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For several years we have searched out tool and die in the United States to manufacture the tooling needed for injection molding.  We have local plastic companies who aggressively want the molding work and offer to do the work on their down time from larger orders to keep from sending employees home early.

But, in all these years every US tool and die company we have met with wanted to treat us as they have all the US Auto manufacturers.  They look at us as their cabin on the lake, third home, etc.  The average quote for tool and die has been +/- $36,000.00 for simple Proformer and ProPag / Hytron type cases.

In September 2006 I visited with the Vocational Directors of two local community colleges and two local high schools asking for an internship from the community colleges and high schools.  The community colleges informed me that they did not compete with local vendors.  The nearest was 75 miles away. 

I was also there to interview potential electronic technicians to discover those programs were pulled from the local colleges and high schools in most states several years ago because the job market did not support the income levels wanted so the jobs were continuing to go overseas to people who would work harder and smarter for much less money.  At least until they were Americanized. 

I train my technicians in-house, never ending, until I finally had access to a few Mexican friends from the one local Mexican restaurant whose business, because of our economy, was slow.  Even with communications batteries I only need to show them a technique one time.  While I work I no longer hear constant chatter or have absence issues.  They are there every day, you have to tell them to break, and they thank me for their jobs.  They actually like their jobs and working for me.

I would not leave the office of one of the local high school vocational directors until he agreed to follow me back to my facility and see our needs.  He then informed me that they were more interested in training their students for skilled labor in tool and die and preferred to focus on the automotive industry.

I stated that I knew a kid who had graduated the year before, had focused on their vocational training, and is working at a local restaurant.  From exhaustive searches for a better landlord at the time I had traveled through several counties and could find large manufacturing facilities that had been closed from five to 30 years.  Good facilities where the manufacture was tired of fighting with unions and internal theft of not just property, but also of time, and had moved off-shore years ago.  The realtors refuse to lease or turn the buildings into incubator business facilities. 

So I asked this vocational director exactly where his students were being hired for skilled labor as welders or tool and die because all the surrounding manufacturers had long since left the US for better pay rates and staffing.  He turned around and left.

Later I discovered these tool and die companies usually in turn farm out their work to China anyway.

What do you do?  I know that the battery pack leader in the broadcast industry has gone off shore for many years to have their packs built.  When I open their packs the components say Made in ____, Not the USA.  Recently I came across the company that actually builds for them.  Many times in the past we have requested to build their products here in the Appalachia's but with No success.  Nonetheless, we are thankful for their success because rebuilding their products has feed several families here.

So, reluctantly I began a search for manufacturers in China, preventing the employment here of additional local staff.  My Lithium Ion Broadcast Battery packs are manufactured in China to my specifications using Panasonic, Sanyo, and now, some LG cells.  LG got a foot in the door when the Panasonic Anode plant caught fire and battery cells were being allocated.

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