Dirtbikedude, that was great writing. You are either a talented writer, or an engineer who has experienced downsizing and overseas take-overs, or both.
Schwinn is a good example of what is happening to all USA manufacturing. First, the manufacturing jobs go overseas, but the engineering is retained. Then the engineering jobs go. Sales will remain as long as there are people in the USA with jobs to buy bikes. Of course, that might be a ways in the future as the formerly employed are economically forced to downsize their transportation from automobiles to bicycles.
The reality is, though, many business decisions made today are based on survival. The choices are; Out-source manufacturing overseas, sell the company, or die.
Like so many people who owned a regal Schwinn, or owned a Huffy and watched enviously their friends' Schwinns, I wish that Schwinn USA could have survived and maintained their prestigue and commitment to unique high quality. That, however, just isn't where the market is today.
Last edited by mike; 10-19-02 at 05:37 AM.