A couple of years ago, Cheers actor John Ratzenberger, came through our small southern county on a national bus tour for his television show, Made in America, which ran on the Travel Channel from 2004 through 2008.
Ratzenberger showed the following short film, in our old corner court house in Rock Hill, South Carolina. With textile machines of our own that no longer hum with the sweet sound of productivity as in the past, this issue hit close to home.
All of Belevation’s production, assembly and components are made entirely here in North and South Carolina. In today’s globalized marketplace, that makes us rather unique. Life as a dinosaur, is not easy though.
Mom and Pops have been driven out of our quaint downtown’s. Big box stores have conquered the turf in the hardware, drug and office supply markets (to name just a few) all across America. And when you pick up most of the products in those cavernous buildings, you will be hard-pressed to find much still made in the USA.
But, as we watch our national trade-deficit continue to balloon, there are those across American trying to reclaim our manufacturing and retail past, like John Ratzenberger and folks in Oregon, at this cool Portland based buy local group.
In the past month, Belevation has been featured by two such organizations. On the terrific Still Made in USA website, Belevation Maternity Support Apparel can be found under both the active wear and lingerie categories.
Stephanie, the sites webmaster notes that “The loss of American manufacturing jobs has meant hardship for families and entire communities. Many (domestic companies )are barely hanging on, and unless consumers make an effort to support them, the choice to buy American-made will be gone.”
Another cool site, the Daily Grommet was written about last summer in the New York Times, where it was stated that “the Daily Grommet’s solution is to highlight inventive products that often don’t have the marketing muscle to promote themselves.”
On June 27th 2011 (in the Grommet’s Citizens Gallery ), Belevation was high-lighted as a Made in the USA innovation. Consider what opportunities you have in your daily life to support local businesses and buy American products. By doing so, you are making a huge, positive impact in your community for our collective future.