This week’s Trivia comes in a little late, but I tell you it’s a find. Hundreds of thousands of Americans are becoming more and more aware of a major reason for our recent economic downturn—manufacturing. While the United States has maintained its dominance in many areas of industrial manufacturing and engineering, the everyday consumer had all but forgotten what it was like to see a Made in USA sticker.
World News with Diane Sawyer started a segment a few years ago called Made in America that brought this phenomenon into the primetime spotlight. Items that we use all the time like our clothing, eye glasses (yes, I’m a nerd), cell phones, electronics, furniture, tableware (the list goes on and on…) all seem to announce themselves born in China, in all her various provinces. Alas, even most designer brands have outsourced to Chinese production (take a look in your most recent clothing by and tell me it ain’t so…).