Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Made in America: A testimonial

We came across this small item in The New York Times Book Review Sunday, and we had to share it. It’s Dave Eggers, best-selling author and publisher, talking about how he selected the printer who produces his company’s books: 

“Over the years, we’ve done a lot of our production in the U.S., and even more in Canada, and then about five years ago, we started printing in Asia, too. But then, a few years ago, I got to know this printer outside Detroit called Thomson-Shore. They’d done some pro bono work for our tutoring center nearby, 826 Michigan, so I visited the plant, and thanked them, and saw some beautiful books they’d made, and met the men and women who work there. Walking the production floor was very much like meeting the members of an extended family. … The fact that they’re in Michigan makes it easier to communicate, to reprint and to correct problems, and the prices are close enough to China’s numbers, when you take shipping and various delays into account. I don’t mean to beat a made-in-America drum, but I would be lying if I said it doesn’t feel somehow right to be printing books in the U.S.”

At American Leather, we are proud to beat that drum, and we’ve found that it makes great business sense. For all the reasons that Eggers list, our customers agree.

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