Guest blog by Richard W. Bogert, President and CEO, The Bogert Group
I grew up with the phrase “American Ingenuity” to describe the monumental accomplishments of our time. I grew up in a time that “Made in America” was the norm and made somewhere else meant inferior. We were proud to manufacture the best and supply the world. That was American Innovation and manufacturing might. We were the best at everything.
I started my company as a service business but soon realized that I was only trading hours for dollars. I had limited myself because there are only so many hours in a day. My income also fluctuated with the local economy. I turned to manufacturing because it was limitless and selling products on the global level insulated me from the ups and downs of my local economy. Starting with what I knew, Bogert Aviation became a FAA Certified parts manufacturer in 1986. My philosophy, “We are going to make the very best products – or we aren’t going to do it”. Over the years we started other companies that manufacture a wide range of products. We call it the Bogert Group.
I’ve got news for you. American Ingenuity and Innovation are alive and well. Most of the best new products and technologies have been created in the good old USA. Our young people are creative and inventive when encouraged. We just need to create an environment that fosters innovative thought.