Financial Advice

“Made in USA” Should Mean It

As the result of a lawsuit and settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, Block Division, Inc., a Texas-based company, has promised to halt its misleading claims that its pulley blocks and equipment were “Made in the USA.” Many parts of the company’s products originated in other countries. In fact, the company’s pulleys used steel plates produced overseas that were pre-stamped “Made in USA” before they were shipped into the United States.

Block Division sells metal pulleys for industrial and personal use – for example, for farming and ranching, to provide handicap rigging, to lift boats, to operate overhead doors, or to move theatrical scenery. The company was ordered to stop making any false claim that its products were “Made in the USA” and to ensure its advertisements, sales, distribution and product labeling remain in compliance.

The FTC’s long-standing Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims  helps businesses know when it’s appropriate to use the “Made in USA” label. That, in turn, helps you trust the labels you see.

  • A company that makes a “Made in the USA” product should be able to prove that all or virtually all of that product was made in the United States.
  • Products processed or finished in the USA that have materials from other countries shouldn’t be labeled “Made in the USA” without further explanation. 

Have a feeling that a product isn’t “Made in USA” as labeled? File a complaint with the FTC.

This article by the FTC was distributed by the Personal Finance Syndication Network.