‘American-made’ goods might not be from states

The Nov. 17 News editorial “Hands across the border” was interesting, but the statement “Canadian companies recognize the power of a ‘Made in America’ tag on their products” contains the oft-repeated misuse of the phrase “Made in America.” I doubt you will find a “Made in America” tag or label on anything from a package of sewing machine needles to an automobile. The only item in our house labeled “Made in America” is a set of Syracuse China dinnerware my wife and I purchased from the factory over 50 years ago. We were told the company had a plant in Puerto Rico.

I can remember arguing decades ago with one of my Canadian cousins about the use of “American.” When I said that I was an “American” and that he was a “Canadian,” he replied he was also an “American.” He said that if I insisted on calling him a “Canadian” then I was a “United Station.” I expect that anything made in North or South America could be labeled “Made in America.”

I’m sure what the editor meant was “the power of a ‘Made in U.S.A.’ tag.” The labels I like least are “Distributed by …” The labels I like best are “Made with pride in the U.S.A.”

Craig A. Woodworth

Town of Tonawanda