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Old 05-12-2011, 02:01 PM
 
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Manufacturing Stages A Comeback - Joel Kotkin - New Geographer - Forbes

The one thing for sure is that if America is to comeback manufacturing MUST lead it. About a year ago I predicted that within 5 to 10 years Michigan will be among the top ten states for employment opportunities. I am still holding to that. I think the state is a steal right now......especially the Detroit area.
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Old 05-12-2011, 02:07 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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I 100% agree with you. I was saying this last year during the bad (worse) times and I still believe its a great time to live in Michigan...but its gonna get even better.
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Old 05-15-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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I thought so too but look at happened to the Ford Wixom Plant it was to become a manufacturing hub and still nothing is going on there. I was to have many companies moving in to set up shop there and it is still empty... Also what happened to the Wind Turbine Manufacturing Plant that was going to happen also in Wixom making the large turbine blades have not see any going to the e-ways and that has been a year ago. The only thing I have seen is the battery production and engineering going on for the auto manufacturers but again not as big as it could be.

So I am not sure just what products will be made here truly. The labor costs are what will hold it back when these costs outisde the US is a lot less...

Though is a lot of empty industial buildings they could get a great deal on a lease but over time it will all go up again... Taking away from their profits... Again it will be a slow recovery as it has been...

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Old 05-17-2011, 05:37 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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I'm happy for Michigan.

Somewhat.

I'm still in touch with friends & family in the Great Lake State but there's a fly in the ointment.

Many of these jobs pay little. And before y'all harp on me..........that was making my pay get smaller every year. Kinda like the law of averages. The guy bustin' his arse is makin' 8 bucks per hour, therefore a skilled employee with a degree shouldn't be makin' more than twice that.

I'm seeing the same thing happen here in Phoenix, I just happened to parlay that into 10 years or so of makin' some good coin.

We'll be catching up to Michigan soon enough (or dropping to that level, however ya wanna look at it).
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:39 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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I 100% agree with you. I was saying this last year during the bad (worse) times and I still believe its a great time to live in Michigan...but its gonna get even better.
It's always great to be in Michigan.

Even better when bass season opens.
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Loving life in Gaylord!
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It's always great to be in Michigan.

Even better when bass season opens.
Should be a holiday like first day of deer season.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Here.
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The one thing for sure is that if America is to comeback manufacturing MUST lead it.
I agree 100% with this statement, but I doubt that America will be able/willing to prevent manufacturing jobs from continuing to be exported. I do think that automakers are on a slightly more level playing field now than they were a few years ago now that the unions have taken concessions regarding Jobs Bank, health care contributions, etc. Jobs will always gravitate to the most desperate workers, and now that Michigan/Detroit are becoming more "3rd World", maybe those jobs will come here.
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Old 05-30-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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The jobs are paying and all the talk you see and hear here on the local news never seems to add that many jobs in area. Again like I mentioned above the Old Wixom Ford Plant was to be a multi Business Manufacturing Center but it never got off the ground a lot of talk but nothing it is still empty. Also WDIV had a big thing about jobs opening for a wind turbine manufacturer that had an opening for 200 jobs. I never heard about them after they pushed it even applied for a job there. The reason why they were updating the roads on 96 & Wixom Road area was to accommendate the ability to move the turbine blades from this Shop to where ever they were sold to. But Have not seen any kind of trucking going on for these blades. Again looked to be all talk. As others have mentioned pay is much lower looks to be because too many applicants that need any job so they take whatever they get offered just to get a job andthink that over time it will get them back to what they were making before this crash hit but starting low some employers are using it to their advanatage and keeping the pay low because they cxan get a quick replacement with so many looking and needing a job these days. And then the jobs being added to the US Auto Plants only pay 14.00 an hour about half of what the rest are making so that suggests that ability of buying a home and a car is not going to be possible either one or the other. SO again it is a slow reciovery still...

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Old 05-30-2011, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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It's always great to be in Michigan.

Even better when bass season opens.
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