Monday, June 26, 2017

Your good news of the day

In spite of all the hullabaloo that manufacturing is dead in American, and that it was never coming back, so give up you hick living in flyover,  CBD over at Ace's notices purely anecdotally that multiple places in his area are opening manufacturing plants and hiring Americans.

Check out what he's seen in just his region: 

If that doesn't make you feel better about our future, nothing will.

That boom in drilling has expanded the output of oil and gas in the U.S. more than 57% in the past decade, lowering prices for the primary ingredients Dow Chemical Co. uses to make tiny plastic pellets. Some of the pellets are exported to Brazil, where they are reshaped into the plastic pouches filled with puréed fruits and vegetables. 
Tons more will be shipping soon as Dow completes $8 billion in new and expanded U.S. petrochemical facilities mostly along the Gulf of Mexico over the next year, part of the industry’s largest transformation in a generation. 
The scale of the sector’s investment is staggering: $185 billion in new U.S. petrochemical projects are in construction or planning, according to the American Chemistry Council. Last year, expenditures on chemical plants alone accounted for half of all capital investment in U.S. manufacturing, up from less than 20% in 2009, according to the Census Bureau. 
Integrated oil firms including Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC are racing to take advantage of the cheap byproducts of the oil and gas being unlocked by shale drilling. The companies are expanding petrochemical units that produce the materials eventually used to fashion car fenders, smartphones, shampoo bottles and other plastic stuff being bought more and more by the world’s burgeoning middle classes. 
“It’s a tectonic shift in the hemispherical balance of who makes what to essentially feed the manufacturing sector,” said Dow Chief Executive Andrew Liveris, referring to the growth of production in the U.S. His company now plans to double down on its U.S. expansion with a $4 billion investment in a handful of projects over the next five years.

Please, step on the accelerator!


  1. And the great news: The Supreme Court has OK'd President Trump's Muslim travel ban! Get ready for a gigantic Liberal "coexist" whining session.

    1. Wait until President Trump replaces Justice Kennedy. Chuck will need to break out his crying towel.

    2. Or RBG. Talk about a facial expression that suggests she was weaned on a pickle! Time to retire, Ruth.

  2. interesting....all the jobs going to southern right to work states....
    how's that union job protection working for you now??

  3. I enjoy using my computer to watch live streaming video of railroad trains, as there is no railroad within a hundred miles of where I live, in Vernal, Utah (which was a haven for Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid, and other outlaws, as posses couldn't get here quickly, and with three state borders meeting here, outlaws could quickly switch jurisdictions).

    My favorite is the live streaming video from Bailey Yard in North Platte, Nebraska, the largest railroad yard in the world.

    When I see all that megatons of freight being constantly moved all over the world, I am reassured of our sound national economy (which I'm frankly surprised hasn't yet collapsed due to fiscal irresponsibility), as somebody, somewhere, is making tons of money.

    1. Another favorite live streaming video of railroad trains is the one from Rochelle, Illinois, where four (04) major railroad lines intersect, and as many as eighty trains a day pass through there.

      If you want to watch it in "FULL SCREEN" mode, then use Internet Explorer (you can't do this with other browsers) and double click on the screen to get a true "FULL SCREEN" experience, without any visible camera tools.

      If you click on the "FULL SCREEN" icon, you'll still see the camera tools.

      To further enhance the effect, you may want to do like I do, and have the computer connected to the large, flat screen television set.

      Also, turn up your volume, so the locomotives will sound like they're right there where you are.

      As I said previously, when you see all that freight being constantly shipped from place to place all over the globe, it is an indication of our sound economy, as somebody, somewhere, is making lots and lots of money.

      Maybe some of that money comes our way?

    2. I'm very close to the tracks, but no (or at least very little) freight, mostly passenger trains. I don't even hear them anymore, tho when I first moved here I thought they were loud.

      Have you got a link for any of these live streaming videos of freight trains? Sounds interesting!

    3. @ ESKYMAN:

      Here's the URLs:

      Bailey Yard, North Platte, Nebraska:

      Rochelle, Illinois:

      Also, you might enjoy these:

      Horseshoe Curve, Pennsylvania:

      Ashland, Virginia:

      Fort Worth, Texas:

      Lawrence, Kansas:


    4. Thanks! You're right, they are mesmerizing to watch!

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  5. Nope, We "Can't drill our way out of this".

    Nope Nope Nope.

    Little lying bastard. Working for the Saudis....