Clothing made in the U.S.:
Brian Morrell, owner of athletic clothing line Eagle USA and president of private-label clothing manufacturer Mortex Apparel, is buoyant these days. His four factories—formerly shuttered textile mills—are bustling. "In the last three months, business has picked up significantly," he says, for a variety of reasons, including increased lead times overseas and consumer demand for products made in the U.S. While he doesn't want to compete solely on price, he's adamant about being able to beat competitors on quality. "I often get customers that assume U.S.-made means expensive. That does not have to be the case. … We run our business with low inventory, low overhead, and quick turns. We can and do compete."