Brunswick Corp. ends bowling pin prod...

Brunswick Corp. ends bowling pin production, closes plant in An...

There are 3 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 15, 2008, titled Brunswick Corp. ends bowling pin production, closes plant in An.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

First it was the shoes, the bag and the ball. Now it's the bowling pin. Brunswick Corp.

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Redwood Estates, CA

#1 Jan 15, 2008
If you work in a bowling pin factory in 2008, and are surprised when your plant closes, you have no ability to understand the world around you.

River Grove, IL

#2 Jan 15, 2008
"The industry has more capacity to provide pins than it can support," said Warren Hardie, president of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards. "By utilizing contract manufacturing, Brunswick will be able to better focus its efforts on serving customers in the global bowling products market." That's true, Mr. Hardie, and when your company realizes offshore MANAGERS are also cheaper, you just might find yourself flipping burgers at a nearby Hardee's! It simply is not that hard for a corporation to hire upper management candidates from China or India (at a fraction of current executives' salaries) and help them get visas and work permits for the U.S. Look around... Citigroup, Merrill Lynch and other U.S. financial giants are already selling board seats for offshore cash infusions; you are naive if you think offshore management isn't the next step.
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San Juan Capistrano, CA

#3 Jun 24, 2008
There is a much larger problem with outsourcing that has nothing to do with Brunswick. It is the policies of our Federal Government and our own insatiable desire for cheaper products and services that leads to these decisions.

Our tax system makes it cost prohibitive to continue to provide the same manufacturing services here. And in a sagging market, there is certainly no need to continue to produce a product that has reduced demand.

Unions constantly ask for more, the Government screws businesses with employment taxes that make it harder to compete against global competitors (that cost is reflected in the price), and if you boil it down even further it is our monetary policy and addiction to the Federal "Credit Card" that spins our debt out of control which one of the causes of these policies.

The same people that want jobs to stay in America are also the ones that complain when prices are too high. They are the same people who spend billions of dollars on outsourced products at Walmart or buy imported cars (the majority of cars sold in America).

The financial companies like the ones you mentioned are also in bed with the policy makers. It is the Morgans, Rockefellers, Lehmans, Harrimans, Warburgs, and the king of them all the Rothchilds that started the fraud that is the Federal Reserve in 1913. They play a hand and control all other financial institutions in the world.

There is no way in hell I would blame a company for trying to keep their costs down especially when it is the American people as shareholders of these companies that are CONSTANTLY pressuring them to make more profit.

We (the People) caused this, starting with our own endless consumption, lack of conservative spending, and voting people into Congress and the Presidency who can't balance our budget while thinking of new ways to tax the Americans and businesses that actually produce jobs and the majority of wealth in this country.

It is the Democrats that will continue to spend America into oblivion with their social "projects" while giving away your money to those who never earned it or are here illegally.

It is the Republicans that will continue to print more money (via the Federal Reserve) which increases inflation, while borrowing more money from China and Japan for their endless wars that do NOTHING but anger the rest of the world, destroy our economy and wipe out the middle class as the wealth of the People is transferred to the Oil Companies and Military Industrial Complex in the form of multi-billion dollar government contracts.

It is the lazy "entitlement" generation that thinks they should get everything they want for free as they sit in class Texting their friends and complain to their parents that they don't have the newest video game or cell phone or Prada bag.

This country is being stolen from the hard working Americans who built it and no one seems to care. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with Brunswick or the decisions of these companies who are trying to survive this catastrophe that WE created.

We Americans had better wake up QUICK or we'll end up homeless on the same land that our forefathers fought for.

For what it's worth, I've also met Mr. Hardie and he is one of the most caring, thoughtful, and intelligent people I know.

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