Americans are good at many things and one area in which we excel is shopping. As a nation of consumers we are great at getting what we want, usually at a very good price. Often times those low prices have a catch: many low-cost items come from overseas markets where labor is cheap, working conditions are bad, and transporting goods is energy inefficient. As we struggle to regain strength in the economy, there is one, easy way to support our national interest: buy American made goods on Nov. 19th!
What is special about Nov. 19th? It has been selected as the first annual American Made Matters® Day to increase awareness and support of manufacturers and companies that are working throughout this country to revitalize the manufacturing industry. Buying goods produced in this country has far reaching benefits beyond just supporting the company you are buying from. As an intertwined economy, American manufacturing supports and creates jobs from the supply chain to the support services and boosts the economy in each part of the operation.
The goal of the American Made Matters® organization “is to educate consumers that buying US-made products strengthens the American dream.” How? By spending money on goods made in this country, more money gets invested in the economy and more jobs are created. As production expands in this country, the demand for manufacturing support and expertise expands leading to job creation. All industries have a stake in increasing and strengthening the manufacturing industry.
By purchasing from U.S. manufacturers, there is a reduction in pollution because products don’t travel as far. You would also be sure that the production process meets labor laws and provides for a safe working environment and reasonable wages for employees.
It is getting easier to find items made in America: look for the American Made Matters® logo or browse through a list of member companies. And even Wal-Mart is taking this seriously by sourcing footwear from a new factory in Georgia and committing to buying an extra $50 billion in U.S. made products over the next 10 years.
Now is the time to start planning for the holidays and by spending just $64 this season on American-made goods, 200,000 jobs could be created. Just add America to your gift list this year and buy American!