Here at Leader, we are committed to doing as much manufacturing in America as we possibly can.
We also support our military members and veterans with activities like Patriot Guard (co-owner
Tracey Cramer was an Army medic). Please fan our Facebook
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"Made in the USA: Realizing Cheaper Isn't Better"
This is a great article about why buying American Made motorcycle
accessories is still possible (and even preferable). Highlights Leader Motorcycle as an example company.
Special thanks to Gabe at CityBike Magazine for sharing this article!
Click to read.
Putting America to Work - Average Americans Can Do It
As a family-owned motorcycle accessories business, this is a topic we have a stake in. Our motorcycle
accessories compete with some big companies whose products are made in China, Taiwan and other countries.
What can the average biker do about it? The problem seems so big, that we feel powerless.
AmericasGotProduct.com breaks it down into
numbers that anyone can understand, rating every product based on its economic footprint. [Leader has the
highest rating at 4].
We like this quote from CEO Chris: "Washington clearly cannot fix this alone,
and it is time that we all put an oar in the water and start rowing in the same direction."
Let's put America back to work, one purchase, one paycheck at a time!
A New Movement
Why are companies that have been manufacturing overseas (China and Japan in particular) now making an effort
to manufacture in the USA?
Simple: the cost savings are not as great as they used to be. The Chinese and Japanese workers have figured
out that they're worth more than what US companies paid them, and they are demanding better pay. That makes
those parts more expensive to manufacture overseas … which makes the cost of manufacturing in the US start
to look more competitive. It's simple economics, really.
Here are Leader, we've ALWAYS made our parts in America. Even when it was hard (and it can be!). Even when it
was cheaper to do it elsewhere. Even when it would have been easier to "give in" to the price pressure and
competition in the marketplace.
Why? Because, all along, to us it hasn't just been about the money. It's been about pride, and about
supporting the country that has given us the opportunity to do what we love and make a living at it.
Another company CEO is quoted as saying, "It's about time we started thinking of our country first, instead
of just who's got the cheapest prices."
Wouldn't it be nice if we could support companies that had done that all along??
The New Tradition of Gift Giving
Giant Asian factories provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods - merchandise that
has been produced at the expense of American labor.
We want this year to be different. We want Americans to give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans.
There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands.
Yes there is!
all kinds of ideas here.
Gift giving is now about caring about the US, encouraging American small businesses (like ours!) to keep
plugging away and to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our
communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn't imagine. As a family-owned business,
we want to teach our children that LESS can be MORE and that genuine thought going into a gift is more
valuable than the money spent on it.