Americans, at large, WANT quality, but don't want to pay for it. This extends way past machinery. Americans want "good enough" at cheap prices. See Wal-Mart, see McDonalds, see everywhere around you. Dozens of members here can attest to giving someone a quote for a piece of furniture and having them scoff and talk about how they can get it cheaper at Wal-Mart... or Costco, or Sams, or....
Here's clippings from another article on finewoodworking.com. The entire piece can be found here.
The new, independent company, Delta Power Equipment Corporation, will be based in Anderson County, South Carolina and led by Bryan Whiffen, who has been named President & Chief Executive Officer.
In terms of manufacturing, there are no major changes afoot. Delta has long been known for making many of its tools here in the United States. But some tools and parts are made overseas. So far, according to Whiffen, that plan will not change. “Tools made in the U.S. will continue to be made here.” But, he says, “outsourced tools will be made in the same factories as well.” The corporate headquarters will be moved to Anderson, S.C.
The new Delta company will continue to provide a complete line of professional woodworking equipment and machinery, and will continue to build the world-class Unisaw, as well as the Biesemeyer® accessories, in the United States. Plans are to move the manufacturing equipment from Jackson, Tennessee to the company’s facility in Anderson. Once fully operational, the Anderson facility will include manufacturing, R&D, engineering, sales and administrative functions.
This means your bandsaw has been built with Chinese parts since 2005, when Black and Decker acquired the company.