Plastics Factory Closes in Tupper lake
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#1 Mar 21, 2008
Source: Adirondack Daily Enterprise
"On Monday, several local officials received a letter from Jarden President Charles Villa, saying he would be closing the plant in 60 days. Villa blamed the closure on foreign competition, specifically the lower cost of plastic production in China. The plants 68 employees were officially notified Wednesday, and the factory will close its doors May 18."
When will our politicians and government step in and stop the destruction of America? This is an example of a repeated story that takes place in cities and towns all over the United States everyday! A great deal of the chemical industry has left this country and went to China. The rural areas in China are suffering from pollution caused by careless dumping of chemical and industrial wastes. In some villages, the cancer rates are documented well above the normal expected rates. Birth defects and other child disabilities are common in many areas. This information has been published in Chemical and Engineering News. This is a publication of the American Chemical Society. You never hear much about this in the AP or national news. Why?
Is the profit margin worth it? Do we as human beings have responsibilities to the environment and peoples in countries that we do not live in? Is it worth the human suffering and environmental harm to buy cheap products?
Do we as Americans have any responsibility to our fellow Americans? Is it in our best interest to outsource all manufacturing to increase profit margin and satisfy Wall street expectations?
I feel for the 68 employees of the plastics factory in Tupper Lake! I hope that the State of New York and local governments can work out a deal with Cytec or another large chemical company.
#2 Feb 19, 2013
The Chinese labor and currency advantages peaked around 2007 and the tide is slowing shifting back to America. Add on a 100 year supply of cheap natural gas and we're about to enter an industrial renaissance.
GE and Ford are moving factories back but the middle market needs support to convert old industrial sites or build new modern ones. States are stepping in but the US Executive Branch has been conspicuously silent on how they will help backstop or syndicate the state's re-industrial efforts. With or without Washington, I believe towns like Tupper Lake can and will bring back business with state support.
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