One thing you can do to help bring back American jobs is look for goods made in America when you shop. People are tired of going into stores and seeing nothing but stuff fro0m China! This holiday season your family, relatives and friends will appreciate it even more when you give an American-made gift.
Here are some resources and American-made gift ideas:
See all kinds of American-made products at USAb2C.com. From their website:
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New Balance: “New Balance is the only athletic shoe company that continues to prove high-quality athletic footwear can be produced competitively in the United States. We are committed to American workers. More than 80% of these shoes are assembled in the U.S., helping New Balance to employ over 1,200 U.S. manufacturing workers.”
Loggerhead Apparel: “Loggerhead Apparel will provide top-quality, American-grown, South Carolina-made clothing at a fair price. Ten percent of the revenue gained from the sale of all Loggerhead Apparel shirts will be donated directly to local causes supporting the conservation and protection of the Loggerhead.
In addition to supporting the Loggerhead, Loggerhead Apparel will also support the local textile industry, because no part of the production process will take place outside of the United States.”
Step2 Toys: “The Step2® Company, LLC, headquartered in Streetsboro, Ohio, is the largest American manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys and the world's largest rotational molder of plastics.” See their Creative Play Plus blog.
Okabashi Shoes: “At Okabashi we believe that technology and design can be utilized to deliver a great product to the consumer at a great value, without shifting U.S. jobs overseas. Okabashis are proudly made in the United States in Buford, GA and shipped worldwide from there.”
American-made iPhone accessories from Insanely Great: “Based in Menlo Park, California, Insanely Great Products, Inc. was created to design and build great products in America.” There's more, here is a bit, and go read the rest:
We believe that a mistake has been made the last few decades in outsourcing too reflexively when many parts and complete products also can be made locally in the United States. It has become conventional wisdom to outsource just about every manufactured part, with the idea of U.S. manufacturing somehow viewed as practically quaint, a part of our legacy, rather than our future as a country. As happens with so many trends, we believe this one has overshot the mark, and we plan to develop an infrastructure of small, agile, distributed manufacturing units, able to rapidly meet changing demands and provide mass customization that makes at least a beginning step in starting a new trend.
Small, intelligent and agile manufacturing in America just might be what it takes to create a new source of employment to begin to reverse the outflow of manufacturing jobs.
John Briggs blogs on Made in America topics and U.S. companies at simplyamericandotnet — “Putting our Extended American Family Back to Work”
Note: I flat-out stole a lot of this info from the manufacturethis blog. I feel no shame for it.