China Taking Over America’s Manufacturing Base One Company At A Time

So much for American independence and authentic Independence Day celebrations on July 4th. America can no longer claim to be an independent nation when our manufacturing base is under foreign ownership or foreign control. After all, ownership equals control, and control equals sovereignty. We lose our sovereignty as a nation when foreign companies buy our land, factories, and companies.

What’s the best way for a country like China to exert its influence over the U.S. economy?

Acquire American-owned companies like Chinese-owned Haier just did when they purchased General Electric’s (GE) appliance business for $5.4 billion. So much for American independence and authentic Independence Day celebrations on July 4th. America can no longer claim to be an independent nation when our manufacturing base is under foreign ownership or foreign control. After all, ownership equals control, and control equals sovereignty. We lose our sovereignty as a nation when foreign companies buy our land, factories, and companies.

How so? Because the more Chinese and other foreign companies establish ownership of American assets, plants and factories, the more they have the right to demand how our U.S economy is run, because how it is run affects them, too.

So since GE’s appliance business (not the entire company) is now under foreign ownership and therefore foreign control, what options are left for patriotic American consumers who want to keep profits, jobs, and tax revenue within the borders of the United States?

U.S. economic collapse: Donald Trump on America vs. China

Whirlpool just happens to be the only remaining major American-owned appliance company in the United States, and we need to support them with our consumer dollars when we shop for appliances. Whirlpool owns such popular brands as Maytag, Amana, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Air.

The only type of consumer appliance that Whirlpool does not make in America (and virtually no appliance company makes in America) is the consumer microwave oven (Amana makes commercial microwaves in the USA). I have an American-made microwave oven from a company called Dacor. I did pay (and you would too) a significant amount of money above and beyond your traditional microwave oven (like Whirlpool), but I look at it not as an extra cost, but rather an investment in America.

Whirlpool has nine manufacturing plants in the Unites States:

  • Freezers are made in Ottawa, Ohio
  • Ranges are made in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Dishwashers are made in Findlay, Ohio
  • Washers are made in Clyde, Ohio
  • Dryers are made in Marion, Ohio
  • Refrigerators are made in Fort Smith, Arkansas and Amana, Iowa
  • Portables are made in Greenville, Ohio
  • Cooking products are made in Cleveland, Tennessee (a 400,000 sq. ft. distribution center and one million sq. ft. manufacturing plant, which is the world’s largest premium cooking manufacturing plant).

Whirlpool employs 15,000 manufacturing workers in the U.S. and 22,000 American employees overall.

Chairman and CEO Jeff Fettig joined Whirlpool in 1981 as an operations associate and worked his way up the Whirlpool ranks over the years. It’s great to know that when you buy Whirlpool products (like I do) that the CEO of the company actually cares about the country where his company is based, which is evident when he said, “Our U.S. presence is, and always will be, the foundation of our global enterprise. We are very confident in the future of U.S. manufacturing and proud to have more U.S. manufacturing employees than all of our major competitors combined.”

It is one thing for a corporate CEO to talk the patriotic talk, but Jeff Fettig’s company walks the patriotic walk, which is evident by their nine domestic factories.

Another example that shows evidence that Whirlpool is patriotic-minded company is the fact that the company recently (December 2015) asked the federal government to impose tariffs on clothes washers made in China by South Korean-owned Samsung and LG. Whirlpool didn’t close American factories to move to China to join their foreign-owned and foreign-made competition. They made a bold statement that they want to stay in the USA and get tariff protection so they don’t have to put their American workers in unemployment lines.

Three years ago, Whirlpool asked our government to slap tariffs on other companies (LG and Samsung included) that they perceived were selling appliances below the cost of production in the USA from Mexico (a practice called dumping – which is illegal). Our government concluded Whirlpool was right, and imposed import tariffs as high as 72.4 percent.

The Whirlpool refrigerator I bought in 2008 (which is still running of course) has a sticker with this information proudly affixed inside next to an American flag logo: Whirlpool World Class appliances built with American Pride. Employing more U.S. workers than any other major appliance maker. Designed, Engineered & Assembled in the USA.

Chinese-owned Haier does produce some appliances in the USA, but all profits accrue to Chinese owners, Chinese investors, and Chinese stockholders. Taxes on those profits are paid to the Chinese treasury. The point is even if a given product is made in the USA, we still send profits and tax revenue to the country that owns the brand.

It’s ironic that Chinese-owned Haier is buying GE’s appliance business at least partly with money that used to be ours. Many Americans have purchased Haier products, often not knowing and maybe not even caring who owned the company or where it was based.

Now Haier is buying a popular American brand name with the money we sent them, and all future profits from the selling of GE appliances will accrue to China. More wealth gets siphoned out of the country, and we become poorer as a nation because of it.

Every purchase produces paychecks for someone. Let’s make sure our purchases produce paychecks for American workers (employed by American-based companies) and not workers in foreign countries who pay no taxes to America. source



NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
  • marlene

    Know that china got the go ahead to take over our economy from congress, governors, state legislators, and the white house.

  • More takeovers coming…

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  • Edwitness

    I am in the construction industry. When I work at some powerhouses I am working directly for the Chinese. They hold the contracts that provide for the maintenance of these electric producing plants. Also a steel mill in southern California was bought by the Chinese years ago. When I have worked there it was for the Chinese. The Chinese have financed many of the silicone plants that make the discs for the circuitry for our computers. One I know of was built in Pocatello, Idaho.

    Buying American is very difficult these days. I used to make a lot of noise with those I worked with about their purchases of foreign cars and other items. They said that the foreign cars last longer and run better and are cheaper. Can you think of a better way for the now ‘multinational’ corporations to have gotten their way in making a one world gov’t, than making a deficient product so your customers would buy their so called ‘foreign competition’s’ product instead? It has worked perfectly for them. It has made America weaker and the other nations stronger. And it has worked for some time for the ‘multinationals’ with their cheaper labor they found outside the US.

    I believe it was their plan all along to use this as a way to bring about their one world gov’t. A one world economy. They invented the automobile. Do you really believe that all of a sudden they could not make a better car than the Japanese? What a laugh. All of these companies are and have been in the CFR and Trilateral Commission from their inception. One worlders every one.


  • John Jones

    Now The End Begins should change their name to Trump Central. After all, NTEB, about all you do these days is promote the dishonorable vulgar individual Donald Trump.

    • NTEB talks about the biggest stories of the day, and like it or not, Trump is the biggest story of the day right now. Funny, haven’t heard you complain that the over 1,300 articles we have done on Obama were “too much politics”. Hmm…

      • Ky

        Geoffrey Grider,

        “Whirlpool didn’t close American factories to move to China to join their foreign-owned and foreign-made competition.” (NO, THEY MOVED THEIR PLANTS TO MEXICO) “They made a bold statement that they want to stay in the USA and get tariff protection so they don’t have to put their American workers in unemployment lines.” (NO THEY MADE A BOLD STATEMENT THAT THEY WANT TO MOVE THEIR PLANTS TO MEXICO AND THEN GET TARIFF PROTECTION TO UN-LEVEL THE PLAYING FIELD AND MAKE PROFIT OUTSIDE THE USA.)

        Nice puff piece on Whirlpool, now lets add some information you saw fit to ignore as well as correct some erroneous information. As Paul Harvey would say,
        “Now for the rest of the story”.

        Whirlpool closed it’s Evansville, Indiana refrigeration plant and moved it to MEXICO in 2010. This was THE manufacturing job in that city and 1,100 people lost their jobs.

        Then there was the plant in Fort Smith, Arkansas you sighted that makes refrigerators. They closed that also in 2012 and 1000 American jobs went to Mexico. Side note: WHIRLPOOL WAS GIVEN A 19.3 MILLION DOLLARE GRANT TO DEVELOP SMART APPLIANCES, BUT, THEY DECIDED TO SPEND THAT US TAXPAYER MONEY IN MEXICO.

        Whirlpool is a global company much like any other large corporation and their allegiance is to profit NOT country. They have many locations outside of the USA including manufacturing plants as well as other facilities. At one time I had several Whirlpool products. I make a conscious effort to buy from their competitors now. Enjoy your Whirlpool products.

        ( Nice job working Donald Trump into this piece. It doesn’t get more obvious than this.)

    • guest

      You act as if Donald Trump is the Antichrist, yet we’ve proven to you he’s not. The fact that ALL of the Left hates Trump proves to me that there are forces we don’t see at play here.

      The Left love all of the things that God hates, correct? Have you ever stopped to consider why such satanically-fueled and brainwashed people would be throwing everything and a thousand kitchen sinks in order to stop Donald Trump…?

      When the Left is this angry and this scared and going to such ungodly extremes, even going so far as to threaten total anarchy in the streets to stop Trump, I can’t help but believe Satan is behind it all. So why would Satan be trying so hard to stop ONE man? … Unless of course that single man poses to be a huge threat to his NWO system and puppets…

      If Donald Trump potentially has the devil himself trying to stop him, then the enemy of my enemy is my friend as they say. Not that I’d ever consider Trump my friend, but if the armies of darkness are trying this hard to stop him, that says a lot…

      • Larry / vietnamvet1971

        I are Spot on.

        Thanks. GO TRUMP.

      • DC

        Good post, Guest. I guess a lot of people WANT the NWO and the Tribulation?

        This reminds me of the story of the Little Dutch Boy who saw a hole in the dike and knew if he didn’t do something, the water would come crashing in and destroy the village. He plugged the hole with his finger until help could arrive and fix the hole. Trump might be God’s way of giving us a little more time before His Great Tribulation. A wall on our Mexican border and a halt to accepting refugees until we can vet them would keep us safer and help our economy. Hillary’s daughter said Clinton wants to give Obamacare to illegals; we can’t afford it, but breaking the economy is part of their plan. We just got Geoff’s post about illegals wanting to register to vote so they can vote against Trump. Something is definitely up!

        Several have commented on Trump’s name, as in The Last Trump. I don’t think it’s coincidence, as God always sends a warning before destruction. I think Trump will protect Christians’ religious freedom. Even though Cruz means “cross,” I am very uncomfortable with his NWO associations, but he’d still be better than Killary or Bernie.

        No matter who people want for president, they have to see that the tactics being used by the Left are wrong. I think something is going to happen before November that will either wake people up to repentance or be the final nail in our national coffin.

  • MG

    Yep, they’ve been doing this for years- maybe our next war will not be with arabs or terrorists, but with Chinese,..RIGHT HERE ON US SOIL…WHO KNOWS? BE READY IN ANY EVENT. Seems the gov’t for years and years is showing itself to be pot calling kettle black..a terrorist in its own right. Therefore, the gov’t is not for us, but against us…the US has really never been a country, but a corporation pretending to be a country.


    although we are seeing the truth of what is leading to the end time prophecy of a one world government, it is still all in God’s control, He knows the end from the beginning and we who trust in Him have to keep ourselves from fretting over the works of evildoers because He tells us the end of those evildoers and He will bring them to their end, those who mock and shake their fists at him, the unrepentant and rebellious and know that we who belong to the Lord Jesus Christ have the victory, this is not our home, we are passing through as we do His bidding and as Romans 8:28 says this, And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord!

  • Larry / vietnamvet1971

    Trump is raising the ALARM, Warning..BUT will America listen maybe the reasons they are trying to SHUT him UP is obvious the liberal / DemonRats want to control America and turn us into a Third World country and turn the USA over to the UN….. Do they have enough Tax Payer Money, Corp. Money, Stolen Money to Support the average American citizens… that is their Promise…..The Feds are Printing money 24 / 7 / 365 will it be enough?.

  • I do not believe we should be doing business with any nation that behaves in a manner counter to American values. Beside the fact that China is a human rights violated the single issue of the cyber threat they represent should be enough to stop all trade and domestic business purchases.

    • DC

      I agree, but look at Saudi Arabia; they have some of the worst human rights violations and we consider them our friend.

  • I do not know where I have been, but until I read this I did not know all these businesses had left the USA. I got up to see who made my fridge & thankfully it is a Whirlpool. All the rest are Frigidaire & were bought by the builder & here when I bought the house. Thank you for that article & hope to read more so I can support American made & families who work for them; however at my age I mostly just buy food.


  • Michael Garrison

    How funny that we are told to be “frightened” by the fact that China is building some military islands off of their coast, yet we are not even told about how China has bought up the very land of America.

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