In the early 1900s, in America, there were no laws in place protecting the injured worker. Workers were at the mercy of the court system to get compensation for workplace-related injuries—and they often failed. Companies typically argued that employees couldn’t be compensated if they contributed in any way to their injury or if they signed a contract (often known as a “death contract”) acknowledging the hazards of the job.
There are lots of reasons why people buy goods from national corporations: a large selection of products and free two-day shipping, for example. When it comes to some things, however, local is simply better.