U.S. glassmakers: Half empty or half full?

  • Article by: LOUIS UCHITELLE , New York Times
  • Updated: January 18, 2010 - 9:20 PM

U.S. glassmakers are expanding abroad to offset growing losses to countries such as China, which is supplying the glass that will sheath the lower floors of the skyscraper rising from the ruins of New York's World Trade Center.

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HealthcrusaderJan. 19, 1012:13 AM

They steal American industries with the help of Wall St. Outsource Wall St. investment bankers!

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fishheadJan. 19, 10 7:09 AM

A carbon tax would help put the true costs on Chinese products because it would include shipping costs and the energy used to make the product.

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davehougJan. 19, 10 7:21 AM

They will either get better terms or lie & cheat. China has no problem with sending us fatal jewelry for our kids or running on pirate software. The will have NO problem gaming whatever carbon-tax/trade system is in place. Carbon-tax/trade schemes depend on 'honest' self-reporting.

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joe777Jan. 19, 10 8:51 AM

If the government truly wants to fix the economy then it should start with this problem; government (China) subsidized imports that have cost millions of manufacturing jobs over the past 20 years. Ever since our friend Mr. Clinton gave China the 'most favored nation' trading partner status and NAFTA was signed in 1994 jobs have disappeared to China and Mexico never to return. But alas, there's too much foreign lobbyist money pouring into Washington for anything to ever change.

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tkringleJan. 19, 10 9:01 AM

When are we going to learn that free trade is not the solution to our economic problems? Ross Perot said in the presidential debate that there would be a "giant sucking sound" from all of the jobs that would be leaving our country. We just sat there and laughed at him. Now who's laughing now? We must revisit tariffs now or we will not have any industry left in this country. Don't forget, right wing republicans, you need industry to build your tanks, planes, and aircraft carriers.

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changeagent2010Jan. 19, 1010:03 AM

The global marketplace at work. When American companies are making more money and producing more jobs overseas than they are here -- they're only following what's in their best interest as a viable entity. Truth hurts but you'd better get used to it. This is America's future unless somebody develops America-based industries that keep American money in the American ecomony. Are you all going to keep sitting around to whine about it or are you going to get out there and do something about it? And I don't mean holding your hand out for subsidies and tariff protection.

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tkringleJan. 19, 1010:30 AM

Changeagent2010's posting is typical neoliberal thinking. Adapt or die and quit whining because your job got shipped to India. Take a big pay cut and get competative. The only winners with free trade are the people who have big trust funds invested in the multinational corporations. They're the ones who promulgate this sort of nonsense.

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giantpeachJan. 19, 1010:52 AM

I worked in a new product development area for a communications company. I thought my job was safe because I was helping develope new products. I was wrong. As soon as the company slowed investing in new products and started investing heavily overseas and in mexico my job was gone along with hundreds of other jobs at the company I worked for. Government is rewarding American companies, CEO's/CFO's, and other upper level managers with higher profits stemming from reduced labor costs, but they are punishing your average everyday working man by putting him or her in the unemployment line.

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toolman28Jan. 19, 1011:40 AM

will insure that nothing is made here any more and we will all be fighting for jobs at wall mart so we can all - - - - go to walmart to buy crap made on china

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cmonstJan. 19, 1012:19 PM

The only reason products are made in other places is because its cheaper to make them someplace else. Critics are right that many countries blatantly abuse WTO rules and engage in dumping. That being said if we wanted to increase employment and create a sea of new investment all we have to do is lower the corporate tax rate and taxes on repatriated dividends from foreign profits. Look at the States like Lousianna and Ohio. They lowered taxes and investment is coming in. We should also compete at our competitors game and dump and offer no taxes for the first couple years for high tech or desired industries, export VAT rebates and do everything the other countries are doing.

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