A recent battle of the Made in USA stamp on all American Flags and merchandise in National Parks Service gift shops.
The Department of Defense has recently made an amendment to purchasing rules, requiring it to only buy “completely American-made flags” (Petrecca, USA Today). Surprisingly, and perhaps not to some, many U.S. flags at military bases have been made in China as of late.
This week’s USA Today article “U.S. flags at military bases must be 100% American-made” stated that:
While the Department of Defense’s major flag vendors are American companies, the flag material — such as ink and fabric — could have come from foreign markets prior to the change.
“Our men (and) women in uniform should serve under American-made flags,” Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., said on his Facebook page last week. He proposed the legislation requiring the flags to be 100% American-made.
In that post, he also gave a nod to flag company North Bay Industries in Rohnert Park, Calif., which produces flags that are wholly American-made. “Our tax dollars should be spent on American-made flags like those at NBI,” he said.
The Department of Defense purchases American flags for purposes such as flying them over the Pentagon, military bases and ships, as well as to use as burial flags for military personnel killed in action.
At press time, the Department of Defense didn’t have an estimate on how many flags it purchases each year. But Robert Hutt, CEO at North Bay, told The Press Democrat that the Department of Defense buys about 1,000 to 2,000 annually.
A Staten Island N.Y.-based grassroots group Middle-Class Action Project is also fighting for the Made in USA stamp on other products. “You don’t have to look very far to understand why manufacturing in the U.S. is in a dire state. For starters, take a sip out of that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee mug — made in China. Or check out those black dress slacks — produced in Italy. And how about those sleek, new Nikes — manufactured in Vietnam. It’s enough to make Uncle Sam blue.”+ The Middle-Class Action Project is working to put into legislation that all National Parks Service gift shops carry products solely made in the USA. Robert Holst, co-founder of the movement, told Staten Island Advance “Made in America means American jobs …We’d like to see America return to its manufacturing days when the middle class was built in this country.”
Good to see the fight for the Made in USA stamp and all the hard work those are committing themselves to reignite our middle-class economy! What do you think of the Made in USA stamp being more available? Any surprises in where you’ve found it? Or haven’t been able to?