St. Louis, Missouri 2021-10-20 23:46:00 –
NS. LOUIS (KMOV.com)-It’s starting to look like Christmas in Kirkwood’s RF Home & Co. But filling the store with cheerful gnomes and glittering trees has never been so easy.
“Everything imported has a crazy delay and no reorders,” said owner Nicole Gentz.
However, most of their stores are made locally. “We are very fortunate to have 45 local companies in St. Louis. They are not only their own business, but also their own manufacturers,” she said.
But even those local manufacturers are feeling a pinch. “If they can’t get the fabric, the needles, or the stupidest little thing you can think of, suddenly the lead times get longer,” Genz said.
For example, the candles they make in-house use bottles procured from New York. Those bottles were impossible to find earlier this year. They also make custom cabinets and have a hard time getting supplies.
“I think it’s great because all of our wood is made in the United States, but for the first time since COVID started, we’ve had hinge supply problems,” she said.
Senator Josh Hawley has submitted a bill called the “Make in America To Sell in America Act” aimed at addressing supply chain issues.
“It’s a thing of the past that the United States can end its devastating reliance on foreign manufacturing in countries such as China and actually produce the products it needs domestically,” Senator Hurley said in a press release. Said.
The bill will require more multinationals to manufacture more important commodities in the United States. He states that the requirements will drive new investment in domestic manufacturing.
For Genz, she is worried now. If Senator Hurley’s bill is passed, it will take years to implement. For now, local business owners are hoping things will go faster with new efforts to operate the port 24/7, but everyone to make the holiday season happier. She says there is one thing she can do.
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