I try to buy USA made. But, it is hard to find made in USA products.
In the rod building industry, most components, blanks included, are made in China.
Because of this, the box stores prices are cheaper than I can buy the components.
Makes it real hard to compete.
Most box stores will have less than $15.00 in the finished product sitting in the racks.
Loomis is owned by Shimano, St Croix has rods made in Mexico, Lamiglas has it lower end rods made in Taiwan area. Loomis, St Croix and Lamiglas still make their top end rods in house.