A new organization has launched a website along with a challenge to consumers in the U.S. to buy products that are "Made in America."
KeepAmerica.com said that it will help people find products made stateside, as well as encourage consumers to support manufacturing in order to put more Americans with a skilled trade back to work.
The organization said that if every American spent just $64 on "Made in America" products during the holiday season, it would create 200,000 more skilled trade jobs. Even though the new website will officially launch on President's Day 2012, KeepAmerica.com said it will offer holiday shopping events on the site through the shopping season with items that have been discounted by American manufacturers and offered at $64.
David Seliktar, founder of the website, said he was inspired to create the concept of shopping for products made by American companies partly out of concern over safety issues with toys imported from overseas, coupled with the fact that so many U.S. jobs had been replaced by workers in other countries.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 44 percent of the textile, product and manufacturing jobs are expected to be located in California, North Carolina and Georgia through the end of the decade.