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May 02, 2008

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AJ

Thanks for the nod. I love your work here - keep it up.

Theo Tuerke

I could go on for pages about manufacturing in the U.S. verses overseas. There many niches where manufacturing at home is a better option. Bringing manufacturing back to the U.S. would the best economic stimlus we could have.
I believe that so often the huge amounts of rules and regs as well are our corporate tax structures cause many business owners to manufacture over seas to simplify their business models and lower costs. If the tax code and regulations were simplified this would fuel the return of manufacturing to the U.S. but there are still plenty of opprotunies especially with increased costs of shipping, long turn around times, and some cases the merchandise are more likely to get lost or stolen, local manufacturing can be often the best option especially for the small business owner.
I design and assemble my art jewelry locally and even make components whenever possible and I want to be able to provide jobs for a few people myself. As your article points out I can provide my customers services many large businesses would not want to do such as vintage and sentimental jewelry repair most jewelrs don't want to do for example.

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