CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- It's become a bit of a sore spot for Americans. Our athletes walked in the opening ceremonies in clothes made in China.
NewsChannel 36 set out to find Charlotte shops with things made in America. And you might be surprised to hear that some local business owners are making a big push to make that happen.
SMI is a division of Charlotte Motor Speedway and prints all the speedways t-shirts.
“NASCAR is an all American sport. The fan wants an American made product,” said SMI spokesman Dan Chittock. “We think that if we can do our part by buying here in America then that’s going to help stimulate the local economy.”
It costs double to make the t-shirts here instead of China, but this past April speedway management decided it was worth it.
Chittock said people want to know that what they’re buying is made in the USA.
“You would be surprised how many people look at the tags,” Chittock said.
At the track's gift shop, there are whole sections promoting the red, white and blue.
“That’s something we can take a lot of pride in, knowing American workers put these materials together,” said Scott Cooper, the speedway spokesman.
And it's not just the big companies that have their American pride on display.
At Maddi’s craft gallery in Dilworth, owner Diane Sulg said 98 percent of what she sells is made in the USA.
“It’s really, really important to us. Every dollar we make as a locally owned store stays in America. It’s so simple to talk about curing your deficit—everybody buy something made in America and the money stays here,” Sulg said.