I have a US made 'Dale, but I don't think it's any better than a lot of Taiwanese stuff. The Far-Eastern industries have improved considerable from 20 years ago or so, and most bike stuff is made their anyway.
As for manufacturing standards; I'm not sure if a welder in the US, on a pretty basic wage, is in any way superior to a welder in Taiwan, on a relatively similar basic wage. Maybe a small workshop, with a couple of blokes who really enjoy building bikes, might have greater attention to detail, but I doubt workers in big factories are really any more motivated, based on geographic location.
Cannondale make nice bikes, but they've always been spensive, compared with yer Marins, Treks and Specializeds. If they want to compete, then they need to be able to match production costs with those companies, and get their products out to compete directly, at certain price points.
Santa Cruz's are made in Taiwan, and people still buy them. Likewise On-Ones. The 'brand' is a myth; the reality is that most of it is mass-produced in huge factories.
I truly think Lynskey are the best in the world at doing Ti.
No bias at all, then, eh, Brant?
I don't care where the **** thing is made, as long as it don't fall apart.