Auto parts firm closing Indiana plant

Full story: The Indianapolis Star

Intec, a manufacturer of automotive components, announced Monday it will be closing its flagship Morocco facility by year's end.
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jlk

Indianapolis, IN

#1 Jul 25, 2007
Globalization at it's finest...
astounded

Plano, TX

#2 Jul 25, 2007
Another auto manufacturing facility moving overseas,,, imagine that. Why keep jobs here in the US when they can pay people in China a dollar an hour. It'll still be cheaper to ship the stuff back. The days of big money in the automotive manufacturing industry are LONG gone. It's all about the almighty dollar, not jobs for Americans.
hyena

Indianapolis, IN

#3 Jul 25, 2007
I just wish employers could be competitive even though they hire Hoosiers.
Henry Ford

Oxford, OH

#5 Jul 25, 2007
I understand the global economy. I understand it's cheaper to manufacture things in Mexico and China and then make a hefty profit selling them at market prices in the US. But how much longer is it going to be before these companies realize that unless people in the US have good paying jobs - like the ones you are moving overseas - then they won't be able to afford to buy your products? At some point, what's good for America has got to trump the "what's good for me" attitude - or there will be no America.

“We're all Bozos on this bus”

Since: Jan 07

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Jul 25, 2007
"We need to be close to our customers and as they move to China, so we are moving too."

If your customers jumped off a cliff, would you jump too?
Dept of Labot

Plainfield, IN

#7 Jul 25, 2007
astounded wrote:
Why keep jobs here in the US when they can pay people in China a dollar an hour.
$1/hr?!?!?!?!!!

Did they just get a 300% raise???
CEW

Bedford, IN

#8 Jul 25, 2007
Another NAFTA thanks!!!!
Lenny

Jeffersonville, IN

#9 Jul 25, 2007
Someone ... tell me again how Mitch is bringing jobs to Indiana. One plant opens -- two plants close.
American Worker

Bowling Green, KY

#10 Jul 25, 2007
Are Intec and Delphi going to sell their products in China? Not enough to amount to anything in the short run, I'm sure. When will our elected officials wake up and realize that it is destructive public policy to allow manufacturing technology to be transferred to any location outside of the U.S., let alone China. When we are militarily confronted by The People's Republic of China, and we will be, we will be easily defeated because they will be our sole supplier for military parts. This is not about global markets. Chinese workers cannot afford to purchase the consumer goods they make. China is not a significant market on a per capita basis nor are India and Mexico for that matter. The argument that American workers must compete globally is propaganda intended to facilitate the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the elite. They are systematically turning the United States into a third world country. In my opinion, what Mr. Pearlman and his ilk are doing borders on treason. But what do they care what I think? The fat cats are laughing all the way to the bank even as they declare bankruptcy in order to avoid living up to the obligation to fund the pensions of their zAmerican workers.
Somewhere

Fort Collins, CO

#12 Jul 25, 2007
Lenny wrote:
Someone ... tell me again how Mitch is bringing jobs to Indiana. One plant opens -- two plants close.
Can't blame all this on Mitch? If so, you have been living in a cave for the last 30 years. The downfall of the American auto industry has been going on since at least the 1970s.
rdm

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Jul 25, 2007
Lenny wrote:
Someone ... tell me again how Mitch is bringing jobs to Indiana. One plant opens -- two plants close.
This i a high tech market now so we need to go school lenny.
Think4Myself

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jul 25, 2007
If the company moves out of the US, does that mean, like so many other companies that do this, they don't have to pay US taxes? When China is in the middle of a 'safety' crisis with food and other products, these moves are also taking place not only for the low wages, but for the lack of laws in China to ensure a product made safely, in a safe environment for the employee as well. This from a country who sees fit to kill their death row inmates on what appears to be a human organs for sale business.
too soon

Pryor, OK

#15 Jul 25, 2007
Lenny wrote:
Someone ... tell me again how Mitch is bringing jobs to Indiana. One plant opens -- two plants close.
These plants were going to close no matter who sits in the Governor's office. A governor of a lil' ole state like Indiana can't make China's labor costs increase by 1000% overnight! Mitch's main goal has to be bringing in new opportunities, not putting band-aids on the cracked Hoover Dam of old-economy manufacturing jobs that are DOOMED to move out of this country. The sooner the unions and small town governments realize this, the sooner we can move on to the next market sector that can still exist in a high-cost labor market.
Borrowed Time

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jul 25, 2007
I wonder how long America will survive with its service-based economy? Since our leaders have allowed our manufacturing base to leave the US, we no longer produce things that generate income from abroad. Now, all we have are Subway shops and Starbucks employing our people.

Our economy is living on borrowed time.
Sarcasm

San Diego, CA

#17 Jul 25, 2007
CEW wrote:
Another NAFTA thanks!!!!
This has nothing to do with NAFTA.
Brett

Detroit, MI

#18 Jul 25, 2007
Look, as a business you do what you have to do to ensure survival of your business or maintain value for your shareholders. I don't blame any business for that.

It's not just manufacturing that faces these challenges. If any American thinks their job is safe from foreign competition, think again. Stay on top of things and prepare accordingly. Manage your future. You are not helpless.
Sarcasm

San Diego, CA

#20 Jul 25, 2007
American Worker wrote:
Are Intec and Delphi going to sell their products in China? Not enough to amount to anything in the short run, I'm sure. When will our elected officials wake up and realize that it is destructive public policy to allow manufacturing technology to be transferred to any location outside of the U.S., let alone China. When we are militarily confronted by The People's Republic of China, and we will be, we will be easily defeated because they will be our sole supplier for military parts. This is not about global markets. Chinese workers cannot afford to purchase the consumer goods they make. China is not a significant market on a per capita basis nor are India and Mexico for that matter. The argument that American workers must compete globally is propaganda intended to facilitate the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the elite. They are systematically turning the United States into a third world country. In my opinion, what Mr. Pearlman and his ilk are doing borders on treason. But what do they care what I think? The fat cats are laughing all the way to the bank even as they declare bankruptcy in order to avoid living up to the obligation to fund the pensions of their zAmerican workers.
Now your thinking like a socialist.

This is a good example of the free enterprise system at work. It's supposed to encourage competition to keep prices down but it does nothing for the common laborer.
Fox

Chebanse, IL

#21 Jul 25, 2007
1. sky rocketing health care costs
2. lawsuits left and right
3. false workmans comp claims
4. 35-40% corporate income tax
5. Worthless EPA regualtions that do nothing for the environment, but cost buiness millions.
6. Wrothless OHSA regulations that cost businesses millions but don't make workers safer.
7. Rising energy prices because of short supply.
8. Unrealistic union demands.

And you wonder why they are moving to China.

Moving to China only cuts costs by about 25-30% because of other factors besides labor. Those problems above easily add that much to labor costs.

Cut regulations and taxes and this stuff will be reduced.
Sarcasm

San Diego, CA

#22 Jul 25, 2007
rdm wrote:
<quoted text> This i a high tech market now so we need to go school lenny.
Please be sure to take some English lessons while you're there.
Sarcasm

San Diego, CA

#23 Jul 25, 2007
too soon wrote:
<quoted text>
These plants were going to close no matter who sits in the Governor's office. A governor of a lil' ole state like Indiana can't make China's labor costs increase by 1000% overnight! Mitch's main goal has to be bringing in new opportunities, not putting band-aids on the cracked Hoover Dam of old-economy manufacturing jobs that are DOOMED to move out of this country. The sooner the unions and small town governments realize this, the sooner we can move on to the next market sector that can still exist in a high-cost labor market.
If that's true, how can Honda and Toyota afford to move their manufacturing plants to Indiana?

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