The Michigan Daily-Friday May 14, 1982-Page 15
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MEXICO CITY (UPI)- Tortilla fac-
tories were shut down across Mexico
Thursday in a strike threatening the
supply of a staple in the Mexican diet.
About 10,000 factories in 18 Mexican
states turned off their tortilla-making
machinery when the Commerce
Ministry turned down a request from
the nation's 45,000 tortilla makers for a
200 percent price hike.
THE STRIKE hit hardest in cities
outside of the capital where Mexicans
depend heavily on tortillas and beans as
the mainstays of their diet.
While tortilla outlets remained open
in the three most populated cities-
Mexico City, Monterrey, and
Guadalajara-some 5,000 tortillas
makers went on strike in the semi-
urban counties surrounding the capital.
"Frankly it's a problem buying tor-
tillas," a Mexico City resident said. "If
there aren't enough tortillas, we buy
bread, but people are used to eating tor-
The Tortilla Industry Chamber of
Commerce has been pressing the
government to raise the price-of tor-
tillas from 11 cents for 2 pounds to 32
cents, to keep up with Mexico's raging
inflation rate. It has an annual inflation
rate of 60 percent.
Doily Photo by DEBORAH LEWIS
ndown on the job
During yesterday's hot weather, Brian Goyette strenuously attempts to finish caulking up the leaks at Fuller Pool. On-
ce the repairs are completed, the pool will open for summer fun May 29.
Consultant blasts U.S. factories
By SCOTT STUCKAL
The aging factories of today make up
"a dreadful, dreadful hell" that only
Dante could describe, according to
Felix Kaufmann, President of Science
for Business, a high technology con-
"They're (factories) not in complian-
ce with environmental regulations and
OSHA workplace safety rules," he said.
KAUFMANN spoke before a crowd of
about 200 Wednesday night at the Ann
Arbor Sheraton for eastern Michigan
University's "High Technology and the
Changing Work Life" lecture series.
Predicting an ultimate rise in interest
rates, through the year 2000, Kaufmann
warned that constructing new factories
to replace today's outdated ones is "ab-
Instead, Kaufmann sees future
manufacturing coming from fully
automated factories in which robots
operate the whole assembly lines.
KAUFMANN added, however, that
robotics is not for everybody. "The me-
too companies that are just coming into
it (robotics) now will never make it ...
they will be ina crowded field," he said.
"Only the ones with something out-
standing will make it."
For Michigan to stay in the manufac-
turing game, Kaufmann suggested that
it concentrate on "sunshine industries"
which have enormous opportunities and
future potential - like molecular
biology and advanced communications
systems using robots.
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