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Q & A: Want to See More American-Made Stuff? Buy More American-Made Stuff.

 

MIAA founder Jim Stuber was featured in a Q &A on Manufacture This, the Alliance for American Manufacturing Blog.  For the full story, click here.  Excerpts appear below:

 

 

Q&A: Want to See More American-Made Stuff? Buy More American-Made Stuff.

By Jeffrey Bonior

Manufacture This

Thursday, May 10, 2018

 

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JB: Your book touches on all things made in America, but how important is it for the U.S. to have a thriving industrial base like the steel and automotive industries?

 

JS: My passion for this grew out of my family working in the steel mills in Pittsburgh and Steubenville. The mill where The Deer Hunter was filmed in Mingo Junction, Ohio is the town where my parents grew up in and all my family worked. I pick up the story in in the book in 1945 when our soldiers were fighting their way across Europe and the islands of the Pacific and there were a couple of places where the Japanese and Germans both saw these columns and columns of American tanks, jeeps and trucks and realized what they were up against. There was a mill in California that made all of the Liberty Ships and it was really America’s industrial might, the core of which was steelmaking, that carried the day in World War II.

 

Now we are locked in another geopolitical fight with China and Russia and not realizing the importance from a security standpoint of the steel industry. I’ve concluded no economy is strong without a strong manufacturing sector. And to rely on other countries for either the raw steel or things in the steel supply chain is just hollowing out our economy. You need steel for security and you need steel for a strong economy.

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Made in America: Consumers could have more influence than the White House

MIAA founder Jim Stuber was featured in a story by Sinclair Broadcasting Group on the White House’s “Buy American Week.”  For the full story, click here.  Excerpts appear below:

 

 

Made in America: Consumers could have more influence than the White House

by Leandra Bernstein

Monday, July 17th 2017

Sinclair Broadcasting Group

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For decades, Americans have exercised that preference for cheaper goods, cheaper materials and cheaper labor. That has meant less preference for higher priced American-made products and the American workers who make them.

According to James Stuber, author of the 2016 book 'What If Things Were Made in America Again,' the only way to reverse that trend is for consumers to decide to do it.

"The answer has been staring us in the face all this time. The consumers could solve this problem just by our buying choices," Stuber said. "There's a solution that is ready at hand, because consumers, we're 70 percent of the economy. If we decided we wanted to bring these jobs back, we could."

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But there are doubts about how much of an effect Trump can have on the real driver of the economy, consumption.

"There are big limitations on what he can get done," Stuber explained. "As long as consumers are willing to buy the less expensive foreign made things, then it’s really not possible for the U.S. manufacturer to say, 'Please buy my products.' ... As long as people are prepared to buy the Buick made in China or the Ford made in Mexico, we won't get anywhere renegotiating trade deals."

Trump could do the most good by bringing attention to the problem of America's appetite for foreign made goods and promoting the U.S. government, and companies and consumers to invest in those products.

"I think awareness of the problem is very important and that's where President Trump or any president can do the most good," Stuber noted. "If people became aware of how much of a problem this is causing, and really decided that it was important to them, it's something we could turn around right away."

 

 

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