Recently we have heard a lot about the revitalization of the “Made In America” movement. While some companies could be claiming to revitalize the movement with manipulative intentions, most do not have ill intentions. Since buying American Made products is a value we have always believed strongly in here at Interior WooDesigns, we understand the value of supporting American Made goods. As an American manufacturer having produced store fixtures for more than 30 years here in the United States and having never once outsourced any work overseas, we fully comprehend the pros and cons of overseas manufacturing plants. While it could be easy to shift facilities abroad to render greater financial gains, we have always been able to see past the initial gratification and have stuck to our core values.
As many American brands outsourced to facilities abroad, consumers continued using these same products that left the United States to render greater profit margins. While brand loyalty remained strong, it wasn’t until recent years when people have began realizing the jeans they are wearing are no longer made in America, but are now being produced in Mexico or abroad. With many brands that have had long roots in American society, many consumers failed to realize or question where the products they wear or use are manufactured. Having discovered through noticeable quality variances, and lots of media attention throughout the last 2 years in particular, it is now that people are questioning more frequently where the goods they buy are produced.
Now that people are aware, revitalizing the “Made In America” movement is gaining an immense amount of strength. While this movement is reviving American manufacturing, it will also generate many jobs, and help the overall health of our nation. Since our nation has been slowly creeping back from the recession, we all can appreciate the “Made In America” movement that will help put people back to work, continue to strengthen our economy, and make us all less reliant on foreign goods and manufacturing.
In addition, revitalizing the “Made In America” movement have other benefits that allow manufacturers to monitor quality control more closely, and won’t allow inferior or dangerous products to slip into a products construction. Due to American Health and Safety standards, that are often non-existent in other nations throughout the world, this is favorable for U.S. consumers and manufacturers. Another important aspect for many Americans is ensuring the employees of the goods we purchase are not working in deplorable conditions, and are making a wage worthy of the price consumers pay for the goods. In America, we mandate companies pay at least minimum wage, and with tenor often will receive pay increases. While U.S. minimum wage is SIGNIFICANTLY more than the wages a person would be paid for comparable work overseas in many nations, producing domestically provides many jobs and tax revenue. When more people are working and paying taxes, it means more people are paying their share into Social Security and Government Subsidies, in addition to lowering unemployment rates. Additionally, by providing American jobs, those additional folks who now have jobs can and will likely buy the manufactured product or at least provide word of mouth marketing that can’t be generated by overseas manufacturing operations.
While the “Made In America” movement is beneficial to manufacturers, the American labor force, and consumers, it also is very beneficial for many local, state, and national economies as well. Since manufacturing is a staple indicator of the national economy, the amount of goods we produce domestically affects how other nations perceive our nations viability. In an effort to establish the strength the United States is known for, U.S. Manufacturing is vital. It is with great appreciation and encouragement that we embrace revitalizing the “Made In America” movement. I would urge everyone to check the clothes you wear and the products you buy to see where it is produced, and if it is not produced domestically search for an American alternative if looking to replace. In addition, if buying online many websites have recently added “country of origin” next to the products you wish to browse. By purchasing American made goods, all Americans benefit, and will help U.S. goods be more competitive in the global marketplace.