Aside from being a music legend, Bruce Springsteen established an insightful motto in 1984 that still holds a great amount of truth in today’s manufacturing world: “Born in the U.S.A.”
Today, more than ever, companies across the country are striving to produce their products domestically instead of internationally. So what’s the big hype about products Made in the U.S.A. anyway? Have no fear, here is some insight on everything you should know about buying Made in the U.S.A. items.
Buying Made in the U.S.A. products
- When companies make their products here in America, the designers are able to take more of a hands-on approach during the manufacturing process. This allows for any changes or alterations that need to be made along the way. “We have greater control over quality… so we can make sure our product is made to our strict standards and can be very hands on with our suppliers,” Ferguson said. Also, Ferguson explains how she is able to design more varieties of her products (different colors, patterns, etc.) without having a surplus of inventory left over. Since her suppliers are located here in the U.S., she can closely work and communicate with them as opposed to international suppliers across the world.
Benefits of Made in the U.S.A. products
- When you buy products Made in the U.S.A., you’re not only supporting that specific company or designer’s private business but also the lives of millions of American people just like you. Producing domestically helps workers in the U.S. stay employed rather than outsourcing manufacturing jobs to those in other countries. Ferguson also explains how domestic production helps fuel the American economy by pumping our own dollars into it. So in short, spending money on American-made products leads to a better-functioning and flowing economy! Economics never seemed so simple, right?
Costs of Made in the U.S.A. products
- “While the cost of manufacturing domestically is higher than overseas, we strongly believe that the added value of wide choices, higher quality and doing good for the community easily offset the price differences,” Ferguson said. Although the price tag on domestic products is a bit higher than those on international products, there are far more advantages that the higher price pays for. Just think, spending a little extra money gives millions of Americans jobs, helps fuel the economy, shows pride for our country and (when you buy from Ferguson’s amazing designs) helps conserve the environment!
So now that you’ve got all the facts and information needed for buying Made in the U.S.A. products, here’s one last bit of advice from Ferguson when designing your next room:
“My advice to young collegiates would be to make your space your sanctuary. A place that you can retreat…to recharge...and feel good about yourself. If you smile every time you walk through your door coming home, then you are on the right track,” Ferguson said.