. Unless you are one hundred fifteen or sixteen, you were nowhere near any fighting in WWII.
If the UAW had been at least a little interested in the product, instead of concentrating on getting more and more pay and benefits, for less and less work, the Japanese wouldn't have gotten the market share they have as quickly as they did. It isn't like the union didn't have time to notice the competition, they did, because the first reliable Japanese car that I personally had was in 1982, thirty seven years after the war. Did the union recognize the competition and make consessions? Are you kidding? The union relied on demeaning the competition, making fun of Japanese automobile products, and kept on producing junk. Therefore, you can take your attempt at shaming Americans for buying a better product, and put it with your GM, Ford, and Chrysler stock certificates. You did this to yourself. the UAW demanded more time off. Well, now they have it. Enjoy.
lastrep

Columbus, IN

#20 Apr 20, 2007
I just noticed my ages were high, but the point is the same, you did it to yourselves.

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