Bringing Production (and Jobs?) Back to America

With rising labor costs in China and consumer concerns about quality/safety issues, companies are starting to look at US manufacturing.  Take the time to listen to this informational segment on NPR’s “Here and Now”.  We were especially interested in the interview with Mark Dwight, the founder of SF Made.  He describes “value-added manufacturing,” which starts with off-shore sourcing of basic product and finishes the product with added design and high-quality features.  “Finding a ‘pure play’ Made in USA is increasingly difficult.  It’s a global economy…but should I (a manufacturer) be penalized just because a certain component is not made in my own country?  That’s a radical extreme.”