Why Focus On Products From The Americas?
As consumers, we often take for granted where the products we use and consume come from. For decades, the majority of our expensive outdoor equipment is manufactured in Asia due to the lower cost of labor and materials. However, with the rise of domestic manufacturing in the Americas (North, Central, South) it is important to consider the benefits of using American-made products.
According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturing contributes over $2.33 trillion to the US economy and employs over 12 million people. In addition, for every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, an additional $2.74 is added to the economy. This means that utilizing American manufacturing not only supports local communities but also stimulates economic growth. That's not just in the United States, that is all of our neighbors south of us.
I don't think we need to throw around the statistical numbers, but most products in the outdoor and fitness industry that USA consumers purchase are made in Asia. Even that expensive carbon fiber dream bike started in an Asian manufacturing facility. Grava looks to work with small and medium producers because this has the biggest impact in communities and helping small communities is what matters.
In conclusion, while it may be tempting to rely on established manufacturing options overseas (god knows it would have been easier for us), it is important to consider the benefits of American-made products. By supporting domestic and LATAM manufacturing, we can contribute to the growth of the American economy, ensure higher quality and safer products, and reduce our environmental impact. So the next time you're in the market for outdoor equipment, consider purchasing products that are made in America. If you happen to buy something made by Grava or a Grava partner, we appreciate that also.