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[翻译字幕]Wisconsin Excels in Job Creation

威斯康辛就业良好 小公司带来大作为

Jobs, jobs, jobs. As political rhetoric intensifies in tough economic times, everybody’s talking about jobs and job creation.

工作,工作,还是工作。在艰难的经济时代作为政治修辞的一种强调,每个人都在谈论工作和就业机会。

A trip to the small Midwest state of Wisconsin might be instructive. It routinely finishes at or near the top in job creation, especially in the manufacturing sector.

然而这次小小的威斯康辛中西部之旅却让人大开眼界。这个地方的就业机会通常能够完成目标,甚至趋近世界水平,尤其在制造业方面更是效果拔群。

That’s the part of the economy - automobiles, appliances, textiles, electronics - that has seen the steepest job losses.

汽车、电器、纺织、电子,这些作为经济的一部分,曾经都面临过最严峻的失业问题。

But not in bustling Wisconsin, at least not to an alarming degree.

但在喧嚣扰攘的威斯康辛州很难看到这种景象,至少也不会到很惊人的程度。

We’re not talking heavy industry or even the state’s famous cheesemaking. Rather, Wisconsin produces an endless assortment of products in little factories you see tucked among its green, manicured farms. Riding past, you may catch their names on a little sign, but have no clue what the places make.

我们讨论的不是重工业或者这个州著名的奶酪制作。相反,威斯康辛州在修剪过的农场中的小工厂里生产各式各样的产品。途经过去的时候,你会发现他们的名字几乎没有任何标识,也不知道这个地方是干什么的。

They make things like the water jugs a delivery person hauls down our hall every few weeks. And not just the bottles, but also their pop-off tops, the metal cart that carries them, and the plastic cartons into which the bottles of water fit snugly.

这些公司制造水壶,这使递送人员每隔几周都要来我们的大厅。不仅仅是瓶子,还有一些不流行的东西也很吃香,比如能携带他们的金属小车,能盛放瓶装水的塑料箱。
 

Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Racine, Wisconsin headquarters of the company that makes Johnson’s waxes.

Curt Manufacturing in Eau Claire makes metal ball hitches for trailers. Great White Dental Lab in Lodi fashions enamel teeth called “crowns.” Universal Die & Stampings in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, makes battery caps.

欧克莱尔简单的制造勾住拖车的金属球。白色的假牙被洛迪时尚称为“王冠”。在威斯康辛州Prairie du Sac这个地方的Universal Die & Stampings公司制造的电池帽也非常有名。

And K & B Innovations in North Lake creates “Shrinky Dinks,” which are little plastic thingys that kids can color and then shrink in the oven.

在北湖K & B创新公司制造”缩泥”,这是一种孩子能染色的小型塑料物质,然后在烤箱里让它缩小。

And somebody, somewhere in the Badger State builds the vats and forms, and the big stirring paddles and conveyor belts without which there’d be no Wisconsin cheese.

而且在獾州,有人在某地也制造着各种形式的大桶,大搅拌桨及传送带。没有它就没有威斯康辛州的奶酪。

We don’t pay much attention when these companies win an award, add workers, or come out with a new product.

我们不太注意这些公司是否获得任何殊荣,增加人手或推出一种新产品。

But taken together, they’re a big part of the nation’s economic engine that people are always talking about.

但是综合在一起,它们就成了这一州的经济命脉,为这一州带来了巨大经济效益的同时,也成为了人们的谈资。