One of the reasons why things aren't made in America anymore is because no one cares enough about American manufacturing to pay the higher associated costs. A second reason is that consumers no longer seem concerned with product durability. And both of those trends are a damned shame.
We applaud those who are trying to fight this tide, like J.L. Lawson, a third-generation steel goods producer out of California. The company has made an active decision to avoid CNC, and to instead produce their rings and bottle-openers old-school style, on a milling machine. In Anthony Lawson's words,Your product starts with a bar of stainless or cold rolled steel and is milled by hand using my grandfathers machines that have been in use for decades. That's pretty much it. Seems pretty simple but it's actually a complicated process. There are no masters or molds to work from, it's all about measurements and patience when it comes to machining. A machinist requires a certain skill set that is becoming rare, my hope is to keep this tradition alive by taking the trade in a totally different direction.
See what goes into a Lawson bottle opener:
J. L. Lawson & Co. Part I from Anthony Lawson on Vimeo.