Why are so many things we buy not manurfacture here in the U.S.A.? Have we really forgot how? Or do we think it’s just better to have China make everything for us. I and my son’s owe a business for which I spent a lot of time looking for products made in the USA. Needless to say I was hard pressed to find anything that was still made here.

Look I do not have anything against the Chinese people. However, I do not live in China I live right here in Texas, USA. It’s saddess me to see that over the past 30 years, we as a people who use to make so much, now make nothing. What has happen to us? If I wanted to by things made in china I would move there. We have people here in the USA who have spent upwards of $150,000 in a college education in designing, engineering, construction, medical, teaching and other specialties. Now what is the point of going to college when you can not get a job. When you study so long to be the fashion designer you get your appreitship, you start designing your own clothing line and then you have china manurfacture your line. How could you? Yes it is true that it cost $25.00 vs $4.00 an hour to have the clothing made. But if you want love put into what is being made then why not work something out with US manurfactures.

I’m doing research and this is what I found.

23 May 2008

With China’s production costs now rapidly rising in yuan and US$ terms, there are strong reasons to compare labor costs in apparel manufacturing countries. The study released by U.S. consulting firm Jassin O’Rourke and published by EmergingTextiles.com reveals that seven Asian countries are now offering lower labor costs than China. The study also offers a labor cost comparison within each region of the planet from Latin America to Eastern Europe and Africa-Middle East, as reflected by our series of statistical tables.

For the first time this year, U.S. consulting firm Jassin O’Rourke publishes its comparison of labor costs in apparel manufacturing countries.

With China’s costs so rapidly increasing, there are strong reasons to assess and compare labor costs in a large number of countries. To read more http://www.emergingtextiles.com/?q=art&s=080523-apparel-labor-cost&r=free

I just read from CNNMoney June 2010

China’s manufacturing sector is on the brink of passing that of the United States, according to a report released Monday.
Analysis of the latest government readings by economic research firm IHS Global Insight show that China’s manufacturing sector nearly caught the U.S.
output in 2009. The value of goods produced by China’s factories reached about $1.6 trillion last year, compared to $1.7 trillion by U.S. manufacturers. http://money.cnn.com/2010/06/21/news/economy/china_us_manufacturing/index.htm Alan Tonelson, research fellow at the U.S. Business and Industry Council, a group of businesses critical of U.S. trade policy, said Chinese manufacturers overtaking their U.S. counterparts is inevitable, given the policies of the two governments.

“They’ve been pursuing a policy of maximizing manufacturing growth, while Washington’s attitude over the decades has ranged from complete indifference to outright neglect,” he said.

He said that trade policy and China’s decision to keep its currency artificially pegged to the dollar rather than freely traded aren’t the only
reasons for growth of Chinese manufacturing. But he argues they helped open the door to a flood of Chinese exports that have hurt a wide range of U.S.

And yet Many businesses for the US still want their goods made in China. I think it is time to bring American back to what she once was. Beauty and grace, something all American can be proud of.

The cost to produce in USA vs. China is shrinking according to http://sourcingthreads.wordpress.com/

For two to three decades apparel brands have been seeking production sources in China.  China is still no doubt a net net heavy exporter of finished apparel but this is changing.   If you have a long term, established relationship with a supplier in China it is likely that you’re in great shape because you’ve got what so many seek – a reliable and trusted production source.

There is still more work needed to happen before we see more manurfacturing job come back to the U.S.. My question is what will it really take?

Here are some designers who have chose to bring things back home. http://alfinasplaceoffashions.com check out my web site to see these designers.




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