HURRAH-- There will once again be USA-Made televisions.

Posted by scapozzola on 01/09/2012

EDITOR'S UPDATE: Since this post was originally published there's been more news from the makers of American-made televisions. 
January 2013: Element Electronics hit the shelves.
September 2013: Element Electronics announces new plant in South Carolina. 


Element Electronics has announced that it will begin production of flat screen, HD TV's at its factory in Detroit, Michigan in March 2012.  This will make Element Electronics the only company assembling TV's in the United States.

The company says it made the decision to manufacture products in the U.S. in order to shorten its supply chain and related lead times, to be more responsive to American consumers, and reduce waste.  The company also believes that a U.S.-based assembly plant will increase the out-of-the-box quality of its televisions:

 

"This was also an emotional decision for the company, maybe even a patriotic choice," explains Mike O'Shaughnessy, President of Element Electronics.  "Element Electronics is an American company. Personally, I grew up in a small, blue-collar Ohio town.  Our business is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  We are rooted in the Midwest.  We have watched for years as jobs have left America for other countries.  We have wanted to and planned for producing TV's here, at home.  Element Electronics wants to pioneer a resurgence of creating quality manufacturing jobs in the USA."

Element Electronics believes global economic trends will make American production more economically viable over time and the company is scheduled to continue increasing production over the next few years. This will lead to increased job creation within Element Electronic factories and their suppliers.

In the short term, the company says that the plant will provide jobs for about 100 people but already has plans for expansion and additional hires down the road.

The HDTVs that Element Electronics will produce at the Michigan plant will be sold for "essentially the same prices" as those made in China.

Learn more about Element Electronics.

18 comments

Anonymous wrote 37 weeks 6 days ago

American made tvs

Keep the public inform once products are massed produced and let Americans know.
Thank you

Anonymous wrote 49 weeks 4 days ago

tv made in usa

just because they are assembling a tv in the united stated does not mean its made in the usa,get real i doubt there are any components of the tv made here,so why does it even really matter,now if the proprietary components were made here then i would say go for it or even some components but i guarantee that none are .Assembled in the us means jack when all components are imported,is this the best that the biggest consumer market in the world can achieve?pretty pathetic really

Anonymous wrote 1 year 21 weeks ago

God Bless America

I commend Element Electronics . The next TV I buy will be one made buy them. I also will tell every one know about them. Please make this a quality product for which America can be proud of.

Thank You Element Electronics

Anonymous wrote 1 year 34 weeks ago

Made or assemled in USA

If it is just assembeled in the US for now I want 2 40 inch and if they start making them here in the USA I will sell the 2 assembled one's and buy 2 actual Made in USA.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 38 weeks ago

I am for American made products

I think that all products consume or use the US government should be made in America. Our tax Dollars should be use to support American jobs.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Basically agree with #12,

Basically agree with #12, they will most likely "assemble" in the USA from "foreign and domestic" parts. You see it on everything now, go to your local home building store, even handtools that used to be solely made here in the USA say that now.

Probably the only parts sourced here are the plastic housing, instruction manual ,and packaging. Guess it's better than nothing.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 42 weeks ago

They're not made in Detroit,

They're not made in Detroit, they are made in Canton Mi about 45 minutes from Detroit and about 10 minutes from AnnArbor.

Anonymous wrote 1 year 43 weeks ago

Seura TV Green Bay WI

Seura TVs are made in GreenBay Wi www.seura.com/

Anonymous wrote 1 year 46 weeks ago

Let's Bring More Jobs Back to the USA

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Anonymous wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Assembled in Detroit

The TVs will be assembled in Detroit. It is way to cost prohibitive to build a LCD/LED panel "fab" in the USA. And, yes, like somebody else mentioned, the "quality" is not as good as the panels made in South Korea.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 11 weeks ago

Kudos to the first company to make electronics in the USA

Well as the cost of Made in China increases then when you'll see a stronger Yuan then you'll see an Apple product that says Designed in California and Assembled in Alabama, USA.

That will be the day that Apple products will be made in Alabama here in the good old USA and even your iPod will soon be made in Alabama watch ! :)

Anonymous wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

Yes! Finally a made in the

Yes! Finally a made in the u.s.a. t.v.! Cant wait ti purchase one. Anyone know where??

Anonymous wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

american T.V.

Yes they are importing parts and assembling in here america but they are working on getting other american companies on board with parts made here in america. Please dont bash a company that is trying to do a good thing for american people. For that I say Bravo and Salute

Anonymous wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

It's a start!

So happy to see that maybe we start keeping jobs here! It's about time.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Look at the big picture, jobs in the US.

Look at the big picture! I work for a top TV company and all their decisions are made considering their country of origin, sell in the US and invest outside the US.
I don’t know much about Element Electronics. But, I am happy to see they are bringing jobs back to the US.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Contrast Ratio Myths

There isn't a television on the planet that actually has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. That's a marketing myth and it should be made illegal. Most TV and projector companies simply fabricate this particular metric because people like you are too stupid to google this stuff.

Take a look at a new iMac with "only a 1000:1" contrast ratio. Looks amazing doesn't it? Perhaps this American company doesn't want to BS you with false metrics. Sony, Panasonic and the rest of the lot know you're too dumb and too lazy to investigate how contrast ratio is calculated.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 27 weeks ago

Without wanting to rain on

Without wanting to rain on their parade, from the reviews, this company has some work to do. The specs on the TV are pretty bad. Most TV's have constrast ratios of 100,000 to 1 or even 1,000,000 to 1. Element's TV is only 3,000 to 1.

Not only that, they have some quality problems.

I am a HUGE supporter of made in the USA, but I have to caution on this one.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 28 weeks ago

usa made televisions

I doubt made. The word is assembled in USA of foreign sourced parts. The LCD board I am sure will be imported also the printed circuit boards and most if not all of the components on board. The circuit boards will more than likely be assembled in China. That is the case with most of the televisions being assembled in Mexico now. The screws and other hardware will be imported. The remote and power cord. The only parts that will be made in the USA will be the two piece plastic housing,shipment box and printed manual. I am not joking around I know very seriously and I am in the know on these matters.

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