Why American-Made Face Masks are Best

Buying American is a rare idea that all Americans, of any political affiliation, tend to agree on. Buying American-made face masks during a global pandemic seems to support that sentiment in 2020.

A 2009 Pew Research Center survey polled voters whether a Great Recession stimulus plan should be for American-made products only. That idea found favor with Democrats (70%), Republicans (66%), and independents (63%). Fewer than a quarter of those asked overall felt an emphasis on U.S.-produced goods was a bad idea.

It’s now 2020, in the COVID-19 pandemic. Although there isn’t a Pew study update, it’s hard to imagine Americans would sway toward a reliance on foreign-made masks. Granted, the U.S. wasn’t accustomed to mask use as other nations have been, especially in Asia Pacific.

Cloth masks used in the medical field and for dusty construction projects have now become mainstream in America. Here’s why buying American-made face masks makes a difference.

1. American companies that make products rely on … American-made products

Often, the material used to make textiles in American manufacturing plants is American-made. Even rivets and threads are U.S. goods. American companies that use only American products help keep the domestic economy strong.

2. They’re made for comfort

United Sewing Automation out of Mt. Airy, N.C., manufactures masks for comfort and effectiveness. Textiles made by people who use them tend to include features that increase their effectiveness and comfort. United Sewing’s masks are 3-ply, with built-in nose pieces for a good fit. Although American companies keep the bottom line in mind, they often don’t forgo features such as these to cut corners - and costs.

United Sewing Automation masks also feature:

  • Elastic earloop strap to reduce friction on ears
  • High-quality, breathable fabrics

3. You can get them fast

Even one day with a PPE shortage can prove costly to businesses. Waiting around for a foreign shipment could cost companies money, and perhaps viability. Early days of the coronavirus pandemic forced American companies to order from overseas, or from less-reputable domestic suppliers. The impact of delayed, incomplete, or unfulfilled orders than never arrived set U.S. business back at first. When quality home manufacturers such as United Sewing stepped up, the supply chain steadied itself as the need increased.

4. You’re likely to deal with humans

As companies that had never manufactured a single mask found themselves in the thick of providing in a national crisis, many prided themselves on the customer care that carried them through pre-COVID. Many American companies that manufacture face masks employ a local workforce, answer their own phones, and take pride in their products - as well as take an interest in the people they serve. Because they’re neighbors.

5. Flexibility to ramp up production

News changes by the hour regarding coronavirus. Ground zero for the virus has shifted from Seattle to New York City to Houston, with hotspots and flareups in states and cities coast to coast. American companies have the flexibility to increase production as needs warrant. As supplies of staples such as toilet paper and hand sanitizer have waxed and waned under duress of demand, American-made face masks have become a steady presence in the domestic fight against spreading the virus.

6. American products meet American standards

American-made face masks must meet the Center for Disease Control guidelines - standards that change as new discoveries are made. If you buy masks from anywhere else, who knows whose standards - if anyone’s - are being met? Also, although many top U.S. manufacturers were in the mask business before the pandemic, many others converted their operations into essential products, such as masks, sanitizer, and ventilators. These companies have an investment to help fellow Americans through this crisis.

7. American products support American companies and workforce

In a time of fiscal uncertainty, filling a need to produce American made face masks also met another challenge - keeping domestic businesses open and thriving. From buyers to front-line workers to the people who distribute these essential products, many people benefit from commerce in the U.S. from American manufacturers. Some companies expanded their workforce to meet the demand for masks, with a plan to keep those workers in place when the pandemic winds down. Some companies have partnered with other facilities to increase production, too. That shows commitment not only to stem this pandemic but to see to it that American manufacturing continues to thrive in its aftermath.


Wearing a mask is a critical component of efforts to stem the spread of COVID-19. Trust an American manufacturing company to deliver the highest quality with excellent customer service: United Sewing Automation. For discounts on bulk orders, deals on shipping, and a comprehensive lineup of American made face masks, trust United Sewing Automation to deliver the best PPE you can get, straight from our plant in Mt. Airy, N.C. Check us out today.


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The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a physician or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or health objectives.

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