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Plain Dealer brews up nostalgic, bitter reflections on Mr. Coffee, DiMaggio, & manufacturing in NEO
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 11/15/2004 - 03:13.
The 11/14/04 Cleveland Plain Dealer served up a fascinating contextualization of Northeast Ohio entrepreneurship, our innovation and manufacturing legacy, and its demise under America's Wal-Martized big-box consumer culture. Make note, Americans, Wal-Mart says it is all our fault that our manufacturing jobs have moved to China, as all we want is cheap stuff - "We are a seller of goods, not a producer of goods," (Wal Mart's) Wertz says. "Customers make the choice."
This context was also a subject of the recent "Aesthetics and Consumer Culture" at the Cleveland Institute of Art, where renowned writer and social theorist George Ritzer spoke about "Art,
Lost jobs a bitter brew
Mr. Coffee story illustrates how and why jobs here often end up overseas
In its heyday, more than 1,000 workers in the Cleveland area made 42,000 coffeemakers each day.
Nowadays, Mr. Coffee embodies a less popular trend: transfer of
U.S. Customs records indicate that Mr. Coffee currently makes its wares in China.
Princeton University economist Henry Farber says the percentage of
"It is primarily the consumers who benefit from this in the form of
"The large companies that are doing this are self-destructing, in
"China is not the enemy," (former Mr. Coffee President) Howell insists. "American demands for
Read the entire article before you go shopping for "more stuff" this busy holiday season, and then consider buying local and NEO made - like fine art and crafts, for example.
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