What does US Made really look like?

I love the old buildings from the industrial age of this country.  From the weathered age and color of the brick to the rusted color muted metal detailing of these tattered buildings.  And the vintage industrial lighting was just so cool in that era.  The simple utilitarian nature of these structures is just perfect to me.  I would hope to have my company housed in one of these unique old buildings someday.  Someday.

We live in a global economy.  No sense in denying that fact.  If you want anything made you have choices all over the world.  I want to start this by saying that I am not anti-global consumerism.  As I walk around my house it is hard to deny the presence of items made all over the world.  It would be hypocritical for me to say I am against that.  But in my personal life as well as in my business I make strides everyday to buy more local, buy more from small businesses with grounded roots here in the US. 

The first time I met David (the owner of a 3rd generation metal stamping company) I knew it would be a long relationship.  He welcomed my fledgling business into his factory in a way that made me feel like a Fortune 500 company.  A sign at the door "Welcome Brad from Lucent Lampworks", a delicious cup of coffee placed in my hand and a warm pastry to enjoy.  Did I really just walk into an industrial metal stamping facility?  In the background I hear (and feel) the loud floor pounding boom of 30-Ton stamping machines turning sheet metal into all types of unique parts.  

David is the kind of person who treats you like family.  He answers my strange requests always "yes" and rarely "no".  It seemed HIS goal was to help me and my business.  He was not there waiting for me to help him.  I was a little shocked at how flexible and down to earth he was.  We walked through the factory for over an hour.  He introduced me to his crew, we talked lighting parts, laughed about life and learned about each other.  

I drove the 2 hours home high on ideas and possibilities.  My eyes wide open to how business should be done.  THIS is why I will search out more and more US manufacturing facilities to make the parts for my lighting fixtures.  Thank you David!  

David & Yours Truly in 2014

David & Yours Truly in 2014

Metal Stamping.... its pretty damn cool!

Metal Stamping.... its pretty damn cool!

Yup!  Both make perfect sense to me.  

Yup!  Both make perfect sense to me.