LimbSaver is a proud American company that manufactures various products and supports a host of industries. We believe in being a self-sufficient, American-made company. 100% of LimbSaver products are proudly engineered in America, and 95% are manufactured and produced in Shelton, WA, USA. The quality of our work is of the utmost importance to us, and we are proud to be a company that positively affects our community, country, and the American economy.
There was a time in our country when nearly all the goods lining our shelves were made right here on U.S. soil. But over the years, as companies began moving production overseas for lower costs and fewer regulations, the American manufacturing industry began to dwindle, taking countless jobs and a considerable chunk of our economy with it. Thankfully in recent years, more and more consumers have opted to buy American-made goods over foreign imports – a choice I wholeheartedly support and encourage. Driven by factors that include safety, environmental, and ethical concerns, as well as good old fashioned American pride, the ‘made in the USA’ label has seen a resurgence with benefits that extend far beyond just the producers of these goods.
In many countries, foreign labor standards are inadequate, unenforced, and undermine the concept of “fair and free trade.” When you buy American you support not only American workers, but also safe working conditions, workers’ rights, child labor laws, environmental regulations, transparent and ethical corporate behavior, fair wages, and ethical production. In a time when reports have exposed horrifying work conditions that, at best, keep workers impoverished and unheard, and at worst, may result in death (as was the case in the 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh that left more than 1,000 dead), buying American is an accessible and powerful way to demand higher standards and the protection of all human rights.
Foreign product safety standards are low in many of the countries to which companies typically outsource production. In addition to unsafe production processes, many unregulated countries make their products with raw materials that the States have been deemed unsafe or unhealthy. When you purchase goods made in the USA, you know that the American consumer protection laws and safety standards that are in place to protect your family have been observed and obeyed.
One reason it’s cheaper to manufacture goods in developing countries is that they typically have few or no environmental regulations. These factories produce large amounts of hazardous chemicals that pollute the air, water, and soil. Additionally, products made abroad have a greater distance to travel, and therefore have a much higher carbon footprint than U.S.-made goods and materials. Shipping goods overseas burns large quantities of fossil fuel and dumps greenhouse gases into the atmosphere with every mile traveled, disrupting ocean and other wildlife in the process. Dollars spent on American-made goods go help protect and ensure a healthier planet for future generations.
Every cent that consumers spend on American-made goods holds and brings money into the U.S. economy. This helps our country avoid debt; the huge U.S. trade deficit leads to massive, unsustainable borrowing from other countries. Buying American-made goods does more than just support the companies who make them. The benefits also ripple throughout the entire U.S. economy. For example, when an American factory prospers, it hires more Americans to fill the new jobs that it creates, an American construction company to expand their building or build new locations, an American accounting firm to handle their money, an American energy supplier to provide them with power to operate, and so on.
Offshored jobs almost never return, and as the U.S. manufacturing industry fades, future generations will be unable to find relevant jobs. Keeping jobs here not only supports workers, but also encourages job growth throughout the economy. In fact, many experts estimate that just one manufacturing job supports five other jobs elsewhere in the workforce. In addition to keeping jobs on American soil, buying domestically made goods keeps wages in check. Many countries have outrageously low minimum wages, or no minimum wage restrictions at all. Buying American contributes to a living wage for workers and helps reduce the ever-growing income inequality gap.
Independence is central to the American identity; however, that core tenet has come under threat. The increase in overseas production and resulting decrease of our ability and means to manufacture important goods here at home places us in a politically, financially, and militarily unsound position. With the shift of factories and money to countries that may not be friendly to the U.S. or democracy itself comes the increased risk of having our access to vital goods impacted by political conflict. Choosing to purchase American-made goods whenever possible is an important step in fostering American independence.
Today’s consumer wants to know where the objects they let into their lives come from. They want to buy better, not more. And when it comes to quality, nothing beats American-made. With a long history in manufacturing, American goods are born of generations-old trades and skills, have passed rigorous quality tests, and have been made with a level of craftsmanship that’s hard to find in many outsourced products. Buying American may come at a slightly higher price tag, but it comes with the assurance that it’s money well spent on a product that’s made to last.
Sims Vibration Laboratory/LimbSaver supports Marnie Oursler’s view, and we challenge more companies to support and move back to manufacturing their products in the USA.