American Manufactured

Posted on January 3rd, 2015 to Barefoot Training

Visiting North Carolina

“You’re starting a business? You know it’s so much cheaper if you go overseas?” If I told you the amount of times we’ve heard this same song and dance it would make your head spin. As someone who is always open to learning I really do appreciate people looking out for our cost structure as it shows that they genuinely do care and want the business to succeed. In this blog I wanted to share the reasons why I chose to do business here in America.

Relationship, relationship, relationship. How could you trust someone you’ve never met? Would someone be more or less likely to meet a deadline or communicate openly with you if you had shared food and stories with one another? We now know Nate’s favorite drink (Tito’s), that he does in fact know how to eat a lobster (sent him some lobsters from Maine), and that his secretary Lori’s favorite fruit is watermelon while she has a soft spot for caramel and fudge. Some of our conversations with Nate include fantasy football talk, which is something I probably wouldn’t do with a factory overseas. 

Another facet of staying in the U.S. is quality control and knowing that in the end the factory is only three hours away and that there will be familiar faces there when I show up. It is also humbling to know that everyone in the factory has a job because of other companies who have trusted their process and provided them with ample work to do.

Relationships we have developed, experiences we have had, people we have met, proximity, and familiarity are all worth it to us at Pedestal Footwear.


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