In our past few blogs, we’ve talked about the importance of buying American-made products that support our country’s economy and ultimately put food on all of our tables. Now we’d like to talk about an American-made product that is near and dear to our hearts:
We’ll admit that it’s not the most glamorous topic in the world, but it’s one that is important to us because our customers literally trust their lives to the quality of the steel we use.
If you look at our website or read any of our literature, you know that we engineer and build our lifts to incredibly high safety standards, and have included multiple redundant safety features to keep you from getting hurt and your vehicle from getting damaged. Backyard Buddy lifts are so safe that one permanently holds a Corvette over a table at a popular local restaurant.
But all of this would be for nothing if we used cheap, foreign steel. No matter how well built a lift, if the steel fails, gravity wins. Best case, your vehicle is unexpectedly and suddenly on the ground. Worst case, your vehicle is unexpectedly and suddenly on top of you.
Most of the foreign steel in the US comes from China, where standards and inspections are minimal. Their steel is so bad that when the Chinese government (a government not exactly known for its openness and impartial business practices) tested 52 batches of steel recently, over half came back with problems. This would just be a matter of waste if it was easy to tell defective steel from good steel, but most problems can only be identified by testing, an impossible task given the worldwide flood of steel coming from China.
If this was the only issue with foreign steel, we would obviously still choose American-made steel, but there’s more to it than quality. American steel was once used to build the country, and even the world. The steel industry provided good, middle-class jobs for generations of Americans, and then one day, it was all gone. Foreign steel, produced with minimal regard for quality or worker safety had flooded the worldwide market, putting hundreds of thousands of Americans out of work. Cheap, imported steel is not only a bad product, it’s bad for our country.
Although it’s a shadow of what it used to be, the American steel industry is still alive and producing some of the world’s best steel for customers who choose quality over price, and is just one example of an industry that could once again thrive if we all demand American-made products.
Please watch the latest installment in our “Be American, Buy American” series (available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrVvZWPaXyo), send it to your friends, show it to your family, and help spread the word. The only way we’re ever going to fix the American economy is to demand American-made products, which means that every one of us has the power to make our country better.