I admire and compliment you on your high ground. I assume you do not drive a Toyota or watch a Sony, LG or a Samsung TV. And I know your cell phone is made in Texas. And of course, you make sure every single item you buy does not have a single 'copy' Chinese component. That is remarkable and you are much better than I am. I simply cannot live with the convenience these Chinese products bring to our lives at prices we can afford.
Fact is that there has been very little innovation on reel technology in the last 40 years. The incremental innovation is a result of manufacturers making small changes to come up with their own version of the original. One of our 'Chinese' supplier own over 100 international patents and collect royalties from may well known names, but at the same time they are called copycats. Other manufactures thousand of reels each and every year for a well known US brand, and they are also called copycats.
I can assure you that the day we can manufacture goods here in the US and be competitive world-wide, my company will be the first to jump in that bandwagon. Meanwhile, we will continue to look for good products that the average Joe can afford during these times of economic uncertainty. A lot of people can only afford those 'copies' we bring in and not those real products made in ...China.