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    Another piece of American history - GONE

    For anyone who has ever done any type of work around the house, or their car, or maybe even on a fishing reel. A part of Nebraska history died today. Not just Nebraska but US history.

    Vise-grips will now be made in China. A patent was given in the 1890s to the Peterson family in NE. In the 20s they started mass production of the vise-grip brand. At its peak the plant employed over 750 people.

    In the early 2000s, the Peterson family sold out to Rubbermaid. By 2005, no longer were you able to buy a Vise-grip with the "Made in the USA" logo on it.

    It became official today that Rubbermaid will be making all Vise-grips in China. By the end of October over 300 people will be unemployed.



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Thank God I bought mine years ago, when they still had the Made in USA on them. They were good enough tools that I don't see ever needing new ones.



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    I have a whole set of vise grips, ranging in sizes. Very handy tool.

    It's a shame things like this happen but if people were willing to spend 2 dollars more on a tool they could use the rest of their lives these jobs wouldn't be going overseas.



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    I guess I have two questions.

    1) People live in Nebraska?

    2) Vise-grips are a piece of American history?


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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoneyr View Post
    I guess I have two questions.

    1) People live in Nebraska?

    2) Vise-grips are a piece of American history?
    invented, perfected, marketed and manufactured.. all starting in the good ole USA. How is that NOT history?

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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Unfortunate for those workers, but the world operates on a global scale now. If someone can produce something at a cheaper price, well, its probably going to happen. This is what happens in a competitive market.



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    I wonder if this topic comes up on ChineseFanatic.com whenever the 4th of July comes around?



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    How about the other side of the story...that millions of American consumers will benefit due to lower prices...conveniently left out.



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewdawg123 View Post
    How about the other side of the story...that millions of American consumers will benefit due to lower prices...conveniently left out.
    Yes because I will now be able to afford Vice Grips.....

    The one thing preventing my ability to mechanically pinch things in my life has now been aleviated



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    Yes because I will now be able to afford Vice Grips.....

    The one thing preventing my ability to mechanically pinch things in my life has now been aleviated
    That was awesome!



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Should I be crying in my beer?


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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewdawg123 View Post
    How about the other side of the story...that millions of American consumers will benefit due to lower prices...conveniently left out.
    even those who no longer have a job?


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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Quote Originally Posted by Bader View Post
    Yes because I will now be able to afford Vice Grips.....

    The one thing preventing my ability to mechanically pinch things in my life has now been aleviated
    You would be surprised how much the little things add up. It's a global market now...if you want made in the USA vice grips open up a shop where you live and see if you can compete with the Chinese.



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Quote Originally Posted by whirlybirds View Post
    even those who no longer have a job?
    Of course not...but in a free market the consumer (as a whole) is always better off. The total yearly cost savings of consumers will be larger than the total income lost by these 200 people who lost their jobs. Not a pareto efficiency, but an overall efficiency for sure.



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    Re: Another piece of American history - GONE

    Quote Originally Posted by Lewdawg123 View Post
    You would be surprised how much the little things add up. It's a global market now...if you want made in the USA vice grips open up a shop where you live and see if you can compete with the Chinese.
    not a bad idea......... then i can use "profits" as an excuse to move my shop to china where id only have to pay my employees $1.75/hr. then i could leave the corporate office here in the good ol’ U. S. of A, that way my CEO’s could keep making their lavish multi-million dollar salaries


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