Not finding fault or anything, as we all know about the global economy and a company's desire to lower costs and keep profits high.
I was having a discussion with a salesman at a dealer about an original top link for an older tractor and it got me to wondering when foreign made parts first showed up on tractors here.
On a side note, with the loss of so many manufacturing jobs here in the US over past decades, my mind has been trying to get a clear picture on things.
A buddy of mine is a machinist and Air Force war veteran. He first worked to build aircraft parts for a large company before he started his own machine shop doing custom work many years ago. In recent years, he had been kept very busy building parts for a computer-controlled assembly line for American Air Filter at a new location. Then a couple years ago, a Japanese company bought out the air filter company and that's when his work for that company came to a complete halt. When I attempted to call the phone at his shop I got a recording saying that the number had been disconnected. My first thought was that I had somehow misdialed the number and so I called it again to be sure. Nope, same results.
So, I called his home phone and his wife told me what had happened. He had to start using a cell phone as his main business phone to reduce costs after losing work from that large company.
There's a bottle company not far away that used to have three shifts of employees. You might not believe it now if you drove by there today. The grass usually gets pretty high before any attempt is made at having it mowed. The gates out front at the entrance are almost always closed and locked. My friend used to rebuild their machines at his shop. Not very many years ago, a French company bought the bottling company and within a couple years or so, it closed.
I got off topic a bit, but you can see where some things are going.