“Made in the USA” Making a Strong Comeback

The “Made in the USA” label is less common these days but it still packs significant selling power in America.

Blue lockers at Berkshire TerminusYes, America has increased its overseas outsourcing of work – namely manufacturing and IT jobs – over the years. Since the late 1990’s, those manufacturing jobs have steadily declined.

While outsourcing jobs can help American companies stay globally competitive and create cost-reducing benefits for U.S. consumers, extensive reasons still exist to purchase American-made goods and services. These reasons go beyond the well-apparent benefits of job security and economy stimulation.

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Wilson, the maker of every football used in NFL games along with Harley Davidson, Gibson, Duraflame, Zippo and KitchenAid are big-name companies with iconic products that continue to stay true to homeland production.

General Electric and Wal-MartRed Premier Lockers made recent efforts to address the increasing demand for American-made. GE has started to produce some of its water heaters and refrigerators at U.S. factories. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, announced plans in April to purchase an additional $50 billion of American products over the next decade.

Despite so many cheaper foreign-made goods being utilized in the U.S., there are still many goods and services produced locally. Investing in a “Made in the USA” label encompasses wide-ranging benefits for U.S. companies and consumers, who prefer U.S.-made goods for reasons like patriotism, quality and economic benefits.

However, it can be a slippery slope as many companies and consumers aren’t as conscious of the concept as they believe. According to a 2015 survey by Consumer Reports, 80 percent of Americans say they prefer to purchase American-made goods. However, American spending habits show otherwise.

Here are a few reasons why we believe the “Made in USA” label is important:

  • Faster repair for broken parts

If an American-made product requires repair, it is much easier to get fixed. It will take less time to find the needed part as many parts are produced locally and those parts that are made outside the country are often stored nearby.

  • More environmentally friendly

Locally made products and services benefit the environment in a few different ways. Products made overseas, such as in popular U.S. manufacturing and IT hubs China or India, must be shipped across the ocean to America. This overseas transportation leaves a much bigger carbon footprint than shipping within the U.S.

Additionally, many countries don’t have the air and environment protection regulations that America does. Foreign-made products exported to the U.S. pollute the environment more, and many of these countries contain lax health statutes.

  • Health reasons

Weaker health regulations in foreign production facilities can eventually harm U.S. consumers. There have been instances of unsafe goods being recalled for containing dangerous chemicals. Many of these are toys for children. Our government, naturally, cannot control foreign labor standards.

  • Job security and economic benefits

When U.S. consumers invest in American-made products, they also invest in the workers who produce them. The money spent on American-made goods and services goes back to those U.S. companies and local workers, thus stimulating the American economy even more. Keeping money in the U.S. economy helps preserve jobs for future generations, boosts American investment opportunities and helps reduce the trade deficit.

Aside from the outlined reasons, there are numerous other benefits to utilizing American-made goods and services that extend into our industry.

Many property managers insist they’d like to exclusively partner with U.S. companies and stay true to American-made products. But like your neighbor who claims the same and purchases a Toyota, not many vehemently stick to the cause.

That leaves room for apartment operators to create a competitive differentiator by proudly touting their loyalty to American-made products. While it might not make a difference to everyone, it will to some.

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