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Seeking out socks from American sources
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
September 7, 2009

Alexander Hamilton once said, "Every nation ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of a national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing (my emphasis added) and defense."

Hamilton - a nationalist, industrialist, and Founding Father - was right. It's absolutely essential, especially in these critical economic times, that "We the People" provide for ourselves from within our national borders whenever possible.

When we think of clothing, we often think of shoes or jeans but not necessarily what's in between. Yes, I'm talking about socks. Right now it's more important than ever to make sure you get your socks from domestic sources instead of foreign ones, and it's easy to do, too. Just visit and click on the sock finder in the upper right-hand corner to find a retailer near you that carries Wigwam socks.

When it comes to keeping your feet comfortable, you don't want to sacrifice quality for less-expensive labor, especially if you're a supporter of Buy American. Wigwam Mills, Inc. is one proud American company that will guarantee you won't make such unnecessary sacrifices.

Back in January of 2008, I reported on that our federal government was likely to impose tariffs on socks imported from Honduras since statistics showed a 99 percent import surge from that country from the end of 2006 to the end of 2007.

In April 2008, the U.S. Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA) determined that cotton socks originating from Honduras were causing "serious damage" to our U.S. producers, and applied a 5 percent duty on the full value of the imported goods.

If you're a Buy American supporter, learning about "serious damage" to our economy should warrant serious consideration about doing what we can to make things better. After all, it's our country, and our prosperity is our responsibility.

How was Honduras able to export 27.3 million dozen pairs of socks (that works out to over 327 million individual pairs) to us in the first 11 months of 2007? Because we were all too willing to buy them!

Wigwam has not only made socks in America for over 100 years, they also source almost exclusively from American yarn spinners who in turn buy from American wool growers. Wigwam makes all of their socks in the USA. How many companies can you find today that can say they produce 100 percent of their goods in America? Wigwam does it not just because they care about the financial implications the deluge of imports has thrust upon our country's economy; they also do it because they care about honorable American virtues like honesty and integrity that forms one's reputation.

When you buy Wigwam socks, you'll be supporting American workers, and you won't be supporting a company that has refused to acknowledge the increasingly-competitive nature of the cut-throat global economy.

Wigwam's Sheboygan, WI manufacturing facility is state of the art. They constantly work with their local utilities to improve efficiency. They've installed solar panels to heat their water and motion sensory lights to limit wasted power.

At Wigwam, they've been producing high-quality socks since 1905, and they're the best at what they do. That's why all of their products carry at least a one-year warranty and their Wigwam Pro line is guaranteed for two years.

If there isn't a retailer near you that carries Wigwam socks, or you just like the convenience (and gas savings) of ordering online like I do, you can order through one of Wigwam's online partners on the individual sock pages.

Your feet are your foundation. With Wigwam, you'll be protecting that foundation regardless of the activity you pursue.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC, has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications, and is now a weekly contributor to WorldNetDaily.

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