b'MANUFACTURER SPOTLIGHTMADE IN AMERICAC onsumers are eager to buy products made inU.S. manufacturers conduct75%of private-America for both emotional and practical reasons. For some people, the primary motivation can be patriotism and the desire to create more jobs here in thesector research and developmentU.S. Other folks are also concerned about lowing the carbonThere are251,774 manufacturers in this footprint and reducing pollution. They believe it makescountry, and only 3,813 are large operationssense to buy products manufactured in this country.80% 60%significant. Manufacturing adds $1.89 for every dollar spent of consumers prefer productsin the sector. The multiplier effect is $3.60 for every $1.00 of with the Made in USA tag of Americansvalue-added output.associate 60% of AmericansMade in theMADE IN AMERICA MOVEMENT TAKES OFFare willing to payUSA with highA few years ago, it wasnt easy for consumers to locate and 10% MORE for U.S. products qualityidentify products made in the U.S. That changed when Additionally, buying American made products has a ripplebusinesses, manufacturers, and workers joined together to effect that benefits the entire economy. It supports theadvocate on behalf of the products they sell and produce. workers who make the goods, the businesses who sell orNow, there are several non-partisan organizations committed use them, and the manufacturers who produce the products.to the cause. One of the leading organizations is the Made The Economic Policy Institute estimates each manufacturingin America Movement (MAM). It represents 20,000 American job in the U.S. supports 14 different jobs in other segmentssourced companies and has 440,000 consumer members. In of the economy. 2019, MAM grew 200 percent after a merger with Made in America Co.THE HIRING POWER OF SMALL BUSINESSESThis merger will make it easier for consumers to find Small businesses employ 60 million people. They have a tre- products Made in the USA. Almost every major country has mendous impact on the health and well being of the econo- a country of origin labeling program with guidelines for one my. From 2000 to 2017, small businesses created 66 percent ofreasonconsumers see value in knowing where their products the net new jobs in the U.S. This is a total of 8.4 million jobs. are made. Years ago, consumers looked for the Made in USA label primarily as a sign of quality and as part of buy local 99.9%campaigns to support the domestic economy. Today, consumers of the companies in the U.S.increasingly support companies making their products in the are small businessesUnited States because of American consumer protection laws, In 2018 there werefederal safety standards, and to avoid regions that do not have 30.2 MILLION the same worker safety, child protection, and environmental small businesses protections we have in the U.S. said Kurt Uhlir, Chairman of The Made in America Movement.PROMOTING MADE IN AMERICASMALL MANUFACTURERS DRIVE INNOVATION Hardware stores have been around since the founding of Manufacturers in the U.S. employ 8.5 percent of theour nation. Customers like shopping in local establishments workforce. The desire to create and develop new andbecause they like doing business with people they know innovative products results in high paying manufacturingand trust. They expect to find quality products and get jobs for people with or without college degrees. Thehelpful advice about their projects. Shoppers want the commitment to research and the development of advancedneighborhood hardware store to offer an exciting variety of technologies enables small manufacturers to remain relevantproductssome not typically found in big boxes. Building a and compete globally.niche business dedicated to American made products is an According to the National Association of Manufacturersopportunity to provide exceptional service to customers who (NAN), the return on investment for manufacturing issupport this popular movement. 6 CUTTINGEDGE ProductsMay 2020'