I have been reading these reports recently, but I want to add a
concern I have regarding Stuller.
We are a small manufacturing company that also operates a small town
retail store, and on rare occasions suggest to our customers to allow
us to order a mounting from Stuller. This occurs when the new item
does not justify the expense of custom manufacture, and happened to
us last December. My concern arose when the mounting arrived with a
tag that read “Made In China”.
I sincerely have no specific argument with Chinese manufacturers,
however I have been manufacturing fine jewelry here in Michigan for
more than thirty years, and have watched as our manufacturing jobs,
both in the jewelry as well as the automotive industry, have steadily
moved overseas year after year. If I can’t economically manufacture a
piece for my customer, I at least felt good about supporting another
manufacture here in the USA. I guess I am saddened to learn that that
may not necessarily be the case.
I will do some research in the near future, and find another
manufacturer that is based here in the states to place those
occasional orders. I cannot be all things to all customers, but I can
(and will) control where my dollars are going to be spent.
Jon Michael Fuja
(with a General Motors vehicle waiting in the parking lot)