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A lot of companies blame regulations, but even China does have some standards. I used to visit a lot of foundries, as part of my job. Iron and steel casting was the nastiest, aluminum foundries were relatively clean. What really gets the foundries are labor and matieral. Aluminmum is a pretty common element, but it takes a lot of electricity to refine it. And countries like China subsidize basic industries, to the point that a US foundry can't buy the matieral for what the chinese company sells the finished product. US managers don't want to be honest about why they outsource production. It's all about the money, and screw the workers. Ertl moved out a long time ago. I've got a couple of their tractors, and some Spec cast also. Lots of detail, lots of hand work, if you can get it done for a buck a hour, you can sell a lot more, at a higher profit margin. The lure of easy money has a very strong appeal....
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