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  •  Skeptical... (2+ / 0-)
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    Simplify, Crashing Vor

    I've done a fair amount of work over the years in the Flat Panel Display biz (installing equipment in FPD manufacturing plants) and, AFAIK, there are no FPD plants in the US. Means that Element Electronics is assembling TV's using FPDs made in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, or Thailand, by the "usual suspects" in the FPD world: Sharp, Sony, Samsung, LG, AUO, CMO,Toshiba, etc.

    A fair number (as in "most") of the critical ICs for TV receivers are also made on the Pacific rim. Heck, most of the vendors for the big injection molded plastic parts used to make TV housings are made in Asia!

    So, if you think that the "Made in USA" label on these TVs means much more than "Bolted Together and Tested in the USA," think again....

    "Cause 5 in every 4 just don't amount to nothin' more, so watch the rats go 'cross the floor, and make up songs ' bout bein' poor." F Zappa

    by GearRatio on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 06:19:01 AM PST

    •  But that doesn't bother me. It's a great step (1+ / 0-)
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      Crashing Vor

      in the right direction to have assembly plants here in the US, as opposed to no assembly plants.

      If a movement back toward manufacturing and assembly in the USA starts with assembly, no problem.... what counts is getting the movement going.

      That's one more thing to add to my long list of small problems. --my son, age 10

      by concernedamerican on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 08:12:35 AM PST

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      •  Maybe So... (1+ / 0-)
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        Crashing Vor

        ...after all China, Taiwan, Korea, all started out assembling US and Euro made parts to build finished products!

        Of course, to take that route may mean a few more concessions on wages, here in the Land of the Very Cheap (if not Free).

        "Cause 5 in every 4 just don't amount to nothin' more, so watch the rats go 'cross the floor, and make up songs ' bout bein' poor." F Zappa

        by GearRatio on Tue Jan 10, 2012 at 08:21:28 AM PST

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