Last I heard the B-port mill castings are cast in Brazil,remember,most places here you can't cast metal anymore,the NIMBY'S don't like the soot landing on the're Beemers
Here are a few reasons I can think of for the demise of the machinetool mfgrs-
Longevity of product,many machines have been scrapped,but many 1940 and newer machine still exist and are working daily.Mnay times the machines a company built outlasted the company that built them,Hendey is a good example of this.We got one.1946 model,still running strong and suits our needs so why change?
CNC machines are cheaper and simpler to make.Take a look under the hood and what do you see? On a CNC machine the controller is the most complicated part,the machine it's self is simple by comparison to a manual machine of the same capacity.Instead of 1500-2000 precisly made moving parts in a manual mill or lathe,you may only have 200-300 in it's NC sibling.
Apprenticeship programs and people who want to train in them are nonexistant,need I say more on this one?
Government/NIMBY'S/guidence counselers/parents,if you decide to go into one of the metal or mechanical trades these days you get funny looks from people like your throwing your life away ,or are some kind of LD student.
If you decide to start your own business mfg something the odds are stacked against you form jump.No one wants a foundry,machineshop or other in thier nieghborhood,even if you can get the nieghbors to go along the goverment will make you jump through hoops to get any sort of permit.
Poor/declining work ethic,goverment recieves partial credit for this one,why work when you can get paid for sitting around all day?
Finally liability,stupidity does pay and pay well,just ask Snapper lawn mower.You may never get sued,but if you borrow money you will be required to have insurance and it ain't cheap.
I'm sure there are more,but I am tired.
I just need one more tool,just one!