Renewed Interest in Made in America for Small Manufacturers

The COVID-19 pandemic shone a well-deserved spotlight on domestic manufacturers, but cheap imports could shadow them once again.

When the coronavirus pandemic took hold earlier this year, American manufacturers stepped up to the plate, going to extraordinary lengths to make the supplies needed by frontline workers. Meanwhile, there was a renewed sense of appreciation for Made in America, as people saw firsthand the deadly consequences of offshoring so much of our critical production.

But now that a vaccine is being deployed and an end to the pandemic is (thankfully) on the horizon, will there be a permanent shift to Made in America, or will things quickly go back to business as usual?

We spoke with three American manufacturers to find out how they are feeling as 2020 heads to a close, what their outlook is for 2021, and what they hope President-elect Joe Biden will do once in office.

Tim Gibb, co-founder of TIDAL New York, a sustainable flip flop manufacturing company based in New Rochelle, N.Y., said he’s seen heightened interest in domestic manufacturing from consumers and the business world alike.

“I’ve heard from more people that want to manufacture in the U.S. than I ever have,” Gibb said. “Whether it’s for just overall picking of brains or actual business, we’ve never seen more interest than we are now. But all of that can be naught if the foundations aren’t set for that to actualize.”

Read the full article here including an interview with Jake McCampbell, president and co-founder of Los Angeles-based sports equipment and apparel manufacturer StringKing, echoes Gibb’s observation that America is at a pivotal juncture.

By Sarah Seavey
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