Wednesday, January 01, 2014

It's still called "Made In the U.S.A", even if it's only assembled here

In a series of posts that I'm simply going to label "Product Awareness", I'd like to start by highlighting an issue of products that have the label "Made In the U.S.A".  In a recent article by the New York Times titled "In Blue-Collar Toledo, Ohio, a Windfall of Chinese Investments", this issue is highlighted in the following paragraph:
"There have also been preliminary talks between local officials and a Chinese company about an arrangement in which industrial tools would be produced in China, shipped for assembly in Toledo and labeled “made in the U.S.A.,” which would allow them to be sold at a premium."
Be aware readers, "Made In the U.S.A" does not always mean fully produced in this country. 

Now, I'm not fully convinced that putting all production back in the US is necessary or prudent, how many people do you know who can sew or would even want to work in a sewing factory?

Let's be realistic here, production in another country can be a great way for a worker to make a living, provided their employer is creating a safe, healthy and fair wage work environment.  So don't misunderstand my intention here, I'm not saying we should bring back all production jobs to the US, I'm simply trying to highlight an issue of paying more for a product that you THINK is made here when it's simply assembled here.  And the fact that local officials in Ohio seem to endorse this behavior is a little sketchy, in my opinion. 

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