american manufacturing Unfortunately, the small american manufacturer has no recourse. The larger manufacturers can relocate their production out of the US to pay small wages. And that has been the trend over the years. The smaller manufacturer has to keep his COG and overhead low to compete. Minimum wage is a joke...is only good for part time workers or those that live in the backwoods mountains of West Virginia. Don't look for today's american kids to go out for a part time job when daddy gives them a 200 dollar a week allowance, The kids are too busy sitting on their fat asses playing video games and watching TV.