Moving Back to America
Many of the textile mills in America shut down due to the forces of globalization. The mills headed to China, India, and Mexico where the labor was extremely cheap. It might sound shocking, but Parkdale Mills (the country’s largest buyer of raw cotton) reopened in 2010. The founder of American Giant, Bayard Winthrop, says it is now cheaper to buy fabric in the United States than India. The following are advantages to American manufacturing: less transportation costs, quicker turnaround time, and not much of a difference in labor costs because of fewer employees due to technology. It is also hard to communicate and to monitor the safety of the factories overseas, and there have recently been fires and disasters in certain factories.
A recent survey shows that 68 percent of respondents favor American-made products despite cost, and 63 percent think they have higher quality. Many jobs were lost when companies moved overseas, but now with companies moving back or creating American-made sections, there will be new opportunities. A worker at Parkdale said the mill is clean and comes with good healthcare benefits. If more mills and companies return to the United States, this country will see a huge turnaround aiming toward a bright future!