Legend has it that Sir Isaac Newton developed the concept of gravity after observing an apple fall from a tree. The late Steve Jobs, one of Apple’s founders, told President Obama that Apple manufactures the iPhone in China and those jobs associated with making this product are not coming back to the United States because China, not the United States, was best able to accommodate Apple’s manufacturing requirements.
What’s really going on? Simply stated, the US transitioned to a service economy from its historic roots as a manufacturing economy. A case in point is a North Carolina furniture company that had eleven manufacturing plants in the State ten years ago. Now it is down to one plant and all they do at the plant is assemble furniture that is manufactured overseas.
To further prove this point, of the largest US Employers in 1960, only three of the top fifteen companies were services. The top five were General Motors, Bell Systems (services) Ford Motor Company, General Electric, and US Steel. In 2010, of the top fifteen employers, twelve were service companies and only three were producers, those being Hewlett Packard, PepsiCo, and General Electric. The top five in 2010 were all service companies: Wal-Mart, Kelly Services, IBM, UPS, and McDonalds.
If the goal is to create jobs in the United States, an emphasis must be on bringing back the industries that we have lost while retaining those that we have. In short, we must not only become a manufacturing economy but one that provides services to support that effort through education, logistics, people management, and other ancillary functions.
It would be easy for companies in the waste management industry to look at all of this and conclude that the “glass is half empty”. However (given the groundswell of interest in bringing more manufacturing back to the United States and the related requirements for reputable waste management services) the “glass is half full”.
ECOFLO is moving aggressively to train its employees so as to be ready to take advantage of these opportunities. Please give us a call. We’ll be happy to discuss what we can do for you.
Paul A. McAllister