Hopefully you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July on that All-American holiday we recently celebrated. Probably you’re still working on exercising off the pounds from ono barbecues, cold beverages, or that extra (cough, third, cough) slice of haupia pie.
But did you know that for all the God Bless America patriotism that holiday evokes in us all, there’s a large chunk of the holiday that actually comes to us from overseas – namely, China? Yep, if you were waving a mini version of Old Glory during that holiday parade, you might have noticed a little “Made in China” sticker somewhere on the item.
According to Foreign Trade Statistics, in 2011, the dollar value of U.S. imports of American flags was $3.6 million. The vast majority of this amount ($3.3 million) was for U.S. flags made in China.
Now don’t go puffing out your chest in indignant pride just yet: There’s a valid reason for importing goods and services, and our state and country don’t operate in a vacuum. But there are reasons why supporting local businesses and the employees they support is a good thing.
At Hagadone, you can take satisfaction in knowing that over 150 local people come to work each day at our facility because of the jobs you bring to us. We’re not just filling orders – we’re your partners in success.
If we in Hawaii take a little extra effort to “buy local,” we can do quite a bit to built up our sustainability – whether it’s farmers markets, mom and pop shops, or other small businesses, every bit helps. Out here in the middle of the Pacific, we all know that we have to depend on each other. And YOU can depend on us.
Have a great day, and we hope your week is terrific!