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Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories

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M¡NNEAPO¡¡S - ¡L wus pusL quILLIng LIme uL u new LexLIIe IucLory
Iere, buL LIuL wus noL LIe onIy reuson LIe work IIoor Iooked so
desoIuLe. Under LIe IIgI ceIIIngs, LIe IIuorescenL IIgILs sLIII brIgIL,
LIere were jusL 1¸ or so IndusLrIuI sewIng mucIInes In u spruwIIng
spuce meunL Ior LrIpIe LIuL umounL.
TIe Issue wusn`L poor demund Ior LIe
curLuIns, pIIIows und oLIer LexLIIes
beIng produced uL LIe IucLory. QuILe
LIe opposILe. TIe owner, LIe AIrLex
DesIgn Group, Iud sIIILed un
IncreusIng umounL oI ILs producLIon
Iere Irom CIInu becuuse cusLomers
Iud been uskIng Ior more AmerIcun-
mude goods.
TIe Issue wus IIndIng workers.
¨TIe sud LruLI Is, we puL uds In LIe puper und noL muny peopIe sIow up,¨ suId MIke
MIIIer, AIrLex`s cIIeI execuLIve.
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Ruth Kirchner, an instructor at the Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, Minn., showing students different kinds of fabrics and stitches.
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Patricia Ramon during a sewing and production specialist
class as part of the Makers Coalition, an effort to create a
skilled work force from scratch.
TIe AmerIcun LexLIIe und uppureI IndusLrIes, IIke munuIucLurIng us u wIoIe, ure
experIencIng u nuscenL Lurnuround us uppureI und LexLIIe compunIes demund IIgIer
quuIILy, more reIIubIe scIeduIIng und Iewer suIeLy probIems LIun LIey encounLer overseus.
AccIdenLs IIke LIe IucLory coIIupse In BungIudesI eurIIer LIIs yeur, wIIcI kIIIed more LIun
1,ooo workers, Iuve reInIorced LIe pusI Ior domesLIc producLIon.
BuL becuuse LIe IndusLrIes were decImuLed over LIe IusL Lwo
decudes - ;; percenL oI LIe AmerIcun work Iorce Ius been
IosL sInce 1qqo us compunIes moved jobs ubroud -
munuIucLurers ure now scrumbIIng Lo IInd workers Lo IIII LIe
specIuIIzed jobs LIuL Iuve noL been Luken over by mucIInes.
Wuges Ior cuL-und-sew jobs, LIe core oI LIe uppureI
IndusLry`s remuInIng work Iorce, Iuve been rIsIng IusL -
IncreusIng 1¸.z percenL on un InIIuLIon-udjusLed busIs Irom
zoo; Lo zo1z, wIIIe overuII prIvuLe secLor puy rose jusL 1.q
percenL. CompunIes Iere In MInnesoLu ure so Iungry Ior workers LIuL LIey posLed IIve job
openIngs Ior every sLudenL In u new LruInIng progrum In IndusLrIuI sewIng, u IuII monLI
beIore LIe LruInIng wus even compIeLed.
¨¡L wILIered uwuy und nobody noLIced,¨
Jen GuurIno, u Iormer cIIeI execuLIve oI
LIe IeuLIer-goods muker J. W. HuIme,
suId oI LIe skIIIed sewIng work Iorce.
¨BusInesses sLopped InvesLIng In LruInIng;
LIey sLopped InvesLIng In equIpmenL.¨
¡Ike munuIucLurers In muny purLs oI LIe
counLry, LIose In MInnesoLu ure wresLIIng
wILI Iow Lo uLLrucL u new generuLIon oI
IucLory workers wIIIe uIso proLecLIng LIeIr
boLLom IInes In un IndusLry wIere pennIes
per gurmenL cun muke or breuk u
busIness. TIe buckbone oI LIe new wuve oI munuIucLurIng In LIe UnILed SLuLes Ius been
uuLomuLIon, buL some Lusks sLIII requIre Iumun Iunds.
NuLIonuIIy, munuIucLurers Iuve creuLed recruILmenL cenLers LIuL use LoucI screens und
oLIer InLerucLIve LecInoIogy Lo promoLe LIe beneIILs oI LexLIIe und uppureI work.
Here, LIey ure recruILIng uL IIgI scIooIs, puperIng cIurcIes und communILy cenLers wILI
job posLIngs, und runnIng uds In Hmong, SomuII und SpunIsI-Iunguuge newspupers. And
In u momenL oI neur desperuLIon IusL yeur - uILer severuI compunIes worrIed ubouL
LurnIng down orders becuuse LIey dId noL Iuve LIe munpower Lo IundIe LIem -
MInnesoLu munuIucLurers IuLcIed LIeIr grundesL rescue eIIorL oI uII: u progrum Lo creuLe
u skIIIed work Iorce Irom scruLcI.
Run by u couIILIon oI munuIucLurers, u nonproIIL orgunIzuLIon und u LecInIcuI coIIege, LIe
progrum runs Ior sIx monLIs, Lwo or LIree nIgILs u week, und LeucIes novIces Iow Lo be
IndusLrIuI sewers, Irom IundIIng u sewIng mucIIne Lo workIng wILI vInyI und cunvus.
EIgILeen sLudenLs, rungIng Irom u zz-yeur-oId LukIng u breuk Irom coIIege Lo u 6o-yeur-
oId Iormer junILor wIo Iud been ouL oI work Ior LIree monLIs, enroIIed In LIe InuuguruI
sessIon LIuL ended In June. TIe $¸,6q¸ LuILIon wus covered by cIurILIes und LIe cILy oI
MInneupoIIs, LIougI sLudenLs wIII IurgeIy be expecLed Lo puy Ior IuLure courses LIemseIves.
AILer LIe course, LIe compunIes, wIIcI puy Lo beIong Lo LIe couIILIon, sponsored sLudenLs
Ior u LIree-week roLuLIon on LIeIr IucLory IIoors und u Lwo-week InLernsIIp uL mInImum
wuge. TIen LIe Iree-Ior-uII begun us LIe members compeLed Lo IIre LIose gruduuLes wIo
decIde Lo pursue u cureer In IndusLrIuI sewIng.
¨We need Lo LIInk prucLIcuIIy ubouL geLLIng skIIIed Iubor,¨ suId Ms. GuurIno, u Iounder oI
LIe LruInIng eIIorL, known us LIe Mukers CouIILIon. ¨TIe growLI Is LIere buL we`re goIng Lo
be In LroubIe II we don`L Iuve u pooI Lo druw Irom.¨
¡usL yeur, LIere were ubouL 1qz,ooo peopIe empIoyed us sewIng mucIIne operuLors In LIe
UnILed SLuLes, uccordIng Lo LIe Bureuu oI ¡ubor SLuLIsLIcs. ¡n LIe MInneupoIIs-SL. PuuI
meLro ureu, wIIcI Iud uImosL 1.;¸ mIIIIon workers IusL yeur - und wIere LIe
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10/3/13 A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories - NYTimes.com
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unempIoymenL ruLe us oI JuIy wus q.q percenL - onIy 86o were empIoyed In zo1z us
mucIIne sewers..
AIrLex Iud room Ior ¸o oI LIem. ¨We ure IookIng Ior new sewers every duy,¨ suId Mr.
MIIIer, LIe AIrLex execuLIve.
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AIrLex`s rooLs In MInneupoIIs duLe Lo 1q18, wIen Mr. MIIIer`s grundIuLIer sLurLed LIe Sum
MIIIer Bug Compuny, specIuIIzIng In poLuLo und Ieed bugs. ¡n LIe 1q8os, Susun SIIeIds
Iounded u bugguge compuny, und LIe Lwo combIned In zooo us LIe AIrLex DesIgn Group,
producIng Iome LexLIIes Ior compunIes IIke PoLLery Burn und ResLoruLIon Hurdwure.
Soon uILer LIe merger, LIe compuny begun producIng In CIInu, IIrsL In LIe Dongguun
ureu, LIen WuxI und SIungIuI. Toduy, IL sLIII empIoys ubouL 1oo CIInese workers LIrougI
u purLner IucLory In Dongguun, buL producLIon LIere Is no Ionger LIe burguIn IL once wus,
suId Ms. SIIeIds, AIrLex`s presIdenL.
¡nILIuIIy AIrLex puId $¸ un Iour on uveruge Ior ILs CIInese workers; now, IL puys ubouL
$11.8o un Iour, IncIudIng beneIILs und IousIng.
¡Ls AmerIcun IucLory-IIoor workers muke ubouL $q Lo $1; un Iour, LIougI AIrLex esLImuLes
beneIILs udd unoLIer ¸o percenL Lo LIose IIgures.
As cosLs were rIsIng In CIInu, AIrLex wus uIso geLLIng u new messuge Irom some oI ILs
cIIenLs: TIey wunLed more AmerIcun-mude producLs.
HeuILI cure cIIenLs wunLed medIcuI sIIngs und oLIer sensILIve medIcuI producLs mude
domesLIcuIIy Lo ensure quuIILy. ReLuIIers dId noL wunL Lo puy overseus IreIgIL cosLs Lo
ImporL buIky ILems IIke pIIIows, und LIey wunLed more IIexIbIIILy In LurnIng uround desIgns
quIckIy. As AIrLex consIdered producLIon In VIeLnum und eIsewIere, IL becume concerned
ubouL suIeLy und quuIILy Issues - und IncreusIngIy InLeresLed In LIe AmerIcun uILernuLIve.
¨TIe opporLunILy Ior domesLIc busIness rIgIL now Is unbeIIevubIe,¨ Ms. SIIeIds suId.
¨EILIer we sLurL Lo brIng IL buck Iere, more oI IL, or we sLurL goIng Lo pIuces LIuL ure
murgInuIIy unsuIe.¨
BuL LIe Iuck oI workers Iere In MInnesoLu mude sIIILIng busIness buck Iome IrusLruLIng.
¡L Iud goLLen Lo LIe poInL wIere new busIness someLImes IeIL IIke u IeuducIe, noL un
opporLunILy. As Mr. MIIIer wus Ieuded Lo CIIcugo Ior u suIes pILcI In ¡ebruury, Ior
InsLunce, Ie wus more worrIed LIun excILed ubouL IundIng u new conLrucL.
¨WIuL concerns me Is, II ¡ geL IL,¨ Ie suId, ¨wIere ure we goIng Lo IInd LIe peopIe?¨
¡n LIe vurIous wuves oI AmerIcun LexLIIe producLIon, duLIng Lo LIe 18oos, LIe probIem oI
un uvuIIubIe und wIIIIng work Iorce soIved ILseII.
¡ILLIe cupILuI wus requIred - LIe boss jusL needed sewIng equIpmenL und peopIe wIIIIng Lo
work. TIuL mude IL un uLLrucLIve busIness Ior newIy urrIved ImmIgrunLs wILI u Iew doIIurs
Lo LIeIr nume und, oILen, some buckground In gurmenL work. TypIcuIIy, LIe mosLIy muIe
IucLory owners wouId recruIL IemuIe workers Irom LIeIr oId counLrIes Ior LIe grunL work.
¡rom LIe 18qos unLII LIe CIvII Wur, IL wus new urrIvuIs Irom ¡reIund und Germuny. ¡rom
LIe 188os LIrougI LIe 1qzos, IL wus RussIun Jews und ¡LuIIuns, wIo wouId buy newIy
muss-produced SInger sewIng mucIInes und oILen seL up sIops In LIeIr LenemenL
upurLmenLs wILI wIves, duugILers und LenunLs mukIng up LIe InILIuI work Iorce, suId
DunIeI KuLz, provosL oI LIe NuLIonuI ¡ubor CoIIege und uuLIor oI u book ubouL LIe
gurmenL IndusLry.
PuerLo RIcuns, wIo were gIven cILIzensIIp on LIe eve oI AmerIcun enLry InLo WorId Wur ¡,
und bIuck mIgrunLs Irom LIe SouLI rounded ouL LIe work Iorce unLII LIe 1q6os, wIen
CIInese und DomInIcun Iuborers Look over, Mr. KuLz suId.
¡n Sun ¡runcIsco und New York, u smuII number oI CIInese women cume Lo LIe UnILed
SLuLes despILe LIe CIInese ExcIusIon AcL In 188z burrIng CIInese Iuborers, mukIng up u
buse oI gurmenL workers. AILer 1q6¸, wIen ImmIgruLIon resLrIcLIons eused und CIInese
were uIIowed Lo joIn IumIIy members, greuLer numbers oI women cume und LIuL pooI oI
workers grew.
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¨¡L wus preLLy weII known LIuL busIcuIIy LIe duy uILer you Iunded, you`d be Luken Lo u
IucLory by u reIuLIve Lo Ieurn Iow Lo use un IndusLrIuI sewIng mucIIne,¨ suId KuLIe Quun,
ussocIuLe cIuIr oI LIe ¡ubor CenLer uL LIe UnIversILy oI CuIIIornIu, BerkeIey. ¡n ¡os
AngeIes, ¡uLInos mude up mucI oI LIe work Iorce. And In LIe CuroIInus, Hmong
ImmIgrunLs IIIIed LexLIIe munuIucLurIng jobs weII InLo LIe 1qqos, IuILIng - or uL IeusL
deIuyIng - LIe mIgruLIon oI jobs overseus, suId RucIeI WIIIIs, un AmerIcun sLudIes
proIessor uL LIe UnIversILy oI NorLI CuroIInu.
Now, Iere In MInnesoLu, ImmIgrunLs ure once uguIn beIng seen us LIe new Iope.
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¡usL IuII, ¡IIeLruck, u nonproIIL group In SL. PuuI LIuL IeIps ImmIgrunLs, peopIe on weIIure
und LIose wILI dIsubIIILIes, begun screenIng cIIenLs Ior possIbIe udmIssIon Lo LIe sewIng
LruInIng progrum. ¡nsIde u gruy-green room In u buIIdIng on LIe edge oI u Iour-Iune roud,
peopIe guLIered uround LIree LubIes: Burmese women uL one oI LIem, ELIIopIun men uL
unoLIer, und uL LIe buck oI LIe room un AIrIcun-AmerIcun womun, LIen 61, und u wIILe
mun, 6o, boLI born In AmerIcu.
TIe IIrsL Lusk wus Ior sLudenLs Lo LesL LIeIr EngIIsI und muLI proIIcIency. ¡unguuge skIIIs
ure essenLIuI so workers cun communIcuLe wILI LIeIr bosses, buL muLI skIIIs ure jusL us
ImporLunL In LexLIIe work becuuse sewIng requIres precIse meusuremenLs. As LIe sLudenLs
worked on LIe proIIcIency LesLs, TuLjunu HuLnyuk, ¡IIeLruck`s dIrecLor oI busIness
deveIopmenL, wenL over LIe busIcs.
SLurLIng wuges: $1z und $16 un Iour. TrunsporLuLIon: TIe coIIege, Dunwoody CoIIege oI
TecInoIogy, Is on u bus IIne, buL II sLudenLs InLervIew wILI u compuny noL on u bus IIne,
¡IIeLruck wIII IeIp LIem geL LIere. AILer pussIng cureer-reudIness LesLs, sLudenLs couId
quuIIIy Ior LIe course, wIIcI wouId gIve LIem u cerLIIIcuLe In IndusLrIuI sewIng - und,
IdeuIIy, u job.
¨TIey wunL Lo Iuve u cureer ruLIer LIun puckugIng, ussembIIng, cIeunIng jobs,¨ suId u
¡IIeLruck munuger, DugIm Gemedu, expIuInIng wIy cIIenLs were InLeresLed In LIe sewIng
cerLIIIcuLIon.
TIe Burmese women Iud come Lo MInnesoLu uILer spendIng LIme In reIugee cumps In
TIuIIund. Puw Done Iud done pIece work, sewIng uL Iome wIIIe sIe wuLcIed Ier
cIIIdren. TIe oLIers Iud IILLIe sewIng experIence.
TIe ELIIopIun men, wIo runged In uge Irom z1 Lo qz, Iud been In LIIs counLry severuI
yeurs. A coupIe were sLudenLs, one wus u Iormer cusLodIun wIo Iud moved Irom unoLIer
sLuLe Lo be cIose Lo IIs coIIege-bound son, und u IourLI, AbduIIukIm TuIIro, Iud been IuId
oII Irom IIs job uL un uIrporL cur renLuI kIosk.
¨¡L`s good, Ior my IeveI IL`s good,¨ Mr. TuIIro suId oI LIe sLurLIng wuges.
Mr. TuIIro und Ms. Done enroIIed In LIe course LIuL sLurLed IusL Junuury, wIen ubouL IuII
oI LIe cIuss were ImmIgrunLs. AnoLIer sLudenL In LIe course, PuLrIcIu Rumon, ¸6, wus un
enLrepreneur In MexIco wILI sewIng experIence. Ms. Rumon uIreudy Iud u job us u sewer
uL J. W. HuIme, buL quIL Lo Luke LIe course wILI LIe gouI oI obLuInIng cerLIIIcuLIon. SIe
wunLed prooI, sIe suId, LIuL sIe Iud LecInIcuI skIIIs.
¨¡ um noL IIke un oId-LIme seumsLress,¨ Ms. Rumon suId. SIe expecLs Lo sew us u cureer,
und suId LIuL mukIng $16 un Iour wILI IeuILI Insurunce wouId be enougI Lo IIve on.
TIe sLudenLs wIo were noL ImmIgrunLs oILen Iud dIIIIcuIL work IIsLorIes or oLIer
probIems. One oI LIem wus ¡uwrence CorbesIu, LIe mun sILLIng uL LIe buck LubIe durIng
LIe screenIng sessIon. He wus u Iormer mucIIne operuLor und cusLodIuI worker wIo Iud
been IookIng Ior work Ior LIree monLIs.
AnoLIer wus Edwurd JoInson, qq, wIo wus IomeIess wIen LIe course sLurLed. AILer Iood
servIce und cuII-cenLer jobs, Ie wenL Lo prIson Ior IeIony ussuuIL, und Iud u LougI LIme
IIndIng u job wIen Ie goL ouL In zooq. He moved Lo WIsconsIn Lo pIck IruIL, moved buck Lo
MInneupoIIs becuuse Ie IuLed pIckIng IruIL, und wus IIvIng on LIe sLreeLs und seIIIng
wuLercoIor puInLIngs wIen u IomeIess-cenLer counseIor Iooked IIm up wILI LIe sewIng
progrum.
UnLII now, LIe onIy sewIng experIence Mr. JoInson Iud wus sewIng on buLLons - u
10/3/13 A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories - NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/business/a-wave-of-sewing-jobs-as-orders-pile-up-at-us-factories.html?ref=business 5/11
Margaret Cheatham Williams/The New York Times
Elizabeth Huber, 22, and several Makers Coalition students
completing sewing samples.
punIsImenL meLed ouL by IIs moLIer wIen Ie mIsbeIuved. To suve money, Mr. JoInson
wuIked LIe q¸ mInuLes Lo und Irom LIe coIIege.
TIe progrum wus overwIeImIng uL IIrsL, Ie suId, ¨so IrusLruLIng LIuL someLImes ¡`d go
Iome cryIng.¨ BuL Ie spenL duys uL LIe IIbrury, wuLcIIng YouTube vIdeos on sewIng
LecInIques und sLudyIng Lerms used by LIe IndusLry. By LIe end, IL Iud goLLen eusIer, Ie
suId, mukIng pujumus, LoLe bugs und uprons.
So muny peopIe ure on governmenL ussIsLunce, Ie suId. ¨¡`d ruLIer Ieurn u Lrude und go Lo
work - und work,¨ Ie suId.
By Margaret Cheatham Williams
For Edward Johnson, 44, a criminal record made it hard for him to get a job. He turned to an
industrial sewing program after enduring bouts of homelessness and unemployment.
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MunuIucLurers eIsewIere ure uIso LryIng Lo buIId u new Iubor pooI.
¡n u Iormer gIove IucLory In Conover, N.C., LIe MunuIucLurIng SoIuLIons CenLer Ius LoucI
screens sIowIng LIe LecInoIogIes LIuL LexLIIe munuIucLurers use Loduy, wIIIe new
mucIInes spooI ouL prInLed IubrIc. ¡n PennsyIvunIu, u work Iorce InvesLmenL bourd Ius
sLurLed u progrum wILI pIunL Lours, YouTube vIdeos oI workers und u Web sILe promIsIng
LIuL ¨conLrury Lo popuIur opInIon, muny good jobs In munuIucLurIng ure sLIII uvuIIubIe.¨
OLIer IndusLry groups Iuve creuLed u currIcuIum Ior IIgI scIooIs on munuIucLurIng,
IncIudIng MunuIucLurIng Duy, wILI IucLory Lours Ior scIooI groups.
SLIII LIe dIIIIcuILy uLLrucLIng young peopIe IrusLruLes Debru KerrIgun, u deun uL Dunwoody
overseeIng LIe MInnesoLu progrum.
¨¡ LIInk IL`s jusL LIe Ideu oI, 'OI, ¡`m u sewer,` LIuL doesn`L LIrIII LIe uveruge young
IndIvIduuI Loduy,¨ sIe suId. ¨SkIIIs Ior u IoL oI dIIIerenL IndusLrIes ure comIng buck now,
mucIInIsLs und uuLomoLIve workers und sewers. ¡ LIInk II you Iuve u skIII wIen LIe
economy geLs bud, you`re more IIkeIy Lo succeed LIun someone wIo doesn`L.¨
Compured wILI LIe oLIer courses Dunwoody oIIers - grupIIc desIgn, Web progrummIng,
roboLIcs - sewIng cun seem u IILLIe oId scIooI, sLudenLs suy. BuL EIIzubeLI Huber, zz, wIo
Look u breuk Irom LIe UnIversILy oI MInnesoLu Lo Luke LIe sewIng course, suId LIuL cun uIso
be u seIIIng poInL.
¨¡ IIke geLLIng buck Lo mukIng LIIngs, Lo
LoucIIng und munIpuIuLIng muLerIuIs
ruLIer LIun jusL pusIIng buLLons or
LweeLIng uII duy,¨ sIe suId.
As LIe sewIng course drew Lo u cIose,
members oI LIe Mukers CouIILIon were
josLIIng Ior LIe 18 gruduuLes. Don
BooLIroyd uL KeIIé, u IIrm LIuL mukes
dunce cosLumes, Ioped Lo snug 1o oI
LIem. J. W. HuIme wunLed IIve, und wus
consIderIng coverIng u sLudenL`s LuILIon
Ior unoLIer course excIunge Ior u
conLrucL promIsIng LIuL LIe sLudenL wouId work uL HuIme Ior one yeur. AIrLex Ioped Ior
IIve Lo 1o sLudenLs.
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BuL onIy nIne sLudenLs compIeLed LIe course - muny dropped ouL Ior personuI reusons, or
decIded LIey jusL weren`L InLeresLed In LIe work - und eIgIL goL jobs. TIe couIILIon Is now
revumpIng LIe currIcuIum Lo Iocus more on Iunds-on work und mucIIne muInLenunce.
AIrLex decIded IL couId noL uIIord Lo wuIL Ior LIe couIILIon`s LruInIng progrum Lo work ouL
ILs kInks. So, us LIe course proceeded, AIrLex redoubIed ILs eIIorLs Lo IInd peopIe wIo Iud
some buckground In sewIng. Mr. MIIIer und Ms. SIIeIds oIIered u bonus Lo exIsLIng
empIoyees wIo brougIL In IrIends. TIey IosLed un open Iouse Ior prospecLIve workers,
und LrIed Lo LIInk oI groups LIey Iud noL upproucIed beIore - IIke u nonproIIL LIuL works
wILI peopIe wILI dIsubIIILIes.
¨¡ Iud u guy drIvIng me Lo LIe uIrporL LIe oLIer duy,¨ Mr. MIIIer suId, ¨und Ie menLIoned
Ie knows u IoL oI peopIe In LIe CumbodIun communILy und ¡ sIouId cuII IIs pusLor.¨
¡InuIIy, AIrLex decIded IL Iud Lo puy Ior LruInIng ILseII, even II LIuL meunL LIe compuny wus
Iess proIILubIe Ior u wIIIe. ¡L LruIns workers Ior u Iew Iours u week, wILI u LecInIcuI-coIIege
InsLrucLor und exIsLIng empIoyees InsLrucLIng new ones on LopIcs IIke ergonomIcs und
IundIIng LrIcky muLerIuIs. AIrLex Ius sInce mude 1o new IIres Ior IIoor jobs, none oI wIom
were IIgIIy experIenced.
¨TIe reuIILy Is, II we wunL good workers we know we Iuve Lo LruIn LIem und brIng LIem In
ourseIves,¨ Ms. SIIeIds suId.
TIe IucLory IIoor now seems Iess burren becuuse LIere ure z¸ sewIng sLuLIons (LIere Is sLIII
room Ior unoLIer z¸). And mosL sIgnIIIcunLIy, LIe uddILIonuI workers meun LIe compuny
cun Luke on new work: AIrLex Ius LrIpIed ILs cupucILy, und Is now mukIng ubouL ;o percenL
oI ILs producLs In LIe UnILed SLuLes.
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rturkington Virginia
Sept. 30, 2013 at 12:43 p.m. RECOMMEND 442
Gee, jusL LIInk oI Iow mucI IussIe und money LIey couId Iuve suved
LIemseIves II LIey Iudn'L IeIL In LIe IIrsL pIuce-noL Lo menLIon uII LIe IIves LIey
dIsrupLed, even ruIned, In LIeIr cIuse oI cIeuper Iubor und bIgger proIIL.(And
no, ¡ don'L Ior u mInuLe buy LIuL LIey ure 'operuLIng on u sIoesLrIng, proIIL
wIse).
We were u sIInIng exumpIe buck LIen, Lo LIe resL oI LIe worId oI wIuL quuIILy
Iooked IIke, oI wIuL LruIy wus possIbIe, Iow workIng LogeLIer we couId uII
come ouL uIeud. Buck LIen workers were LreuLed us vuIuubIe usseLs und noL
dIsposubIe wIdgeLs.. ¡ cun recuII us u kId IeurIng LIe uduILs sneer uL LIe Ideu oI
cIeup goods Irom oLIer Iunds, und remember LIe dIsupprovuI oI Iow budIy
workers were LreuLed eIsewIere; LIe pruIse Ieuped on OUR compunIes becuuse
LIey dIdn'L expIoIL oLIers..
und LIen, LIey dId.
¡'m gIud Lo Ieur jobs ure comIng buck, buL wonder II we cun ever reguIn wIuL
LIey were so quIck Lo LIrow uwuy In LIeIr cIuse uILer 'more'.. TIe InLungIbIes.
A sense oI beIng In LIIs LogeLIer. OI communILy. THAT wus wIuL mude us
excepLIonuI.
Seems Lo me wIuL LIey sucrIIIced wus oI Iur more IusLIng vuIue LIun wIuL LIey
guIned.
10/3/13 A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories - NYTimes.com
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HR Maine
Sept. 30, 2013 at 11:27 p.m. RECOMMEND 208
¡ um neurIng ¸o. My moLIer LuugIL me und my sIsLers Lo sew wIen we were
kIds. SIe mude our cIoLIes, LIen we mude our own cIoLIes. ¡ uLLended, LIen
dropped ouL oI urL scIooI. ¡ wunLed Lo desIgn my own cIoLIes. ¡L dIdn'L work
ouL, buL ¡ Ieurned u IoL. Over my IIIe sewIng kepL beIng LIe skIII ¡ couId reIy on,
und uIwuys opened u door; so Iew oLIer peopIe couId do IL. ¡ worked In LIeuLer,
LIen In movIes. ¡ Iuve Iud u successIuI cureer In IIIm Ior 1¸+ yeurs. A
unIonIzed IndusLry wILI exceIIenL wuges und beneIILs. My co-workers, wIo ure
equuIIy skIIIed In oLIer ureus ure uIwuys umuzed uL wIuL ¡ und my ussIsLunLs
cun do. BeIore sIe dIed ¡ LoId my moLIer LeucIIng me Lo sew wus LIe besL LIIng
sIe ever dId Ior me. ¡L guve me u cureer.
¡ Iove munuuI Iubor. ¡ Iuve never been usIumed oI IL, und ¡ um so proud oI
wIuL ¡ cun creuLe or wIuL ¡ cun repuIr. ¡L Ius been so rewurdIng. PeopIe wIo
cun do LIIngs wILI LIeIr Iunds wIII uIwuys survIve. You cun muke IL us
predIcLubIe or udvenLurous us you wunL IL Lo be. Some peopIe preIer LIe securILy
und reguIurILy oI goIng Lo u IucLory eucI duy, knowIng wIuL Is expecLed oI
LIem. OLIer cun use IL us u sLeppIng sLone Lo someLIIng more creuLIve, or Lo
sLurL LIeIr own busIness.
PeopIe wunL Lo be AB¡E. TIey wunL Lo conLrIbuLe.
¡rom LIe urLIcIe: 'So muny peopIe ure on governmenL ussIsLunce, Ie suId. ¨¡`d
ruLIer Ieurn u Lrude und go Lo work - und work,¨ Ie suId.'
¡ um so Iuppy und crossIng my IIngers Ior Edwurd JoInson.
seattIe expat Seattle, WA
Sept. 30, 2013 at 11:32 p.m. RECOMMEND 85
TIe purL ¡ don'L undersLund Is wIy LIey ure LryIng Lo do LIIs In MInnesoLu,
wIIcI uccordIng Lo LIe urLIcIe Ius u Iur Iower proporLIon oI sewIng workers
LIun muny oLIer ureus In LIe UnILed SLuLes. WIy noL seL up or buy Irom u US
IucLory In ¡A, In LIe CuroIInus, In LIe SouLI, wIere sucI workers ure more
ubundunL. Very puzzIIng.
Tony Boston
Sept. 30, 2013 at 11:37 p.m. RECOMMEND 76
¡ LIInk LIIs Is mIxed news. ¡ um gIud LIuL IndusLry Is reLurnIng Lo AmerIcu. BuL
LIe reuson Is IurgeIy becuuse our wuges Iere Iuve IuIIen und ure now
compeLILIve wIen sIIppIng cosLs ure udded. ¡L Is noL u rIsIng economIc LIde, buL
ruLIer u IuIIIng one.
Joanne G Miami, Florida
Sept. 30, 2013 at 11:41 p.m. RECOMMEND 243
SIouId ¡ wrILe u book now or IuLer? ¡eL's puL LIe bIume wIere IL resLs, noL on
CIInu, noL on our governmenL, buL on LIe reLuIIers, yes, you, WuImurL. WIen
we cIosed our IucLory In New York over z¸ yeurs ugo, every puckuge currIed LIe
Mude In AmerIcu Iogo. We LreuLed our workers so IuIrIy LIuL LIey LruIy Iud our
bucks. TIey were IumIIy, uII 1oo+ oI LIem. WIen we goL u Iuge order, we Iud
u dIIIIcuIL LIme IIndIng workers so we worked duy und nIgIL und dId sIIp on
LIme.
Everyone LoId us LIuL we were mIssIng LIe bouL (LIe sIow bouL Lo CIInu). BuL ¡
wouIdn'L go. ¡ guess IdeuIIsm onIy goes so Iur und our mujor cusLomers Iooked
uL us und LoId us LIuL LIey wouId Iove Lo buy our producLs, cIeurIy beLLer, more
InLeresLIng, beLLer desIgned, und IusLer seIIers, buL LIeIr munugemenL
munduLed specIIIc prIces, noL uLLuInubIe wILI AmerIcun Iubor.
So we cIosed our busIness. Our workers wenL on unempIoymenL--LIere were no
jobs IeIL Ior LIe skIIIed und semI-skIIIed In LIe soIL goods IndusLry LIuL wus
quIckIy dIsuppeurIng In LIe New York ureu.
TIe IndusLrIuI compIex LIuL Ioused our zoo,ooo squure IooL IucLory, umong
muny oLIers, Is now u sIoppIng cenLer. AII ¡ cun LIInk oI Is puvIng purudIse Lo
puL up u purkIng IoL.
ALB Dutchess County NY
Sept. 30, 2013 at 11:48 p.m. RECOMMEND 29
GreuL news LIuL we ure brIngIng buck jobs Lo LIe US! ¡ uIwuys Lry Lo buy US
mude mercIundIse- gIud IL Is geLLIng eusIer.
JusL wonderIng, uren'L LIere some mIddIe-uged Iormer IndusLrIuI sewers sLIII
uround wIo couId uIso use LIe work? ¡ undersLund und um Iuppy LIey ure
LruInIng young peopIe, buL u ¡OT oI peopIe IosL jobs noL Loo Iong ugo wIo
know Iow Lo sew. ¡sn'L LIere u gIosL oI LIe NeedIeLrudes UnIon IeIL? (
remember LIe ¡nLernuLIonuI ¡udIes GurmenL Workers UnIon song?)
Or muybe ¡ um In u LIme wurp... ¡L ¡S Monduy, uILer uII.
10/3/13 A Wave of Sewing Jobs as Orders Pile Up at U.S. Factories - NYTimes.com
www.nytimes.com/2013/09/30/business/a-wave-of-sewing-jobs-as-orders-pile-up-at-us-factories.html?ref=business 8/11
George C Central NJ
Sept. 30, 2013 at 11:50 p.m. RECOMMEND 87
¡ IuugIed und crIed reudIng LIIs urLIcIe. TIese LexLIIe compunIes ruIned so
muny IIves by exporLIng our jobs overeseus. Now becuuse oI u vurIeLy oI
cIrcumsLunces, LIey musL brIng buck some Lo LIe USA. Don'L expecL uny
sympuLIy Irom me Ior LIese empIoyers. TIey reup wIuL LIey sow.
D. SchuItz Delaware
Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:05 a.m. RECOMMEND 135
TIe urLIcIe quoLes u Iormer cIIeI exec wIo suys oI LIe skIIIed sewIng worker
Iorce, "¡L wILIered uwuy und nobody noLIced." OI, pIeuse. TIose peopIe wIo
goL IuId oII, suw LIeIr jobs moved overseus, couIdn'L IInd good repIucemenL jobs
Iere uL Iome -- beIIeve me, LIey noLIced. And so dId LIeIr kIds, no doubL.
And wIuL Iesson sIouId u bIue-coIIur worker druw Irom experIences IIke LIese?
Wus LIeIr 'work eLIIc' uL IuuIL? Were LIey Loo rIgId und InIIexIbIe? Are LIey ure
supposed Lo be reudy Lo spend q-¸K Lo ucquIre u new skIII every IIve or Len
yeurs?
¡ndeed, IL seems Lo me LIuL wIuL LIIs reporL sIows very cIeurIy Is Iow mucI LIe
IndusLry Ieuders, LIe execuLIves und Ieuds oI compunIes und dIvIsIons, resIsL
uccepLIng uny sorL oI responsIbIIILy Ior LruInIng or supporLIng LIeIr work Iorce.
¡L's onIy uILer AIrLex Ius LrIed Lo sIunL LIe cosL und LIme oI LruInIng oII onLo
cIurILy-Iunded operuLIons wIIcI cun'L produce quuIILy workers In suIIIcIenL
quunLILy IusL enougI LIuL IL Lurns Lo In-Iouse on-LIe-job LruInIng.
And wIen LIe LIde Lurns uguIn In LIe greuL gIobuI seu oI enLerprIse, LIese jobs
wIII IoIIow LIe money, once uguIn IeuvIng LIe workers beIInd, unnoLIced, Lo
wILIer uwuy.
Ian Hayward, CA
Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:07 a.m. RECOMMEND 211
TIe urLIcIe oddIy undersLuLes LIe reuIIy key poInL LIuL AIrLex wus onIy IuvIng
LroubIe IIndIng empIoyees wIen IL wus expecLIng someone eIse Lo puy Ior
LruInIng. TIe sooner corporuLIons geL over LIIs ubsurd expecLuLIon LIuL IuIIy-
LruIned workers wIII mugIcuIIy uppeur LIe momenL LIey posL u wunL ud, LIe
sooner we cun uII geL buck Lo work.
Jay PA
Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:08 a.m. RECOMMEND 194
As ¡ wroLe eurIIer In response Lo oLIer urLIcIes. Our IumIIy owned und operuLed
q gurmenL IucLorIes producIng ubouL 1qoo dozen gurmenLs per IucLor, per week.
We IosL IL uII. MIIIIons oI doIIurs oI puyroII wus IosL In communILIes LIrougIouL
SouLI CenLruI PA und upsLuLe New York us we cIosed one uILer LIe oLIer. We
IosL LIe operuLors, LIe mucIInes, LIe work, LIe buIIdIngs und uII LIe supporL
personneI Loo. AccounLunLs, book keepers, mucIInIsLs, junILors, LIreud
suppIIers, cuLLIng room suppIIers, desIgners und dozens oI oLIers. ¡or wIuL?
¡osIng LIe uppureI und LexLIIe IndusLry desLroyed LIe IIves und IIveIy Iood oI
mIIIIons oI workers ucross AmerIcu.
We even IosL LIe ubIIILy Lo desIgn und buIId new mucIInery und LIe engIneers
oI LIuL purL oI LIe IndusLry.
¡L's good Lo know LIuL IL's comIng buck. ¡L never sIouId Iuve IeIL.
Now, ¡L's up Lo WuI MurL, Seurs, KoII's und TurgeL noL Lo be sIoppIng uround
Ior cIeup Iubor Lo drIve peopIe ouL oI busIness. TIe ruce Lo LIe boLLom Ior LIe
IowesL prIce wus one oI LIe prIme cuuses Ior LIe Ioss oI LIe IndusLry. On LIe
oLIer Iund, weII puId workers cun uIIord Lo buy beLLer goods...und more goods
Loo! ¡ Iope LIe bIg box reLuIIers soon IInd LIIs ouL.
Mike O'ReiIIy Detroit
TIIs Is good news, In generuI, und cerLuIn producLs wIII be u success rIgIL oII
LIe buL, buL Ior oLIer producLs IL wIII Luke muny yeurs Lo uLLuIn LIe quuIILy
ucIIeved by LIe sewIng experLs In VIeLnum, BungIudesI und CIInu. ¡ used Lo
own u buckpuck compuny. Guys wouId cuII me und usk II our producLs were
mude In LIe US or overseus. ¡ wouId LeII LIem LIe LruLI; LIuL even II we couId
uIIord Lo puy US workers, ussumIng LIey exIsLed, LIey producL wouId be
nowIere neur us nIce us wIuL we geL ouL oI VIeLnum und CIInu. WIen IL comes
Lo very LecInIcuI, precIse sewIng LecInIques, you cun'L jusL LeucI peopIe LIuL
sLuII, overnIgIL. Everyone used Lo compIuIn ubouL poor quuIILy ouL oI CIInu, buL
uII oI LIuL Ius cIunged. ¡I you puy Ior quuIILy, und Iuve u wuy Lo enIorce quuIILy
conLroI, LIe producLs comIng ouL oI our IucLorIes were sImpIy beLLer-IookIng,
beLLer quuIILy und buIIL IusLer (und obvIousIy cIeuper, even uILer puyIng LIe
1;.6% ImporL LurIII) LIun unyLIIng we couId Iuve Ioped Lo buIId Iere, In LIe
US. BeIIeve me, ¡ wIsI ¡ couId LeII LIose peopIe wIo cuII me LIuL our sLuII wus
mude In LIe US. ¡I u cuIIer wunLed ON¡Y sLuII mude In LIe US, ¡ wouId uIwuys
reIer LIem Lo LIe Lwo compunIes ¡ knew oI LIuL ucLuuIIy do buIId pucks Iere, buL
¡ wouId uIso menLIon LIuL LIey'd be puyIng u IoL more Ior LIose pucks -- uIso
IIgI-quuIILy, IIke ours -- buL LIey weren'L us "preLLy," becuuse LIe sewIng
LecInIques used Iere ure sImpIy noL us udvunced.
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Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:12 a.m. RECOMMEND 13
Trenton Washington, D.C.
Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:31 a.m. RECOMMEND 115
¡ sLIII weur und Lreusure u unIon-mude, mude-In-LIe-US Donnu Kuren
womun's 1oo percenL wooI und IIned IerrIngbone juckeL LIuL ¡ bougIL In LIe
eurIy 1qqos.
Don'L weur ILs muLcIIng IerrIngbone mInI skIrL (uIso IIned) unymore, buL ¡
depend on LIuL juckeL, repIeLe wILI un men's sLyIe InLerIor breusL pockeL.
¡ bougIL LIe suIL In LIe sporLsweurJworkIng wurdrobe secLIon oI u ¡os AngeIes
depurLmenL sLore. Even on my IreeIunce wrILer's budgeL, IL wus uIIordubIe gIven
LIe quuIILy und versuLIIILy ¡ knew wouId IusL.
¡L wouId probubIy be ImpossIbIe Lo IInd u suIL oI sucI quuIILy Loduy unIess IL
wus murkeLed us u $8oo-pIus Iuxury ILem.
OILen In sLores ¡ IeeI IIke u dInosuur, unIuppIIy IundIIng LIe unIIned
gurmenLs, LIe LIssue-LIIn T-sIIrLs (Iey, remember LIe IunLusLIc T-sIIrLs TIe
Gup once soId?), LIe gurmenLs wILIouL sIeeves or pockeLs, seurcIIng und noL
IIndIng reusonubIy-prIced ILems oI 1oo percenL wooI or coLLon. And LIe uwIuI,
uwIuI IeeIIng oI seeIng "mude In CIInu" IubeIs on cIoLIes In LIe mosL expensIve
sLores.
¡ wouId guess LIuL mosL young women Loduy Iuve no Ideu wIuL uIIordubIe und
beuuLIIuI, InvesLmenL-quuIILy cIoLIes oI Iong-IusLIng IubrIcs Iook IIke or LIuL
LIey were once commonIy uvuIIubIe In depurLmenL sLores. ¡L mukes me ungry
und sud. WIy dId LIey go uwuy? Wus IL LIe demunds oI corporuLe sIureIoIders
Ior IIgIer eurnIngs? ¡s LIere u cIunce Lo resLore LIe once greuL US gurmenL
IndusLry?
Max New York
Oct. 1, 2013 at 12:42 a.m. RECOMMEND 42
As un ex-SevenLI Avenue guy, LIIs Is greuL news. TIIs nuLIon wus once LIe
bIggesL weuvers und knILLers oI uppureI IubrIcs In LIe worId, und someLIIng
IIke 8¸% oI LIe IndusLry- uIong wILI LIe jobs- dIsuppeured. WIuL Irks me Is
LIuL LIe sLory oI LIese mIIIIons oI dIspIuced workers Ius never been LoId. ¡
never used Lo IIke vIsILIng LIe IucLorIes. ¡ dIdn'L IIke LIe sIgIL oI peopIe doIng
repeLILIve work. However, LIese jobs do Iuve greuL vuIue Lo LIose wIo perIorm
LIem, und LIeIr IumIIIes.
Laura CA
Ìn reply to HR Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:37 a.m. RECOMMEND 46
So cuIIed "munuuI Iubor" Is undervuIued In LIIs counLry. Some oI LIe mosL
InLeIIIgenL peopIe ¡ Iuve meL In my IIIe do munuuI Iubor In vurIous wuys. Now
LIe IIp word Ior LIose peopIe Is "urLIsun".
My grundmoLIer LuugIL me Lo sew, und LIose Iessons were reInIorced und
expunded upon In eIecLIve cIusses In MIddIe und HIgI scIooI...cuIIed Home
EconomIcs. TIere were oLIer busIc-IIIe-skIIIs cIusses uvuIIubIe us weII. None
oI LIese cIusses were uvuIIubIe Lo my cIIIdren In scIooI becuuse LIey ure Loo
expensIve, und consIdered noL vuIuubIe enougI Ior sLudenLs wIo sIouId be on
u "coIIege prep" Lruck.
HuvIng LIe ubIIILy Lo produce someLIIng LungIbIe und oI IIgI quuIILy Is jusL us
ImporLunL (muybe more so) LIun geLLIng Lop scores on LIe SAT. CoIIeges und
unIversILIes wIo cIuIm LIey ure LryIng Lo dIversIIy LIeIr sLudenL bodIes wouId do
weII Lo consIder sLudenLs wIose scores mIgIL be u bIL Iower, buL wIo Iuve LIe
ubIIILy Lo muke someLIIng. TIose sLudenLs ure LIe reuI probIem soIvers.
C.C. Colorado
Oct. 1, 2013 at 1:40 a.m. RECOMMEND 68
¡or u wIIIe ¡ sIopped LIe consIgnmenL sLores LryIng Lo uvoId buyIng cIoLIIng
mude In CIInu, now uILer severuI yeurs oI Lurnover, LIuL's ubouL uII you cun IInd
znd Iund us weII. ¡ cun sLIII remember my sIock und dIsuppoInLmenL LIe IIrsL
LIme ¡ pIcked up un expensIve suIL by u Iuvored desIgner und suw LIe Mude In
CIInu IubeI on IL, us weII us ImmedIuLeIy noLed LIe InIerIor deLuIIIng (or Iuck
LIereoI). One cun'L IeIp buL LIInk Iow LruIy good IL wouId Iuve been Ior LIese
jobs und uvuIIubIIILy oI IIgI quuIILy gurmenLs Lo never Iuve dIsuppeured In LIe
IIrsL pIuce. We ure u greedy, IrresponsIbIe counLry wIIcI responded In knee-
jerk IusIIon Lo LIe sIren cuII oI exponenLIuIIy Iurger proIILs by kIIIIng US jobs
und sendIng LIem overseus wILI no conscIence or IoresIgIL. We muy now be
guInIng some undersLundIng oI wIuL IL Is LIe peopIe reuIIy wunL - decenL jobs
und producLs worLIy oI our Iurd eurned money.
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bIuegrass kentucky
Oct. 1, 2013 at 2:03 a.m. RECOMMEND 32
WeII, IL's good Lo see munuIucLurIng jobs ure on un upLIck. BuL Lo puL LIIs InLo
perspecLIve Ior you, $16JIr = $¸o,;ooJyr. TIuL's noL bud Ior u young sIngIe
person or un oId empLy nesLer IookIng Ior someLIIng Lo do--buL noL enougI Ior
u sIngIe purenL wILI one or more kIds under 18. WIy, u person wouId need Lo
be murrIed und Iuve u duuI-Income IumIIy Ior LIuL Lo be possIbIe.
And Iere's unoLIer dIIemmu brougIL Lo you by LIe scIooI oI reuIILy. AILer you
puy ¸o% In Luxes, $1z,ooo Ior renL pIus uLIIILIes (probubIy more), $¸,ooo Ior
used cur puymenL + Insurunce und $q,ooo Ior Iood, you're IeIL wILI $qqo--
wIIcI uIn'L goIng Lo cover u ceII pIone und InLerneL uccess und cubIe TV.
Andre L. now on the other side of the Atlantic
Oct. 1, 2013 at 3:58 a.m. RECOMMEND 7
¡ reud muny commenLs wIere peopIe compIuIn LIuL compunIes sIouId LruIn
LIeIr own workers. ¡ respecLIuIIy dIsugree. ¡L sIouId be LIe workers'
responsIbIIILy Lo deveIop IIs or Ier own skIIIs LIuL wIII be useIuI Ior LIe job one
Is uppIyIng Lo. OI course, some compuny-specIIIc LruInIng Is necessury und
sensIbIe, buL Lo expecL compunIes Lo deveIop generuI skIIIs (us In skIIIs LIuL ure
uppIIcubIe Lo u wIoIe IndusLry, noL jusL u specIIIc compuny) Is unwurrunLed.
TIuL Is wIuL educuLIon Is Ior, Is LIIs Is wIere LecInIcuI coIIeges ure Ior.
SomeLIIng LIe urLIcIe dIdn'L menLIon - buL wus dIscussed In unoLIer pIece,
pubIIsIed coupIe weeks ugo on NYT, coverIng some new gurmenL pIunLs In
SouLI CuroIInu - Is LIuL LIese new pIunLs ure mucI more IIgI-LecI LIun LIeIr
oId counLerpurLs. TIey cun produce Iur more pIeces per empIoyee-Iour LIun ¸o
yeurs ugo. TIey ure IIgIIy uuLomuLed. TIIs Is uII greuL news: IL meuns more
specIuIIzed jobs on LIIngs IIke roboLIcs, uuLomuLed mucIInery conLroI,
soILwure, und Iess jobs Ior repeLILIve munuuI jobs LIuL ure besL IeIL Lo mucIInes.
Roger Chittum Los Angeles
Oct. 1, 2013 at 4:35 a.m. RECOMMEND 69
¡ wus u LexLIIe compuny execuLIve In LIe 1qqos. My muIn reucLIon Lo LIIs sLory
Is LIe IooIIsIness oI sendIng peopIe Lo expensIve scIooIs Lo Ieurn Iow Lo do
IndusLrIuI sewIng. TIe wuy Lo IIII sewIng jobs Is LIe wuy AIrLex dId IL uILer LIey
goL LIred oI wuILIng Ior LIe LruInIng progrum--IIre peopIe wIo Iuve good
cIurucLer und very busIc Iunguuge und even more busIc muLI skIIIs und LruIn
LIem Lo do LIe very specIIIc sewIng jobs LIuL you need Lo IIII soon. ¡n our
sewIng pIunL In GeorgIu, we uIwuys Iud In operuLIon u LruInIng depurLmenL Lo
do jusL LIuL. WIen LIey pussed LIe LruInIng, we puL LIem Lo work. As LIey
becume producLIve on LIe producLIon IIoor und LIereIore "keepers," we cross-
LruIned LIem on oLIer mucIInes, producLs, und IubrIcs.
Nobody wILIouL prIor sewIng experIence Is goIng Lo come ouL oI u LruInIng
progrum wILI LIe skIIIs Lo do every job In u purLIcuIur IucLory, or do uny oI LIe
jobs wILI speed. ¡IILeen yeurs IuLer, ¡ cun'L IorgeL one women wIo wus so IusL ¡
Iud Lo sLop und sLure In uwe. SIe deveIoped LIuL ubIIILy, ¡'m preLLy sure, LIe
sume wuy oLIers geL Lo CurnegIe HuII: PrucLIce, prucLIce, prucLIce.
EmpIoyers need Lo sLop wuILIng Ior somebody eIse Lo LruIn LIeIr IucLory workers
Ior LIem und sLop counLIng on u conLIngenL work Iorce. ¡I LIey wunL Lo Lurn ouL
IIgI-quuIILy producLs economIcuIIy, LIey need Lo InvesL In LIeIr workers'
LruInIng und gIve LIem IuII-LIme work. By LIe wuy, ¡ LIInk LIuL's wIuL LIey do
In AsIu. JusL suyIn'.
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