Regarding Did you hear the one about Ford not making cars here anymore? Dec. 17, autonews.com: True, the Detroit 3 do produce more vehicles and more in the United States than the transplants. But the point about the Detroit 3 employing workers and paying their benefits implies that the transplants do not, and that is wrong.
I work for a transplant, but I have also worked domestic. One reason the transplants are financially better is that they invest more in skilled engineers than the Detroit 3.
The Detroit 3 surely love engineers, especially those with masters degrees. But the transplants love engineers who will get or who have gotten their hands dirty with production. Those are the engineers who understand what goes on at the assembly line.
They stay in touch with production issues their entire careers. The lessons learned are never lost. Thus when they become senior managers, they dont need thousands of hours of meetings with nice charts to make informed decisions.
Compare that to a supplier that has engineers who have never seen a production floor, have never worked on the line and are thousands of miles from production. Then, they move up the promotion trail. Sure, they are wizards with Excel and PowerPoint, but they cant manufacture crap, and the end product suffers.
Im sure that you and the domestic hacks could cite example after example as to the greatness of the Detroit 3, but the fact is none of them can make money.