Originally Posted by whiskeylaureate
Unfortunately, I don't see that happening, haha. Cheap labor in Maine can't compare to cheap labor overseas, unfortunately...But, it's certainly a step in the right direction if the collection continues beyond this season (not privy their future plans, personally).
The manufacturing biz in the whole region could definitely use a boost. I visited Fall River, MA a few months back, and it was sad to see so many historic factories closing or working at 25% capacity.
Well I dunno anymore. I do remember reading somewhere that labor costs have fallen to such that it's now actually profitable to have customer service call centers back in the States due to the poor economy and over-saturation in Bangalore. Not saying that this will affect other sectors but it's a nice thought amidst such grim economic news. Doesn't matter though as I'm sure the unions would find a way to drive the costs right back up again.
And yeah, I was out in Maine just this past summer and pretty much saw the same thing. Very sad. I've got a special place in my heart for the state so I wish them well. It is ironic though, to the point of being farcical, that any companies making products in China or elsewhere could proudly claim they have a US-made heritage line. Just seems like the kind of false pride a marketing department would come up with. I respect the smaller companies who have been able to keep their operations strictly in the States since their inception and will continue to give them my business whenever I can.