Its probably assembled at one of the other manufacturers plants here in the U.S. Shipping parts and assembling here is easier than packaging an entire washing machine so that its delicate electronic components don't get all fubared in transit. Let me know what you think - IMMSMC the Bosch is a "cold fill" washing machine, which means that it fills with cold water, and then an internal heater will heat the water to temp inside the machine itself. (as opposed to mixing hot and cold from your water line) This helps in a couple of ways - it saves the hot water in your water heater for showers and etc. It also provides more accurate temperature control for those of you who care about that kind of thing. It also can get the water hotter than your water heater can if you need it. It also means that sometime in the future, you might have to replace the heating element and the wash cycle takes longer due to the heating of the water. Other than that, you can probably expect a MSRP of about $1300 for the Bosch. I hear its a fine unit, I have no personal experience with it - but thats what I hear. And I'd reccomend *not* buying from the internet unless its a local internet company. First of all, you will probably spend more money on shipping the thing to your house from out of state than you would on sales tax. If you find someone who is cheaper than your local store, and ships free, and has a great return policy - there is usually a catch. It's either reconditioned merchandise, or scratch & dent, or bulk stored stuff. None of which is reccomended. There is always the chance that you will get a bum unit right out of the box - most places will make *YOU* pay shipping to the nearest manufacturer reccomended service center. Shipping on a 300lb washing machine isn't cheap. Buy local - usually they will be more than happy to help you with any problems you may have, you know they (probably) won't just up and dissapear a year after you order your appliance ( a problem with many online e-tailers) And sales tax is deductable from your itemized return. Save your reciepts. Again - I hope this helped.