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In the 1900s, the United States was booming. Companies set up shop on American soil and hired well-educated, motivated American workers to manufacture and sell their products. More recently, free trade and an ever-globalizing economy have encouraged American businesses to move their manufacturing facilities overseas, where they can employ less expensive labor with fewer regulations and ultimately sell their products to the end consumer at a lower price. At first glance, lower prices appear to be a good thing, a way of getting more products into the hands of more people more rapidly. However, a closer look reveals there are still many benefits of manufacturing in the U.S. vs. overseas.
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Starting this holiday weekend, we encourage everyone to start a tradition of buying American-made products. Just like the nutrition labels on food that tell you about the contents of the product, country of origin labeling tells you where the contents came from and where they were assembled. With a few exceptions, the government does not require this labeling; however companies are proud to display their Made in the USA origin. These businesses understand American consumers want to purchase products made here and support jobs throughout our country.
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Not so long ago, this phrase became synonymous with our young people. “The Village” is everyone who can and should impact the lives of children by developing and nurturing them for a path to success. We should be keenly aware of this fact in all facets of our business and personal lives. Whether or not you are a parent, we must support our future generations.
You may think that, as a manufacturing company, we don’t have many opportunities to impact the direction of the lives of young people in our community. It's actually just the opposite. We are always looking for ways to support technical education and STEM programs. The Rodon Group often hosts school tours and engages with administrators. Our sister company, K’NEX has developed an entire product line devoted to teaching science, engineering and math skills.
Each year, we stop to remember the humble beginnings of Earth Day and how the movement has grown over the past forty-four years since its inception. Back in the early days, the Vietnam War nearly consumed the American conscious. Not much room remained for environmental causes.