I’m sure you’ve noticed that a lot of businesses have started to outsource the manufacturing jobs that used to be handled in the United States lately. Hiring workers that you can pay significantly less and working in a country that has much more relaxed worker regulations is an easy way to decrease the cost of doing business. And when costs go down then profits go up, but there are many reasons why we refuse to make this switch. First of all…
1. We like to be able to oversee every step of the process.
We are very obsessive about the quality of our products. If something in our production process isn’t working then we want to know about it. It is significantly easier to keep a watchful eye on your production line when its right down the road, as opposed to across the globe. Also, if we ever have to redo a product then we aren’t slowed down by shipping times. And when we’re not bogged down by shipping, then we can make sure that we don’t fall behind in getting the product to the customer on time.
2. We don’t want to be a part of US jobs being outsourced.
I grew up in the “carpet capital of the world“. Both of my parents worked for carpet companies. The entire economy of the area I grew up in was propagated on the textile industry. I’ve seen first hand the effects that outsourcing can have on an area. When manufacturing jobs are the lifeblood of an area and those dry up then it often becomes difficult for those displaced workers to find other jobs. The workers have a very specific set of skills and when those skills are no longer in demand then it means that the workers either have to uproot their families to seek out a similar opportunity or settle for underemployment.
3. We want to work with people that understand the culture.
Our southwestern area rugs are very heavily influenced by the culture and people of the American southwest. We want to keep that alive in every step of the process. We want the people that work on our rugs to have an appreciation and understanding for the inspiration behind our designs.
4. You can’t beat the quality of American made textiles.
There are some industries where you might find increases in quality from enlisting workers from other countries (the precision of Japanese motor manufacturers, for instance). But from our experience, that is not the case with rugs and textiles. We’ve found that you can’t match the quality of the work coming out of American textile companies. American plants also have stricter quality control standards. Also, other governments typically are more relaxed when it comes to worker and factory safety regulations. Overworked factory employees make mistakes, which decreases the quality of the product and increases their chances of workers being injured on the job. We want no part of that. We may be forced to pocket a bit less profit at the end of the day, but we think it’s worth it to keep our operations in the United States.