Good point about the Winston employees themselves, Frank. Here's a link to two articles about the objection of Winston employees to overseas rods, and one of the company's former owner's remarks about the direction David Ondaajte has taken Winston: MATR News: Casting jobs overseas? - Former Winston Rod owner upset over possible outsourcing
It should also be noted that Winston's bamboo rod makers left the company due to similar concerns. Glenn Bracket and Tom Morgan sold Winston to David Odaajte in 1991, but Brackett continued to head Winston's bamboo shop. When he went public with his objections regarding Odaajte's plans for Winston, Brackett said he was pushed out of the company: CLICK HERE
The 4 bamboo makers left Winston, but Brackett started a very successful new bamboo rod company: Sweetgrass Rods.
Kenny Hill makes classical guitars in Felton, CA. He is very successful, and guitars from his shop sell for $4,000-$$8,000. Kenny had guitars built in Paracho Mexico during the 1990's, and the label read "Kenny Hill". About 4 years ago, Hill decided to have a Chinese violin shop make guitars for him, but the label now reads "New World Guitars". They are designed and inspected by Kenny Hill and his employees in Felton, CA, and Kenny says that he travels to China to supply the materials used to make these guitars. The MIC guitars sell for around $1,500, and they are very good guitars. Some retailers advertise the New World Guitars as "Kenny Hill", but the label says different. Bravo...