Made in USA? When Manufacturing Thrived America Thrived


Metamodern Economy. Made in USA?

“One of my very early reactions to the tragedy of 911, immediately was that we have the wrong kind of, or do the wrong kind of trade with the countries that produce oil in the Middle East.”

Story – EJ Wickes
Video – Blake Crabb

Since the inception of NAFTA in 1994 not much has been “Made in USA”. The United States has lost an estimated five million manufacturing jobs. Approximately 60,000 manufacturing facilities have closed shop and moved to Mexico or China. Trade deficits with both countries are now soaring and the quality of life abroad as well as here at home has seen little or no improvement as promised by the proponents of the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA was the first, now paving the way for the Trans Pacific Partnership. This new proposal for global trade will establish similar policies with Mexico, Canada, Japan, Singapore and seven other countries throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim.

metamodern. Economy. Made in USA?
Screen printing is one of many prominent industries representing how visual art contributes to our economy.

One clause in the charter is the Investor-State Dispute Settlement which should raise some eyebrows. ISDS would allow foreign companies to challenge U.S. laws and if the trading dispute or litigation is judged in their favor, the American taxpayer would become liable for the settlement without any U.S. court ever hearing the case. This is not good public policy in the long run. What this means is that a foreign business interest that produces a highly toxic carcinogen or petrochemical for example, could challenge us for obstructing their right to free trade if we chose not to allow them to set up shop on American soil.

Metamodern, Economy. Made in USA?
“Third one’s the charm.”

Many of these trade deals have had and will continue to have unforeseen consequences for the majority of wage earners here in the USA. During such economically challenging times, with the depreciation of manufacturing output from the U.S. over the past thirty years, and the losses in wages and spending power for the majority of the working middle class, you would think that our representatives in Washington would start considering what’s good for the country instead of what’s good for them.

With all the experts and business analysts reporting on the Economy we don’t often see addressed in prime time media, the concerns, challenges and demands placed on the majority of small business owners and how they feel about the decisions being made for them every day in Washington. Get a working man’s perspective from “street level”. A “regular guy” critiques and offers some pragmatic solutions to the decisions being made for him and thousands of others like him, on trade and the environment while still preserving our industries and expertise here in the USA.

Metamodern Economy. Made in USA?Dan Svec and his wife Joy are small business owners from Des Moines, Iowa. As a self-taught industrial engineer, Dan designed and built the equipment to do a very specialized type of printing. If you’ve ever seen a coffee cup, water bottle or glassware with any type of graphics on it, chances are they may have printed it. From such clients as Benchmade Knives, Twitter and Jim Beam, to the FBI and the U.S. Marines; they’ve made their mark.

Dan Svec, (left) owner of PyroGraphics.

Without very much prompting, Dan covers several issues of concern, and controversy that small manufacturing businesses are facing every day, including taxation, globalized trade and environmental issues. Dan’s honest candor and commitment to the business and his employees serves as an example to other entrepreneurs during these difficult times. This interview runs about twenty minutes, so relax…and let’s get started.

Metamodern, Economy, Made in U.S.A.?

Metamodern, Economy. Made in USA?

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