This is a question we get a lot from our customers so I wanted to address it here on the blog.
Many people take a strong stance that they only want to support American Made products. We support this stance 100% but also want you to know that there are more pieces to the puzzle.
When I started Cave Tools in 2013, the first product we launched was a grill brush. I took my designs to 6 different manufacturers in the US because I wanted Cave Tools to be completely made in the USA. What I found out was nobody could produce our grill brush according to our specifications, let alone produce it within even a reasonable dollar amount compared to China.
So we ended up going to China to manufacture our grill brush. Not because of profit envy and cost cutting, but because we had to. Whether we like it or not, when it comes time for the average consumer to pull out there credit card, a $3-4 price difference on a comparable product outweighs for most people the benefit of supporting American Made Products. That’s just the way it is.
But Manufacturing Is Only 1 Small Piece of the Business
Since starting Cave Tools in 2013, we have gone on to hire US based accountants and lawyers. We’ve also had 4 college interns (2 from Penn State, my alma matter ;) work for us and learn core marketing skills. Skills they used to go on and get American based jobs with. We’re constantly adding to our team and expect to employ many more Americans in the future!
If we never started manufacturing overseas, we never would have been able to grow and help support so many more US based people. It wouldn’t have been possible.
We also never would have gotten to the point where we are able to make our charcoal grills 100% in the USA. Even down to the tiny little pieces of rubber which are also sourced domestically.
So yes, some of our products are manufactured in China, but some of our other products are also made in the USA. And we’ll continue to put our best efforts forward to ensure as many of our products as possible can be made in the USA.
We don’t want to hide it. In fact, we’re glad that China has provided us the opportunity to help support and employ so many Americans as our business continues to grow.
We Want To Hear From You
So that’s my opinion on the issue. But we don’t want this to be a one way conversation. We have grown and improved so much over the years based on the feedback from our customers.
If you have an opinion on the subject we would love to hear it! I encourage you to please leave a comment below so we can make this an open discussion.
Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell
Cave Tools - Owner