It's obvious to me that you suffer from a lack of understanding about bakery products, their shelf stability, and their transportation costs.
Bama built our factories in China specifically to support our restaurant customers who are building restaurants in these countries. Most of these countries apply high tariffs and import duties to any product coming over the borders. My customers, and therefore me, agree to help grow each country's economy by building factories to help their people by adding good jobs which pay well, , and add new skills to their workforce...
In addition, bakery products are not easily transported due to light weights, and taring out trucks and rail with cube before weight. This fact makes it extremely difficult to transport any baked
good product very far without raising the cost to a level that you would most likely refuse to buy them!! It is virtually impossible to import any bakey goods from the U.S. to China, or visa versa.
Rather than feel like Bama is a bad company by opening plants in China, I prefer to believe that we are bringing great food to other parts of the world, and because we could never import our products to
China, we are taking no jobs from any U.S. Citizen
Lastly, I would say to you that I am not just "another CEO who puts profits ahead of patriotism". I have spent my entire career championing the importance of valuing people, and in my latest book, "Finding the Soul of Big Business", I outline a pathway for America to put itself back on the road to greatness again, by changing the way we hire, train, and recruit talent. I champion a new management philosophy which will replace those cold, dark, greed-filled offices with caring human beings who's goals include helping others at work, rather than lining their own pockets with their personalized bonus plan.
I focus extensively on management compensation programs, and how greed has caused us to loose our way in the tough dog eat dog world
of business. We have come so far as a country, but our management practices are outdated, and do not serve the greater good....most comp programs today exstst to serve the selfish few business tycoons.
I believe the shareholders of Americas public companies are causing quite a stir with Wall Street CEO's by asking penetrating questions of their comp committees. It is with these types of grass roots efforts that we will see positive change and these CEO's will reduce their outrageous comp programs to reflect more realistic salaries which WILL tie back to corporate performance, thereby improving Americas chances of being a global powerhouse once again...
I genuinely appreciate your comments..thanks....My book is available at Steves Sundry, Harvard and 22nd in Tulsa, as well as Barnes and Noble, plus, Amazon carries it.....
Paula A. Marshall"