I’ve just returned from Binghamton NY, home of America’s very own Stereo Electronics Manufacturer, McIntosh Labs. What a wonderful experience. Not only are the folks at McIntosh some of the most down to Earth, friendly people you want to meet, but they are like my neighbors. One of my neighbors works for Bard, assembling catheters for the Hospital Industry, and another works for Scott Paper, the source of my home paper product. On the factory tour, I met people who hand craft the circuit boards, glass faceplates, and even hand wind the power transformers. Many of these people have worked there for decades. Not only has McIntosh has been in business since 1949, but in the same building. One woman is a grandmother, who taught her trade to her daughter, and granddaughter, who now work their craft side by side with her. McIntosh “really is” a family business. I was thrilled and amazed to see how these dedicated crafts people work their trade, making each and every component for McIntosh Amplifiers, Tuners, CD Players, Music Servers, DAC’s, and Speakers. You know, there are some fine U.S. companies left, but very few, who still do all their own manufacturing right here in the U.S. of A. I try to do my little part, especially when making long term purchases, like my American made Harley Davidson, and my “mostly” U.S. made Dodge Charger, but now I can also truly appreciate owning not only the world’s finest sounding stereo electronics, but really appreciate knowing it was hand made by some great neighbors, in Binghamton, another – home town USA!
See link for a look into McIntosh: http://www.mcintoshlabs.com/inside/1073.asp