I was recently doing some research on winches. From my research warn winches are manufactured in China? The hubs are made in Oregon Really? I thought for sure Warn was 100% American made what happened?
My m8000 is made in US, but the solenoid pack came from china. It was really weird. When I bought my m8000 it came with a bag of nuts and bolts and not instructions and nothing really matched. Half of it was metric and half was standard. The standard stuff worked on the winch motor, but not the anything that had to do with the solenoid box. The bag of nuts and bolts was just a random bag of nuts and bolts - meaning there was wasn't any complete set of anything, and it came with nuts and bolts that didn't even fit anything on the winch. It baffled me.
Also I bought a Warn winch cover, and it came from china. Not near as nice as the old ones that came from warn years ago.
Our products are very specialized as well. Not necessarily design and build, but very narrow market reach. That is where you find most of the made in USA stuff. The product is driven by features not price (to an extent). Any consumer thing, unless its a luxury item, is driven by price, so it will generally be made overseas.
A little off topic: Ever hear of a ROKON? It's a 2x2 adult minibike. Since I like to solo it's a toy I have targeted for retirement. They are very expensive, it says they are 100% made in the USA but I seriously doubt that especially after reading all of this. It seems like I can't hardly buy a cheese burger made in the U.S. anymore.
I remember when Lionel Trains packed up and left Michigan to set up shop in Mexico. It was an all american icon toy I grew up with and my father grew up with and my grandfather grew up with. It still chaps my ass they left the USA sons a b****es.
Buy an older Warn winch, they are pretty easy to rebuild if it needs it (most of the time they just need to be cleaned up and lubed). You can get parts for the older ones pretty easily, since the design really has not changed much..... My X8000 was neglected out in the weather and not used (that is the worst thing for a winch, not use it and it will seize up.....) it took all of about 4 hours to dis-assemble it, clean it, lube it and put back together again.... works like a champ....