President Trump and his administration have made some appealing promises to bring manufacturing back to America. Whether the new administration can deliver on these promises remains to be seen, but it may be a good time to review government standards for the phrases “Made in the USA” and “Made in America.”
These promotional claims are often made to imply quality and/or inspire purchases based on patriotism or a desire to help American-owned businesses. As these factors can be quite persuasive, and the U.S. government has an interest in prohibiting false advertising, the qualifications for a promotional phrase such as Made in the USA is regulated under the auspices of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). You may be curious as to how the FTC defines Made in the USA and how that affects forges and forging suppliers.