Well I was seriously thinking of buying a Avid casting reel (AC300A), thought I was going to get a good American made reel. But I couldn't find any information on where it was made looking at there site, (St. Croix) so I sent an e-mail. I ask if there casting reels and parts were American made. The reply I got was, there reels are made by Daiwa for St. Croix, and are manufactured in Japan and Thailand. So much for my American made reel. Guess I'll stick with Abu reels, really wanted one good American made reel though.