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'Made In America' Mindset Settling In

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

January 12, 2013

Two men are on a mission, going across the country as they rally support for American made products. They made a stop in Charlottesville to get that message out to University of Virginia students.

"As students go out into the work force, it doesn't necessarily mean that they would expect to be on an assembly line or working machinery at a factory, but they certainly could be a designer, an accountant, a marketing person or even a CEO or CFO of one of these companies," said Aaron Lorell, organizer of the 'Made in America' tour. "But when these jobs are going overseas, they're really unavailable for these college students after four years of hard work at school and a great deal of investment."

Lorell says buying American products will create American jobs, and creating jobs has been the focus since before the 2012 election. That got some people thinking.

"I have been focusing more on it because of the past election and just because those people that really work hard in making American-made things, certainly we want to support them so that America can move forward as a country," said Alex Smith, a Charlottesville resident.

What Smith and Lorell have in common is the vision of where the country is going product-wise, and how the nation is going to get there.

"I just believe that's the direction we're headed. If we don't, we're lost," Smith said. "We have the organic aisle, and there's the health and beauty section, why can't there be an 'American-made' section? I would love that and I would probably venture down that aisle which would probably result in me buying more American-made products."

Some Charlottesville residents who do try to buy American made products say you can't really do it 100 percent, but it's that small effort that they believe makes all the difference.

Lorell wrote an email to the CEO of Wal-Mart calling for a "Patriot Zone," or an aisle that solely had made-in-America products so shoppers could easily get to the homemade products and can start the habit of buying American made.

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