I'm the local Home Depot Secret Police. Don't make me take you in for questioning.
Seriously, welcome to the group. I gave a brief review of the new gas webers in an earlier post.
Wev'e gotten in new Weber gas grills that are a little prettier but they did away with a feature I thought was cool. The previous model had a hood thermometer that was removable to use as a meat thermometer. They proabably changed it because those thermometers were a high theft item? Anyway, you can always keep a separate meat thermometer handy.
As for the overall quality, they are Webers. I'm not sure what gave you the impression they were subcontracted out. Try lifting a Weber off the ground and a comparably featured Char-broil for comparrison. The Webers (new or old) weigh a lot more. Weber gives you a lot of grill for the money. They use baked enamel paint, cast iron, and stainless steel. Even the plasic parts tend to be pretty high grade plastic. Although the caster / wheels do break occasionally. They are easy to replace and Webers are easier to roll around than other grills despite weighing a lot more.
The new Webers still have the funnel design for the firebox for amazingly easy cleaning. The burners and flavorizer bars look the same.
If your shopping for a gas grill and you want it to last many years with heavy use, consider a Weber.