So, I know Dean Markley has a factory in the states, and has been a USA manufacturer for years. However, I recently received a shipment of Helix strings straight from the factory, and they were packed with some foreign Asian newspaper. I immediately called my guy at DM customer service (super responsive to dead strings/sets, love them a ton), and he assured me that they were a USA company, and he had no idea how the paper would even get to the factory. He told me he'd bring it up with the VP of Manufacturing, and I'm eager to hear what he says about it. Thoughts or similar experiences?