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Manufacturing Talk Radio is a weekly Talk Radio Podcast broadcast to manufacturers of all sizes across the globe. Show host, Lew Weiss, and co-host, Tim Grady, present breaking manufacturing news and tackle business trends and economic forecasts in manufacturing for small, medium and large manufacturers across the globe.


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Episode 138: Manufacturers Compete with Prison Slave Labor Allowable under the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Manufacturers are losing contracts to Unicor, GEO, Deptcor and over a dozen other private prison operators, unable to compete with prison labor rates, or not even allowed to bid on some contracts under an unfair system permitted under the 13th Amendment to the U.S Constitution and launched in 1934 by President Roosevelt with the creation of Federal Prisons Systems (FPI) also known as Unicor.  The upbeat, flowery marketing language of these prison labor websites makes them sound as benevolent as Santa Claus despite underpinnings of longer prison sentences for non-violent offenders and a majority of inmates being black or Hispanic working for as little as 16 cents per hour. Hear about actual manufacturers who have lost business and been forced to cut jobs like Mickey Spooner, President of Allstate Office Interiors in Hamilton, New Jersey, or even been put at the brink of bankruptcy. 


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


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