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 - BY THE WAY When President Alex. Gordon, of the...
BY THE WAY When President Alex. Gordon, of the Niles Tool Works Co., arrives home and gets settled, it ia anticipated that he will have a good deal o! interesting matter to relate to the directors and in- side,stockhold«rs of that company concerning the venture of the company in the new plant in Germany. Mr. Gordon went across the water for the purpose of looking after this echeme,aud has seen the new plant well started in its building. He 1ms just returned, and it ia stated that he wiHhave».good report to make. This pl»n 0.{ the r'company is looked upon by the stockholders of the concern and by machine tool lusnnfscturers and other exporters with a great deal of interest While the venture may prove a good ind paying oae, it is impossible to eeu that it took. some feeling of boldness to uvade the German markets in this andacions manner with American product ;ptgnp«a_^ . lfKJ.C 'Ml Ger many. The' question' however, ij liow long the product will con- linne to be really American or how soon it will degenerate to the same class and quality as the Germia product -hat the American product shipped ov«r from this country has been able lo displace in so many instances. Ia order toTun the plant successfully and on the e»"me .plan as an American cancern^it will be necessrry to teach the Germans :he methods and practices of America that are acknowledged to be superior Americans will thereforehava to be tak en across to run the factory and teach theGermana. Aiarge number will pro- bibly be found willing to go, but they not be retained forever and will gradually come drifting back. Grant that they will stay long enough toget the native mechanics throughly in touch with their ways of working, and that the factory will be run on the Amer!c»n plan by German workmen. It would eeem good logic to suppose that, left to their own resources to keep up the work as it was taught them, the workmen and the work will gradually degenerate to the level of the same work done by other German shops of the kind. It is proper to speak of this sort of degeneration since ths very fact that American machine toolmakeis fiudsuch H good and increasing markec in Germany ehowa the superiority of the American product both as to quality snd price. Again, it is evident tnat the general run of snob work and output is likely to continue b^low the American luce if they could do so the Germans would long sgo have made better ma- nines aui not made it possible for an oniside aud belter make to come in. So the venture of the American company will be watched with an interest that win easily be understood.— Ea- Hirer. ^ •* TT

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  1. The Journal News,
  2. 29 Dec 1898, Thu,
  3. Page 2

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