It’s all about the jobs baby!

We are in the market for a new car.

As I highlighted last year in a number of posts, lots of “foreign” cars are manufactured here by members of our extended American family.  My wife has her eye on a BMW X3, which is manufactured at BMW’s factory in Spartenburg, South Carolina.

I wonder if it was an accident that BMW chose the location it did for its American factory; Spartenburg even sounds like a German town!

I sometimes get comments, when I recommend buying products made in this country by workers who work for a “foreign” company like BMW, that the product I am recommending isn’t really an “American” product.  The argument goes that we want to buy products made by firms who are headquartered here in the States, because those firms pay taxes here and the profits stay here.  Both those assumptions are increasingly being called into question.

Call me simple, but I just ask myself one question.  Is the product I am considering buying manufactured or assembled by members of my extended American family?  But you may have a different take on the question.  I would love to know.  Please leave a comment if you think I am all wet on this question.  Leave a comment agreeing with my sound reasoning.  Leave a comment stating which team you believe will win the EURO 2012 football championship.  But whatever you do, please leave a comment!


About John Briggs

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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4 Responses to It’s all about the jobs baby!

  1. Carolyn says:

    Yes, it is all about jobs in the USA for United States citizens. I do now and will always support buying a quality car made in the USA by American citizens over a car made by an American Corporation in a foreign country.

  2. Well, there is a new entry, the Tesla sedan, all-electric car made in Fremont, California, should be out this fall. -Jack A

  3. Pete from Baltimore says:

    Its sad that German companies have more faith in American workers than many American companies.

    We are often told that American companies have no choice but to make stuff in China because American wages are “Too high”. There are no electric demolition hammers made in USA.So i bought a Bosch demolition hammer made in Germany.Both Bosch and Hilti make thier products in Germany[Hilti is a Luxemburg company. And also has factories there]

    German wages are not low.Yet Bosch and Hilti put out the best chipping and demolition hammers. My Bosch demolition hammer cost $700.Thats the same price as a Dewault demolition hammer made in China. My hammer is made in Germany.And i did research on it before buying. My particular demolition hammer is tied with a Hilti hammer as the best demolition hammer on the market.. It is literally as strong as some jackhammers

    So if Germans can make profits using German labor, and even American labor, why cant American companies?

    • tapirking says:

      Pete: German wages are a lot higher than American wages. Germans buy German made products because they understand the products are well made, and that by buying them they are supporting members of their extended German family.

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