Sunday, December 11, 2011

Keep America working this holiday season.....Vol I

I will be publishing regular posts, to help with gift ideas. They are all American companies employing American workers.

Forget those Nike & Reebok sneakers.  Go with New Balance..............................

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. (NBAS), best known as simply New Balance, is a footwear manufacturer based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America. It was founded in 1906 as the New Balance Arch Support Company. Eschewing expensive advertising campaigns, it has, nevertheless, grown to be one of the largest makers of sports footwear in the world.
New Balance is notable in that it has continued to maintain a manufacturing presence in the United States as well as in the United Kingdom for the European market—in contrast to its competitors in the same market space, such as Nike and Adidas, who design products in the US and Europe but outsource the majority of their footwear and apparel to manufacturers in China, Vietnam, and other developing nations. The result of this corporate decision is that the shoes tend to be more expensive than those of New Balance's competitors. To offset this pricing discrepancy, New Balance differentiates their products with technical innovations, such as a blend of gel inserts, heel counters, and a greater selection of sizes, particularly for very narrow and/or very wide widths.

I own a couple pairs of NB, and I love them............................


  1. Johnny,

    There was an e-mail going around recently that recommended that instead of gifts made overseas that you give away things like coupons for a haircut at a local barbershop or food from local restaurants, handmade things from local artisans, and the like. Kind of similar to your concept only more focused on small, local business.

  2. CS- That is a wonderful idea, I would like to add that maybe the Mom & Pop restaurant, not applebees, even though they keep Americans working, at least I think.

  3. Johnny,

    That is exactly the point - though even chain restaurants are frequently franchises that are operated as small businesses by local folks and they do hire your friends and neighbors.

  4. Johnny,

    Check this out. A challenge to your union pals?


    There is a challenge to all you builders.

  5. CS- Thank you brother, and God bless. What a great link. As for my Union job. Their's not much I can do. As a finish trade, the tile we use is specified by the designer/architect, even the manufacturer. But I will definately pass this on during the Jan. meeting. I will also talk to one of my B.A.'s to see about getting things done through architecture, and designing. May not be much, but every little bit helps. As a side note, I've been doing this for years, when home improvements are necessary. Never built a whole house though.

    Again, Great post CS. Thank you so much.