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Blogs Lucas Deal July 10, 2013

Have you ever stopped to think about what goes into building a commercial truck?

Not just the basic assembly; I’m talking about the entire manufacturing process.

Think of all the time, money and effort necessary to create an assembly line that can quickly and effectively manufacture a transmission. Then think about the suspension, the emission system, the engine. Think about all of the unbelievably detailed and intricate onboard computers we see in new trucks.

Components that once took days to assemble are now built in minutes, shoving off an assembly line and into a wrapped package faster than you can tie your shoes.

I’ve seen it, and it’s truly incredible.

This is the speed at which global economies move, and make no mistake about it — the trucking industry is now operating on a global scale.

I think that’s a good thing.

If you don’t, consider this: Imagine your everyday life without globalization?

You wake up in the morning and make a pot of coffee. Where did those beans come from? Probably not Nebraska. They were shipped in from somewhere else in the world.

Your toast could come from anywhere, and the butter you spread on it might be from California or Wisconsin, but your Ikea butter knife sure isn’t. Speaking of, that china you’re using; it might not actually be from China, but there’s a decent chance it was produced in Asia or Europe.

And that’s just breakfast.

Your toothbrush could be from anywhere — mine is China, I just checked. The Norelco electric razor you love so much was made by the Amsterdam-based Phillips conglomerate. Then there’s your favorite watch, the one you got for your last birthday. It’s a Swiss timepiece.

You’re not even out your front door yet and you’ve traveled the world.

This is globalization.

Could all of those products be produced here? Sure. Just because the Swiss make great watches and Colombia produces great coffee doesn’t mean we couldn’t produce them here.

Lucas Deal is the editor of Truck Parts & Service and Successful Dealer. He can be reached at lucasdeal@randallreilly.com.

You can follow me on twitter at @lddeal85

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