It is an important value for me.
And to a lot of other Americans as well. And as one might imagine, the issue of what is a Made in America product is not without a little controversy.
I recently came across an interesting article that discusses the efforts of Alan Uke to provide more information on the inputs that go into the products we buy. Mr. Uke’s book, Buying America Back, A Real-Deal Blueprint for Restoring American Prosperity, proposes that the Federal Government revamp the country-of-origin label that is required on all products sold on our shores. Mr. Uke thinks the labels should include sourcing information on all of the product’s parts and components along with the trade balance the U.S. A very interesting idea.
Another skirmish going on the labeling front involves Maglite, a firm that makes awesome flashlights I wrote about earlier. The Federal Trade Commission has a definition of what it means to be Made in America. California’s definition is even more strict and the founder of Maglite, Anthony Maglica is supporting a change in this definition. The outcome of this issue is still up in the air.
I think this discussion of what it means to be “Made in America” is healthy. But we should avoid so strict a definition that it is impossible to meet. Assembling a flashlight in California with 90% U.S. components is a “Made in America” flashlight in my world. What do you think? I would be interested in your opinions.