Can Our Manufacturing Really Be Gone?

Some thoughts from Charlie Wertz

Today’s New York Times contains an article titled How U.S. Lost Out on iPhone Work. This article was also cited in slashdot. I’m picking up on it because it relates to my previous writings (here and here and here). I recommend reading the entire article in the Times; the following summary and commentary can’t do it justice.

It is well known that most of Apple’s manufacturing happens overseas; while Apple is a leader in this, it is far from alone. The article begins with a report of a conversation between Steve Jobs and President Obama. Mr. Obama asks why the work that Apple has sent overseas can’t come home to the US; Mr.Jobs replies to the effect that those jobs will never come back. Apple executives and engineers are cited stating that they have no choice but to send manufacturing overseas because the results of dealing…

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