Industrial Insight

21 May, 2012 14:49 | May 21, 2012

We hide what we make…

In Defense of Nothing

http://alephblog.com/2012/05/19/in-defense-of-nothing/

We are very good today at hiding where things get made, and so people think that factories don’t exist. We have ordinances on noise, pollution, etc., and most of these entities have moved outside the big cities where the land values are cheaper.

So part of my answer here is that we are still making things here in America. We just don’t notice it.

America is an amazing place. The breadth of resources that can be extracted, the crops that are grown, the amazing division of labor, the level of technological innovation, and the relative degree of freedom to pursue any of these is astounding.

We make a lot of things. We just do it with far fewer people than we used to.

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I'm the executive vice president for a steel casting trade association, the Steel Founders' Society of America. I've got a crazy wife, five crazy children, three crazy people that married into the family, and two crazy fun little grandsons.

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