One Year in a Closing Auto Plant

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Paul Clemens, a Detroit native, talks about the slow death of a Detroit auto plant and of the working-class culture that once defined America. Built in 1919, the Budd Company stamping plant on Detroit’s East Side was one of the city’s oldest active auto plants before it closed. Punching Out: One Year in a Closing Auto Plant is an account of the process of picking the plant apart and sending it, piece by piece, to the countries that have use for its machines.


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Comments [3]

Suzanne from Charlotte, NC

I think the subject matter is a reflection of all industry in the USA. It's so literal...the dismantling of a plant...the very place that goods were manufactured are now being shipped abroad for other nations to utilize. I suppose I wouldn't feel so let down by the US manufacturers if they went elsewhere and created a factory from scratch, but instead, what was a work place here in the US is now unbolted from its floor and sent to benefit another nation's workforce. This is happening in many industries, take for example the Architectural Industry; so many skilled unemployed white collar workers have been replaced by outsourced workers in India or China. Same thing...the drafting board is now overseas and no longer in the low rent warehouse loft design offices here in many of our well know iconic cities. God save America from itself. When will the average American stand up and take responsibility for what is happening to this nation?

Jan. 20 2011 07:46 PM
A listener

How much of the technology was actually useful? Wasn't one of the factors in the decline of the U.S. auto industry that the Japanese and Koreans made broader use of computer aided manufacturing than U.S. companies did?

Jan. 19 2011 01:12 PM
Ed from Queens NY

Is some of dark matter the contents of black holes?

Jan. 19 2011 12:26 PM

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