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U.S. companies need to hire more Americans

This reader asks the question: Where do you think some of the most popular, well-built, foreign cars are currently being assembled? Japan? Korea? Mexico? Obviously, those countries all have their share of busy auto plants. But the answer I was looking for may surprise most – Liberty, Ohio.

Yes, that’s correct. An American city’s workers are trusted by a highly respected foreign car company to build an industry-leading vehicle. I discovered this meaningful fact when I recently purchased my first “imported” car that was put together on American soil.

With all of the recent news about the bridging of the fiscal cliff and American companies’ reluctance to hire due to fear of not reaching this settlement, isn’t it time to put an end to negative posturing and begin hiring these same U.S. workers where needed due to production demands? How much longer can American corporate greed and cutbacks at home go without a conscience to the hand that feeds them by purchasing their products and services – the American consumer?

Surely all of these businesses would like to make more money, as we all would. But haven’t most domestic companies reached the point where production could use increased staffing to replenish inventories whittled down by the slow but consistent improvement of our economy? I believe many billion-dollar U.S. corporations have a civic responsibility to give back and stop putting off hiring.

If the overseas company that manufactured my new vehicle with such quality and workmanship has confidence in the American worker to build its products, why haven’t more American companies shown such similar commitment rather than, in some cases, making excuses meant to increase profit taking?

John Walker

Lancaster