Friday, July 30, 2010

Made in America

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Ramblers Way. All opinions are 100% mine.
Before I was married, I lived in a tiny town with a downtown business district. If I walked down Main Street, I'd pass quite a few businesses, nearly all family-owned and -operated. The owner of the pizza shop knew me by name (and not just because I ordered entirely too much take-out), and the postmaster would have my mail in his hand before I opened the door.  It was a great place to live, and if it wasn't so far from my husband's job, we might have settled there.

Now, when I drive though the town where I used to live, I hardly recognize the place.  It's hard for these mom-and-pop businesses to survive, and that's sad.  We also hear, all too often, about companies choosing to outsource jobs.  When manufacturing is outsourced, factories close and jobs are lost.  None of this is good for American communities.

With their Made in America mission, Ramblers Way Farm is changing the way American business is done.  The Company sources, grows, and produces their fine woolen apparel using 100% domestic resources. They have brought manufacturing facilities into distressed small towns and are helping to revitalize the communities.

Just as I appreciate the preservation of historical sites, I think it's important to preserve the small-town way of life.  It may be more convenient and less expensive to shop at the mega-store--and we sometimes do--but we also try to support local business as much as we can.

What do you think? What does Made in America mean to you?

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5 comments :

  1. This is something that I have thought a lot about this year. I want to be an intentional consumer and that means taking into consideration where and how an item was made.

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  2. Isn't it sad, my poor little town had the best shops and drive in that has been replaced by a McD's just make me want to cry.

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  3. The only thing that is really thriving in our small town downtown is the barber shop, a mexican restaurant, and the grocery store (but I wonder about it). Big Box stores have taken over and they offer much lower prices and in this economy everyone is looking for a bargain. It is sad..

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  4. Great post! I can relate to what you are saying. We have a mom n pop company, mostly new construction. We are a specialty contractor. These days, for every new job there are at least 20 of each trade bidding. Many are from out of town. I don't understand how the municipalities can allow outsiders to take our work. Just last week we lost a job over 100 bucks to a contractor that is five hours away!

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  5. The town that my mom grew up in and that I lived in from the ages of 10 to 18 was the same way. All mom and pop shops, small non-franchises places and now it's overflowing with more homes, more large businesses and more franchises. I never thought how this was affecting the small, hometown businesses there.

    To me, Made in America means someone "near me" was able to work and provide for their families, and that there wasn't any slave labor or anything similar going into the product I use. I must admit though, I prefer foreign cars. Is that bad?

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