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Will making large Flat Panel TV's in America bring back lost jobs and produce better quality? I hope this is a trend, and I hope that it succeeds.



The company also has future plans to start manufacturing parts here as well.



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Sounds like good news on both parts (assembly & manufacturing).

Hope both come to fruition, and - as you noted - also Succeed!
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I saw the 46" model at Wally World yesterday while I was picking up a few groceries. They didn't have it set up with the other TV's on their wall. They were just sitting in the aisle on an endcap. I'm looking for a 42" as a TV for my guest room but might have to re-consider and get the 46" LED-driven one JUST because it is assembled in the USA. I'd like to see one actually set up and running though.

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While this, so far, looks like merely a final assembly plant putting together a lot of generic foreign made parts it would be nice if things progress to more US manufacturing and sourcing of components as well.

The foreign car mfgs like Honda and Toyota started out assembling cars with imported major components like engines and trannies but now virtually the whole car is sourced here.

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Very cool.
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It would be especially nice if they picked top quality components to build the displays and establish a reputation for offering a premium product at a good price. It may take awhile but I think most Americans will embrace the concept.
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Good news, but the video incorrectly used the term "made". The labeling on the box was correct.
Not "made", but "assembled" in the USA.

Question is, who makes their panels??

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Good news, but the video incorrectly used the term "made". The labeling on the box was correct.
Not "made", but "assembled" in the USA.
Question is, who makes their panels??

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Someone in Taiwan, China, Korea, or Japan. smile.gif




According to Element's President and Owner, Michael O'Shaughnessy, their future expansion program includes making parts in the US. Not sure if that includes panels. I guess only time will tell.



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Good news, but the video incorrectly used the term "made". The labeling on the box was correct.
Not "made", but "assembled" in the USA.
Question is, who makes their panels??

Good question. I noticed they feature 40" and 46" TVs in their lineup, so I suppose that rules out LG's IPS panels (never heard of them making those sizes with IPS panels), but almost anything else could be possible. MVAs from AUO or CMI/CMO, ASV from Sharp, or even PVA from Samsung. No idea on their bigger TVs, though.
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According to Element's President and Owner, Michael O'Shaughnessy, their future expansion program includes making parts in the US. Not sure if that includes panels. I guess only time will tell.
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are there any tv fab plants in u.s.?

are there even any display plants (monitors or tvs) in u.s. currently?
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are there any tv fab plants in u.s.?
are there even any display plants (monitors or tvs) in u.s. currently?


Unfortunately, not since Zenith shut down it's plant in 1995. Hopefully, if Element is successful, that will change.


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Unfortunately, not since Zenith shut down it's plant in 1995. Hopefully, if Element is successful, that will change.
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The last manufactuer to shut down TV related factories in the USA was Sony. They shut down their CRT factory in San Diego in 2006 and then in early 2009 they shut down their factory where they assembled their rear projection TVs in the USA, near Pittsburgh PA (LINK). The last Sony RPTV was probably actually manufactured at that factory in early 2008.

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^I thought Pioneer shut down their CA factory around the same time (2009, perhaps 2008).
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The last manufactuer to shut down TV related factories in the USA was Sony. They shut down their CRT factory in San Diego in 2006 and then in early 2009 they shut down their factory where they assembled their rear projection TVs in the USA, near Pittsburgh PA (LINK). The last Sony RPTV was probably actually manufactured at that factory in early 2008.

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^I thought Pioneer shut down their CA factory around the same time (2009, perhaps 2008).


Sorry, I was referring to American Companies. Sony and Pioneer are based in Japan. The point of this thread was to commend Element, an American based company, for changing some of it's outsourcing policies and bringing TV manufacturing back to the US.


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