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March 2, 2011

Made Where>???




I am finding this series on World News with Diane Sawyer fascinating. The make-over of the home was fun to watch, but this segment on the souvenirs we all purchase at (most of) the gift shops in the museums surrounding the Mall in Washington DC was truly a shock...

While I work for a furniture company named American Signature, it's interesting to see the cartons that come in from our distribution center...  "American Signature, made in Vietnam (or Taiwan, or Indonesia...)". Even the upholstery items (chairs, sofas, loveseats, etc...), which come from our own factory in North Carolina, may be constructed and assembled in the US, but the fabrics are all pre-cut and sewn in China... 

Take a look around your own home and in your dressers and closets, I have, and was very surprised. Remember when Wal-Mart boasted their "Made in the USA" campaign? Check the assortment out today, it's hard to find a sticker or label with those words on them.

Based on the research, if each American were to spend an extra $3.33 a year on products Made in America, we would create 10,000 new jobs in this country. Imagine what we could do by spending 10 or 100 times that much... Just a thought...

Over, "Out" and taking the Pledge to purchase Made in America product, from Portsmouth, VA, USA.

1 comment:

truthspew said...

There's pretty much nothing made here in the U.S. anymore. Here's the thing, I wouldn't have such a problem paying $20 for a cap if I knew it was helping American workers.

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