True, but all's well that ends well. If it's in production now I wonder if they just pulled one off the line to fulfil my order. They were super helpful and responsive anyway. Bet QA gets a review after this. On the upside, this thing is not just made in the USA, it's made like an old Detroit behemoth, a ton of heavy gauge steel with robust sanitary welds.
(Good thing about this company, it's all vertically integrated. If I'd bought from a retailer, who bought from random distributors, who bought from random manufacturers, I'd have been screwed.)