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Is Made In America important anymore?

Is Made in America or Made in U.S.A important anymore?  We would love to hear your comments on this.  Perhaps a follow-up question to this is: Should We Buy American?  We will compile comments gathered and post these as another post so people can see results.  We will only use initials and will take out company names, etc. to keep these anonymous unless you give us specific permission to use your name or company or both.

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5 Responses to “Is Made In America important anymore?”

  1. Made in America is very important. Why shouldn’t we be able to compete in the global marketplace? Should we just sit back and watch others produce as we become dependent on foreign products? We once were the world’s #1 producer of durable goods and big ticket items. Then complacency took over, making us lose that position. We must try and fight to recapture that position. Made in America is something we all should be proud of.

    Posted by Irving Jacob | June 12, 2012, 1:59 pm
  2. I concur that retaining/ regaining manufacturing capability is vital to retaining well paying manufacturing jobs and the underlying know-how to remain engaged in the world economy. The relative safety and quality of products made in countries with a history of regard for their workforce and consumer protection should be used as selling points. The recent history of Chinese and other foreign made products introducing lead-contaminated toys and other hazardous products should be considered.

    A website for American made products http://www.buyamericanmart.com/

    Posted by Mark Geiger | June 22, 2012, 9:05 am
  3. Well, I have a bit different look at this, and it may bring it back into the IH realm. We have an anhydrous ammonia system, and have been commissioning a second 10,000 gallon tank for our system. We went through all the testing on this system, and then two weeks ago started its first fill. After about 300 gallons going into the tank, the operator noted a leak, and we shut down the system.

    The leak was from a valve between the tanks, which we thought we had tested. Our maintenance person tried simply tightening the fitting, thinking that it was loose but the leak continued. In the closed position, it did not leak, so we closed it and decided to have personnel get into Level B gear and replace this valve.

    We had a spare, from a different manufacturer, and made the switch. The new valve did not leak. We examined the older valve, and found a manufacturing defect. Apparently, the hole in the ball was drilled too deeply (actually all the way through the ball). In the closed position, this hole was not showing. But in the open position, there was this very small hole that could (and did) leak ammonia. We decided to replace the other three of these valves, and found one more with this defect.

    So while Jeff talks about “over engineering”, quality does still count in certain areas; this is especially important for Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals and the equipment that we use in those processes. Our Mechanical Integrity program requires that we use only certain manufactures that we have qualified for this equipment. This manufacturer is now off that list, and will never get back on it.

    I don’t know whether the new valve is made in the USA, but the one which failed was not. I will check that out and post it later. This is how this question can be related to the field of industrial hygiene.

    John

    The valve in question was either made in China or Taiwan (probably China) according to our Plant Engineer. The one it was replaced by was made in the USA. Sometimes, quality is worth the price.

    John

    Posted by John C. Ratliff | June 29, 2012, 10:37 am
  4. Well said John. I represent a US manufacturer http://www.BuyCableTies.com and we use state of the art manufacturing techniques so that we do not have to outsource our jobs. I’m proud to be an American manufacturer and I stand by the quality of our product versus the inferior products manufactured in China.

    Posted by ironmanandrew | January 11, 2013, 5:55 am

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