Yes, I agree it would be stupid for a corporate entity to start manufacturing in Alaska and pay those shipping costs to the Lower 48. But does this mean there is a complete vacuum of goods? The only noteworthy Alaskan-manufactured product I can think of is Alaskan Brewing Company (love their Oatmeal Stout, which I sampled in Fairbanks). I am guessing this is distributed to the Lower 48. A lot of fish comes from Alaska, but I would have to exclude this as, like oil or lumber, it's more of a natural resource than a crafted Alaskan product. So does anyone have any packaged food, devices, tools, etc that are from an Alaskan company?
Curious George: Alaskan products? I like to look at labels and see where stuff is made. OK, granted, I have no life. However I realized today that I've bought items made in virtually every state except Alaska.