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Made In America!

Mirrix Looms are made in America.  They always have been and they always will be.  Even if we could multiply our profits a thousand fold by having them produced overseas, we would not for one second consider doing so.This whole being in business thing, besides paying those pesky bills, is about fun and joy and a feeling of accomplishment.  For us, in particular, because we are manufacturing an item that is a tool for creativity the joy lies just near the surface.  We aren’t faking our excitement for this product.  We really feel it.

There was a six year period when I was heavily involved in politics (as a three term State Rep. . . . I retired fall of 2010).  My time was split up in so many pieces, among Mirrix, the State house, my family.  I didn’t feel like I did anything really well anymore.

The  double-edged joy of being able to devote all my time to Mirrix (and artwork) and my family as well as being able to work with my daughter, Elena, our Marketing Director, has given me back that joy times a google, (as we say in our family long before anyone else knew this word because my Dad was a scientist and he brought this word, which is a number, home to us when I was a tiny child. . . . and google-plex, which is a google times a google) .  Wow, that was a digression.

What I intended to write about is Made In America.  And so I shall continue standing on that soap box for a bit because it is a passion of mine.  First a cute little symbol to get me inspired:

 

It is inspiring isn’t it!  Our flag.  It tells so many stories.  My hope is that someday, once again, it will tell the stories of American manufacturing.  The question we have to ask ourselves is:  why are so many American products made overseas?  Could it be greed?  The profits of shareholders and CEO’s? Yeah, I think so.  But when you distill the problem you come up with the disturbing truth:  if we send our products over to China to be made by workers who make $1.50 an hour (which has risen from $.50 a hour) what do we really gain?  As a country, we gain nothing.  It’s only a loss.  A huge loss.  Those products aren’t so cheap when you factor in the loss of American jobs, the crippling of our economy, the huge disparity between the very rich and all the rest of us and the loss of hope and joy among those who cannot work a decent job in the good old U.S.A.

If I were asked to find one solution to all our current problems it would be:  bring those jobs home.  Close your plants in China and bring them back to our great country.  Sure, we get paid more than $1.50 an hour and those CEOs and shareholders will have to suffer with a little less.  But wouldn’t the renewed strength of our great country make up for all of that?  Let’s innovate renewable energy here (not in China).  Let’s assemble our American cars here.  Let’s continue to make our looms here (which, by the way, is still frequently the case . . . not just with Mirrix!)

Imagine a world where those of us who wanted jobs could have them?  Imagine a world where we didn’t have to replace our appliances every few years because they were made well in America.  Sure, they might cost a little more.  But since quality control is so much easier when the manufacturing facility is underneath your nose and since Americans are known for their high production standards and because a person who is getting paid a decent wage and can take care of his or her family or his- or herself is a person motivated to perform well . . . well, then the costs of Made in America are trivial.

Recently, Mirrix has been listed on a bunch of Made in America websites.  Two sites that sell only products manufactured in America now sell the Mirrix Loom.  We are so proud of this and proud to be part of a handful of companies devoted to keeping the jobs here.

A final note.  This is not to say that we should not buy products made in other companies.  But buy products made in other countries because those products are the best ones.  For example, of course I buy all my silk from China.  And of course I buy most of my beads from Japan because they are fabulous.  I do not buy my beads from Japan because they are cheap (they are not).  And clearly no one in America is able to compete with that quality (because they never have).  I am not opposed to buying from other countries when clearly the product is either superior or different from anything made here.  But  I am opposed to American manufacturers sending their jobs abroad.  I want to see an Apple computer plant in Detroit!

Now off to look at some American-made kittens that Mirrix might have to adopt.

Off my soap box.


Don’t forget to see these American made looms!:  www.mirrixlooms.com

6 Responses to Made In America!

  1. Anonymous - Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    Wow! I wish there were more business people who felt this way. Thanks for the inspiring message today!

    Ellen Garber

  2. Carol - Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    Amen!

  3. Anonymous - Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Bravo Missy! I'm right there with you. As a 30-year veteran of the IT industry I can attest to your whole premise. I'm still working at age 62 after having to use all our savings and retirement about 5 years back because of the economy and a move to another state to retire (yeah, right – that would have been this year)where I ended up jobless for 3 years! In this area Mr. DELL decided that all those support jobs for his computers and then the manufacturing of those computers would be more profitable done in other countries. Sorry, but it's certainly had an impact on our area and not a positive one for sure. Keep making it in the USA and I'll keep buying it! There are some of who actually look and make that choice! (I'll step down off your soap box now and give someone else a turn!)
    SUPPORT America, buy made in the USA.
    RW, Austin, TX

  4. Anonymous - Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I contacted Tech Support for my e-reader and to my sorrow found the tech person to be living and working in another country. Surely there are some people in our country who are qualified to do this job and would love to have a job!!!

  5. Judy - Reply

    April 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

    Well said. I love when I can tell my customers that the loom they are buying is made in America. Keep up the good work, Claudia and Elena. Owning a Mirrix is beginning to be trendy indeed!!

    Hope the kittens worked out. How many came home with you?

  6. Anonymous - Reply

    April 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    There's another factor to consider…the waste of an incredible amount of energy shipping products from so many far away places.

    As for the emotional side of it, look at Maytag moving to mexico, I think and the devastation left behind in what was essentially a one-industry town.

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