SSC wrote:Well Rosco looks like it is you and me.
Correct me if I am wrong but Gypsy aren't you still very active on IYT..
Rosco tell me about your area ? What is the major economic force there ?
oh sorry ssc, i did not see this post, well here, we have 3 new car manufacturers, one has been here the longest, mercedes, which makes the suv and one other car i forget, and we have a honda plant that makes the honda van, and the new pickup truck and also a bit south of me . a new hyundia plant, now we hear that volkswagon may be coming, there are so many smaller spin off companies that make parts for these big plants, honda makes engines here, but mercedes just the car, the engine is made i dont know,but where i work is part of the railroad, and my boss said in his 15 years he has not seen such a big backlog of work, we can just live there practically,, but we are loosing machinist to the car manufactures, mainly the smaller companies that came, there are hundreds of them. there was a japanese plantthat was bought out that made hoods and fenders and such for mercedes, and saturns, and lots of others, but they work really long hours, more than i want, now they have been bought by another company which we hear that company thinks volkwagon will be located here, i think our largest employment or it was is the medical field as the university of alabama in birmingham does lots of reseach work , i know it has worked on AIDs alot, but we have and had for gosh my grandad worked there , United States Steel, they mainly make medium size pipe now there, i worked at one machine shop that made replacement parts for them, mostly metric parts, as i think the pipemill is italian, built, but we did tons of stainless steel parts that were super close tollerance, the steel was here because we had iron ore and coal, i have a 5 mile drive though woods till i get to the highway, no houses for like 4 miles , they are now building road in the wood,s lot of them but fixing them clean, red churt and new grass along those roads, my son in law said its all because they are going to drill for natural gas as this area was long ago and still some had lots of underground coal mines, and i think lots of natural gas. its a pretty big city, or county thats full of cities and a couple of big pipe factories, everybody seem busy, i think the county south which my sis lives in has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country last i heard it was 2.8, but not sure what it is exactly, we have tons of malls, and some are new and some are expanding, well thats enough for now, i think the railroad which is what im involved with is busy since rail is one of the cheepest ways to move freight, so the gas thing may be helping me, the railroad is even running adds on tv about how cheep they can move a ton of freight, well ok im through, oh we see this alot a trains today with miles of m1 A1 tanks each with another armored vehicle that carries its ammunition, these were finished, miles of them, sometime we see just the rusty castings on trains, that have been cast but not built yet, i have no idea where they are built, take care