At a time when so many goods are being produced overseas, American theatrical drapery manufacturer Sew What? Inc. is making the point that Made in America is still a good thing. We believe in delivering top value to our customers while doing all we can as a company to support the national economy by selecting local fabric mills right here in the U.S.
All of our stage and concert backdrop fabrication is done here in Rancho Dominguez, California, and we use American-made materials produced by American mills to the maximum extent possible. Only when a particular product is not made here do we look to find it offshore; and even then we try to get our local suppliers to produce it onshore if they are able.
As a U.S. soft textile manufacturer, we take pride in applying “Made in America” labels to our stage backdrops and theatrical drapery products, showcasing that they are all-American-made.
I feel it’s imperative that we as Americans make the effort to support and purchase products made in America by an American labor force. Every time a U.S. mill closes, the chances of another U.S. mill opening in its place are slim to none. So it’s up to us to make every effort. It is either act now – or cry later.
We have spent many years calling upon the entertainment industry, our primary source of business, to rally behind the effort to buy American-made products and support U.S. companies as much as possible. There was a time when “Made in America” really meant something, but sadly it’s come to mean products that are more expensive. We all hope that the efforts of Sew What? to buy and continue manufacturing in the U.S. will be duplicated by others in our category, as well as elsewhere. We are working diligently to keep our pricing in line as much as possible – so that the global marketplace is not made attractive due to buy price alone.
In addition to encouraging local suppliers to produce materials and fabrics that are currently only available abroad, we have even spoken with several overseas manufacturers about the possibility of producing their fibers here in the U.S. The global economy and the financial incentives of buying offshore have made U.S. production more fragile than ever. At least in our little corner of the world, we want to do something meaningful and supportive, and we’re proud of it.