From Patriotic to Practical
Though there's nothing necessarily unsafe about overseas manufacturing, stateside production can make quality control and monitoring product safety much easier. "While we are very careful and detailed in monitoring the product safety and material guidelines with our factories in China and insist on appropriate third-party testing, there is no doubt that we have a much better and tighter control over the material and manufacturing standards of our manufacturing division in the U.S.," explained Helzel. Jeff Cannon, vice president of Morris Magnets, Monroe, Wash., a company that sells American goods only, agreed and elaborated on the greater manufacturing control of American production. "I have more control over my vendors," said Cannon. "We test everything, and I also trust that the materials that are being made here have also been tested before they come to me," he added. Cannon explained that there is a value in knowing that materials are always coming from the same factories with the same chemical components, something he said is not always guaranteed overseas.