Auto-parts trade takes another hit

Auto-parts trade takes another hit

There are 29 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 8, 2007, titled Auto-parts trade takes another hit. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Layoffs likely will mount in factory cities this year as the ailing Detroit automakers scale back, buying fewer auto parts made in Indiana.

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The Unenlightened

Lexington, KY

#1 Feb 9, 2007
Hey, let's blame the unions. They've been blamed for everything else this week except the snow.
Rosco

United States

#2 Feb 9, 2007
I blame the UAW. They have sucked the life out of the automotive industry. When a janitor makes $75,000 a year plus overtime then something is very wrong.
Need New Paths

Lexington, KY

#3 Feb 9, 2007
The Unenlightened wrote:
Hey, let's blame the unions. They've been blamed for everything else this week except the snow.
Hey, no one said that. There's also plenty of blame for management, and US society in general.

We are facing some major changes in the near future. Let's all work together on this.
whatajoke

Elgin, IL

#4 Feb 9, 2007
Way to go Mitch!!Question? Are u wanting to get that loop built soon?
We will need it to accomodate all the vehicles exiting Indiana. Keep up the greatn leadership!
Dave

Fishers, IN

#5 Feb 9, 2007
Jeez, 70% depreciation value of the big three vehicles. I wonder why no one is buying a Ford or GM.

Good riddence, welcome Toyota and Honda.
Silly Thought

Indianapolis, IN

#6 Feb 9, 2007
Thanks Mitch for your wonderful economic leadership.

Mitch is pinning our states future on shifting our employment back to farming. Clearly he is blind. Any economist would tell you this industry employs few people, is largely seasonal part time, and pays extremely poorly. Yet he creates an State Ag Department and pumps millions of state incentives into massive pig farms and god only knows how many ethanol plants.

His new Ag Department employs more people than the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). All this wasted energy on Agriculture when our manufacturing industry sheds tens of thousands of high paying skilled jobs!
Bud Barton

Albion, IN

#8 Feb 9, 2007
Dave wrote:
Jeez, 70% depreciation value of the big three vehicles. I wonder why no one is buying a Ford or GM.
Good riddence, welcome Toyota and Honda.
Remember IWO JIMA? Remember Perl.
next you be saying Welcome Iraq and
China
Bud Barton

Albion, IN

#7 Feb 9, 2007
Have no fear people DAD "Dumb A_s Daniel's will take care of you .
He will find you a good $6.00 to
$8.00 dollar an hr job for you .
With Ford Closing the plant closing
in Connerville and now Muncie
the Wellfare lines will be mighty
long and the unemployeement lines.
Another burden on the taxpayers
but these people have no choice.
Lets stand by them
Dave

Fishers, IN

#9 Feb 9, 2007
Yes, Mitch should have bribed the Unions to keep overpaying them so they can sit around and be lazy all day.

Way to go Mitch! You are Indiana's scape goat for all the people to blame for relying on factory jobs in their lives!

Since: Dec 06

Franklin

#10 Feb 9, 2007
Lets not forget our federal government too. OSHA has made many companies comply with a multitude of idiotic safety measures. Trying to make it safe for the many morons in the work force. All most of them take is some simple common sense and all would be fine. The time of OSHA is over all they do now is come up with assinine policies to prove to the world that their existance is necessary. They are as much a reason as the unions why many companies are running out of our country for greener pastures.
Are you Serious

Redwood City, CA

#11 Feb 9, 2007
Bud Barton wrote:
<quoted text>
Remember IWO JIMA? Remember Perl.
next you be saying Welcome Iraq and
China
You have got to be kidding me. Grow up old man.
Randy Wilson

Grand Rapids, MI

#12 Feb 9, 2007
Let me start by saying I am not a Daniels supporter. But what is going on in Indiana (loss of jobs) started with the Nixon Administration when he opened trade relations with China. This has been coming for 30 years. Companies have moved their factories to China or taken their products to China because of cheap labor. The Chinese aren't stupid. We played right into their hands by showing them how to manufacture the same products that WERE manufactured in the U.S. Manufacturing in this country is and will continue to disappear. Finally Congress has seen the light and is showing concern for the middle class. To late my friends....Elvis has left the building....
Delldude

Florence, AL

#13 Feb 9, 2007
Dave, Dave, do ya think when those little guys from those foreign countries( Japan,China,Korea, to name a few) come in and rape, and pillage our country (just like they did in those previous wars) will they have pity on you, or your family? NOT even if you have a NEW TOYOTA parked in your garage NO! and guess what? its going to happen.
Those people hate our guts,and will eventually break us financially.(Remember your the genius who said buy foriegn Right?)then who will bail your sorry a** out.
BUY AMERICAN,DEMAND AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS,BUILT AND ASSSEMBLED BY AMERICAN WORKERS and
STOP SENDING OUR AMERICAN DOLLARS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES
Kevin

Roanoke, IN

#14 Feb 9, 2007
Isn't ironic that Visteon and Borg Warner were so eager to Strike in the past and what eventually happened. I would close this plant down also and move the production to a location that workers wanted to work.
Dan P

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Feb 9, 2007
How could this possibly happen? Don't these businesses realize that Indiana is ruled by Shogun Mitch Daniels. Mitch knows more about business than anyone else in the universe. If you don't believe it, just ask him.
lastrep

South Bend, IN

#16 Feb 9, 2007
Delldude wrote:
Dave, Dave, do ya think when those little guys from those foreign countries( Japan,China,Korea, to name a few) come in and rape, and pillage our country (just like they did in those previous wars) will they have pity on you, or your family? NOT even if you have a NEW TOYOTA parked in your garage NO! and guess what? its going to happen.
Those people hate our guts,and will eventually break us financially.(Remember your the genius who said buy foriegn Right?)then who will bail your sorry a** out.
BUY AMERICAN,DEMAND AMERICAN MADE PRODUCTS,BUILT AND ASSSEMBLED BY AMERICAN WORKERS and
STOP SENDING OUR AMERICAN DOLLARS OUT OF THE UNITED STATES
I did buy an American made car. Guess what? It was junk. Why should I buy something made by an overpaid union
member only to have it in an auto shop somewhere, waiting on parts made by another overpaid union member, only to have to part not fit. You did it to yourselves but to you it's everyone elses fault. Granted, American cars have improved, but when they had a lock on the American market they got arrogant, union and management, and thought Americans wouldn't get tired of inferior products. Well guess what, we did, and the decisions made by unions and managenment are now finally coming back at them.
Indiana Brain Drain

Lexington, KY

#17 Feb 9, 2007
Young hoosiers will see this as one more reason not to stay in Indiana. I don't lament the loss of factory jobs, but that our so-called leaders of business and government were unprepared with nothing else in the works. The attitude of "big wigs" in Indiana is "I got mine --- f*** you."
Indiana Brain Drain

Lexington, KY

#18 Feb 9, 2007
How much population has East Central Indiana lost these last 10-20 years because the state government and business leasers failed to prepare for these events? They aren't managing or governing, they're just milking old "cash cows" without coming up with anything newer and better to replace them. Think!
Indiana Brain Drain

Lexington, KY

#19 Feb 9, 2007
That "cash cow" has dried up and our leaders are standing around trying to talk their way out of why they didn't have anything else planned.
lastrep

South Bend, IN

#20 Feb 9, 2007
Indiana Brain Drain wrote:
How much population has East Central Indiana lost these last 10-20 years because the state government and business leasers failed to prepare for these events? They aren't managing or governing, they're just milking old "cash cows" without coming up with anything newer and better to replace them. Think!
I didn't know there were so many communists in Indiana. The government has nothing to do with business except to try to promote the state to
businesses looking to expand, using incentives like every other state uses. If you want government control, move to Cuba.

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