In this three-part investigative series for its late-night local news, the WCPO I-Team takes on the complex international trade issue of products manufactured abroad but falsely labeled as American to qualify for sale to the Pentagon. The story was central to the economy of Cincinnati, once the world capital of machine tool manufacturing. Cincinnati lost out to Japan and Florence, Ky., which is now the home of Mazak, a subsidiary of a Japanese industrial giant. With the help of a former Mazak employee, a whistle-blower who had been ignored by the federal government, the series proved that through false labeling and documentation federal law was violated --at the cost of many jobs in Cincinnati.
Stuart Zanger, Karl Idsvoog, Clyde Gray, Jeff Keene