Minnesota companies making it in Mexico

Minnesota companies making it in Mexico

There are 77 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Mar 26, 2011, titled Minnesota companies making it in Mexico. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Last month, the U.S. government barred its employees from traveling in an area of central Mexico where gunmen had ambushed Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, killing one and seriously wounding another.

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mike

Winona, MN

#1 Mar 27, 2011
As long as those US companies pay protection money to the drug lords and government officials, they should do just fine. NOT one dime of taxpayer money if they find themselves in a bind.
TaxTaxTax

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Mar 27, 2011
It works because they have managed to stay alive by breaking the strangle hold of the unions.

Since: Jan 11

San Jose, CA

#3 Mar 27, 2011
How bad is it if companys are better off in war zone hellholes like Mexico than in the United States. Whats going on here.
Nick

Sabinal, TX

#4 Mar 27, 2011
Wolverines wrote:
How bad is it if companys are better off in war zone hellholes like Mexico than in the United States. Whats going on here.
It's called evil unions. They have destroyed much of America.
Progressives rock

Elk River, MN

#5 Mar 27, 2011
All companies should be paying 90% of their profits in taxes. That way we can expand welfare and we can build more mass transit.
Truth

Osceola, WI

#6 Mar 27, 2011
Thank you DFL for your "leadership" over the last 30 years. Thank god we have the GOP in leadership roles in St. Paul. Time to make our State and Country business friendly so we can start creating private sector jobs in the US. 2010 was a good start and 2012 is coming. GO CONSERVATIVES.
The Hard Truth

Northome, MN

#7 Mar 27, 2011
Are we supposed to think these companies are heroic for sending jobs south of the border in order to make a greater profit? Are these brave and noble CEO's and CFO's also taking Mexican wages? Or, are we consumers now paying Mexican retail prices?

Julie Forster, the writer, has her nose so far up the sphincter of the business community that she doesn't even allude to the real dark side of this trade off. According to her, the dark side is the difficulties that the noble manufacturers are overcoming.

Maybe her job can be outsourced to a Mexican reporter. He or she could tell the same story just as well, and maybe Julie would have a moment of awareness.
Badtothebone

Miller Place, NY

#8 Mar 27, 2011
Wolverines wrote:
How bad is it if companys are better off in war zone hellholes like Mexico than in the United States. Whats going on here.
I think the bottom line is these companies don't really care about their workers it's just the profits are better because of lower salaries they pay their people. What will happen when the Mexicans realize their counterparts in the US are making five times the salary doing the same job? When they start demanding the same salaries then where will these companies move to next for cheap labor? Sooner or later the employees will wise up and start demanding more money.
Fred Sanford

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Mar 27, 2011
TaxTaxTax wrote:
It works because they have managed to stay alive by breaking the strangle hold of the unions.
You are a pure idiot. Years ago I worked for a manufacturing plant while in college. It was NON-union, wages were low-average for outstate Minnesota, but that didn't stop the corporation from shipping it down to Juarez. How did that work out? Aside from the unemployment hit in the area, they kept the plant open for about six years and closed it. Why? China. They shipped it all overseas to the lowest bidder. Funny, they still charge nearly the same retail price for those goods.

Union, Union, Union...keep beating that drum like you know what you're talking about. Not every manufacturer has the UAW for a labor force. Be thankful they don't tax stupidity.
Al Bundy

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Mar 27, 2011
Truth wrote:
Thank you DFL for your "leadership" over the last 30 years. Thank god we have the GOP in leadership roles in St. Paul. Time to make our State and Country business friendly so we can start creating private sector jobs in the US. 2010 was a good start and 2012 is coming. GO CONSERVATIVES.
Yeah--great thing we have the republicans in control--Now we can really expedite the outsourcing of American labor! Woohoo! I guess as a burger-flipper you're not concerned with your job stability.
Badtothebone

Miller Place, NY

#11 Mar 27, 2011
Fred Sanford wrote:
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You are a pure idiot. Years ago I worked for a manufacturing plant while in college. It was NON-union, wages were low-average for outstate Minnesota, but that didn't stop the corporation from shipping it down to Juarez. How did that work out? Aside from the unemployment hit in the area, they kept the plant open for about six years and closed it. Why? China. They shipped it all overseas to the lowest bidder. Funny, they still charge nearly the same retail price for those goods.
Union, Union, Union...keep beating that drum like you know what you're talking about. Not every manufacturer has the UAW for a labor force. Be thankful they don't tax stupidity.
I understand Africa may be the new "Mexico" for cheap labor.
whatever

Marengo, OH

#12 Mar 27, 2011
I find it ironic that the US government was in the forefront in developing NAFTA. Tax incentives for companies that outsource human resources. All the while companies like 3M insist that the US is not business friendly. A bit confusing to me. Higher profit margins and tax incentives to move manufacturing elsewhere. What's the problem corporate America? I feel disgusted in saying that I hope the violence in Mexico creates major production barriers for these companies. Change needs to come people, and the change that we are looking for will not arise from our two party system. They are both one the same. Greedy crooks and corporate Americas muscle. Say good bye democracy. This nation is controlled by corporate america, and its investors. Get democrats and republicans out of office, or vote in someone that would put tariffs on companies that outsource, and to rid the abuse of unions.

Since: Jan 11

San Jose, CA

#13 Mar 27, 2011
Fred Sanford wrote:
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You are a pure idiot. Years ago I worked for a manufacturing plant while in college. It was NON-union, wages were low-average for outstate Minnesota, but that didn't stop the corporation from shipping it down to Juarez. How did that work out? Aside from the unemployment hit in the area, they kept the plant open for about six years and closed it. Why? China. They shipped it all overseas to the lowest bidder. Funny, they still charge nearly the same retail price for those goods.
Union, Union, Union...keep beating that drum like you know what you're talking about. Not every manufacturer has the UAW for a labor force. Be thankful they don't tax stupidity.
Looking foreward to you starting your own business and paying everyone huge salarys and free benefits and selling your goods at cheap prices. Good luck.
Jabber

Saint Joseph, MN

#14 Mar 27, 2011
Since the companies moved their manufacturing to other countries, the USA should not guarantee their safety in those countries. When you leave the good old USA do not expect consumers to be loyal to your brand. Price will NOW be the the deciding factor in buying decisions. Also we'll have to inspect all those manufactured parts and goods to make sure there are NO drugs in them. After all they are making deals with the drug lords.
Taxman

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Mar 27, 2011
Great article, a real eye opener. Talk about moving jobs out of MN and the US, and lowering wages for all. People need to take note of these 'turn coat" companies and boycott their products. What a shame
Fred Sanford

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Mar 27, 2011
Wolverines wrote:
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Looking foreward to you starting your own business and paying everyone huge salarys and free benefits and selling your goods at cheap prices. Good luck.
I'll succeed as long as I'm not hiring to your level. "Huge salarys" You know that those damn union jobs you blast are hourly, right? Know the difference between hourly and salaried? Exempt vs. non-exempt? Free benefits? Who gets those? Not in the private sector, I've been paying for mine for years. Who said anything about free benefits?? Unbelievable, you just pull this stuff right out of your backside without anything concrete to back it up. Throw out the general insults, that'll do.

Wait--I get it, I'm slow on the uptake-- The "huge salarys" and "free benefits" --you were referring to the overpaid executive level of many corporations--Got it!
Tru Dat

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Mar 27, 2011
The Hard Truth wrote:
Maybe her job can be outsourced to a Mexican reporter. He or she could tell the same story just as well, and maybe Julie would have a moment of awareness.
Apparently, you haven't read Ruben Rosario.

Morgana 9

“And the Horse You Rode in On”

Since: Sep 08

Minneapolis

#18 Mar 27, 2011
Fred Sanford wrote:
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You are a pure idiot. Years ago I worked for a manufacturing plant while in college. It was NON-union, wages were low-average for outstate Minnesota, but that didn't stop the corporation from shipping it down to Juarez. How did that work out? Aside from the unemployment hit in the area, they kept the plant open for about six years and closed it. Why? China. They shipped it all overseas to the lowest bidder. Funny, they still charge nearly the same retail price for those goods.
Union, Union, Union...keep beating that drum like you know what you're talking about. Not every manufacturer has the UAW for a labor force. Be thankful they don't tax stupidity.
Thanks Fred, I have been asking the same question, why are we paying the prices that we pay when companies are paying next to slave labor to the employees? The answer is obvious, the money goes in the pocket of a few.
Badtothebone

Miller Place, NY

#19 Mar 27, 2011
Morgana 9 wrote:
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Thanks Fred, I have been asking the same question, why are we paying the prices that we pay when companies are paying next to slave labor to the employees? The answer is obvious, the money goes in the pocket of a few.
These companies who abandon US workers and go to Mexico or foreign countries, want to make the most for the least. It's called greed and they are very good at it. They keep searching to get their products made for less and less and continue to charge top dollar for them. As you said the money (profits) go into their pockets and the pockets of the share holders. I've heard that in some countries like Mexico, the workers are starting to get smart and are demanding more money because they found out what their counter parts in the US used to make. These companies are now looking to move elsewhere in their search for cheap labor and some have been considering Africa.
I try my best to buy things that are only made in America but it has become very difficult. Almost everything you see, whether in the store or a catalog, is imported. It seems the only thing made in America is hamburgers.

Since: Jan 11

San Jose, CA

#20 Mar 27, 2011
Fred Sanford wrote:
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I'll succeed as long as I'm not hiring to your level. "Huge salarys" You know that those damn union jobs you blast are hourly, right? Know the difference between hourly and salaried? Exempt vs. non-exempt? Free benefits? Who gets those? Not in the private sector, I've been paying for mine for years. Who said anything about free benefits?? Unbelievable, you just pull this stuff right out of your backside without anything concrete to back it up. Throw out the general insults, that'll do.
Wait--I get it, I'm slow on the uptake-- The "huge salarys" and "free benefits" --you were referring to the overpaid executive level of many corporations--Got it!
You sir will never succeed , your filled with envy of people who have more than you, your just the typical leech that does nothing but snivel and complain about everything in life, just a microcosm of the victim looser mentality that is bringing the United States down. What a terrible way to exist.

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