Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Factory man fights back

With over $500 million a year in sales, the Bassett Furniture Company was once the world's biggest wood furniture manufacturer. Run by the same powerful Virginia family for a century, it was also the center of life in Bassett, Virginia -- an unincorporated town that existed solely to fuel the business. But beginning in the 1980s, the Bassett company suffered from an influx of cheap Asian furniture as the first wave of imports struck, and ultimately moved nearly all its production to Asia.

Only one man fought back: John Bassett III, a shrewd and determined third-generation factory man who used grit, tenacity, and will to compete against China and ultimately save his family's company. In Factory Man, Beth Macy brings to life John Bassett's fascinating business, with wildly colorful stories from an American industry that once ruled the world and might again see better days. As Macy shows how he uses legal maneuvers, factory efficiencies, and sheer will to save hundreds of jobs, she also discovers the hidden history of industry in America.

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company today employs more than seven hundred people, with John Bassett at the helm. His story unveils shocking truths about American business, including the hidden fallout of offshoring on communities across the country. By revealing how one businessman took on China -- and won -- Factory Man raises a flag for the return of made-in-America products.

Check out the book here

Monday, July 14, 2014

2000 jobs being added in the USA for a new car model

After years of delay and debate, the German automaker finally announced today it would build a seven-passenger SUV based on the CrossBlue concept at its Chattanooga, Tenn., plant. The $900 million project will add 2,000 direct jobs in Tennessee as the plant ramps up production by late 2016 Source   Motoramic

This is great news for Americans everywhere. I have no desire to enter a union or non union argument and would rather celebrate jobs in the USA.

We have not created a listing for American made cars because it is very confusing as to where everything is made. Many cars on the American road were made here of course but many American brands are made in Canada and Mexico and the manufactures don't advertise any of it.

Keep your money at home keep you job at home

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Are we going backwards in the fight to preserve American Jobs?

Always a sad task when I have to remove a company from the products made in the USA directory. Today I was informed by a site visitor that a long time listing on our site no longer makes their products in America. I won't name the company as I have no desire to shame anyone, however I recall how excited they were to be on our site.

On the upside traffic to our site is increasing and people are still requesting to be listed every day. Remember American Made, Americans Paid!

Another bites the dust

Always a sad task when I have to remove a company from the products made in the USA directory. Today I was informed by a site visitor that a long time listing on our site no longer makes their products in America. I won't name the company as I have no desire to shame anyone, however I recall how excited they were to be on our site.

On the upside traffic to our site is increasing and people are still requesting to be listed every day. Remember American Made, Americans Paid!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Light bulbs made in the USA? Could it be?

Did you know you can still buy incandescent light bulbs that are Made in the USA. Yes that's right, today we added a company to our site that makes light bulbs right here at home. Also added today to the Made in the USA directory were baby clothes, stoneware, and men and women's clothing all made in America. Don't forget when you keep your money in the USA you help keep jobs in the USA.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Are we going to get tough with China?

According to many media reports the US Government has directly accused  and charged several Chinese officials with spying on and stealing trade secrets from US companies via hacking.

American companies have been complaining about this for years and no one has done anything. One of the many things that separates the US from other parts of the world is we protect a persons inventions and ideas. This is one of the ways people that came from nothing can improve their lives and become successful maybe even creating generational wealth.

The Chinese government has long been accused  of these practices and really stealing directly from American inventors. One important thing to keep in mind and think about. China does not want to just make cheap goods for the rest of the world, to be laborers for other companies. They wish (as they should) to own the companies that create the goods. That is normal and nothing wrong with that unless you are stealing the technology to make that possible.

This is just another reason to keep your money in the US and keep your job in the US. Buy American Made and Americans get paid!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Mermorial Day is a great time to think American Made

This weekend is Memorial Day, which so much of the country has been treating as a time to have a sale or just a three day weekend. For me it is the ultimate American Made Holiday as the men and women we are remembering built our freedom, they made America.

Remember who the muscle behind the mouth, the way behind the will. My family and I will remember you this weekend. We are going to play baseball and assemble freely!