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The Lost Art of Domestic Manufacturing

By Dustin Bomley Production Manager, Alpine Archery

Jan 15, 2008 – 6:40:44 AM

Alpine bows on prep line waiting build up.

     We are now in the year of 2008. Many make New Years resolutions, many just reflect upon the previous years to remind themselves of what they have learned.

As I look upon the last year and reflect, I see many joys and a few issues. One of the issues in the manufacturing world that we have experienced in the last years is the volatility of material costs. This is a direct result of the rising and falling economy.

Industrial parts from manual screw machine, these are built for a prominent gas stove manufacture also based in the US.

With 2008 being an election year, the economy is at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

     Alpine Archery is located in a somewhat small community in Northern Idaho. We are surrounded by many even smaller towns in the area that depend on such things as logging and even recreational fishing and hunting to support their economies. A simple cup of coffee at a small town restaurant by a non-resident hunter or fisherman is a support.  We are proud that we can contribute to the local economy through employment along with purchasing some products from a few local vendors.

Film dip finished quiver hoods with quiver hood racking in background.

     As a manufacture of archery products and many other industrial products, we also take pride in the fact that we make our products domestically. This may seem small in some minds, but in many ways it is big. Not only are we a support to the local economy, but we are continually taking part in what we call “The lost art of domestic manufacturing”. The reason for this saying is simple. So many other manufactures, no matter the industry, have been so consumed with price point that they have forced many other competing manufactures to go over seas to purchase their products for fractions of what it would cost to produce domestically. Even though the price may be substantially lower, at some point the quality may also suffer. At Alpine Archery we build the product from raw material, film dip finish, assemble, warehouse, and ship from the same location. Alpine Archery products are made right here in the great United States of America.

CNC machine cutting Silverado series sight window piece for multi-part bows.

     In the 1940’s through the 1970’s American manufacturing was a stable part of the U.S. economy. Since the 1970’s many American manufactures have elected to outsource their products to facilities over seas. Sourcing their products out of country creates a lack of skilled labor. This in turn, forces the local economy to depend on service oriented jobs (ie. Food service, bank tellers, store clerks etc.) In a nut shell, skilled manufacturing labor brings more dollars to the local and regional economy than service type labor. Service oriented jobs are still important to the success of an economy, but technically trained and high function manufacturing creates stability.

CNC machine center with Silverado series lower strut piece for multi-part bows.

     Along with producing domestically, Alpine Archery also supports those who may be a little less fortunate. We utilize a company locally who employs people with handicaps that keep them from operating in the regular work force. Alpine Archery enjoys being able to support them by having them assemble and package all of our accessory items. This is an asset to our everyday production schedules.

Individual piece stock rack with Alpine Soft-Loc quivers ready for shipment.

     We encourage you to look closely at what you buy and who you buy it from. We encourage you to support those who hunt along side you on American soil. We encourage you to make a future for the up and coming American educated engineers and manufactures by purchasing products that are made in the great US of A. If you are so willing to look at our economy and wonder why it is and what you can do to help, BUY U.S. Take part in supporting and reintroducing “The lost art of domestic manufacturing”.   

 

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