“Made in America” isn’t just the name of a song anymore. Whether out of a sense of patriotism, a desire to help the American economy or the belief that U.S.-made products are of higher quality, consumers of everything from clothes to computers increasingly want to see a “Made in the USA” sticker on the items they buy.
Retailers and manufacturers are happily responding to the demand for U.S.-made goods.
Last year, General Electric began making some of its water heaters and refrigerators at U.S. factories. Wal-Mart announced plans in April to buy an additional $50 billion of American-made products over the next decade, and Apple said it would begin building some of its computers in the United States this year.
This trend presents both an opportunity and a challenge for the hardware industry.