PiggyBankBuilder has been highlighting American made products for almost two years now. I personally started consciously buying “Made in America” stuff almost seven years a go. When I first told people about my goal they were very skeptical, many people still wrongly believe that “we don’t make anything anymore” or that “American made stuff is junk”. Unfortunately too many people still hold this view, but it is slowly starting to change.
About six months back I stated to notice that it was easier to find American made products for my articles. In stores I also began to notice more “Made in the USA” labels and stickers on products. Now remember I have been on the hunt for the better part of a decade. If they were there all along I would ave seen them. I honestly believe that stores are recognizing the value of our products and the fact the people want to buy them.
My “ah ha” moment came right before Christmas last year. I was researching a few products for my weekly article and I stumbled on to this page. It is the “Made in America” section of the GE website. As I am sure you are aware GE has been and remains one of the biggest companies in the world. For them to take notice for this trends and embrace domestic manufacturing suggests that the public is calling out for these products. Here is a quote from their page:
“By investing over $1 billion dollars in new plants, equipment and technology, insourcing the manufacture of many of our new products and upgrading employee training, we have recommitted ourselves to making great American-made appliances, and, in the process, created over 21,000 new American jobs–3,000 at GE and 18,000 at our U.S. suppliers.”
Insourcing! Is that even a word? According to my spell check it isn’t. If a giant like GE is looking to bring those jobs back just imagine what other companies are doing? Now customers looking to buy American can select from an impressive list of refrigerators, ranges, wall ovens, dishwashers, washers, dryers, and hot water heaters.
Five years ago many people speculated that by this time you would not longer be able to find and American made appliance. As we can see today they were wrong. American made is growing and we should all do our best to help it continue to succeed.