The Alliance of American Manufacturing, a lobbying group, tried to furnish their office only with appliances manufactured in the US. It proved harder than they thought:
Trash cans, light switches, and even furniture were all readily available from well-known domestic companies. But if you want a U.S. dishwasher compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, you’ve got one choice: a single model from a line that German-based Bosch manufactures in North Carolina. It cost AAM $1190. Need computers, televisions or phones for your home or office? A coffee maker or a compact fluorescent light bulb? No such luck. Those products simply aren’t manufactured stateside, [the group’s executive director Scott Paul] said.