Posts Tagged ‘manufacturing’

Glas

July 3, 2020

“Glas,” directed by Bert Haanstra, 1959, an Oscar-winning short documentary contrasting the production of handmade crystal and automated bottle making.

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Shutting Down Our Town

May 10, 2020

“Shutting Down Our Town,” written by Troy Cassar-Daley, recorded by Jimmy Barnes, 2019.

Jimmy Barnes website

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Wilbur Ross on the New U.S. Economic Stimulus: Coronavirus

February 5, 2020

Wilbur Ross on the New U.S. Economic Stimulus: Coronavirus

Commerce Secretary, inveterate liar, and noted grifter Wilbur Ross is going viral for claiming that China’s novel coronavirus epidemic “will help to accelerate the return of jobs to North America.” Kinda like how the Black Death stimulated real estate opportunities by emptying Europe’s cities, apparently.

The comment is not just morally appalling, it demonstrates complete ignorance of 21st century manufacturing processes, just what you want in a Secretary of Commerce. Vehicles assembled in the U.S., for example, contain 40 to 50 percent imported parts and components. If China’s factories shut down due to quarantine, U.S. auto assembly lines will grind to a halt. The Rust Belt won’t save the day by sprouting new factories. the corporate billions liberated by the Trump tax cuts were supposed to fund factory development but were used for unproductive stock buybacks instead.

More:

“Wilbur Ross Says Coronavirus Could Bring Jobs Back to the U.S.,” Ana Swanson and Alan Rappeport, New York Times

“Wilbur Ross says Coronavirus could boost US jobs,” BBC News

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Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

December 16, 2019

Boeing Stops Production of 737 Max 8 Passenger Planes

Boeing has stopped production of 737 Max 8 jets until FAA regulators say they’re safe to fly. Two of those planes crashed, killing 346 people, after FAA regulators originally took Boeing’s assurances that the planes were good to go. De-regulation kills.

More:

“Boeing suspends production of 737 Max model involved in fatal crashes,” Dominic Rushe, The Guardian

Related:

“How Did the F.A.A. Allow the Boeing 737 Max to Fly?” John Cassidy, The New Yorker

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Carrier

January 17, 2018

During his 2016 election campaign, Donald Trump won a victory when he convinced the Carrier company to keep 800 manufacturing jobs in Indiana instead of moving them to Mexico. But Carrier has laid off some of those Indiana workers due to outsourcing and automation.

A video from The Atlantic

More:

“Carrier Employees, Soon to Be Laid Off, Feel Betrayed by Donald Trump,” Charles Bethea, The New Yorker

Related:

“Labor seeks to break into the debate over robots,” Steve LeVine, Axios

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Holden Motorcars, 1948 — 2017

October 20, 2017

Australia’s car, the Holden. Recently reborn as a part of GM, the last Aussie-made car rolled off the assembly line on October 20th (that would be yesterday if you’re in Oz).

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Big Apple Manhole Covers: Cast in India

January 10, 2017

When you’re crossing the street in New York, look down. See that heavy iron manhole cover? It was cast in India.

A film by Natasha Raheja.

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Cadillac Assembly Line

September 4, 2016

“Cadillac Assembly Line,” written by Mack Rice, performed here by guitarist Melvin Taylor (with organist Lucky Peterson, Ray Allison on drums, and Titus Williams on bass) in 1984. Albert King‘s 1976 version was more influential but sounds dated and over-produced. Sir Mack recorded his own version with the Dynatones in 1993.

Here’s what the actual Cadillac Eldorado assembly line looked like in 1976:

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Detroit City

September 4, 2016

“Detroit City,” written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis, a big Grammy-winning hit for Bobby Bare in 1963.

Here’s what the Lincoln Continental and Ford Thunderbird assembly line looked like about the time the song was written:

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‘I Took Me Some Steel ….’

September 3, 2016

1956 Dodge TV commercial, via Jeff Quitney. Great scenes of 1957 model year cars and the Chrysler assembly plant.

There’s not much singing on the Ford assembly line these days, of course. Robots don’t sing, they whirr:

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