I was in Holland, Michigan quite a bit the past few years doing consulting work. That town has really been hit hard by factory closings and job cuts. See the next article below for more on one reason we're losing jobs to China — the pegging of their currency to the dollar, which artificially lowers the price of goods coming from China. It's too bad that Sligh, and others companies like this, couldn't rally around lean manufacturing to help themselves. Click here for a recent article about a Dallas furniture company that did use lean to be more than competitive.
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