Red Wing, Iconic U.S. Shoe Maker, Labors Mightily to Bring Production Home

Flanderian

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Sorry no access, but interesting information. My cynicism is immediately piqued as to their motivation, as such are most commonly just advertising ploys. If sincere, I must observe it's a lot easier to dismantle an industry than to rebuild one. Particularly where hard won skills developed over long years are required.
 

eagle2250

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Doesn't Red Wing still produce a number of their boot designs in Minnesota.? I have two pair of Red Wing boots currently in the footwear collection, both of which the boxes are emblazoned with "Made In The USA." The secondwas bought less than four years ago. :icon_scratch:
 

SG_67

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Doesn't Red Wing still produce a number of their boot designs in Minnesota.? I have two pair of Red Wing boots currently in the footwear collection, both of which the boxes are emblazoned with "Made In The USA." The secondwas bought less than four years ago. :icon_scratch:
Some of their boots are still domestically produced. Most are produced off shore.

Who knows, perhaps the market has changed and there’s better profits in marketing to blue collar chic hipsters than to actual blue collar workers.

Whatever their motivation, I applaud them for trying to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
 

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Some of their boots are still domestically produced. Most are produced off shore.

Who knows, perhaps the market has changed and there’s better profits in marketing to blue collar chic hipsters than to actual blue collar workers.

Whatever their motivation, I applaud them for trying to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
I think it's what you just said plus the supply chain expenses (labor cost have been rising - thankfully - in most countries) and risk (tariffs right now and a broader "anti-globalization" view in both parties) have made some amount of domestic production appealing / a risk-mitigation strategy.
 

jc1305us

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Read the article in the WSJ. They basically admit they cannot get the talent in the US to make the shoes anyone, due to retirements, deaths, and the training requirements needed. They are a privately held company and are hanging on to US manufacturing, even going so far as to introduce a new show that is mostly made in America, but started in the third world. They have hired many, but it seems like an uphill battle unfortunately.
 

EdwardWilson

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I go out of my way not to buy products made in China. USA and Canada are my preference, then UK, Italy, France, Spain and the rest of EU.

A few years back I started paying attention to where products I consume are made and it was quite a shock. I also only buy clothes and shoes that will last 5-10 years, if not longer. My days of buying disposable clothes are gladly over.

I pay more up front but get a better return in the long run. I have Brooks Brothers suits that are well over 10 years and still going strong, as Allen Edmonds' that are trending in that direction and have yet to requiring resoling.