Fighting for American Industrial Renewal; Industry and Manufacturing Advocacy Group for public Education

Who We Are

FairImage.org is a media watchdog group that challenges the negative image of domestic manufacturing, primarily the "Detroit 3". Our mission is to make the general public aware of the unfair trade policies that have handicapped US industry, and to remind them of our leadership in both the environment, and auto safety. This is not simply a "Buy American" group; we educate people, we don't attempt to shame them or question patriotism. Our only weapons in this battle are verifiable facts.

Chris Vitale

In college, Chris co-op'ed with Ford Motor Company as a Dynamometer Test Technician.  He began his career with Chrysler In 1994.  In 1999, Chris took a position at Chrysler's Arizona Proving Grounds as a Driver/Mechanic which put him behind the wheel of all of Chrysler's products, including prototypes and competitor vehicles. His attention to the industry made Chris initially suspicious of the 1998 Chrysler merger-of-equals announcement; knowing something of Daimler-Benz history.  "I decided to catalog these concerns on the internet, with a (now-defunct) website opposing the supposed "merger".  This led to my involvement with a number of employees who were interested in exploring employee-purchase options, and some very informal discussions in 2001 with Mr. Lee Iacocca, who remains very up-to-date on the industry.  In the spring of 2007, I met with Jerry York to further discuss the idea of employee ownership, partnered with Tracinda.  

The (stubborn) part of me that can't leave injustice unchallenged was re-awakened while watching the Congressional auto hearings. Whether it was southern Republicans looking to earn a name using cherry-picked numbers, or coastal state Democrats who disdain manufacturing; the distortions of fact motivated me to again become outspoken on the industry. I have established this website and an organization of concerned blue and white collar autoworkers, FairImage.org."

 

Brian Pannebecker

Brian is a U.S. Army veteran, 1982-1985, serving 1 tour in Germany.

He is a Ford Motor Co. hourly employee, at the Sterling Axle plant in Sterling Hts., MI. 

Brian previously worked 11 yrs. for Chrysler Corp.

Brian also writes a blog for the Oakland Press (Oakland County MI), "Brian on the Right".

 

 

William Adams

Bill grew up in the 1960's as the son of a Chrysler Corporation Designer.

Performance cars have always been in his blood. He began working for Chrysler Engineering as a Technician in Prototype Vehicle Build-Up in 1973.  In 1989, bill was "drafted" to Team Viper building and testing the first Viper prototypes.

In 2009, after 35 challenging years in the industry, he to retired from one of the most storied companies in Automotive history: The Chrysler Corporation.

 

 

Kristina Osobka

Kristina is a Detroit native. Her father was an executive at a tier-one automotive supplier, (decimated by the auto crisis). He takes an active interest in FairImage.org. Due to recent events affecting the auto industry, Kristina has taken a special interest because this affects her family, (her brother is pursuing a career in Automotive Engineering).

Kristina has a history in media, working for such companies as The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times Group, The Macomb Daily, and Tucson Newspapers.  Most recently, Kristina has decided to return to the Detroit area to work with Heritage Newspaper Group in Southgate as well as assist FairImage.org in marketing strategy and media relations.

 

Roger Popke

 

Roger has spent 13-years on the supplier side of the manufacturing industry as a welding-gun technician and customer support representative. Roger has opened doors for the group in industry, and with politicians. 

He has B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wayne State University, and is pursuing a M.S. in administration from Central Michigan University.

Community activist, writer, and entrepreneur.

 

Not Pictured: Ray Violante, Bob Krause, Joe Niedzielski and all of the members on the Fair Image mailing list.

We Are Not

"Protectionists". We recognize the value of fair trade. The problem is, that's never really existed outside of North America. The largest and most valuable markets in the world have long histories of protectionism to this very day. Asian and European governments have shown no reluctance to nurturing their manufacturing industry, while the United States tends to be the least involved with private industry.

 North-American made products are restricted by law in the case of developing markets like China, a system of "value added"  taxation in Europe, complex restrictions in Japan, and threats of tax-audit in Korea!  We are confident that products from North America will win consumers throughout the world, if given a fair chance.

No matter your feeling on this issue of government involvement, the fact remains that our manufacturing base has been harmed by this unfair playing field. If it is allowed to continue, we will surely reduce the need, and employment for the next generation of engineers, designers, metallurgists, chemists, and all of the other specialized disciplines of manufacturing. That is the greatest danger of all.

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