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Casing Chemical Joints

This is a plant I visited in 2002 and 2003 that manufactured TVs.
Hello, Sony. This is a plant I visited in 2002 and 2003 that manufactured TVs. At any given time, there were two railcars of chlorine gas onsite, plus some smaller quantities of other toxic chemicals. The fence, as you can see, wasn't exactly well locked. I simply walked through it, behind the semi-trailer trucks, and then to the gas where I touched the tanks and took pictures. Pretty easy, really. But that was the state of industrial security at many facilities in 2003. I hate to report that Sony is shuttering the plant and moving production of the sets to Mexico. This is a bittersweet song that runs through the reporting: the waning of U.S. industry. I love industry. I love factories. I love what they do, how they do it, the well-paying jobs they provide, and the workers who labor in them. For some reporters, the symbol of America is the farmer or the miner or the soldier, and I've reported or been occupied in some of this toil. But for me, America is the grit of the industrial worker and the pluck of the people who run these joints. I'm forever fascinated by both the spirit and the brains of people who actually make something tangible.

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