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    http://www.hennessyhammock.com/manuf...nghistory.html


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    When Hennessy Hammock started back in 1999, we made hammocks in our woodshed and my mother's garage in Florida. Next we moved to our dining room. When we got too big, we went to a factory in Everett, Washington. When they couldn't keep up, we moved part of our production to China, still working with the Everett, Washington factory and also still making some
    items in Canada.

    We are dedicated to making the best product we can for the customer at the
    best price but we will not ever compromise on quality. Because many factories are moving offshore and closing down in the US, it's becoming increasingly difficult to find factories that can handle larger productions. Ropes for all Hennessy Hammocks are made in the US. Mesh for all Hennessy Hammocks are made in the US.

    We work with the second largest tent factory in China, which works with many of the top brands sold in the world. We send our employees over to China to supervise production and inspect every single hammock before it is shipped. This has guaranteed consistently good quality for our customers.

    The people who work in the factory are high school graduates. They come to work neatly dressed with their hair combed, shoes shined and ready to put in a good day's work, just like my dad did back in the 50's. We have lunch with the factory employees in the factory cafeteria every day when we are there. The factory is spacious, well-lit with good ventilation, very clean and well-organized. The conditions are as good or better than in any US sewing factory I have visited and the factory machinery is state of the art. The workers have a lot to say about their time schedules, production organization and vote on decisions such as working overtime. Right now the factory is taking time off from regular production to make tents for earthquake victims in the Chinese interior. Because factories in China must produce more than 1 million tents to temporarily house earthquake victims, Hennessy Hammock has donated over 20,000 yards of US mosquito mesh to be used for the earthquake victim tents. The factory workers have a terrific work ethic and are not ashamed to say they are working to make their country a better place.

    Not all Hennessy Hammocks and accessories are made in China. We have 12 models and a number of accessories. Some are made in Canada, some in the
    US and some in China. We use fabrics from the US, Taiwan, Korea and China.

    2 out of the three Expeditions we make are made completely in the US. The Expedition Asym Woodland Camo and Expedition Asym MultiColor are manufactured in the US. The fabrics were purchased in the US from an American company and labeled "Made with pride in USA" but what most people don't realize is that most fabrics sold by US companies are imported from China and then sometimes dyed and finished in the US.

    Here is the list:
    Adventure Racer - made in USA
    Hyperlight - made in China
    Backpacker - some made in USA, some made in China
    Explorer Ultralight - some made in USA, some made in China
    Desert Rat - made in USA
    Expedition Asym Hunter Green - made in China
    Expedition Asym MultiColor (three different versions) - made in USA
    Expedition Woodland Camo - made in USA
    Explorer Deluxe - made in China
    Survivor Woodland Camo - made in USA
    Survivor Universal Digital Camo - made in USA
    Scout - made in China
    Insulation System for Expedition Asym/Backpacker/Hyperlight - made in USA
    OverCover for Expedition Asym/Backpacker/Hyperlight - made in Canada
    Insulation System for Explorers - made in USA
    OverCover for Explorers - made in Canada
    Snakeskins - made in China
    Water Collectors - made in China
    Accessory Webbing Straps - made in Canada

    In the past 10 years, innovation has taken Hennessy Hammock from being a
    backyard do-it-yourselfer to es ablishing an entirely new segment in the
    outdoor industry.
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    Made in the USA!!!

    This is why I sleep in a Speer...Thanks for keeping it real Ed!!!

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    I wouldn't mind some more Chinese-made hammock accessories, I could go for some stuff at 1/2 the price.

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    uhh, I think the point trying to get across (at least my perception) is that when a USA company moves production to China, the price doesnt drop. They pay workers less, end American jobs and still charge the same to you. Sound like a good deal?

    ?
    Last edited by te-wa; 09-05-2008 at 19:09. Reason: too much ramblin'

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    Don't let the nay-sayers get to you daibutsu, I have your Explorer Delux A-Sym and love it!! I had the option two offered by 2Questions wife added to it and now I claim that it's perfect.

    I'd suggest offering that yourself but then that would cut into 2Questions wife's mad money and that wouldn't be right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hdbint View Post
    So.......back to the original thread. If HH are made in China (which I'm pretty sure they are), why the heck are they so expensive?
    There is just one word for it GREED.

    Another reason as someone mentioned is that patients are expensive and Tom like to patient every time he changes any little detail so he has to pay for his patents.

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    To Boldly Hang Where No One Has Hung Before...

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    Well I, for one, am happy with my HH, regardless of where its made. Like it or not, most products we use every day are made overseas. Now, I would RATHER keep the jobs here, as I am sure everyone here agrees to. However, if you dont like the product, or dont agree with their philosophy, or whatever, thats fine, dont buy it.
    I am sure most, if not ALL, nylon products bought were manufactured overseas. So, DIYers, although I commend you for doing something I have NO talent for, are still sending money overseas. thats the current state of our country; sad, but true.

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    Greed...totally off topic, but, you are worrying about one man, making a living. I think in this world, there's far more to worry about than a man who is making a profit, and started his business from the ground up, and expanded enough to where he had to outsource to make money. There's far bigger problems we face than where our hammocks were made. If thats your biggest concern, I envy you.
    Last edited by oldsoldier; 09-05-2008 at 13:11.

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    The Survivor model is made in the USA. It has to be in order to sell it to the US Govt/military.

    John

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    Let's keep this thread on HH and away from the politics, pls.
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