Made in the USA

Why Manufacturing in the USA Was So Important to MeSince China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001, the extraordinary growth of trade between China and the United States has had a dramatic effect on U.S. workers and the domestic economy, though in neither case has this effect been beneficial. The United States is piling up foreign debt and losing export capacity, and the growing trade deficit with China has been a prime contributor to the crisis in U.S. manufacturing employment. Between 2001 and 2011, the trade deficit with China eliminated or displaced more than 2.7 million U.S. jobs, over 2.1 million of which (76.9%) were in manufacturing. These lost manufacturing jobs account for more than half of all U.S. manufacturing jobs lost or displaced between 2001 and 2011 (1).

As America’s biggest company, Walmart wields tremendous market power. Walmart could use this might to help build up the American economy, offering good jobs to its own employees, encouraging contractors to do the same, and helping to strengthen U.S. manufacturing through its relationships with its suppliers. Instead, Walmart has wielded its market power to eliminate good-paying manufacturing jobs and lower labor standards in the retail sector and throughout its entire supply chain (2).

I feel very strongly that people should be cared about and treated fairly. Everyone should be paid a decent wage. Many have told me that if I had my product made here in the USA, my retail price would be too high. I could probably cut my price in half if I agreed to have BORSAbag manufactured in a sweatshop offshore, but that is not acceptable. I am very proud that Integrated Textile Solutions, Inc. (ITS) in Salem, Virginia, makes my product here in the United States. I have visited their manufacturing plant, met with the president of the company and the entire team that would be working on my project. We discussed my bag design in detail; many questions were asked so that everyone understood my design, my expectations and my appreciation for their partnership. ITS is part of my team and I appreciate their quality and excellent service.

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Diane E Piper

(1) Economic Policy Institute, August 23, 2012
(2) Demos, July 2, 2012

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