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you my friend seem lost in the 70's on that comment. If living in the 70s, how come you kitesurf?
A pop out is a pop out anyway, but the cars run, windows crashes once in a blue moon, and it does matter to some people to participate in "local" manufacturing. Not that I have a problem with my China kites and Thai boards.
Meanwhile, BMWs, Fords, Chevies, jet engines, space ships, and the prototypes for many things produced elsewhere, including kites, are mostly made here, in the US.
US has been leading in surf snow kite skate boards for a long time.
Also space ships, computers, and other things invented here.
If SS has managed to shift some production back here and can still hit their price points that is good.
Then again you have a point and if rumors of SS being stressed are true, it might have to do with that factory. Not in terms of quality probably, but cost, as usual.
Kind of a universal concern, the bottom line