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Made in the USA matters

By Patte Smith

The Castle Pines Connection wants to hear from local entrepreneurs, retailers, and residents in the community who make or market products or goods made in the good ol’ USA. It is a well-known fact that many products that were previously manufactured in the United States are now made in other countries. So, we decided to ask the local community if products are being made right here under our very noses.

In digging up information about buying American, a few interesting facts were discovered. In the 1960s, nine out of every ten products Americans bought for the holidays were made in US. Today easily more than half of what we buy is foreign-made. Levis, Dell computers, GI Joe and most Mattel Toys — and yes, Barbie — are manufactured elsewhere.

In 2011, ABC News challenged Americans to purchase products made in the US. The program highlighted that if every American spent an extra $3.33 on goods made in the USA, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs in this country. Many economists agree that if every American spent $64 on something made in America, we could create 200,000 jobs right now.

While buying goods made in the USA cannot solely turn the US economy around, it does have a direct affect on jobs and the local community. With the global economy a reality, not everything bought in the US can be manufactured here, but citizens can have an impact by supporting local retailers and shopping on-line from companies that sell items made in our country. “We have the ability to create jobs in this country simply by changing our buying habits,” stated an ABC news anchor.

To this end, the Castle Pines Connection wants to support the community and maybe make a dent in the hard-hit local economy. Let us hear from you if you make or sell products made in the USA. Don’t be shy – contact the editor of The Castle Pines Connection.



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