Below is a brief story that was on the front page of my local paper this morning. It reflects the real world, not the MSM Obama world of spin and misinformation. You can believe the stories of economic recovery and jump on board the stock market train, but it is all a farce. Here is a small company without union labor that has been making plastic forks and spoons for sixty five years in this community. There will be 490 people with families to support out of work in two months. This is a downward spiral that shows no sign of reversing. They simply ran out of money.
The real question is why. How come they were able to make a profit for decades and now have to shut their doors? It’s because Chinese slave labor can produce these plastic utensils at a fraction of the cost of this small company. We have to ask ourselves whether it was worth it to be able to buy a box of Chinese produced plastic utensils at Wal-Mart for $2.00. Would the country have been better off if we had to pay $4.00 for a box of American produced plastic utensils because we imposed a tariff on the Chinese slave labor produced products?
HATFIELD TWP. — Jet Plastica, a Hatfield Township-based business that has manufactured plastic forks, spoons, cups and more for half a century, will close within months.
“We’re just frankly out of money. We can’t go forward without a buyer,” he said.
Located at 1100 Schwab Road across from Georgia Lane since 1982, Jet Plastica was originally founded as two separate companies. One of which, Plastica Company Inc., was founded in North Wales in 1947 and manufactured plastic spoons, forks and knives, according to the company website, www.Jetplastica.com.
Jet Container Corporation was founded in Lowell, Mass. in 1962 and manufactured plastic cups, before a series of sales culminated in Jet Container being purchased by Plastica in 1982 as the combined company moved into Hatfield Township.
The company operates manufacturing facilities in Hatfield and in Fowler, Calif., employing a total of approximately 490 people, according to Gerrard. Roughly 380 workers are employed in Hatfield and 110 in California.
All of those employees were notified Thursday that their jobs will soon be coming to an end, Gerrard said Monday, and the company has already begun that process.
“This will be a gradual wind-down that will take place between now and probably sometime in June. We’ll just gradually decrease our activity between both sites,” he said.
He added that the company leases the Schwab Road property but declined to comment further on its ownership. Montgomery County property records indicate the property has been owned by a Mass.-based company called May 12 Realty L.P. since 1994, when it was purchased for $3.3 million, and the property was most recently valued at $5.6 million.