For every $1 spent on items made in the United States, $1.35 is invested in the nation’s economy, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
With that in mind, Jan Erickson, founder of Colorado Springs clothing manufacturer Janska, wants people to expand their buying of American-made products this holiday season, she said.
“We have started a Facebook page and are inviting all Colorado manufacturers and artists to post about their Colorado-made products,” Erickson said.
Erickson wants consumers to pledge to spend at least 5 percent of their holiday gift budget on Colorado- and American-made products. Further, “get your friends to take the pledge,” she said.
Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers declared Thursday as American-Made Matters Day.
Gov. John Hickenlooper designated Thursday as Colorado Manufacturing Day.
In his proclamation, Hickenlooper cited the Federal Advanced Manufacturing Portal as saying every new manufacturing job in the United States creates an additional 1.6 jobs in service businesses. Also, every high-tech manufacturing job creates up to five additional jobs in service businesses.
“Just be conscious of where you’re spending your holiday money on,” Erickson said. “It’s just so tempting to go to Ross or Kohl’s … but where did that item come from?”