July 14, 2003
Can the U.S. Afford to Export its Manufacturing Economy? by Jim Altfeld
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Through arrogance and greed, America's automobile industry was given away by the industry itself. Our electronics industry has not only gone offshore for manufacturing, but also for design and engineering. We have seen and continue to see one industry after another leaving the United States.


I will say it again. America's strength has been its ability to create and manufacture. China appears to be in a position, unlike any other nation outside of the United States, to take it all, which is why the United States has now reached a critical point in its development. It is time to re-examine itself and determine who it is, where it is going, what it wants to be and what it needs to do to get there. We need to re-examine our values, determine our key core competency, determine our purpose, create a vision and develop a mission to achieve the vision. With the world shrinking on a daily basis, it becomes more and more imperative that this great nation of ours knows and
understands who it is, what it is, what it stands for and who it wants to be in the years to come. This is no time to allow our nation's destiny to go "white water rafting" and leave it up to the gods of change. It is time to seize control of our future, determine our own destiny and then let everyone else in on the plan.


Jim Altfeld has over thirty years of experience as an industry marketing and sales professional in the manufacturing sector, with a key part of his career spent at GE Plastics. He is also a successful author and business consultant who is dedicated to the preserving the future of U.S.-based manufacturing. Write to Jim at:


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