Planet Dog, a Maine-based dog toy and supply company, announced that it plans to move production of its sewn products from China to US manufacturers by 2010. The company already moved production of its molded plastic products from the Dominican Republic to Springvale, Maine in 2004.
Catherine Frost, Planet Dog’s director of marketing and product development, said, “The economics of it have been better, producing those products in China, but — and it’s a big but — in the last six months there has been a big change in how consumers view products made in China.”
The company said they plan to close its Chinese production within the next two years and hope to find a Maine company to produce their plush and cloth toys.
Planet Dog said that they may have to raise prices as a result of moving production to the US, but Frost hopes that customers will look beyond the price and that this change will help “allay consumers’ fears”.
They also are planning to include information about where the products are made in its marketing.
Source: Morning Sentinel
Photo: Planet Dog