MADE IN AMERICA. With the exception of many of us, it is tough to find something that can wear that label these days. As a result, it remains difficult finding a manufacturing job in America.
According to an interesting article posted on MSNBC, the United States lost one third of its manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2010. A third of 'em.
Some of the jobs just went away as companies went out of business. But a large number moved somewhere where labor costs were less. Places like China, India and Central and South America.
However, according to MSNBC's article, the pressures that led companies to look overseas are now catching up with them in their new homes. Other countries are slowly adopting better work standards and wages around the world are rising. The result is that more of those companies are rethinking their plans.
Still, as some companies consider returning the United States, other companies never left. There remain manufacturers who still produce products that can claim "Made in America." MSNBC thought they should name a few, just in case readers might want to support companies that continue to support their country.
I too thought that was a good idea. So here are a few of the products made right here that can still be pruchased on your Main Street:
- Intel computer chips. Although three quarters of its chips are sold overs3eas, three quarters of them are made here in the United States.
- Pyrex. Makers of glass kitchen containers and bakeware, Corning Inc. employs about 2,500 people - right here.
- Harley Davidson motorcycles. The American motorcycle still is built in America.
- Weber Grills, Oreck vacuums, Post-it Notes, KitchenAid mixer, Duraflame Fire Logs, Spanx Products and Sub-Zero and Wolf make up the rest of MSNBC's list of home made companies.
But there are others, many others, as well. In fact, there is an online directory of products made in America. For an exhaustive list of products still made here, go to www.americansworking.com. Products are broken down into categories and give consumers real options of how to spend their money with companies who hire American workers.
For example, go to the site, click on "backpacks," and take your pick from 12 U.S. companies who would be happy to sell you a backpack Made in America.