Sorry about the long delay in writing a post, I have been very busy getting my exciting new “Made in America” website ready to go live. That event should occur within the next month. But while I wait to shout about that event, I thought I would shout about some great news on the Made in America front I have discovered of late.
Way to go Mercedes!
I was glad to hear that Mercedes Benz has recently made a huge commitment to manufacture its very cool Sprinter Vans in North Charleston, South Carolina; a tricked out Sprinter turned into the ultimate urban transport vehicle is pictured above. 1300 members of our extended American family in South Carolina will soon be picking up a paycheck as a result of Mercedes commitment. As they say in German, that is “ausgezeichnet.” Or as Mr. Burns would say, “Excellent!”
Shinola continues to grow
I wrote about Shinola a while back. Well, they have been selling a lot more watches as the word about the firm has grown. The Chicago Tribune recently wrote a great piece on Shinola that explored a lot of interesting issues the firm’s success poses: What does it mean to be “made in America?”, the role of storytelling in Shinola’s success, and just how far Americans are willing to go to support products made by members of our extended American family.
While I have not yet read Dan DiMicco’s book, American Made, I plan to soon. You just gotta love the subtitle, Why Making Things Will Return Us To Greatness. From 2000 to 2013, Mr. DiMicco was the CEO of Nucor, an amazing steel company that in its 42 years in the steel business has always paid a dividend and has never laid off an employee. Since 1975, the Nucor annual report has listed the names of every Nucor employee. Lots of company perks such as Nucor’s Profit Sharing program and the Nucor employee stock purchase plan are not available to Nucor’s officers but only to lower-level employees. There is a Nucor plant in my hometown of Seattle.
If more “American companies” that manufacture all their products abroad and then import them into America for sale started acting like Nucor, we could put legions of Americans back to work. And that my friends, would be a very pleasant state of affairs.