“Made in the USA” means exactly what it sounds like: in addition to assembly taking place on US soil, a significant portion of the parts required are also sourced from the United States. Aside from the stricter laws surrounding manufacturing, the environment, and workers rights that don’t exist in some other countries, American manufacturing is a staple for the economy on every level.
US manufacturing drives more innovation that any other sector, provides millions of jobs for Americans, and contributes $2.25 trillion into the US economy. As we move away from relying on imported goods, mostly coming from China, the competitive edge that the US has in regards for global trade increases; in the years between 2000 and 2014, world trade in manufactured goods more than doubled from $4.8 trillion to $12.2 trillion.
For more on the global industry of manufacturing in the United States take a look at this infographic below from Standard Textile. From fair wage practices, environmental concerns, and community growth, the US manufacturing sector has more to offer than many realize. What does it mean for you to support American made goods?