So many companies have moved off shore to manufacture in China. Those that moved to Mexico in the early 90's have even made the move to China. The word manufacture nearly equals China. With all of the talk about China and the near non-existance of apparel manufacturing in the US, you would think manufacturing will never return here. Those few remaining factories, owned by small companies, produce little volume.
And then a suprise in the latest Newsweek magazine (6-26-06) about American Apparel. Here is a company located in Los Angeles that employs about 3,500 people and pays them $8-$18/hour! They produce about 90,000 units a day. On top of that their sales were $250,000,000 in 2005. Yes, you can manufacture in the US!
Let me be clear here, I do not agree with many of the ways Dov Charney (owner) runs his business. I probably wouldn't work for him based solely on his attitude about sex (detailed in this article).
One thing is clear - you CAN manufacture in the US!