Roughly one out of every three pair of socks you wear was made in a place known as “Sock City”. A small Chinese village in the 1980s it has grown to employ over 100,000 people and produces 8 billion socks a year.
Ford slowly sped up the car production line until workers couldn’t cope. Unions were formed with the agreement that production line speeds couldn’t be altered unless agreed upon.
Foxconn, the iPhone manufacturer, has reduced its employees from 110,000 to 50,000, thanks to the introduction of robots.
Harley Davidson motorcycles have a failure rate over twice that of the top three motorcycle manufacturers in the world.
Over 60 percent of Chinese consumers also say that they are willing to pay more for products labeled “Made in USA” than for those labeled “Made in China”.
In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were made during the entire war. By the end of the war, more than half of all industrial production in the world would take place in the United States.
Knife manufacturer, Victorinox, claims never to have had to lay off an employee. To avoid this they set aside profits during boom periods to supplement recessionary periods, as well as temporarily contracting employees to other companies as outsourced labor during recessions.
The seal “made in Germany” was created by the British Parliament in 1887 to warn consumers that a product was of poor quality.