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90% of Bedroom Furnitures Sold In The U.S. Are Made in China

Posted by Author on November 21, 2007

Pontotoc, Miss. (PRWEB), November 19, 2007 —

Since 2001, more than 2.7 million American manufacturing jobs have been outsourced to China. And the University of California-Berkeley estimated that nearly 14 million jobs, both blue collar and white collar, are vulnerable to moving overseas in the next few years.

The outsourcing trend has greatly reduced the amount of American-made furniture available on the market, making it extremely difficult for consumers to find furniture produced in the USA.

“China has taken over 90 percent of the manufacturing of bedroom furniture sold in the United States,” said Manuel Bettencourt, an Oregon furniture manufacturer, in an interview with Oregon’s Mail Tribune.

Almost every day brings new outsourcing announcements as the furniture industry moves away from American-made furniture manufacturing in favor of cheaper imported furniture.

Working conditions and manufacturing processes in the U.S. are held to higher standards than those overseas. Recalls and other quality concerns about overseas products have affected a number of industries in recent months.

“While cheap labor and questionable quality is what one would expect from imported furniture, there is much to be said for handcrafted, bench-made furniture produced in the USA,” said Steve Simons, co-founder of Seat Company (http://www.SeatCompany.com).

Consumers concerned with quality are finding American-made furniture by going directly to the manufacturer. Companies like the Seat Company have found a recipe for satisfying the needs of these discerning consumers, allowing them to compete with cheaper imports.

“Design and quality coupled with incredible customer service is a package only American companies can provide,” said Simons. “As we are learning, this is what the consumer really wants for their home.” …… ( more details from PR Web)

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