By Pat Stacey
I was recently sent a story about a furniture company in North Carolina starting operations again in the US after moving their production to China. The owner was interviewed and he stated that while the move to China was profitable, it was not as profitable as it initially seemed as the costs of returning the goods to the US and some other factors chewed into profit.
His loyalty to the company founder - his grandfather's legacy and his devotion to America, drove him to make the decision to move it home. It may cost him some profit, but properly managed, he feels that the company will be here to stay.
If you contrast that story with the recent decision by the Carrier Corporation to close the Tyler plant, you see two different value systems at work. Now, no one can fault Carrier to work to reduce costs but quality products made in America are in high demand and the decision seems completely counter to the current and growing groundswell of patriotism in the private sector.
President Obama has stated that he wants to bring outsourced production back to the US, but I doubt he will even be aware of Carrier's intentions. So this gets down to the decision makers at Carrier working with the union and the union realizing that a major adjustment is needed in expenses.
Both sides should make the commitment that the plant stays in Tyler no matter what and then lock themselves in the meeting room until a settlement is reached. It is right for our community and America and it will make for a Better East Texas.