Made in America: Part 2

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Made in America Series, Part 2: How it was Done

The above infographic was the ultimate goal of our Made in America project. It shows every SFIA member company that manufactures in the United States and where exactly those companies manufacture their products. In white states, there are no SFIA member companies manufacturing their products, in yellow states there is a single SFIA member company factory, in green states there are 2-3 SFIA member company factories, in light blue states there are 4-9 SFIA member company factories, and in our two navy blue states (Massachusetts and Illinois) there are over 10 SFIA member factories. Illinois leads the way with a whopping total of 14 factories alone. In total, we found 76 SFIA member companies that produced their products (or at least some of their products) here in America. All 76 of those companies can be seen in the above infographic. If you’re wondering how exactly we can to that number, we’re about to tell you.

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Made in America: Part 1

mericaWhy take on the Made in America Project?

On my first day of work here at the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA), I was tasked with my first major project of the summer, discovering which of our member companies manufacture here in the United States. At the time, I had a systematic approach to handling each of my interactions with the rest of the office: nod my head, smile, say thank you and don’t ask too many questions. When I got my assignment, I was genuinely excited to have real responsibility in the office on just my first day at work. That said I was tempted to deviate from my ingenious system and ask VJ Mayor, Director of Communications and Research, why he was having me take on this project.

I knew the obvious benefits that many a politician have hardwired into my brain. Obviously domestic production creates American jobs, and I will never be one to question just how valuable that can be. However, from a company’s perspective, I found it hard to blame anyone for producing overseas if it meant that they could get their products to American consumers at a lower price.

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