While emptying the old house I ditched the microwave oven. It was almost 20 years old (bought in 1991) and getting kind of grungy. But it worked flawlessly the whole time. Out of curiosity I looked on the back and saw that it was made in Iowa.
One thing I bought for my girlfriend this Christmas was a new microwave. Her old microwave was purchased only 4 years ago, but the large rectangular button that you push to open the door was broken. I looked at the back. That microwave oven was not manufactured in Iowa, or anywhere within a 3,000 mile radius. I think I'd rather pay the extra $50 for a better-quality appliance that lasts for almost 2 decades.
Anyway, for you youngsters out there I just wanted to let you know that Americans used to manufacture things you use every day. Believe it or not!