Originally Posted by Blart
Good work on the band shirts, and yeah, some New Balance shoes are Made in USA - you have to check the tags.
Which regulations, if abolished, would allow the US to compete with countries like Bangladesh - where pay is 22 cents per hour?
I see the move offshore as a result of changing business strategies in the 90's - when corporations began posting huge profits by shutting down their "physical" selves. For example, Levi's no longer "makes" jeans. Tommy Hilfiger doesn't "make" clothes. They don't own a single factory in the world.
Without being encumbered by factories, employees or any production process, a business is smaller, more agile and entrepreneurial.
I agree i don't believe textiles and industry we can use to help economy. I mean unshackle oil and mining. If energy prices and rare earth minerals are cheaper it would help many of our industries like solar, electric cars, wind turbines and other high tech electronics. Sewing up tshirts is not going to be a money maker in the USA ever again.
Like you said you can't compete with foreign labor in thailand or cambodia, or indonesia or china.