To the Editor:
While the media focus on all the jobs that supposedly will be lost from General Motors and Ford Motor Co. in the next few years, there is another side of the automobile employment picture that hasn't been told.
Over the years, various automakers have been building assembly plants in the United States. They have created large networks of supporting parts suppliers, trucking companies and other businesses that make those plants profitable. Interestingly, these plants are nonunion.
So how about searching the Automotive News archives for the info that tells how many new jobs Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes, Subaru, Hyundai, Nissan and their supporting suppliers have established in America while the traditional Big 3 have been shedding jobs?
I'm willing to bet a couple of live Maine lobsters that the new automakers have created a vibrant economy in their new towns and cities, an economy that exceeds the losses in the old towns.