Manufacturing has been a major part of the US economy for many years. However, cheaply made products imported from overseas are threatening the manufacturing industry, and the economy. Purchasing products made overseas not only expands the US’s trade deficit, it also affects unemployment, the environment, and the health and safety of Americans. Companies that move their manufacturing operations overseas decreases the number of good paying jobs for Americans. Foreign workers overseas often work very poor conditions for very low wages.
Importing products from overseas also has an impact on the environment. Increased shipping contributes to pollution around the world. This American manufacturing video highlights that the quality of the products imported is often not up to American health and safety standards. Some imported products like steel and drywall have been found to be radioactive or poisonous.