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For those of us who are interested, All Abu Garcia, including Ambassadeur reels, are now made in China. Shimano and G. Loomis rods are also being made in China
since 2006. The good quality USA made bait casting reel today is the Ardent , an excellent product. Lamiglas rods are USA made and the pro series is equal to G. Loomis, in my opinion. The combination of Lamiglas pro series graphite rod and Ardent reel is about $400.
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That really ticks me off that so many good brand names are slowly being sold to foreign companies leaving anglers with little choice if they wish to Buy American
 

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:eek: I thought all G Loomis were American made. Of course, my new fave reels are the japanese Shimanos. I haven't fished an Ardent yet.
 
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The sad part of the story is even if "a product" is made in the U.S.A., the parts are made in another country.

We bought a house phone the other day and on the box it said "made in the U.S.A." but when you look closely to the product, the parts came from China. Don't that beat all.
 

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I'd like to chirp in on this one.
Recently I was contacted by another company wanting to know if I could supply them with 12,000 VibraShock's with-in 3 weeks and another 36,000 with-in 1 month after that. When I told them I wasn't able to mass produce in those level's I was informed that he had contacts in China that could get it done and that he would put me in touch with them. Well, I hate to say it but I did think about it. After all we are talking about $250,000 in product, who wouldn't at least think about it? Anyway, to make a long story short, I turned down the offer and told the guy that I was more interested in keeping my products "Made in the U.S.A." and he told me "your not a business man" :mad: I refuse to lower my standards just to make a quick buck (or $250,000 of them) just to have my reputation be ruined and run the risk of not having repeat customers due to low quality, cheap product. I have recently found a manufacturer in Springfield Ill. U.S.A. to take care of my needs and just received the first samples of my newest jig heads and all I can say is I'm Proud to be an American and Proud to offer a quaility made U.S.A. product :usa:
 

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Gotstafish, there aren't very many folks that would do what you did. Three cheers for standing up for what you believe!! :clap: :cheers: :cheers: :victory:
 

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Gotstafish, I gotta admit I didn't care about you one way or the other until this thread here. I will be ordering a kit in the near future. As long as you ain't using mexicans in your American factory.
 

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Hey hsb, he works around "mexican" all day be nice to him...



P.S. I'm American and damn proud of it! :usa: :usa: :usa: :usa:
Born and bred!
 

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I like that american breeding when ever I can. >:D :usa: :usa:
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Let me clarify my position for everybody. Everyone in the world needs to work. I don't have a problem with poor people in foriegn lands making a dollar. My problem with the whole situation is that the CEO's are not paying these people what they are worth. They are working illegals in this country for far less than minimum wage, and in other lands they have something similar to slave labor, the only difference being that the master does not know or care about his slaves today. This is going to- already has- affected the rates of pay for the middle class American. If it wasn't morally wrong for one man to make millions of dollars by overworking starving people on the other side of the globe, WHICH IT IS, it will still affect our children's well-being, as these companies will get used to paying less, and, as we are seeing on our front today, they are gradually paying less here. This is one subject I could probably write a book about, so I will try to leave it alone from here on out. If you think polar bear hair got Keith riled up, I could put him to shame on this subject. I don't blame the Chinese, the Mexicans, or any others for what they are doing. I blame greed. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Boy, id better shut up. I'm gonna post it anyway.
 

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hi steel basser said:
Let me clarify my position for everybody. Everyone in the world needs to work. I don't have a problem with poor people in foriegn lands making a dollar. My problem with the whole situation is that the CEO's are not paying these people what they are worth. They are working illegals in this country for far less than minimum wage, and in other lands they have something similar to slave labor, the only difference being that the master does not know or care about his slaves today. This is going to- already has- affected the rates of pay for the middle class American. If it wasn't morally wrong for one man to make millions of dollars by overworking starving people on the other side of the globe, WHICH IT IS, it will still affect our children's well-being, as these companies will get used to paying less, and, as we are seeing on our front today, they are gradually paying less here. This is one subject I could probably write a book about, so I will try to leave it alone from here on out. If you think polar bear hair got Keith riled up, I could put him to shame on this subject. I don't blame the Chinese, the Mexicans, or any others for what they are doing. I blame greed. The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Boy, id better shut up. I'm gonna post it anyway.
Well Said. I'll take less profit and pay more for my help before adding to the mess that global economics is causing here in the good old U.S. of A.
 
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