ABC News' David Muir visits for 'Made in America'

May 23, 2012 1:25:04 PM PDT
The Philadelphia Chamber of commerce hosted another member of the extended Action News family today. ABC World News Weekend Anchor David Muir joined me as we talked about the Made in America movement.

Lots of local business leaders were on hand, including 6abc President and General Manager Bernie Prazenica there, as the two of us explored the trend that is making an impact, including here at home.

It's a problem that definitely crawls under people's skin this time of year. Stink bugs are generally harmless but can be a real nuisance.

"People want a solution and we are the indoor solution," said Susan Springsteen, the founder Nth Solutions in Exton.

Her company has created the "original indoor stink bug trap". The product uses light to attract the insect, then coats it with a specially designed solution that kills without emitting the bug's stinky scent.

"It's all made right here and that translates into jobs," Springsteen said.

Since the product's launch last fall, Nth Solutions has added 20 more employees, including Laura Materi who says, "Working for this company has definitely opened my eyes and made me a little bit more aware of where products are coming from."

Another Local Company that is experiencing success, and therefore expanding its workforce, is Sun and Earth in King of Prussia. John Mullins, the President & CEO of Sun & Earth says the company has grown from about 8 employees to over 36 now, who work to make all-natural laundry detergent, dish soap and other cleaning products.

They've even come up with re-fill stations where consumers can refill their empty bottles for less than the price of a new one.

"In addition to doing something better for the planet they save about 20% to 30% off the cost of a new bottle," Mullins says.

Sun and Earth and Nth Solutions are just two examples of the many Made in America companies located in this area.

ABC News' David Muir says since profiling Made in America companies, Americans have started thinking: "I think the whole notion that perhaps we've started the conversation is what's most gratifying. I think not since the 50s and 60s, as Americans, have we asked, 'Where is this made?' and it's such a simple question."