Nealy all of what you may read about companies investing in countries around the world falls into one of two categories. The first is a Chinese state oil company buying out a Brazilian, Argentinian or some other Latin American energy firm. The whole “world’s fastest growing economy” thing would peter out pretty quickly if all of the sudden Shanghai or Beijing goes dark.

A second is an American or European company setting up manufacturing operations in Latin America or Southeast Asia, because cheap labor is still king.

So you might be able to imagine how exciting it was to read BMW (the company that used to make the Nazi’s airplane engines but now makes autos for Guidos) plans to invest nearly $1 billion in its South Carolina plant over the next two years.  Variety is the spice of life, I’m told, and it’s not only exciting to see that a company somewhere still has faith in American workers, but that it’s also work that produces a product and employs a “normal” person as opposed to the all-too-common New York City or San Francisco-based “tech entrepreneur.”

These are people who are going to make products of value that people will use, not create a free iPhone app that no one downloads and is merely a platform advertise a membership on ChristianMingle [dot] sell some poor hapless soul.

I love Words With Friends, Evernote, Instagram, OpenTable and even your shady Internet marketing company, but lets be honest, starting or working for ANY kind of tech company isn’t for everyone, whether it’s Oracle, Adobe or Glu (which makes WAY better games than Zynga). That’s OK. We should support that and maybe one day John in Ohio, Cincinatti or Pittsburgh can work in a factory making fiber optics or solar panels, earn a decent enough living to put his kids through college, and buy the $2.99 version of Words with Friends rather than just download the free version and ignore the ads.

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