Americans and American-based organizations are urged to buy American-made products first and foremost.
In the past, proponents of this practice have claimed the quality of American-made products is superior to imported goods. They have also argued that by buying American-made, organizations and people are supporting American companies and workers.
But, in 2022, the quality argument has been rendered mostly moot by automation and the global marketplace. There are overseas companies that specialize in producing cheap industrial products, but a lot of that is because those companies have discovered some organizations/customers are willing to buy some products at a lower cost, even if it means sacrificing some quality. But organizations who want a quality processing machines can still buy the products they need from manufacturers all over the world.
In fact, EnSight proudly works with a variety of companies based overseas, e.g., Staubli robotics and Mitsubishi Electric, to build quality solutions for our own customers. The same applies to many other American companies–almost every organization purchases materials and/or components from foreign-based organizations, even though the final product is assembled in the U.S.A.
So, are there any valid reasons to consider American-made products over their imported counterparts?
Read on to find out.
Supporting the Home Team
While quality isn’t a viable argument for purchasing American-made products, supporting American workers and American companies is.
Buying American-made products from an American-based organization creates a ripple effect that benefits a number of entities. First, the customer is helping that business continue operating. That business is then able to continue hiring Americans to man their facilities and build more products. And that support extends to more than just the team who makes the products–customers also help folks working in marketing, management, customer service, support and more.
At EnSight Solutions, we import some of our materials and components for a variety of reasons, ranging from supply chain relief to the simple fact that some high-quality items, such as computer chips for control packages, are often only available from overseas. But, we strive to purchase as much domestically and locally as possible, while also utilizing domestic operations for everything from shipping to storage to fabrication. In doing so, EnSight is able to support other American companies and their workers as well. From the trucking company that delivers the materials to our facility or delivers final products to our customers to the local catering organization that feeds our team during holiday parties, EnSight is able to use the money that we earn to fund other organizations and their own workers. And the ripple effect just keeps going!
Sales & Service Benefits
It feels good to support American companies and their workers, but are there any measurable/tangible benefits from the practice?
The first comes in regard to sales–you can purchase in American dollars without worrying about exchanging them for the manufacturer’s local currency. It’s a minor benefit but can help organizations easily avoid one hassle in the entire process.
Another benefit? Lower shipping costs and no customs fees. Buying domestically can also result in shorter shipping times, especially considering the current supply chain situation at ports around the world.
Buying from a U.S. manufacturer can also be beneficial when working out the specs of the machine. An American-based manufacturing company will be more in tune with U.S. regulations and requirements for industrial processing equipment.
One more benefit is service. If you purchase from overseas, you might end up working with third-party techs who have never seen your particular machine before. Whereas if you buy domestically, you’re more likely to be working with someone from the OEM who has experience with the brand and machine.
Of course, there is a possible negative to only buying domestically–pricing. Companies are likely to be able to find lower-priced machines if they expand their search overseas. But, those savings could end up being offset after the overseas shipping costs and customs fees are applied, so organizations should always consider that as well.
EnSight Solutions is proud to be located right in America’s Heartland. If you’d like to learn more about our American-made industrial processing equipment, contact our industrial processing specialists now.