[imc-st.louis] question from canadian writer
tr.jokinen at mts.net
Wed Feb 14 12:55:45 PST 2007
Hello, I'm hoping someone at the other end of this email can help me.
My name is Tom Jokinen, and I'm a freelance writer in Winnipeg
Canada, working on a book about corporate ownership in the modern
funeral industry. I hear that York Caskets, one of the major product
manufacturers in this very bizarre and secretive business, is about
to close its plant in Marshfield Missouri and move its labour costs
to Mexico. That of course is a trend in a lot of North American
manufacturing but it seems to be a particularly hot trend in caskets.
Even Batesville, which is considered the Ford Motor Company of
caskets, has plants now in Mexico and is looking at India too.
Meanwhile, there's a growing influx of product from China! Even the
funeral trade is a Petri dish of global trade issues. Anyway, I am
hoping to travel down to Marshfield and talk to some of the folks
most affected but my problem is I have no contacts, and I don't want
to get into a game of cold-calling with working folks who may be
nervous about talking to the media, especially from another country.
I'm hoping someone at IMC might know someone in Marshfield, or know
someone who knows someone, etc. My book is a modest project right now
but I do have a contract with Random House. If someone can help with
a bit of on-the-ground research, with finding some casket plant
workers to talk to (about 150 are about to lose their jobs in a
community that can ill afford that much unemployment) I should be
able to pay a small honourarium, but not much. Because I have other
interviews booked in Springfield on other topics for late February,
I'd like to visit Marshfield on March 1, 2 and 3. It' s soon I
realize, but such are my deadlines. Can anyone there help?
Thanks in advance,
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