So I kept hearing advertisements about a movement to shop locally last Saturday...a sentiment that I can certainly get behind...and it got me to thinking about the state of American manufacturing these days. It seems that American made products are few and far between today...now I'm not against a world market...especially when you're dealing in high quality products...clearly we're all riding German machinery...but I was wondering how many of us are actually still producing an American product that you can touch and feel...something that we do better than anyone else. I manufactured capacitors for 11 years...Sprague Capacitor Company...high quality products that were meant to last 30 years of constant operation in things like your refrigerator or air conditioner. Eventually our business went away because nobody wants to pay for an appliance that will run for 30 years anymore...they'll take a $99 air conditioner that will last a season or two before giving up the ghost. Manufacturers started asking for less longevity and less reliability for less cost. Eventually we moved to Mexico to stay competetive and then to China when Mexico grew too costly. Those were sad days...nothing made me happier than taking 50 different types of raw material and turining it into a finished product that you can hold in your hand and will serve its intended purpose...a symbol of pride for an entire community of people who worked in the factory for generation after generation. I enjoyed nothing more than giving the plant tour and walking people through every step of the manufacturing process. You could still see the remnants of the Industrial Revolution scattered throughout the 132 year old building. These days I'm lucky enough to still be in manufacturing...now its for the Navy...but you'll never see my stuff...which makes me sad. So...back to my original question before I got all distracted and nostalgic...Do any of you still make a product of some sort? Something that we can buy? Something that the rest of the world might want? I do so love hearing about how things are made.