In one of the most impressive examples of American patriotism I’ve ever seen, Donny McCall of Invis-A-Rack rejected demands by the wealthy investors of the Shark Tank TV show to consider having foreign workers produce his products.
Shark tank investors repeatedly grilled McCall on why he wouldn’t consider off-shoring production in order to lower his costs, but McCall refused, saying that he wouldn’t go there.
It was a shining example of the problems within the leadership of American big business. The investors explained to McCall how he should focus on “growing the business” so that he could get back to the ethical and moral matters of taking care of his own people and communities “later”, when the business is large and healthy.
But is that the reality?
Donny McCall Is a Rare American Businessman
There was a time when working in America was an opportunity sought after by people across the world. America was the land of opportunity.
Over the last 200 years, American has mutated into the land of Corporate greed, entire communities surviving only on government welfare checks, and immigrant workers getting paid “off-the-books.”
Although factory labor jobs were primarily affected by global outsourcing of jobs early on in the 1980s and 1990s, Americans were still able to compete by obtaining more technical degrees in engineering and the sciences.
However, after 2000, major western corporations even started ditching those technical workers for foreign technical staff based in countries with smaller economies that demanded lower wages for workers.
The sharks rebuffed Donny McCall for suggesting that quality would suffer by off-shoring production, but the reality is that Americans see evidence of this every day.
Countless manufacturers have resorted to purchasing cheaply made products from China, and so it should be no surprise that Western buyers are starting to find their children playing with toys that are tainted with dangerous imperfections like lead paint – dangers created by short-sighted and sometimes unethical shortcuts that foreign manufacturers like those in China use to slash their production costs.
Americans have also seen the drastic drop in quality after companies started off-shoring call-center staff to countries like India, when you couldn’t call the 1-800 number on the back of your credit card without it being answered by someone that could barely speak English.
Is it ethno-centric of Donny to suggest that the American dream should still exist in America?
Despite this heart-wrenching realization, Herjavec’s sense of corporate profit overrode his sense of morality and patriotism, as he quickly finished his story with, “…but I can’t support something where you don’t take care of the business, so I’m out.”
Donny should have responded to Herjavec with, “…that’s okay Robert, I don’t need your money, because I can’t have an investor that doesn’t care about his own country, so I’m out.”
You Get What You Pay For
You are of course free to buy some cheap aluminum throw-away truck rack contraption from China, if you want. That’s your right.
However, I would highly suggest that if you’re looking for an innovative way to haul equipment over the bed of your pickup while leaving the bed itself free and clear for even more gear, you really should check out Invis-a-Rack.
It’s an American product, and an American business, that you can be proud to be involved with. Because no matter how large the company gets, you can be certain that patriot owner Donny McCall will never be willing to sell out his own country for a fast-track to riches.