“I think the biggest challenge and obstacle comes from within: major companies outsourcing to other countries for production in the name of shareholders profit.”—Michael Schettine, building materials adviser, Albany, N.Y.
“Retailers should also show concern if [manufacturers] continue to take products offshore and factories have to eliminate jobs, who will shop their store?"—Bill Laramy, executive vice president, Warner Manufacturing, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
“If country of origin is the only case you can make for your product, you are in trouble.”—Alan Brown, national sales manager for Residential Products, Tree Island Industries, Seattle
“Most Americans want to buy made-in-America, but they can’t afford to, and your small to large corporations can’t afford to manufacture their products in the U.S.A. and compete with the imports. We old-school pros call it the Catch-22.”—Wayne McConnell, regional sales manager, Scot’s Miracle-Gro, Boston
“While I wish more people insisted on made-in-America everything, we walked away from that 40 years ago, much to the disappointment of our grandparents.”—Mark Schiffman, sales manager, Euramax Exterior Products, Raleigh-Durham, N.C.
“Customers make purchases when value and price intersect.”—Daryl Lucien, consultant, Cleveland, Ohio