Sustainability and Social Responsibility

Challenges and Benefits of Made in the USA Manufacturing: A Study of Small Business Owners

  • Elisabeth Reed (Illinois State University)
  • Hae Jin Jin Gam (Illinois State University)
  • Jennifer Banning (Illiniois State University)


Investigating current companies and entrepreneurs who practice United States-based manufacturing and/or production is an area of study that can provide direction for future market growth. The purpose of this study is to investigate the manufacturers who produce their products through US production. This study targeted the owners of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and employed Brush's (1992) integrative model to explore the SME owners. Challenges and benefits experienced by a small sample of producers within the Made in the USA apparel sector were identified. Through domestic production, study respondents could have close oversight and strong relationships with supply chain participants, which may result in a more responsibly produced product. Production based in the US can also support smaller production runs, a more sustainable option for newer apparel brands and those that target a smaller market.

How to Cite:

Reed, E., Gam, H. J. & Banning, J., (2016) “Challenges and Benefits of Made in the USA Manufacturing: A Study of Small Business Owners”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 73(1).

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Published on
08 Nov 2016
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