A SHORT HISTORY OF MADE IN THE USA
The freedom and liberty our founding fathers and patriots fought and died for put this country in a position to be a global leader in manufacturing and innovation. Capitalism, combined with personal property rights, meant that for the first time in history you didn’t have to steal your neighbors land or possessions to create wealth. You could now own your ideas and build wealth by creating products or services from those ideas that could then be sold to others. A simple concept but incredibly powerful.
Now mankinds creativity could be unleashed. And how it was in America. Medicine, technology, finance, communication, science, aviation, space…you name it, American creativity and entrepreneurial spirit touched every aspect of human life and transformed the world in a very short amount of time.
Products made in the USA garnered a reputation over time for quality and innovation unmatched by other countries. American workers took pride in being the best and producing the best products in the world. They were the driving force behind being made in the USA. America had a strong, vibrant and generally happy middle class that was living better than kings and queens just a few decades earlier.
According to Dr. Paul Roberts of the Center for Research on Globalization, “In short, off-shoring manufacturing jobs. When jobs are moved offshore, consumers’ careers and incomes, and the GDP and payroll and income tax base associated with those jobs, go with them. When the goods and services produced for American markets by offshored labor are brought into the US to be sold, the trade deficit rises, and downward pressure is put on the dollar, pushing up domestic inflation.
Jobs offshoring is driven by Wall Street, “shareholder advocates,” the threat of takeovers, and by large retailers, such as Walmart. By cutting labor costs, profits go up.
It is that simple. However, as a result of sending American jobs to cheap labor countries, US consumer incomes go down. The end result is to destroy the domestic consumer market. What would have been US consumer income growth becomes instead profit growth for US corporations.
Each corporation can expect to gain more profits from moving US jobs offshore, but the aggregate effect is a fall in American consumer incomes and a reduction in the American consumer market.” (Read the entire article)
THERE IS GOOD NEWS
Almost 8 in 10 American consumers say they would rather buy a Made in USA product than an imported one, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. And more than 60 percent say they’re even willing to pay 10 percent more for it. For some, the decision might stem from a belief in American quality and safety. Others might think it’s the best way to support the American economy and workers.
In recent years there has been a movement to bring manufacturing jobs back to the USA, “on-shoring.” Leaders with influence understand that a strong American middle class requires good paying jobs in factories that make goods for American citizens, as well as citizens of other nations (exports).
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
It’s easy, buy American made products whenever possible. Your helping your country’s economy and fellow citizens when you do. Some philosophies would rather tax you and re-distribute that money to the “less fortunate,” as they identify them (we call it buying votes in most cases). Our philosophy is to provide opportunity (jobs) for people and let them pay taxes too. It’s better for everyone!
American made products may cost a little more but the ripple effect for good, not only for the person you’re helping to employ, but for you as well. You get a great product and your contributing to keeping America strong for yourself and future generations. It’s a win-win!
First and foremost every Amerisport labeled product will always be made in the USA. When complimentary products are added to the line that aren't designed and manufactured by Amerisport, every effort will be made to find domestic sources for those products.
We push our raw material suppliers to find domestic sources as well. Not only does that provide jobs for our fellow citizens and help the economy, domestically produced materials are generally manufactured with more concern for the environment. Striving for the cleanest mother earth is all our responsibilities.
So rest assured, if you see the Flag, it's made here.