Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S. – NYTimes.com

Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen as Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S. – NYTimes.com. The newest revelations about the Trans-Pacific Partnershp (TPP) have just been reported by the New York Times. If the TPP passes, the newest documents show that companies (working inside those countries) can supersede all local, state and federal laws. This is not really a surprise, we already see this with the World Trade Organization agreement – the best recent example is the American Meat Institute who says they were not going to follow the rules that makes it mandatory that meat be labelled as to its origin as written by the U.S.D.A, because the WTO court says so. See: US government Appeals WTO Ruling that Bans National Meat Labeling.  For this latest TPP news please read this article from the New York Times written on March 25, 2015.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Seen As Door for Foreign Suits Against U.S.

 tpp1President Obama with members of his cabinet speaking to the Democratic Governors Association. The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda.
Jabin Botsford / The New York Times
March 25, 2015

WASHINGTON — An ambitious 12-nation trade accord pushed by President Obama would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States government for actions that undermine their investment “expectations” and hurt their business, according to a classified document.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership — a cornerstone of Mr. Obama’s remaining economic agenda — would grant broad powers to multinational companies operating in North America, South America and Asia. Under the accord, still under negotiation but nearing completion, companies and investors would be empowered to challenge regulations, rules, government actions and court rulings — federal, state or local — before tribunals organized under the World Bank or the United Nations.

Backers of the emerging trade accord, which is supported by a wide variety of business groups and favored by most Republicans, say that it is in line with previous agreements that contain similar provisions. But critics, including many Democrats in Congress, argue that the planned deal widens the opening for multinationals to sue in the United States and elsewhere, giving greater priority to protecting corporate interests than promoting free trade and competition that benefits consumers.

The chapter in the draft of the trade deal, dated Jan. 20, 2015, and obtained by The New York Times in collaboration with the group WikiLeaks, is certain to kindle opposition from both the political left and the right. The sensitivity of the issue is reflected in the fact that the cover mandates that the chapter not be declassified until four years after the Trans-Pacific Partnership comes into force or trade negotiations end, should the agreement fail.

tpp2Protesters in Miami against the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Critics argue that the planned deal widens the opening for multinationals to sue in the United States and elsewhere. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Conservatives are likely to be incensed that even local policy changes could send the government to a United Nations-sanctioned tribunal. On the left, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, law professors and a host of liberal activists have expressed fears the provisions would infringe on United States sovereignty and impinge on government regulation involving businesses in banking, tobacco, pharmaceuticals and other sectors.

Members of Congress have been reviewing the secret document in secure reading rooms, but this is the first disclosure to the public since an early version leaked in 2012.

“This is really troubling,” said Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senate’s No. 3 Democrat. “It seems to indicate that savvy, deep-pocketed foreign conglomerates could challenge a broad range of laws we pass at every level of government, such as made-in-America laws or anti-tobacco laws. I think people on both sides of the aisle will have trouble with this.”

The United States Trade Representative’s Office dismissed such concerns as overblown. Administration officials said opponents were using hypothetical cases to stoke irrational fear when an actual record exists that should soothe worries.

Such “Investor-State Dispute Settlement” accords exist already in more than 3,000 trade agreements across the globe. The United States is party to 51, including the North American Free Trade Agreement. Administration officials say they level the playing field for American companies doing business abroad, protect property from government seizure and ensure access to international justice.

But the limited use of trade tribunals, critics argue, is because companies in those countries do not have the size, legal budgets and market power to come after governments in the United States. The Trans-Pacific Partnership could change all that, they say. The agreement would expand that authority to investors in countries as wealthy as Japan and Australia, with sophisticated companies deeply invested in the United States.

“U.S.T.R. will say the U.S. has never lost a case, but you’re going to see a lot more challenges in the future,” said Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio. “There’s a huge pot of gold at the end of the rainbow for these companies.”

One 1999 case gives ammunition to both sides of the debate. Back then, California banned the chemical MTBE from the state’s gasoline, citing the damage it was doing to its water supply. The Canadian company Methanex Corporation sued for $970 million under Nafta, claiming damages on future profits. The case stretched to 2005, when the tribunal finally dismissed all claims.

To supporters of the TPP, the Methanex case was proof that regulation for the “public good” would win out. For opponents, it showed what could happen when far larger companies from countries like Japan have access to the same extrajudicial tribunals.

But as long as a government treats foreign and domestic companies in the same way, defenders say, it should not run afoul of the trade provisions. “A government that conducts itself in an unbiased and nondiscriminatory fashion has nothing to worry about,” said Scott Miller, an international business expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, who has studied past cases. “That’s the record.”

Similar chapters exist in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Central American Free Trade Agreement, but their use has been limited against the United States. Over 25 years, according to the trade representative’s office, the United States has faced only 17 investor-state cases, 13 of which went before tribunals. The United States has lost none.

Civil courts in the United States are already open to action by foreign investors and companies. Since 1993, while the federal government was defending itself against those 17 cases brought through extrajudicial trade tribunals, it was sued 700,000 times in domestic courts.

In all, according to Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch, about 9,000 foreign-owned firms operating in the United States would be empowered to bring cases against governments here. Those are as diverse as timber and mining companies in Australia and investment conglomerates from China whose subsidiaries in Trans-Pacific Partnership countries like Vietnam and New Zealand also have ventures in the United States.

More than 18,000 companies based in the United States would gain new powers to go after the other 11 countries in the accord.

A similar accord under negotiation with Europe has already provoked an outcry there.

Senator Brown contended that the overall accord, not just the investment provisions, was troubling. “This continues the great American tradition of corporations writing trade agreements, sharing them with almost nobody, so often at the expense of consumers, public health and workers,” he said.

Under the terms of the Pacific trade chapter, foreign investors could demand cash compensation if member nations “expropriate or nationalize a covered investment either directly or indirectly.” Opponents fear “indirect expropriation” will be interpreted broadly, especially by deep-pocketed multinational companies opposing regulatory or legal changes that diminish the value of their investments.

Included in the definition of “indirect expropriation” is government action that “interferes with distinct, reasonable investment-backed expectations,” according to the leaked document.

The cost can be high. In 2012, one such tribunal, under the auspices of the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, ordered Ecuador to pay Occidental Petroleum a record $2.3 billion for expropriating oil drilling rights.

Under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a member nation would be forbidden from favoring “goods produced in its territory.”

Critics say the text’s definition of an investment is so broad that it could open enormous avenues of legal challenge. An investment includes “every asset that an investor owns or controls, directly or indirectly, that has the characteristic of an investment,” including “regulatory permits; intellectual property rights; financial instruments such as stocks and derivatives”; construction, management, production, concession, revenue-sharing and other similar contracts; and “licenses, authorizations, permits and similar rights conferred pursuant to domestic law.”

“This is not about expropriation; it’s about regulatory changes,” said Lori Wallach, director of Global Trade Watch and a fierce opponent of the Pacific accord. “You now have specialized law firms being set up. You go to them, tell them what country you’re in, what regulation you want to go after, and they say ‘We’ll do it on contingency.’”

In 2013, Eli Lilly took advantage of a similar provision under Nafta to sue Canada for $500 million, accusing Ottawa of violating its obligations to foreign investors by allowing its courts to invalidate patents for two of its drugs.

All of those disputes would be adjudicated under rules set by either the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes or the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

The Obama administration pressed for — and won — clear transparency rules mandating that tribunals be open to the public and arbitration documents be available online. Outside parties would also be allowed to file briefs.

“Here’s what I can tell you as these negotiations proceed,” President Obama told reporters in Brussels last year when questioned on the trade deals in the works. “I have fought my entire political career and as president to strengthen consumer protections. I have no intention of signing legislation that would weaken those protections.”

There are other mitigating provisions, but many have catches. For instance, one article states that “nothing in this chapter” should prevent a member country from regulating investment activity for “environmental, health or other regulatory objectives.” But that safety valve says such regulation must be “consistent” with the other strictures of the chapter, a provision even administration officials said rendered the clause more political than legal.

One of the chapter’s annexes states that regulatory actions meant “to protect legitimate public welfare objectives, such as public health, safety and the environment” do not constitute indirect expropriation, “except in rare circumstances.” That final exception could open such regulations to legal second-guessing, critics say.

Correction: March 27, 2015

An article on Thursday about provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, as outlined in a classified document, that would allow foreign corporations to sue the United States over actions that hurt their business or investment expectations misstated when the document was made available to members of Congress. Drafts were available for review soon after being written; it is not the case that the latest document was not made available until last week.

Additional Editor’s Note;

Multi national corporations are receiving carte blache to freely thumb their noses at local laws. This is just the tip of the iceberg as to the problems if the United States passes the TPP. Do we remember what has happened to previous Free Trade agreements such as NAFTA and the World Trade Organization? These free trade agreements brought into everyday conversation terms like “off-shoring” or “outsourcing”. It caused problems like the devastation of American manufacturing, causing thousands of manufacturing ghost times – small towns that has gotten out of farming, turning to manufacturing, only to have greedy multi-national companies send their jobs to China, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, etc. It has further caused the greatest income inequality in the U.S. since the 1920’s and has virtually destroyed the entire middle class. The Free Trade agreements have turned China, not only into the number one manufacturing country, but, also, into the number one economy in the world as of 2015.

Remember that the TPP is being negotiated in secret. How many times have you seen this treaty discussed on TV, the newspaper or radio? For most people the answer is zero. It is funny that in other countries, people know about this treaty. But in the U.S.A., it is a big fat secret. Why pass another Free Trade agreement?!!! Stop the TPP! Thank you, New York Times – a true newspaper rebel. I have noted that my local newspaper did not pick up this story, nor did my local news station. Write to your Congressmen to stop the TPP. Save America from another unforced error.


California Made | Products made in USA

California Made | Products made in USA. I have discovered a directory called “Made Here in America” where everything is made in America. In this directory, you can shop by categories of items (which most directories have) or (here is the novel part) you can shop by state. You can go the above link and then click on to your own state and it will show some of the companies and their products from within that state. Of course their site will look better than mine as my site has a dark grey background.

California Made

Art & Craft Supplies

100% made in USA


Photo Books Made Easy!

Menlo Park, CA

Find fun Photo Book ideas, samples, & resources that will help you create the perfect gift. 1000 employees.

100% made in USA


Stoppers for salt/pepper shakers and piggy banks

Gardena, CA

Rubber Age has been supplying the craft and ceramic industry with stoppers for salt/pepper shakers and piggy banks for over 50 years. Other items sold to the craft industry include lamp parts, cork stoppers, cookie canister seals, non-skid pads and squeegees.

Auto Parts & Misc.

96% made in USA


Chino, CA

American Eagle Wheel is America’s leading manufacturer of aluminum after-market automobile and truck wheels. We are the oldest privately held and family owned corporation in the industry. We maintain and operate our own distribution network of wholesale locations across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean.

100% made in USA


Paso Robles, CA

The Brassworks has been restoring & reproducing radiators for classic cars for over 35 years. We are now designing durable brass & copper radiators and heater cores for vehicles of the modern market especially Jeeps & Fords. Our products are handcrafted in our Paso Robles CA factory.

100% made in USA


Toyota Prius
Storage Solution

San Francisco, CA

Tired of using your cup holders for everything but cups? Or digging around inside your console for your phone? Wish you could use that space between your seats? Now you can! The Car Cubby turns that unused space in the space between your front seats into a convenient place to store things within easy reach.

The Pro has more than everything you need to make a fast and effective puncture repair in a tubeless tire. Made in USA.

100% made in USA


Tubless Tire Repair

Chico, CA

Dynaplug® is the only tubeless tire repair tool which doesn’t require reaming, adhesive or any other factors that can compromise the integrity of your tire. Simply Remove puncture object and insert plug. Dynaplug® repairs all tubeless tires; including tubeless tires for cars, trucks, SUV’s, motorcycles, scooters, RV’s, tractors, and more!

100% made in USA


A Gift for Life!

Santa Barbara, CA


After pioneering the original emergency hammer, the founder Laurent Colasse thought that it would be ultimate to make a mobile keychain version of this rescue tool. As Tokyo Electronics originally initiated to buy it for all their employees, ResQMe was finally invented by Bob Steingass and became available first to the public safety industries before being released to the corporate and consumer worlds.

75% made in USA


Madera, CA

U.S. Rack manufactures the largest variety of distinct pick up truck rack designs anywhere and leads the market with quality, innovative, multi-functional pickup racks that install quickly with NO DRILLING.
Truck Racks, Ladder Racks, Canoe Racks, Van Racks, Truck Ramps.

100% made in USA


Tool Box Decals to FIND YOUR TOOLS FAST!

Upland, CA

I’m Micheal Castiglione the designer of the New Dodge Challenger. In my frustration in searching for my tools, I designed an awesome new product to help you “FIND YOUR TOOLS FAST!” I was tired of shuffling through three drawers or more to find my tools and then the same thing to put them back again, so I designed a new product we call “Z-CALZ.” A designer’s spin on the word “Decals.” Tool Box Decals to FIND YOUR TOOLS FAST! We have three different color Z-CALZ, Black, Yellow and Stainless Steel.

Baby & Toddler Items

100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Made in downtown LA. Vertically integrated manufacturing.


100% made in USA


Natural Health Food

Los Angeles, CA

California Baby products are found at natural health food stores like Whole Foods Markets, select gourmet markets and specialty stores, beauty supplies, pharmacies and children’s boutiques. You can also find a select mix of California Baby products on the baby aisle at Target stores and Babies R’ Us nationwide.

100% made in USA


Spill-Resistant Snack Cups

Sonoma, CA

NEW! Spill-Resistant Snack Cup for Infants and Toddlers! Innovative in both concept and design the patented spill-resistant Munchie Mug eliminates snack-time messes for children 10 months and older. It’s ideal for use at home, in the car or anyplace when you’re on the go! Children love the colorful cup and soft fabric while parents like its convenience and ease of use. Made by Witty Works Inc.

100% made in USA


Baby Sleep Sacks

Walnut Creek, CA

Violet’s Peapod offers a unique variety of super-adorable baby sleep sacks. They are mom-designed, San Francisco-made, and constructed only of natural and orgainc fabrics. Treat you treasured little one to something extra-special!

Some products might not be Made in USA


99% made in USA

La Selva Beach, CA

We have been building carbon fiber bike frames since 1988. Our durable frames have performed well in world class competitions like the Hawaii Ironman and the Tour de France and the Olympics. Some very famous athletes have raced on our bikes, often under different brands.

80% made in USA


Ramona, CA

Founded by Tony Ellsworth, Ellsworth Handcrafted Bicyles is the designer and manufacturer of the highest quality mountain, road and recreational bicycles in the world. Ellsworth is a committed US manufacturer, actively engaged in social responsibility and sustainability as a company. The company is known for its small company, craftsman-style approach to bike design and manufacturing and is the holder of multiple design and utility patents worldwide.

100% made in USA


Riverside, CA

Over the past 25 years, we have dedicated ourselves to providing the best there is to offer in our products. This includes our proprietary compounds which have been extensively researched and tested by top athletes around the world to ensure that they provide the highest level of comfort and longevity possible. We are also the innovators of the Lock-On Grip system, which innovated the way in which grips are installed and secured to the handlebars.

The model (JimiX) has an external money clip

100% made in USA

Bike Wallet

San Francisco CA

Check out Jimi™ wallet a compact new take on the wallet (JimiX adds an external money clip). Safe and stylish ways to carry memory cards: from the Jimi Multi Media case and the Jimi SD clip, to the video game-freindly Jimi Game Shell. And we’ve even got lanyards and gift bags!


100% made in USA


Chico CA

For over twenty years we’ve been designing and manufacturing quality bicycle components at our plant here in Chico, California. We hold every component to exacting standards for performance, fit and finish. We’re proud of the parts we make and stand by them. Our designs are driven by function, not appearances, and we believe that the right components can make your ride just a little bit more fun or interesting.

Bicycle Clothing

100% made in USA


Athletic Apparel

Emeryville, CA

Sheila Moon Athletic Apparel infuses cycling apparel with a twist of fashion, without sacrificing fit or function. Check it out for yourself today.

100% made in USA


Vista, CA

Our cycling caps earn their reputation for quality and function because they are created with the individual cyclist in mind. Our cycling caps global popularity has allowed us to expand production while still keeping our cycling caps handmade in the United States. Our customers are raving about the fit, fashion and function our cycling caps provide at a remarkable value. Our cycling caps are made from durable fabric in a variety of colors, are comfortable and completely washable.


100% made in USA

a new line of Catamarans

Emeryville, CA

Aksano delivers a new generation of catamarans. The Aksano product line ranges from the legendary 13ft F-3 to the all new ground breaking F-18. Aksano’s catamarans set themselves apart from other watercraft in their range.

100% made in USA

Go anywhere boats.

Robles, CA

30 years of sport & commercial vessel boat building experience.

100% made in USA

Electric Power Boats

Westlake Village, CA

As the world’s leading manufacturer of electric power boats, ElectraCraft offers quality workmanship and highly engineered, environmentally-friendly electric leisure boats.

100% made in USA


Oceanside, CA

Owning a Hobie Cat Means More than Owning a Sailboat. Over 100,000 Hobie Cats are sailing around the world in huge Hobie fleets and regattas. Through the social and racing activities of Hobie fleets, members have an opportunity to participate in activities designed to enhance the quality of their recreational time, and to contribute to a spirit of friendship that has graced the sport of Hobie Cat sailing since 1967.

 Candy and Sweets

100% made in USA


Distinctively delicious
gourmet toffee

Clayton, CA

Our toffees are covered in a rich blend of Guittard and Callebaut milk and dark chocolates. In between the layers of chocolate is the most buttery almond toffee with the perfect crunch, not too hard, not too soft. We top our almond toffees off with a splash of chopped almonds.

100% made in USA


Fairfield, CA

Jelly Belly Candy Company is dedicated to producing the highest quality confections, delivering superior customer service and creating a reliable and enjoyable product line to the consuming public. We seek to be a responsible corporate citizen and to ensure high quality and safety standards in our business.

Cleaning Supplies

PURA NATURALS™ - Scrubber, Soap-Infused, 1-Pack - Kitchen Sponge. Made in USA.

100% made in USA


Household & Personal Care

Lake Forest, CA

Pura Naturals will change the way you clean! Just wet the pad, squeeze it a few times, and enjoy a luxurious lather. 100% Natural, vegan & gluten-free.
Pura Naturals are made from a proprietary technology that’s EPA-approved as safe for our waterways, rivers, and oceans. An incredibly effective, highly absorbent, environmentally sensitive product that’s non-toxic and plant-based. You won’t find harmful, synthetic microbeads in our products.

Clothing Accessories

100% made in USA


World’s Thinnest Wallet

San Diego, CA

ALL-ETT Billfolds is a family owned and operated company. We pride ourselves on our magnificent customer service and our uniquely advantageous wallet. ALL-ETT was started in 1995 and has continually grown through a word of mouth, grass-roots type of marketing. The ALL-ETT World’s Thinnest Wallet was created specifically to prevent sciatic nerve damage and the back pain that comes with it.

100% made in USA


San Diego, CA

Most of our products can be found in retail stores across the United States in Canada, since we have been selling our products to jewelry retail stores for many years. Our company decided to open its doors to the public so now consumers can purchase from us directly over the internet at the best possible prices! Being the manufacturer enables us to provide our customers unbeatable prices, exceptional quality, and the greatest selection of fine jewelry.

 This Rose Gold Halo Engagement Ring features a prong set round diamond center encircled with two rows of diamond melee set in a starburst pattern. USA made.

100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Since 1981 Barkev’s has been successful in the designing and manufacturing of fine jewelry. Our continuing efforts enable us to offer to our customers the finest quality of engagement rings and fine jewelry. To see our unique engagement rings and all of our newest designs, browse through our collections page.

100% made in USA

CLIPA Purse Hangers

Irvine, CA

Clipa is the ingenious purse hanger that keeps your purse off the ground. Simply clip it to your handbag strap and leave it there. Whenever you need to hang your bag, open either end of the Clipa. It instantly hooks onto table edges, chairs, doors, rails, and carts and holds your handbag securely. Holds up to 45lbs. Use it in restaurants, outdoor cafes, bars, restrooms, sporting events and more.

 Danhov Unito Double Shank Diamond Engagement Ring. Style#: UE103-R. Made in USA

100% made in USA


Uniquely Handmade

Los Angeles, CA

Located in the heart of Los Angeles’ jewelry district, Danhov consistently releases new designs, which all maintain the delicate balance of staying ahead of the latest fine jewelry trends while still paying homage to tradition. From baroque romantic to modern
classic, Danhov continues to revolutionize and define
the engagement ring. We use the best techniques to
ensure quality craftsmanship and unique design goes into every ring.


Assembled  in USA


Los Angeles, CA

DiamondStuds.com offers you the most perfect diamond stud earrings – yes, those you’ve wanted in your closet forever – by helping you create them. We believe that shopping for diamond earrings doesn’t have to be complicated or serious. It can be absolutely fun, quick and effortless! And we do it in only 3 simple steps. We are easy, transparent, and reliable and we have the largest selection of diamonds.

100% made in USA


Torrance, CA

Personalized Keepsakes: Silver/Gold Charms, Specialty Items, Accessories, Collections, Gift Search.

100% made in USA


Laguna Niguel, CA

At Murga Boot Co we take great pride in our ability to make the finest custom handcrafted boots and shoes available for men and woman today. Our high quality custom footwear is the result of the fine art of boot making design and craftsmanship handed down from generation to generation. All of our handcrafted footwear products are made in the U.S.A. and we’re proud of that.

100% made in USA


Long Beach, CA

The Perfect Cami easily slips over your head and covers the back of your bra. Using a soft hook and loop application, like those found on sports bras, our mini camisole easily attaches around your bra strap. Similar to Velcro, but without the scratchy material, they are easy on and easy off. Designed with stretch material they conform to your body type and cover a plunging neckline.

100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Pocket Square Clothing is not just a clothing company or shop. Beyond the bow ties, ties, pocket squares and menswear, we are a network of individuals who love clothes and use them to decipher “style.”

VELCRO® brand closure wallet

100% made in USA


Oceanside, CA

Rainbow of California, the maker of the world’s first VELCRO® brand closure wallet, first took the world by storm in 1977. Our handcrafted wallets are made in the USA and combine style and function to create long lasting durability even under the most rugged conditions. Our line of wallets include: bifolds, trifolds, checkbook wallets, wrist wallets and kids wallets and well as military logo wallets.

100% made in USA


Carson, CA

Sbicca of California’s styling is based on the California lifestyle, featuring very comfortable sandals and shoes that combine the finest materials with the latest fashion trends. This uniquely hand-crafted footwear is made in our factory in Los Angeles using the finest materials. This 92 year old brand has a proven successful track record of producing high quality footwear that is proudly MADE IN THE USA!!

100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

The Schoodie is the quintessential accessory of sophisticated urban style. Schoodie (pronounced “skoo-d-ee”) is a unique hybrid scarf + hood, that has recently evolved as the official name brand for a “hooded scarf.” The innovative design seamlessly merges a scarf and a hood, with buttons at the end to keep it securely wrapped around the neck. It’s warm, fashionable and versatile. This single, non-bulky piece is cozy, comfy and ridiculously multi-functional.

100% made in USA


Sun Valley, CA

All of our shoes and handbags are entirely hand made in USA , and bear the authentic ‘Shoes For Stars brand name labels. Whether you are looking for high heels, prom shoes, or beautiful and comfortable bridal shoes for your BIG DAY or maybe a pair of sexy and sleek high heel boots, light and fashionable summer shoes, you name it…we got it all.

 We carry an extensive inventory of loose diamonds of all shapes and sizes

100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Since 1987 SN Queens Jewelry has been the premier destination for distinctive jewelry in Los Angeles. We specialize in hand made jewelry that is contemporary with a vintage feel. We welcome custom designs; our master jewelers and our on site designers can help create your own signature piece.

100% made in USA

Spa Wear™ and Spa Accessories

Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Rancho Santa Fe, CA – Susan Dunn® is America’s most sophisticated and successful designer for Spa Wear™ and Spa Accessories for the entire family as seen in the world’s Finest Stores, Luxurious Resorts and Private Homes. We feel strongly about producing in The Americas (North and South) and 100% of our collection is made in The Americas.

Beautiful single shank three stone emerald-cut engagement ring set on platinum. Uneek Jewelry.

100% Assembled in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Established in 1997, Uneek fine jewelry collections has emerged as an unparalleled standard in fine diamond jewelry. The reasons will be evident once you see and experience the extraordinary detail, intricate workmanship, and breathtaking designs in our extensive color and fashion and bridal collections. When you choose Uneek, you are assured of excellence and complete satisfaction with every aspect.  

Our black diabetic socks are extra comfortable and ideal for diabetics

100% made in USA


San Jose, CA

WholesaleDiabeticSocks.com sells affordable diabetic socks for men and women by the dozen.  We offer socks for diabetics in various sizes, colors, and lengths including crew, ankle, low cut, and knee. All of our socks are proudly made in the USA!


100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Made in downtown LA. Vertically integrated manufacturing.


100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Made in downtown LA. Vertically integrated manufacturing. T-Shirts, Hoodies, Tank Tops, Underwear, Socks, Skirts, Dresses, Hosiery, Swimwear, and more.

100% made in USA


Carlsbad, CA

Our inspiring shirts are 100% California made. We buy the cotton from farmers in Fresno, CA. Knit the yarn in Los Angeles, CA. Cut/sew in Gardena,CA. Finish and distribute the shirts from North San Diego, CA.

35% made in USA



Los Angeles, CA

Rooted in rock ‘n’ roll with a signature sense of humor, Lucky Brand stands for independent thinking, individual style & feeling authentic as love. Creators Gene Montesano & Barry Perlman are renowned for their great-fitting, vintage-inspired jeans. Lucky Brand designs and produces denim, sportswear, knits, wovens, outerwear, T-shirts and activewear for Men, Women & Kids. Additional licensed products include swimwear and accessories.

95% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Tops, Sweaters, Bottoms, Dresses & Sets. Lawyer by day, t-shirt designer by night. Strange but true, it took an attorney with no fashion experience to create the world’s perfect t-shirt. So perfect, in fact, you could call it Splendid.

100% made in USA

Imaginative T-shirts

San Diego, CA

Imagination, manually printed with water-based inks on organically grown cotton. The artwork featured on this website was submitted by people from all walks of Earth. This is the freshest combination available on the planet. The package used to mail the threads is made of biodegradable plant matter. And the tape used in production is made with natural adhesive from rubber trees.

100% made in USA

Temecula, CA

A manufacturer of men’s, women’s and children’s sportswear. All of our products are 100% Made in USA using legal domestic workers. Our products are sold online or in retail stores. We stand by our products with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Clothing – Men


100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Alex Maine is a brand designed by the American people, constructed by the American people, and sold by the American people—100% American. The brand prides itself on having fun while creating unique, upscale apparel, using the finest American craftsmanship and the most comfortable fabrics. All with a charity element, always giving back to the America people.

100% made in USA



We know shorts. We love shorts. We have engineered them for the toughest shorts critics – ourselves. And after years of development and fine tuning, we have finally emerged with a product that meets – nay, exceeds – our highest standards for shorts excellence. Simply put, Chubbies are the best shorts out there. Comfortable, flexible, aerodynamic and most of all utterly Radical, Chubbies are everything a short should be and more. They are weekend BBQs in the sun.

100% made in USA


Pasadena, CA

Rising Sun & Co. handcrafts indigo clothing that capture the optimistic spirit America is founded on, from a time when jeans were not merely made but crafted. By reviving the tradition of quality American needle work we create only the highest grade of garments. Nostalgic for this golden age of craftsmanship, we labor. We often think of ourselves as actually working in the early 1900’s with our 21st century minds intact. We believe in the meticulous pattern making and sewing techniques employed by master tailors of a bygone era.

Clothing – Men & Women

100% made in USA

Los Angeles, CA

Made in downtown LA. Vertically integrated manufacturing.


Mens Heavyweight Full Zip Hooded Sweatshirt...BUY DIRECT

100% made in USA


Tee’s, Sweatshirts, Sweatpants…SHOP DIRECT

Brisbane, CA

AMERICAN GIANT IS THE REBIRTH of American ingenuity in apparel manufacturing and retail. We were not comfortable with the fact that when you follow the thread, most clothes we love, Hoodies, t-shirts, and sweats, are made in countries that are so far away, the only American job it created was a store clerk. So we changed everything. From seed to sewn, what we make and sell is the product of an old American work ethic and a new American way of doing business.

100% made in USA


Ladera Ranch, CA

Fun to Wear Beach Cover-ups – Cartoon Bikini Body Design. Women’s bikini cover-ups that are printed on the front and back with a cartoon bikini body. We sell on a wholesale and retail basis. Women’s plus sizes up to 22. Flat $3.95 shipping.


100% made in USA


Encino, CA

Organically grown

cotton apparel

New colorful and textured organic cotton fabrics have inspired us and broadened our range, allowing us to proudly represent the variety of the organic textile market today. Our fabrics are certified organic and are knit or woven mainly in the United States. Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides. It is also free of toxins like chlorine and formaldehyde, chemicals commonly used to whiten, finish and prepare conventional cotton fabric to accept dyes, resist fire and minimize wrinkles and shrinkage.

35% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Rooted in rock ‘n’ roll with a signature sense of humor, Lucky Brand stands for independent thinking, individual style & feeling authentic as love. Creators Gene Montesano & Barry Perlman are renowned for their great-fitting, vintage-inspired jeans. Lucky Brand designs and produces denim, sportswear, knits, wovens, outerwear, T-shirts and activewear for Men, Women & Kids. Additional licensed products include swimwear and accessories.

100% made in USA

three dots

Garden Grove, CA

Three Dots is an evolving concept in lifestyle dressing based on great fabrics, inspired design, fastidious construction and the perfect fit. Co-founded by Sharon Lebon in 1995 in California, the company began with three styles, three sizes, twelve colors – it was an instant success. Today, the collection for women includes exclusive knitwear and wovens, as well as a selection of key styles for men.

90% made in USA


San Diego, CA

You can expect a high quality of Hawaiian Shirts, Dresses, and Sarongsfrom the Wave Shoppe (pronounced Wave Shop) because making Hawaiian shirts is all we do. We spare no expense to make the finest Hawaiian shirts on the planet.

Clothing – Women

100% Made in USA

cotton & flannel
sleepwear only


Berkeley, CA

Famous for their sushi and cupcake pajamas, the cat’s pajamas has been seen on numerous tv shows and worn by many celebrities. With a wide variety of cotton, flannel and knit fabrics, you’ll be sure to find the perfect pajama, pj pant, nightshirt, gown or robe. cotton and flannel sleepwear made in the U.S.A.knits made in peru of fine peruvian cotton.

 Tear Drop Bra Tank for every fitness activity with open back detailing. Made in USA

100% made in USA


Santa Monica, CA

Hard Tail is a Santa Monica based premium active and lifestyle clothing brand. Founded in 1992 by husband and wife team, Dick and Patty Cantrell, Hard Tail quickly became a leader in the evolution of lifestyle clothing by offering a delicious color palette, insanely soft fabrics and signature design elements. Hard Tail’s evolution as an apparel manufacturer is rooted in the southern California lifestyle and its easy, relaxed, and casual lineage.

85% Made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

One of the most respected names in women’s apparel today, Karen Kane has become truly synonymous with style, comfort, and sophistication. That distinction comes from the brand’s namesake and chief designer. The company has grown into a 130,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Vernon, California. Karen’s collections are featured in department stores and specialty boutiques nationwide.

100% Made in USA


Emeryville, CA

Lesley Evers is a San Francisco based apparel line featuring a memorable line of mid-century inspired women’s dresses, skirts, and tops designed to move from day to evening, with ease and grace. Richly patterned, bold, and artful fabrics, combined with signature clean lines make this collection both modern and reminiscent of simpler times. The Lesley Evers collection can be found in boutiques from San Francisco to New York.

100% Made in USA


Belmont Shore, CA

Real Girls is a specialty intimate apparel company with its unique focus on the curvy figure and buxom bustline while offering sizing for many figures. The line is inspired by the desire for intimate apparel to enhance the female form while being fun, pretty, and sensual. All lingerie is designed with support in mind. Perfect if you have a curvy figure, busty bustline or desire that extra little OOMPH…

100% Made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Authentic vintage-inspired American jeans, designed and handmade in Los Angeles, California. Helmed by owner/designer James Boldes, Red Engine has achieved cult-status among denim connoisseurs who demand the very best, inside and out, from his or her jeans. Being the “flavor of the month” is exactly what we avoid — our denim line is based on the consistent quality, feel, and “cool” of vintage denim, and it’s continually freshened with updated fits and styles.

100% Made in USA


Special Occasion &
Wedding Dresses

San Francisco CA

Siri designs special occasion and wedding dresses sold in finer boutiques and premier bridal salons throughout the United States and Canada. The entire collection can be found at the Siri Boutique, located since 1994 in front of the manufacturing facility. Siri continues to bring to fashion distinct textures, stunning colors, outstanding quality and always in a modern yet classic style.

100% Made in USA

Los Angeles, CA

Tianello creates plus and women’s clothing with three things in mind: Quality, Innovation and Style. Tianello specializes in eco-friendly garments made from natural fibers. We are most renown for our Tencel clothing, but also specialize in many other beautiful natural fabrics such as Georgette, Bemberg, Cupro, Cottons, Bamboo and washed Silk.

Some products might not be Made in USA


? Does
anyone know


Westminster, CA

Model Ship Master pursues only one simple goal: to make finest wooden boat models. As a direct result of our focus, many of our boat models are equal to and, in many cases, exceed the standards of models found in many museums today. The level of accuracy in each of our model boat is achieved through painstaking scholarly research. It is this detail that distinguishes our boat models from other builders.

Commercial Products


100% made in USA


Custom Protective Cases

Goleta, CA

Our company is driven by Design & Function. We have the final say in the product. We design our products with input from end users (that’s you, our Partners). While we do try to keep our prices low, we do it by using the best materials, best manufacturing processes, best equipment and employing the best people. We employ a human to answer the phone. We ARE the people actually making your Cases. We CAN answer questions.

Plastic Products 

100% made in USA


Everything from
hardware to doorstops

Hesperia, CA

<Golf Tees

Kazz Molds, Inc. is a custom injection molding company for plastics offering everything from hardware to doorstops. Our plant can create anything to do with plastic. We’re a real one-stop shop with the best quality service. For more than 18 years, Kazz Molds has been delivering the best quality products at competitive prices. We are a family-owned-and-operated business that stands behind our work.

Cut & Sew

Cut and Sew total services: We can make any styles of clothing from the design stage to final product.100% made in USA


Sublimation Printing & More

Los Angeles, CA

Cut and Sew Total Services. We have more than 20 years of cut and sew experience as a private label service. We can produce any style of clothing. From the initial stage of design to the final product, we will coordinate with you in all the important decision making processes. We are a one stop production company that can make garments and print per your request. You will save lots of time and valuable assets by using our reliable services.

Computers & Electronics

70% made in USA


Victorville, CA

All LED digital clocks, timers, Ham Radio items; plastic boxes, electronic kits, and audio switches are assembled in USA.

ElectronicsUSA.com specializes in small and large LED Digital Clocks, Digital Timers, Stopwatch Timers, Handheld Stopwatches, Count Up and Countdown Timer products, Time Zone Clocks, and unique Countdown Clock displays. We also offer Amateur Radio accessories, Audio Video products, fun Electronic Kits, and Cool Gadgets. Stay tuned to our website for new products and more!

100% made in USA


Carlsbad, CA

Total Training, Inc. is a pioneer in innovative online and DVD-based training for leading creative design, digital video, and office productivity software programs.


100% made in USA


Simi Valley, CA

Stagewear takes great pride in offering age appropriate costumes that fit and flatter dancers of every shape and size. Customer delight is our number one priority! Our costumes are made in the USA so you can count on us to deliver quality products ON TIME, every time!

Fabrics – Wholesale

30% made in USA


Gualala, CA

All of our fabrics are made from 3rd party certified organic cotton. The printing is done with low-impact inks and dyes to the GOTS. Conventional cotton farming is not good for people or the planet. Cotton is the most heavily sprayed crop in the world and uses some of the most toxic chemicals. Contrarily, organic agriculture uses 50% less energy and reduced water pollution by 75%. It takes carbon out of our atmosphere and puts it back in the soil leaving the land healthier and reducing global warming.

 Texollini’s computerized circular knitting machines operate 24-7

100% made in USA


Long Beach, CA

From its very outset in 1989, Texollini was designed to be among the most technologically advanced knitting mills and fabric suppliers in America. Courtesy of a vertically integrated operation and a stretch-our-imaginations-and-ourselves approach to customer success, Texollini has rapidly grown to become one of the largest circular knitting mills in America and a leading worldwide supplier of Made in America stretch fabrics.

Food & Drink

100% made in USA

Petaluma, CA

Amy’s Kitchen is a privately held corporation which began operation in 1987, with the purpose of making healthy, organic, and easy-to-prepare frozen food. Owned and run by Andy and Rachel Berliner, Amy’s Kitchen took its name from their then-newborn daughter. The company employs nearly 1,000 people and operates processing plants located in Santa Rosa, California and White City, Oregon.

100% made in USA


Los Altos, CA


MagicKitchen.com’s healthy, chef-prepared meals are prepared using top-quality fresh produce and ingredients to ensure you receive delicious, nutritious meals that are quick to prepare. The meals arrive on your doorstep frozen. All you have to do is defrost, heat and serve! Our special packaging goes into the microwave or oven, onto your dinner table and then straight to the trash – no pots to clean!

100% made in USA


Ventura, CA

Transporting Fragile Items
VinniBag is a reusable travel bag with inflatable air chambers that protect and insulate wine bottles, other liquids, and fragile items. It’s designed to provide superior protection against impact and leakage, is easy to use, and stores flat, rolled or folded when not in use. And VinniBag is eco friendly – see our recycling program.


We make our beds in our factory. That's Factory Direct and made in USA

100% made in USA


Orange, CA

We understand that the fine art of upholstery translates into a cherished night’s sleep. We know that your bed is a vital part of your home and family life, your nightly haven, and your rejuvenation space. We design and create each mattress, topper and foundation in our family-owned Southern California workshop using honest American craftsmanship and decades-old techniques, to ensure your mattress will provide enduring comfort and the highest quality for a very long time.

100% made in USA


Bedroom Sets, Entertainment Systems, Kids Furniture, Living Room, Office Systems and Wall Bed Furniture

Ceres, CA

Stuart David Furniture is one of the few remaining furniture manufacturers in the country and we are proud to be able to comply with and or exceed all of California’s strict environmental regulations. In addition, we take great satisfaction in making responsible business decisions including: sourcing material from sustainable forests, operating a state of the art recycling system.

Dane Chair: Available in 7 standard colors: Dove Grey, Wheat grass, Ivory, Chocolate, Charcoal, Mouse, and Dolphin.

100% made in USA


San Francisco, CA

Our sofas are designed and manufactured in California. The original TrueModern designs are dreamed up in San Francisco then manufactured in the TrueModern- owned and operated facility in Los Angeles. We source most of our raw materials close to home whenever possible: the alder hardwood that makes up the sofa frame comes from Washington state; the foam in the cushions is manufactured in Los Angeles.

100%made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Versatables was founded over ten years ago on the basic American principle of producing high-quality products at a great price. Now, eco-conscious methods combine with smart design taking this thriving manufacturing company to the next level. And all the while, the customer is in control. Why wouldn’t you buy American?


100% made in USA

Outdoor Furniture

Anaheim, CA

Eagle One Products has been designing and manufacturing environmentally friendly, durable and aesthetic products for use on golf courses, resorts, hotels and restaurants for over 12 years. Built to last in some of the harshest areas and weather conditions – intense sunlight, rain, snow and chemicals.

Health & Beauty

100% made in USA


San Jose, CA

If you are looking for an American cosmetic company, then you have found your company. Have you always wanted makeup that not only looked good on your face, but was safe for you and your younger family members to use? Well here is a company that offers Concealers, Foundations, Blushes, Eye Shadows, Lip Gloss and Lip Cremes as well as the World’s Best Makeup Setting Spray – our Ancient Elixir.

100% made in USA


Oakland, CA

Since 1947, we have been showing consumers around the world that soap can be tough on dirt and gentle to the environment. Natural ingredients go into making our Five Star Pure Soaps. We use only the highest grade of white tallow and pure cocoa butter oils, along with natural extracts of almond, coconut and citrus to give you a soap that cleans without harsh chemicals. The Cal Ben Soap Company is a family owned and operated business.

100% made in USA


Podiatrist recommended!

Commerce, Ca

Foot care is a daily challenge, but the FootMate® System makes optimal foot health easy. The brush and specially formulated gel, goes in the bath or shower to clean and massage your feet without having to bend over. The product is great for the elderly, anyone with back problems, pregnant women, athletes, people that have trouble bending or seeing their feet while showering or bathing, or anyone wanting a soothing, stimulating way to clean and massage their feet in the shower. Pamper your tired, aching feet.  Refresh, Restore, Renew!™.

100% made in USA


Los Angeles, CA

Merle Norman Cosmetics develops, manufactures and distributes its own full line of skin care and color cosmetic products. These cosmetics are sold through approximately 2,000 independently owned and operated Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Today, Merle Norman’s vision carries on. The Merle Norman line includes hundreds of tried-and-true products, addressing the full spectrum of skin care and color needs.

Lavender Lotion is wonderful for dry lips, elbows, feet, cuticles, minor cuts, just about everything! Made in USA.

100% made in USA


Roseville, CA

Sierra Balms is a small business that makes award winning bath and body products using pure essential oils. Our mission is simple: to provide the best products and service to our customers at the lowest prices possible. We take great pride in our company, our commitment to customer service and in the products we sell.

100% made in USA


Mountain View, CA

The TempOrthotics Stabilizer is specifically designed to provide even compression beneath and surrounding the mandibular or lower jaw bone. In doing so, the Stabilizer is effective in reducing strain on the mandibular joint and is highly recommended for sufferers of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) as well as Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) patients after having oral surgery where limited movement of the mandibular joint is recommended.


40%made in USA


San Francisco, CA

Jellyfish are becoming the next trend in ornamental aquariums and Jellyfish Art is the leader in supplying live jellyfish and their specialized aquariums and products. Their mesmerizing forms and soothing movement create living works of art. Jellyfish aquariums are a new kind of interior decoration, sources of light and life that become the focal point of any space.

Home Construction


100% made in USA


Tiny House Designs

Cotati, CA

The Best Tiny House Designs Yet…During the past eighteen years, I’ve refined my designs to create some of the best small homes available. The shells of these houses have wide-open, unobstructed interiors, and their overall interior dimensions, window placements and primary components (like bathrooms, stairways and kitchens) have been meticulously correlated.

Home & Garden

100% made in USA


Plymouth, CA

Designated an “American Hemerocallis Society” Display Garden, Amador Flower Farm started as a direct mail business in 1994 with over 350 different daylilies. We have been adding new daylilies every year since and now have over 800 different daylilies. We cover 14 acres with four acres of award winning Demonstration Gardens designed to showcase our daylilies. Our grounds are available for your pleasure throughout the year.

100% made in USA


Stockton, CA

<NEW duraflame® Campfire
Roasting Logs Great for backyard
or the backwoods

Duraflame® is America’s fire log brand leader, offering a wide variety of fire-related products, including fire logs, fire starters and barbecue products. For over 40 years, Duraflame has proven its leadership in the fireplace fuel category and its commitment to millions of loyal customers.

100% made in USA


Moisture Control
Like Magic!

Oxnard, CA

For pennies a day, GoldenRod® Dehumidifiers safely eliminate the dampness and humidity that lead to mildew, condensation, rust & corrosion. . . forever. We guarantee it! GoldenRod® protects your possessions from mildew, mold, and rust. It has no moving parts, installs in minutes, safe from fire danger and burns. Available in four model sizes & two colors (gold and white). Protection ranges from 100 cubic feet to 500 cubic feet.

90% of our products are

made in Americathe Kit-Cat clock, Paw-Print stoneware, Kit-Cat cookie jar, Beach Towel, Watch & Neon Clock.


California Clock Co.

Fountain Valley, CA

The Kit-Cat® Klock had its humble beginning in the mid 1930′s when it brought mystery and excitement with its rolling eyes and wagging tail to an economically depressed nation ready for a smile and a friend. The depression years have long past and yet Kit-Cat’s popularity increases each year. His reputation as a healthy cat, living as long as 25 years in some cases, precedes him wherever he goes. For these reasons having a Kit-Cat has now become a tradition in many families not only in America but around the world.

100% made in USA


“The light that saves lives”

San Clemente, CA

Don’t keep yourself and your loved ones in the dark during a fire emergency. Get “The Light That Saves Lives”, get LightSaver! Where there’s fire, there’s smoke. And where there’s smoke there’s darkness. In a fire, disorientation, panic and confusion quickly set in. LightSaver gives you, your family and rescue personnel a guiding light to safety during fires or other emergency situations.

100% made in USA

Ontario, CA

All Mag® flashlights are designed, patented and manufactured in the U.S.A. Some Mag® products contain imported components or subcomponents.
Chosen by professionals worldwide.

100% made in USA

San Diego, CA

Our scientific research has found that there are three distinct categories of spots and stains. Regardless of those “miracle ads” you see on TV, no single stain remover or cleaner can do it all! Product #1 is specially formulated to work on water or protein–based stains, such as pet stains or coffee. Product #2 is made to remove petroleum and natural oil stains, like chewing gum or crayons. Product #3 was created to remove pen, ink, marker and dyes, and is ideal for removing nail polish and correction fluid. Together, they’ll take care of all your stain removal needs.

100% made in USA

Endless supply of compost:
Empty the cure tray roughly
every two weeks.

San Francisco, CA

How it works: Deposit food waste items at any time, on any day. Add up to 120 lbs per month. No odors, worms, or bugs: Cultures consume waste quickly, without odors. Use it anywhere: Fits inside any standard cabinet.

100% made in USA


Santa Barbara, CA

Picotte Windchimes are handcrafted by the Picotte family of artisans. Every Picotte Windchime is handmade using only quality components entirely made in the USA. We are a family owned and operated business that takes pride in offering a high quality product at competitive prices. All of our chimes are individually made and tuned to the pentatonic scale to ensure a product of unmatched musicality and aesthetic appeal.

100% made in USA


Simi Valley, CA

Sun Welding Safe Company manufactures the Cavalry Series, Pony Express Series, Mustang Series, Scout Series, Renegade Series, Home Safe Series, and Custom Safes. Since 1980 Sun Welding has been manufacturing safes from our warehouse in Southern California providing quality products to all of our customers. Sun Welding safes are practical, affordable, and designed to fit in your home, office, garage, or any other place you may need a safe.

Home Appliances

85%made in USA


The Life of the Kitchen.

Costa Mesa, CA

Dacor (est. 1965) is the innovator of stylish, American-made kitchen appliances that provide a luxury culinary experience for those who are passionate about the details of gourmet cooking. The company is responsible for many firsts, including the 30’’ self-cleaning Pure Convection™ wall oven, a drop-in cooktop with continuous grates, & outdoor grill with halogen lights and the first professional dual-fuel range with sealed burners.

Some products described in this Ad might not be Made in USA

Home Decorating

100% made in USA

Baldwin Park, CA

Our naturally oxidized finishes like Verdigris Patina, Mission Brown, Bronze, and Raw Copper are applied by hand in multiple steps and take days to cure. Each Arroyo Craftsman product is manufactured in our plant in Baldwin Park, California. Each Arroyo Craftsman fixture is handcrafted by American artisans.

100% made in USA


Van Nuys, CA

Danmer’s custom shutters are hand-crafted by experienced craftspeople in our Southern California production facilities.

Danmer Custom Shutters currently only sells its shutters to California and Nevada residents.

100% made in USA


Moorpark, CA

Earth Safe Finishes is dedicated to the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-quality VOC free products. Made in the U.S., Earth Safe Finishes adheres to high-quality standard, ethical environmental practices and unique brand positioning. VOC free.

100% made in USA


Union City, CA

Since 1954 FACTORY DIRECT DRAPES has specialized in custom drapery, curtains, & valances well known for high quality craftsmanship and long lasting durability. Our products are proudly handmade in America and we provide a lifetime warranty on all workmanship. Choose from a variety of custom drapery, curtains, & valances with a wide variety of accessories. FACTORY DIRECT DRAPES is the only site where you can purchase drapery, curtains, & valances direct from the manufacturer. This saves you up to 80% off retail mark-up.

Home Improvement

100% made in USA


Santa Rosa Valley, CA

Earth Safe Finishes is dedicated to the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-quality VOC free products. Made in the U.S., Earth Safe Finishes adheres to high-quality standard, ethical environmental practices and unique brand positioning. VOC free.

100% made in USA


Oxnard, CA

Plantation Hardwood Floors is the business name for Tropical Floors, LLC, a Delaware corporation. Plantation Hardwood Floors manufactures customized, made-to-order hardwood flooring for architectects and designers throughout the United States and internationally. The company operates from its modern manufacturing facility and offices in Oxnard, California, strategically located within 500 miles of five major markets. The founders of Plantation Hardwood Floors have long and successful track records in the wood products business, dating from the 1920’s and the 1980’s.


Crooked Horn Outfitters High Country Extreme Backkack. Made in USA

100% made in USA


Tehachapi, California

Crooked Horn Outfitters has been manufacturing specialized hunting gear since 1989. Our goal has always been to design a specialized line of hunting equipment that would go above and beyond the expectations of even the most serious hunter. Our commitment to research and development is our most important tool in designing innovative, new products.

Industrial Products

 The ANC-6132 adapter a low cost solution to remotely link an RS-232C and/or an RS-422,RS-485 device to a network.

95% made in USA


Sherman Oaks, CA

Antona has been designing, debugging, manufacturing and selling electronic products since 1980. We have been designing serial adapter products for the industrial control market since 1995 and have delivered OVER 20,000 adapters. All of the products we design are manufactured RoHS (lead free) in the USA. That is 95% of everything we sell.


100% made in USA


Burbank, CA

At last, American made commercial grade cookware for home use.The Ameriware Professional line features the non-stick system Pro-Series PLUS Ti-2®. Pro-Series PLUS Ti-2® is a 3-layer non-stick system internally reinforced with ceramic and titanium approved for use with metal utensils. Pro-Series PLUS Ti-2® is the strongest, most durable non-stick system on the market and comes with a 25 year warranty.

100% made in USA


Del Mar, CA

Since 1979 we have been making a decorative and functional stoneware clay basket that is beautiful as well as functional. Beautiful as a kitchen/table accent and functional in that it keeps breads and rolls hot when heated in the oven. We have sold to Williams Somona continuously since 1990 as well as to many smaller gift and gourmet stores. We are the ORIGINAL stoneware bread basket, hand made in California.

100% made in USA


Arcata, CA

We hand make recycledglassware, using glass from our local recycling center. Hand-poured colored glass tableware has a way of drawing the eye, enchanting the viewer with the unique play of light that filters through its rich spectrum of colors and textures. This enchantment is not simply a quality of the glass or its pigmentation, but of the very way in which it is made, the very hands that pour and press it, the beliefs and spirit that drive the people who craft the product, and the community from which it originates.

 Our flagship straw in 3 popular diameters and 2 lengths designed for the average 12-16 ounce glass. Handmade in USA

100% made in USA

glass dharma

Fort Bragg, CA

Since March of 2007 GlassDharma has been producing glass drinking straws. The GlassDharma mission is to create world-wide awareness about single use plastics and how damaging plastic straws are to our environment. Glass Straws provide an alternative that eliminates the need for straws made from plastic. As of 2012, GlassDharma is supported by 10 people.

100% made in USA


Sausalito, CA

In 2003, husband and wife team, Robin Petravic and Catherine Bailey purchased Heath Ceramics. Their shared mission was to revitalize the company by placing a strong emphasis on design, while preserving Edith Heath’s handcrafted techniques and design legacy. Today, classic designs, as well as new ones are made with the highest level of craftsmanship.

Lawn & Garden Tools

100% made in USA


Aguanga, California

The Soil Cube Tool makes small 2″ cubes of soil that you sow your seeds into and grow them into seedlings before putting them out in the garden. Using soil cubes is the most radical thing you can do to obtain immediate and long lasting success in your garden. By using soil cubes, you will be able to control the early plant development, move them to the garden when ready, and have no consequence for having done so. The seedlings will thrive and have you will have a dramatic increase in viable plants.

Luggage, Bags etc.

100% made in USA

Luggage Line ONLY


Huntington Beach, CA

Golf Accessories and Golf Bags are NOT made in the USA.

Proudly made-in-the-USA, Club Glove products are preferred by the overwhelming majority of professional golfers on all U.S. Tours. In some capacity Club Glove products have been used by every USA Ryder Cup team since 1997. Club Glove also crafted unique staff bags for all Team USA members and coaches during the 2004 and 2006 Ryder Cups.

100% made in USA

San Francisco, CA

Hero Bags is a line of award winning canvas bags & totes designed in San Francisco and sewn in the USA. All Hero Bags are designed to be functional, whimsical and used everyday. All of our bags are made out of American grown and processed cotton and manufactured right here in the USA by fair labor workers in a fair labor certified factory.

Multiple pockets stash all valuables-all styles

100% made in USA


Calabasas, California

Toby Weston has created a handmade fabric purse that can withstand the test of time.

We search for the perfect fabrics to handcraft our great line of fabric handbags and purses. Each of our bags is sewn individually to order, right here in the United States. Truly a custom handmade handbag. We use multiple pockets in all of our styles. The Classic Toby Bag, in 3 sizes: regular, extra large and clutch, continues to delight our customers and will always remain, our flagship product.

100% made in USA


San Francisco, CA

WaterField Designs manufactures custom-fitted, high-quality cases and bags for a full-range of laptop computers, cameras, and other digital gear. Our products are ridiculously well-made, fastidiously designed, have more personality than you can shake a stick at, and are so “user-friendly”, that you can actually operate them with one arm tied behind your back. A huge benefit for high-frequency travelers; the busy, laptop-carrying, cell phone-obsessed commuting types.


100% made in USA


Protect & Identify your Gear

Cool, CA

Outdoor gear ID products. Dog and Cat phone number woven into collar. The information will never come off of the black nylon webbing no matter what the use. Also outdoor gear ID, Scuba, Surfing, Motocross, Pilot, Kayaking gear idenity tags. Personalized webbing for all your outdoor activities, with a lifetime warranty.

100% made in USA


Glendora, CA

The Blackout Preparedness Kit gives you peace of mind that your family will be prepared with a convenient and easily accessible flashlight in the event of an emergency. Simply reach under your bed and locate your flashlight. Our Blackout Preparedness Kit comes with our patented Bedside Hanger set, (2) D-cell batteries and an LED Flashlight. The flashlights, batteries we sell are all MADE IN THE USA!


100% made in USA


World Class Windscreens

Camarillo, CA

Superior Optical Quality: Zero Gravity Windscreens feature the finest optics of any windscreen on the market. All Zero Gravity windscreens are fabricated using highly specialized “vacuum forming” techniques similar to those used to form aircraft canopies. The result is a virtually distortion free optical lens. Best Fit to OEM Fairing: Zero Gravity windscreen are factory pre-drilled* and ready to install.

100% made in USA


Scotts Valley, CA

Zero produces high performance electric motorcycles that are lightweight, efficient, fast off the line and fun to ride. Each motorcycle is optimized from the ground up to leverage the revolutionary Z-Force™ electric powertrain and uses a specially designed rigid, aircraft-grade aluminum frame to minimize weight.

Musical Instruments

100% made in USA


Signal Hill, CA

At Couch we make the world’s best guitar straps. Spruce up that guitar of yours with our handmade guitar straps more original than that big box music retailer strap and more durable than that cheaply made fashion designer one. Treat yourself to one of our Couch Company seat belt guitar straps, racing stripe guitar straps, vintage luggage guitar straps or new artist series silk screened guitar straps.

100% made in USA


Guitar Straps etc.

West Hollywood, CA

Get’m Get’m Wear is celebrating 15 years in the Music Industry with the continuous production of all American made musical accessories. From guitar straps to drum stick bags, pet beds to camera straps, Get’m Get’m Wear products are designed with quality, taste, and style.

Outdoor Cooking Grills

100% made in USA


Santa Rosa, CA

Unique design holds oysters and other shellfish upright no matter what the shape or size or their shells. Holding the oysters upright helps prevent them from spilling the oyster liquor and sauce. Perforated grill allows heat through to cook the shellfish. Holds up to a dozen medium-sized oysters or nine large oysters. Use it in an oven, a BBQ, or a grill. Two sizes, 11″ x 16″ and 11″ x 8″ You can use the grills for both cooking and serving.

100% made in USA

Santa Fe Springs, CA

Located in Wilmington, NC, we manufacture the best stainless steel gas grills available within the United States. Close to the banks of the Cape Fear River, an area rich in history, the stainless steel grills are built, with the exclusive seven sided top, and are shipped to dealers throughout North America.

Outdoors & Camping

65% made in USA

The Outdoor Company

Hemet CA

Many of their products are fabricated here in the USA.

100% made in USA

Back Packing Stove

Stable, Safe, Reliable

Truckee, CA

Welcome to Clikstand! The backpacking stove designed specifically for alcohol burners and other compact heat sources. When combined with a compatible burner, such as the Trangia® Spirit Burner, the Clikstand forms an alcohol stove system that is very sturdy and stable, yet compact and ultralight. All Clikstand components are precision manufactured in the U.S.A.

100% made in USA

Ontario, CA

All Mag® flashlights are designed, patented and manufactured in the U.S.A. Some Mag® products contain imported components or subcomponents.
Chosen by professionals worldwide.


100% made in USA


It’s like having your own
self serve dogwash!

El Cajon, CA

Enjoy 360° access to your dog while bathing. Eliminate slipping and sliding, chasing the shampoo bottle, backaches and messy bathroom cleanups! Elevation, Containment and Drainage are key factors when bathing your dog. Booster Bath is durable yet light weight and portable. Meant for use indoors or outdoors, Transform dog bathing into a quick and simple task! We are so sure that you’ll love it – we offer a 90 day money back guarantee!

100% made in USA


Chicken, Beef, Turkey Jerky
and more

Oakdale, CA

Our product is produced, processed and packed in the USA with special love and concern for your pet. We are particularly heartfelt about the thousands of dogs who have suffered from eating foreign pet products.

At V-DOG, we make premium products that are animal & cruelty-free.

100% made in USA


Sacramento, CA

We’re vegans and we love dogs of all sizes, shapes and scruffiness. We make premium products that are animal & cruelty-free. Our commitment is to the health of pooches and we’ve certainly done our research – dogs are true omnivores and thrive on a high-protein, nutritiously balanced plant-based food. With 80 million dogs in the US alone, a vegan dog, like a vegan human, leaves a much smaller paw print on our planet.

Retail Stores-USA Products

100%made in USA


A Family Run Webstore

Fair Oaks, CA

We offer a broad selection of open ended, natural, creative & fun toys for children & their families. Great selection of Fair Trade & Made in the USA toys, too. Waldorf & Montessori families and anyone who appreciates quality toys at reasonable prices will enjoy our family run webstore.

Sports Equipment

100% made in USA


Poway, CA

After ten years, we have grown into a high quality USA manufacturer with a complete line of products all designed to keep sweat out of your eyes. Halo Headbands are sold throughout the US, Canada,
Australia, as well as many other countries. We hope you enjoy your Halo as much as we do.


100% made in USA

Sonoma County, CA

Each product is the result of Occidental’s unrelenting commitment to quality and design excellence. Proving itself a wise investment for many years to come. Once you discover the Occidental Difference, you’ll know we design and build the hardest-working tool systems and accessories in the world.

100% made in USA


Pegboard Toolholders

Bella Vista, CA

TALON® Pegboard Toolholders absolutely will not fall off when removing tools. Can be mounted in any direction on pegboard: Right side up; Upside down; or Sideways – allowing innovative uses. Unbreakable, strong Nylon, They Mount without tools; just push the screw in with your thumb. Come in a variety of sizes and shapes.


89% made in USA


Van Nuys, CA

Thanks for considering Anatex products for your line of educational toys and gifts. We strive to give the highest in both quality and service. Anatex was the first company to manufacture and distribute Rollercoaster wire bead maze frames in the United States and North America. We are proud to have been awarded the Parents’ Choice Classic which recognized the Rollercoaster as the Original. The Rollercoaster is also a Dr. Toy Best Classic Toys Winner.

100% made in USA

Hollister, CA

World’s highest flying toy with unique space age action.The original Arrowcopter Toy is attractively packaged in clear bubblepack, easy to display, easy to find!

100% made in USA

b-dazzle inc.

Redondo Beach, CA

b. dazzle, inc. is the manufacturer of award winning Scramble Squares® 9-piece brain teaser puzzles and Color ‘n Seek® hidden pictures art activities for All ages of children, teens, adults and senior citizens, from 4 to 104! Founded in 1993 by Kathie Gavin, b. dazzle introduced its first products, four Scramble Squares® puzzles and four Color ‘n Seek® 2-poster flat packs, in January, 1994.

100% made in USA


City of Industry, CA

Bellzi™ stuffed animal plushie are designed and made in the U.S with only the best materials. They are not comparable to any other plushie in the world!

The Big Bilder kit is the first in a line of large-scale structure building kits. Made in USA.

99% made in USA


San Francisco, CA

Bildopolis is a San Francisco-based company that makes simple, eco-friendly, large-scale building kits for kids. Bildopolis believes in playful learning, where kids learn without being ‘taught’. We feel that their everyday lives provide opportunities for learning, and the things they discover through play build creativity, imagination, spatial awareness, and dexterity while encouraging problem-solving skills.

100% made in USA


Westlake Village, CA

Our outstanding books are designed to work
exclusively with Do·A·Dot ArtTM. Our bold designs will delight artist of all ages as they explore with color, space and form. All books are 24-28 pages printed on heavy card stock paper. Included in each art book are a few cleverly designed picture frames just waiting for a young artist to create their own master piece. Pages are perforated so they can be easily removed and admired by all.

100% made in USA


Cotati, CA

Our Learning Fun with Felt line includes over 30 sets to inspire creativity in children. With the moveable pieces and personal-sized play boards, they can engage in imaginative play by arranging and rearranging the pre-cut felt pieces over and over again. Each time they create new and exciting stories as they experience the fun and magic of felt and leaves a lasting impression. Our felts are durable and washable so that they can be enjoyed for many years to come.

100% made in USA


San Francisco, CA

Green Toys Inc. makes an awesome line of classic children’s toys constructed from recycled plastic and other environmentally friendly materials. This helps reduce fossil fuel use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improving the overall health and happiness of the planet.

30% made in USA


Van Nuys, CA

Little Tikes Special Page shows…approx 223 toys made in USA.

100% made in USA


San francisco, CA

Modern earth friendly products for kids!
Modern Playhouse is a design studio dedicated to creating playhouses as flexible as the imaginations of the children who use them. Inspired by and for the benefits of child-led play each playhouse is easy to assemble and creates a simple room-within-a-room to inspire a whole new pint-sized generation of designers, dreamers, artists and innovators.

100% made in USA


Handmade Dolls, Toys, Knits

Kelseyville, CA

The Buntspechte figures that I sell are hand-crafted by a very small family business in Germany.

Heartwood Arts the artistic and architectural indications of Rudolf Steiner, are handmade in USA.

Dolls and toys that speak to one’s heart and soul are truly a gift. I offer you this line of dolls handcrafted in the Waldorf tradition. They are suitable for any age, from the very young to the young-at-heart. All my dolls are one of a kind – even though some may look similar because of the same materials used, each has her/his own character. I hand-make them with careful attention to details and craftsmanship using natural, and whenever possible, recycled fabrics in a variety of textures and colors and 100% new wool for filling.


100% made in USA


Safranek Enterprises

Atascadero, CA

Safranek Enterprises, manufacturing quality dadoing machines, carbide tooling and clamping for over five decades. Simplicity enhanced by technology, Her-Saf Products are the safest, most efficient use of machinery & tooling in the woodworking industry. Quick Change styled tooling, Carbide Insert tooling, oversized and under sized tooling, each designed to meet the changing needs of the woodworking industry & the materials used.


100% made in USA


San Francisco, CA

Founded in 1997 by San Francisco designer and sculptor Cari Jaye Sokoloff, Sóko designs and manufactures sculptural collections of distinctive decorative hardware and accessories. Sokoloff’s background in sculpture and theater design is apparent in the whimsical and graceful nature of Sóko’s products.

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 Sports Equipment

WA190 - Men's Long Sleeve Softsilk Zip-T. Made in USA.


Sports & Thermal Underwear

Long Island, NY

100% made in USA

Household Misc.

100% made in USA

Quality and value are key to Shield’s 10 B:C 2.5 lb disposable Home & Garage fire extinguisher.


Kings Mountain, NC


Creativity and comfort unite in the New Balance Custom 574 lifestyle shoe.


Boston, MA

Where the domestic value
is at least 70%, we label our shoes “Made in the USA.”


95% made in USA


Since 1905, Anchor Hocking has produced quality glassware in the United States of America.

Lancaster, Ohio

Office Supplies


St. Paul, MN

100% made in USA

Auto Parts & Misc.

The Original Cold Weld two-part epoxy system that provides strong, lasting repairs to metal and multiple surfaces


Sulphur Springs, TX

For more than 40 years, our products have earned a loyal and enthusiastic following.

 100% made in USA

Health & Beauty

High quality hardened tool steel Clipper (no plastic parts), designed and made in the USA


“The World’s First and Best All Metal Nail Clipper that Catches the Clippings”.

Troy, NY

100% made in USA


Union City, Tennessee

World’s oldest and largest manufacturer of garment steamers

Household Misc.

Atwood Rope is dedicated to making the highest quality rope.

Canal Winchester, OH

100% made in USA


FPEA + Shark Tank Special!! QUBITS® TRAVEL KIT made in USA


New entry into the multi-million dollar construction-toy industry.

Orlando, Florida

100% Made in USA

Candy & Sweets


America’s finest fruit preserves & condiments. Delicious gifts filled with the harvest of Michigan’s Northern Fruitlands.

Petoskey, Michigan

100% made in USA



Bicycle Grips

Riverside, CA

100% made in USA

Women’s clothing


Authentic vintage-inspired American jeans, designed and handmade in Los Angeles, California.

Los Angeles CA

100% Made in USA

Health & Beauty

The HurryCane® makes traveling and dining out a cinch. In just seconds, your HurryCane® goes from 37½" to as little as 13¾".


The HurryCane® is the ONLY cane with the StabilStep™ design and proprietary pivoting base.

Minneapolis, MN

100% made in USA

Kitchen/DiningThe cheese knife was created in the early 1940's by Harold Joseph Fairchild. Made in USA.


The Cheese Knife is made of a revolutionary new material and design that keeps the cheese on the plate, not on the knife.

Tucson, AZ

100% made in USA

Skin Care

We produce luxury facial care, cold/sinus relief, and outdoor products while maintaining reasonable prices

Brittanie’s Thyme is a women-owned manufacturer of USDA certified personal care products.

 Cedar Springs, MI

90% made in USA

Handbags, Luggage, etc.


Expert Designers and Manufacturers of Baby Carriers, Luggage, Backpacks, Briefcases, Emergency Bags, Music Bags & More!

 Schenectady, NY

 100% made in USA



Bicycle Parts

Chico CA

100% made in USA


Jacob Bromwell is a specialty housewares company that manufactures authentic campfire, kitchen, and fireplace products.

Tempe, AZ

100% made in USA

Home Improvement

 Flush Mount Door, Open-Closed. The Murphy Door.

The Murphy Door is a functional bookshelf which is also a door


Roy, UT

100% made in USA

Men’s Clothing

Made in USA Water-repellent classic Cruiser made from 100% virgin wool


We put the same care into all our products that C.C. Filson insisted on since 1897.

Seattle, Washington

90% made in USA


Dane Chair: Available in 7 standard colors: Dove Grey, Wheat grass, Ivory, Chocolate, Charcoal, Mouse, and Dolphin.


San Francisco, CA
100% made in USA


MANO is a slim wallet for those who appreciate the character of hand-stitched natural leather. Made in USA.


Cases, Covers, Wallets, Bags & Satchels

Mckinney, Texas

100% made in USA

Manufactured tools rated 3A1 by Dun & Bradstreet. Made in USA


Welcome to Wilde Tool, Manufacturers of the Original Angle Nose Plier.

Hiawatha, Kansas

100% made in USA


The Alaska ulu knife: An innovative tool from the Eskimo culture. Made in USA

100% made in USA


Anchorage, AK

& Camping

Clikstand! The backpacking stove designed specifically for alcohol burners and other compact heat sources. Made in USA

Back Packing Stove

Truckee, California

100% made in USA

Auto Parts & Misc.


Chicago, Illinois

100% made in USA

Sports Equipment


Nocona, Texas

100% made in USA



Madison, WI

100% made in USA

 Health & BeautyBello Moi offers a complete line of beauty-enhancing crèmes and serums


Pretty Skin Starts From Within!

All Bello Moi products contain a unique

blend of natural active and state-of-the-art ingredients that specifically target the affects of free radical damage from the environment.

Boca Raton, Florida

100% made in USA




Adho Mukha Athletica | Apparel for Yoga and Fitness

Adho Mukha Athletica | Apparel for Yoga and Fitness. Looking for Yoga  and Fitness Apparel Made in the USA? There is a brand new business that just opened this Spring of 2015 that makes Yoga and Fitness clothes made in the USA. Its name is Adho Mukha Athletic. (Adho Mukha is the yoga position meaning Downward Dog).

Adho Muksa The DownwarDog position

Adho Mukha
The Downward Dog position

Adho Mukha Athletica is a cross-functional activewear company promoting what we like to refer to as  “fusion athletics.”


ABOUT MUKHA ATHLETICA – Apparel that’s “Cool For the Soul”

Bringing active lifestyle communities together to strengthen your performance Adho Mukha Athletica’s commitment is providing apparel that is comfortable, fashionable and cross functional!  We are a lifestyle brand that incorporates the principals and foundation from one of the beginning yoga poses that strengthens the body and mind, Adho Mukha Svanasana.

We are Yoga, We are Watermen, We are Athletics. Our mission is to outfit humans with the most comfortable and stylish cross-functional active-wear to help encourage a lifetime commitment to live a healthy and adventurous lifestyle, the Adho Mukha Athletica lifestyle.

Adho Mukha Athletica Made in USA

Adho Mukha Athletica
Made in USA

We decided to borrow the Sanskrit words Adho Mukha.   Adho which means down or downward and Mukha which means Face.  Many know this name as one of the first poses you learn in yoga.  We know this for the healing power it has provided us in our lives.  Sometimes referred to as the cure all “Adho Mukha” helps rejuvenate the mind and body.  It promotes strength throughout the entire body and immune system. Adho Mukha Athletica, a great way to begin and end any practice.


We are blessed to have spent our lives being adventurous and learning many “life lessons” along the way.    We have developed many lifelong friendships with athletes from around the world, some professional and some weekend warriors.  Our friends come from all walks of life, which include yogis, professional football  players, surf pros, triathletes, runners, skydivers and more.  For them to participate and provide feedback has been instrumental in the development of our line.

From Adho Mukha Athletica FB page

From Adho Mukha
Athletica FB page

Imagine your favorite things to wear either for working out or to and from. Maybe it’s your crop pants, your workout short, that favorite top.  What makes it your favorite?  How it fits? How it feels? The color? Now imagine a line that combines all of these into a cross functional product that you want to wear for any activity and will give you the functionality and comfort to accomplish your goals in style.

We feel it’s important to support our country and promote growth within the USA, so our products are made locally, and we do this with a smile.

Yoga Pants - crop style

Yoga Pants – crop style

Offerings From Adho Mukha Athletica

Adho Mukha Athletica makes yoga clothing for both men and women. For the women, Adho offers four different types of tanks, two types of pullovers, and two types of sports bras. The types of women’s bottoms are shorts, yoga pants: reversible, crop – type and relaxed fit. For the men, Adho offers two types of shorts, a long sleeved T-shirt, and several short sleeve T-shirts.

Adho Mukha Athletica Tank

Adho Mukha Athletica

Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page for Adho Mukha Athletica.


President Obama Earmarks $150 Million for Textile Innovation Competition

President Obama Earmarks $150 Million for Textile Innovation Competition | News | Apparel Magazine(AM).

Breaking news from Apparel magazine. President Obama earmarks $500 million dollars for American textile innovation. Now that is an idea that will create new American jobs. But in today’s partisan politics, of course, the GOP will be against it.

President Obama Earmarks $150 Million for Textile Innovation Competition

— March 18, 2015

Today in Ohio President Obama is announcing nearly $500 million in public-private investment to strengthen American manufacturing by investing in cutting-edge technologies through a new, textiles-focused manufacturing institute competition led by the Department of Defense, and by sharpening the capabilities of small manufacturers through Manufacturing Extension Partnership competitions in 12 states. The White House, as detailed in a new report, is also launching a Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen the small U.S. manufacturers that anchor the nation’s supply chains.With the goals of creating jobs and strengthening America’s leadership in advanced manufacturing technology, the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget provides the resources to double the number of manufacturing innovation institutes nationwide to 16 by the end of 2016 and fulfills the President’s goal of building a network of up to 45 institutes over the decade. In contrast, the House Republican Budget released yesterday propose to sequester funding and eliminate the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, putting at risk critical investments in advanced manufacturing, workforce development and training, and innovation proposed in the President’s budget.After a decade of decline in the 2000s when 40 percent of all large factories closed their doors, American manufacturing is adding jobs at its fastest rate in decades, with 877,000 new manufacturing jobs created since February 2010. Ohio alone has added nearly 70,000 manufacturing jobs over that period. Manufacturing production is up by almost a third since the recession and the number of factories manufacturing across the United States is growing for the first time since the 1990s.In addition to announcing new competitions for nearly $500 million in public and private investment the President is calling on Congress to do its part to make the bipartisan investments needed to strengthen manufacturing across the United States.

New White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative
The President will unveil both a White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative focused on building public-private partnerships to strengthen small U.S. manufacturers and a new report on the need to further strengthen small manufacturers that form the backbone of America’s supply chains and play an increasingly important role in creating and retaining manufacturing jobs and investment in the United States.

More than $150 Million for a New Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition
As part of a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation, each manufacturing institute serves as a regional hub for leadership in emerging manufacturing technologies, bridging the gap between early research and product development by bringing together companies, universities and other academic and training institutions, and Federal agencies to co-invest in key technology areas that can encourage investment and production in the United States.

The new competition, kicked off by the Department of Defense is the ninth manufacturing innovation institute competition launched by the Administration to date, joining the eight institutes already underway. The Revolutionary Fibers and Textiles Manufacturing Innovation Institute will ensure that America remains at the leading edge of fiber science, through a $75 million public investment matched by more than $75 million of private investment in researching, prototyping, and commercializing fibers with extraordinary properties.

Known as technical textiles, these modern-day fabrics and fibers boast novel properties ranging from being incredibly lightweight and flame resistant, to having exceptional strength and electronic sensors. With wide-ranging applications, technical textiles can forge the foundation of protective gear for firefighters impervious to the hottest flames, replicate the sensing capabilities of a smart watch into a lightweight fabric, or detect when a wounded soldier needs to be treated with an antimicrobial compression bandage.

After a decade of decline in U.S. manufacturing during the 2000s, the American textile industry is adding jobs for the first time in two decades, increasing shipments by nearly a fifth since the recession, and winning globally with a 45 percent increase in exports since 2009. Today’s announcement builds on this momentum in American textile manufacturing and lays the foundation for future leadership in the production of sophisticated fibers and textile technologies.

Investing Nearly $500 Million to Strengthen U.S. Advanced Manufacturing: More than $150 Million in Public-Private Investment through a New Manufacturing Innovation Institute Competition
Today, the Department of Defense is launching a competition for leading manufacturers, universities, and non-profits to form a new manufacturing hub focused on revolutionary fibers and textiles technologies. The $75 million federal investment will be matched by more than $75 million of private sector resources.

This is the ninth competition for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institute, and the first of eight new institutes that the President’s budget proposes to fund by the end of 2016. Returning to sequestration levels for appropriations, as the House Republican Budget proposes, would put this expansion at risk.

The first institute awarded is in Youngstown, Ohio. Only in its third year, it is already drawing investment to Ohio — including a $32 million job-creating investment in the region from GE — and advancing research that will help accelerate the speed of 3D printing in metals by a factor of 10.

$320 Million Competition to Strengthen Small Manufacturers in 12 States
Non-profits in 12 states will compete for $158 million in Federal funds matched by $158 million or more in private investment over five years to provide technology and engineering expertise to small manufacturers through the latest round of competitions to strengthen the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)’s network of centers in these states.

Today, the President will tour MAGNET’s Manufacturing Innovation Center at Cleveland State University, the Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership affiliate.

For the latest on the new institute competition, please visit Manufacturing.gov.

$320 Million Public-Private Manufacturing Extension Partnership Competition to Expand Services to Strengthen Small Manufacturers
The more than 230,000 small manufacturers in the U.S. employ 42 percent, or almost half, of all manufacturing workers. However, small manufacturers often trail their larger peers in adopting the latest technologies and practices to increase their competitiveness and productivity, with many small manufacturers in need of access to capital and expertise to adopt the latest innovations in manufacturing – like 3D printing, advanced sensors, and digital design – that can help sharpen their edge.

Across the country, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), a state-federal network of 60 centers and 1,200 manufacturing experts, helps small manufacturers improve their production processes, upgrade their technological capabilities, and bring new products to market.

Today’s MEP competition will award nearly $32 million annually for five years across twelve states – an expected total of $158 million matched at least dollar-for-dollar by $158 million or more of non-federal funding – to strengthen and reinvest in this nationwide network of manufacturing expertise. Non-profits working with manufacturers in each of the twelve states will have the opportunity to compete for cooperative agreements to operate MEP centers and expand the range of lean production and technology acceleration services offered to small manufacturers, and help bring their products to market. Annual funding is subject to continued performance and the availability of appropriations. New MEP competitions are being launched in 12 states: Alaska, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more on the competition, applicants should visit the NIST MEP competition website. A public webinar for applications will be conducted on Mon., March 30, 2015 at 2 p.m. EST.

A public-private partnership, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership helps small manufacturers compete, increasing employment and investment across the country and generating a high return on public investment. Every dollar of federal investment in the MEP translates into $19 dollars of new sales for small manufacturers, or almost $2.5 billion annually across the 30,000 small manufacturers that MEP serves. Since it was founded in 1988, MEP has worked with nearly 80,000 manufacturers, leading to $88 billion in sales and $14 billion in cost savings, and helping small manufacturers create more than 729,000 new jobs. Today’s announcement represents the second round of competitions as part of a multi-year plan to launch new competitions to strengthen the MEP network of centers in every state.

New White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative
The new White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative announced today follows on the President’s State of the Union commitment to improve the access of small- and medium-sized manufacturers to technologies and resources they need to improve their innovation and productivity through public private partnerships and new federal efforts.

As discussed in depth in a new White House and Department of Commerce report, a dense network of small manufacturers makes up the backbone of America’s supply chains, contributing more than 40 percent of all manufacturing employment. However, even as their share of U.S. manufacturing employment grows, small firms continue to face stiff challenges in innovation. As the new report finds –

Small manufacturers are playing an increasingly important role in U.S. supply chains and the manufacturing sector overall. Today, small manufacturers employ 42 percent – or nearly half of all U.S. manufacturing workers – up ten percentage points from their share in the 1980s.

Dense networks of these small manufacturers are vital to the process of taking a product from concept to market, and the exchange of manufacturing know-how across suppliers is essential for the diffusion of the new product ideas and innovative processes that give U.S. manufacturing its cutting edge.

However, because of the unique barriers they face, small manufacturers often lag their larger peers in adopting critical new technologies. For example, a recent survey found that fewer than 60 percent of small manufacturers were experimenting in any way with 3-D printing, a potentially transformative technology that is especially beneficial for small companies due to its flexibility. In contrast, over 75 percent of large firms were using the technology.

The White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative will focus on public-private partnerships and new federal efforts to strengthen U.S. manufacturing overall by closing this gap.

Later this year, the Administration will convene a Supply Chain Innovation Roundtable of CEOs and representatives of leading manufacturers committed to partnering with the small businesses in their supply chains to accelerate technology adoption, strengthen the linkages within domestic supply chains, and to improve product design and process engineering. In addition, the Departments of Commerce, Energy, and Defense, as well as the Small Business Administration, will announce additional Federal efforts to help small firms adopt cutting-edge technologies and improve information flow within supply chains.

The Supply Chain Innovation Roundtable builds on the Administration’s successful SupplierPay initiative which has brought together close to 50 companies, including Lockheed Martin, Rolls Royce, and IBM, to strengthen small businesses by increasing their working capital.

While strengthening our capabilities at home, the Administration is also taking key steps to provide U.S. manufacturers with new markets and new consumers throughout the world. Through trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Administration is breaking down barriers to U.S. exports, leveling the playing field when it comes to labor and environmental standards, and, for the first time, focusing on improving the ability of small businesses to export to these new markets.



The TPP conference call

Many people are puzzled why President Obama is behind another Free-Trade agreement, this one called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) which would eliminate our import taxes to countries like Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, and Canada. The reason this endorsement is so puzzling is that these Free Trade Agreements such as NAFTA and the World Trade Organization have been a proven disaster in causing off-shoring of American jobs, increasing in child labor and increasing pollution in other countries with the loss of many manufacturing and high tech jobs, while at the same time nearly eliminating the middle class. It might be perfectly normal for a Republican to be for any Free Trade agreement (after all, they are the party of Big Businesses), but for a Democratic President it seems incongruous. And many Democrats in Congress have voiced objections towards the TPP.

So, to whip up support for the President, one of his strongest support groups, OFA, Organizing For America, set up a teleconference about the TPP on Monday, March 16, 2015. Prior to the conference, OFA had solicited questions from progressives about the TPP, for which they received over 5,000 responses. Then, they had David Simas, adviser to the President and policy maker answer pre-selected questions.

People from 44 states were participating in the teleconference. The problem, the teleconference was not interactive, there was no way to rebut anything Mr Simas said. This teleconference was a one-way propaganda lecture.

The Start of the Conference

At the beginning, Mr. Simas had named off many of the important contributions that President Obama has made since he took office in the midst of world’s greatest recession in 80 years. Then, Mr. Simas mentioned that in 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama said that if he were President of the United States, he would re-negotiate NAFTA. Mr. Simas further suggests that this exactly what Obama is doing with the TPP by making sure that in this agreement that there was enforceable labor and environmental laws within it (which wasn’t in NAFTA) and that by Fast-Tracking it, Congress wouldn’t have a chance to pull out those provisions.

If that is the best deal President Obama could get in re-negotiating NAFTA, then he is getting a raw deal. The whole TPP deal attitude is like: well, if we have to put another gaping hole in our boat, we will, at least, have enough life jackets for everybody.

The Questions

With 5,000 responses, you know the U.S. population is very concerned about the TPP. However, the actual questions they chose were overly simplistic and moved away from the true controversies that the TPP creates. When the question mentioned the previous Free Trade Agreements – the questions only mention NAFTA, the small potatoes treaty, but not a single solitary word about the gigantic Free Trade agreement that the U.S. has with most of the world – the World Trade Organization. Because of all these Free Trade agreements, the import duties into America is a shockingly low 1.5%. M. Simas acknowledges this, but argues that in some instances (spouting off a couple different instances from a couple of countries) like in China, there was an export tax of 30% on some U.S.autos (which the US government fought) and a 40% tax on U.S. poultry into the Philippines. I find it so heartening that the U.S. will fight for the little guys like the automakers and Big Ag.

Mr. Simas said that the U.S. has fought back and charged China 18 different times for Free Trade violations. Let us see 18 in 6 years. The U.S. could easily have sued China 18 times every month for violations. And then Mr. Simas sounded extra proud that the U.S. made Guatemala improve their labor standards. But, the agreement with Guatemala was through a different Free Trade agreement called CAFTA, which is run by the USA and its lackeys. (The US already had a trade surplus with Guatemala). Improving working conditions in Guatemala? It is not like they did anything about the conditions in the major countries like China or Bangladesh, which come under the auspices of the WTO. Guatemala is such small potatoes, its like liberating medical students from Grenada. The TPP will not influence the WTO to improve labor and environmental conditions.


Rebuttal to Mr. Simas

Due to the Free Trade Treaties, the United States has the lowest import tax of any country. Our forefathers knew that to protect American businesses from the British dumping all their products on us and therefore sinking all the American businesses, it would impose an import tax. Why after 200 years, did we all of a sudden abandon this sound practice? (It was due to greed). We always talk about securing our borders, but with the loss of import taxes, we are being infiltrated from all sides, foreign nations stealing our jobs and spreading them all over the world – it’s like we have been plundered by pirates. And here we are again, looking at eliminating our import taxes again? That is supposed to create more jobs? Mr. Simas argument that the TPP would create more U.S. jobs was far from convincing. The only possibly beneficiary of another Free Trade act (as far as the elimination of import-export taxes) is Big Ag – who are chopping at the bit to put foreign farmers and ranchers out of business. And we know Big Ag doesn’t create new jobs, they put small farmers and ranchers out of work.

The second problem is with Mr. Simas case is that there is no reason to believe that the U.S. will be able to bring labor and environmental conditions upwards in other countries. In fact, all of the Free Trade agreements have had the opposite effect. The race to the bottom has caused a drastic downward pressure to worsen labor conditions and environmental conditions. And all previous judgements from the World Trade Organization have consistently lowered standards, case in point the recent repeal of Country of Original meat labeling laws: US Appeals WTO Decision on Meat Labeling. The U.S. has no weight to change these laws especially when you think who they are up against – multi-national corporations who actually make up the World Trade Organization. There is no way the U.S. can bring up these labor and environmental laws with this treaty. Sorry, you are dreaming. My solution, if you want to improve labor and environmental conditions, first, the U.S. has to drop out of the WTO, and then they can make lots of smaller treaties like CAFTA where the U.S. can run things. But you will have to cut the wings a little on the multi-national corporations, so small businesses can compete as well.

In short, the TPP is very bad for the U.S. economy except for Big Ag and, possibly, for the other multi-national corporations that wrote up the rest of the TPP.

Stop the TPP. NAFTA on steroids.


US Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels – New York Times

US Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels – NYTimes November 28, 2014

If you knew all the facts in this case, it would cause your blood to boil. However, if you read the story in the newspaper you would probably have ignored it. Below is the story that some of you may have heard briefly, but it is one of the biggest ever battles between the World Trade Organization (WTO) versus the United States. This is a case of multi-national corporations (which control the WTO) trying to over-rule common sense food safety measures meant to protect U.S. citizens. First, read the very lame story from the major media centers which is meant to bore and misinform the public. At the end of the story, I will give you the background of the story and who the real players are (they are not Mexican and Canadian ranchers).


The News Story: US Appeals WTO Ruling Against National Meat Labels (Associate Press)

WASHINGTON — The United States is appealing a World Trade Organization decision that would make it harder for U.S. consumers to know where meat in the grocery store came from.

The WTO in October rejected U.S. rules requiring labels on packaged steaks, ribs and other cuts of meat identifying where the animals were born, raised and slaughtered. The WTO said the “country of origin labeling” requirements put Canadian and Mexican livestock at a disadvantage.

On Friday, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative appealed the ruling.

U.S. farmers who compete with Mexican and Canadian ranchers welcomed the appeal. National Farmers Union President Roger Johnson on Friday called it “the right thing to do for American family farmers, ranchers and consumers.” But meatpackers oppose the labeling requirements, saying they impose costly paperwork.

Originally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture allowed the labels to say simply “Product of U.S.” or “Product of U.S. and Canada.” The WTO rejected that approach in 2012.

So USDA made the labels more specific in an attempt to win WTO approval. For example, they can say the animal that produced the meat was “born in Mexico, raised and slaughtered in the United States” or “born, raised and slaughtered in the United States.” But in October, the WTO also rejected the revised rules.


The Background of the Story of Labeling Meats

The United States Dairy and Agricultural (USDA) Department, under pressure from concerned citizens (like you and me) wanted more transparency in how our food is handled and started to pass regulations to improve this objective. Obviously, the US has a long way to go in this respect, like did you know that it is illegal to film activity at a slaughterhouse? Reporting about conditions at slaughterhouses or chicken processing plants will get you in the same place that a Chinese citizen gets when complaining about their Communist government. Be that as it may, people from America do trust food more if it is grown and/or processed in the United States. The law written in 2008, was called the Country of Origin Law (COOL). Meat had to be labelled if it was a Product of the USA, versus product of Canada or China or anywhere else. Common sense labeling right? No problem right?

Not so fast. In an unfathomable decision, the World Trade Organization said that this law was discriminatory to other nations. The WTO said this is initially in 2011, and then re-affirmed their decision on July 23, 2012.

Rewriting C.O.O.L. and allowing China to process American chickens

So, the USDA went back to the drawing board and re-wrote the COOL requirements. This rule reads: muscle cut meats require labels to specify in sequence, the country where a source animal was born, the country where it was raised, and the country where it was slaughtered. (If you noticed, it does not specify in which country where the meat is processed – in 2013, the USDA allowed China to process U.S. chickens without the need for labeling. Ref.:1,2,3,4,5,6). This is a big story in itself.

The new COOL requirement took effect on May 23, 2013. Almost immediately, a lawsuit was filed by the American Meat Institute (Ref. 7) and the American Meat Institute and eight other plaintiffs (Ref. 8) against the USDA on July 25, 2013 and July 8, 2013, respectively.

One incidental note: The American Meat Institute just this year 2015 has merged with another organization called NAMA – the North American Meat Association to form The North American Meat Institute (NAMI). So, it is even bigger now.

This suit from the American Meat Institute was initially defeated within the U.S. in the DC District Court on March 28, 2014 (Ref. 9). However, the World Trade Organization once again ruled in favor of the American Meat Institute to overturn the labeling requirement on October 20,2014. (Ref. 10). When the WTO overruled the USDA, Big AG was extremely happy and tried to sway the U.S. government into not appealing. But the U.S. did appeal – see the top story. So, here we are at the crossroads, are we supporting common sense food safety legislation which has made rules for the safety of our citizens or do we support the big-moneyed WTO?  The WTO which would rather strip all laws from every country because it has a vested interest in trying to get all food processed in third world countries with absolutely minimal oversight or safety requirements? (I mean we already do this with textiles [clothes] and hard goods [everything else not food]. The question becomes what is the most important thing in the world? Is it safety with common sense food safety laws or is it about solely making more money for the largest corporations while decreasing our standards in the process?)

The Real Players

If you read the press releases that are spouted of as news, you would think that the ones filing the lawsuit are the small ranchers in Mexico and Canada. Just for the sake of argument, say you are a Canadian rancher, and your beef is labelled as being “Born, Raised and Slaughtered in Canada.” Canada has even higher standards than the United States. How in the hell would that be a detriment to Canadian raised beef?!  It would be like if you made clothing in Italy, would your brand be cheapened by labeling it “Made in Italy”?

In the AP news – repeated in 100 different newspapers, word for word, there is not one mention of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI nor AMI) who filed the suit. The North American Meat Institute is Big AG incarnate. NAMI represents 95% of all red meat and 70% of all turkey processing. On the NAMI Board of Directors (Ref.11) is Hormel; Tyson Chicken, which has processing plants in China, India, Brazil and, there it is, Mexico (Ref. 12); Cargill Meats; Butterball; JBS; and Smithfield Foods who has just been bought by a Chinese company (Ref. 13). Now do you believe that allowing the Chinese to process chicken for Americans to eat and not even have that detail labelled is just a coincidence? Of course not, somebody in the USDA got paid off with a nice little gift. This big money American system that runs our entire country is truly corrupt. Americans, however, don’t recognize this, unlike the outsiders that wonder why Americans don’t recognize this widespread corruption and just revolt.

Who Are The Fake Players?

The small Canadian and Mexican ranchers are supposedly the ones being hurt. Now let us be serious, since when in the world has the WTO ever cared or ever ruled in favor of a very small company? Never. They would never get the time of day with the WTO. The reason, small companies don’t have any weight with the WTO, is they lack money and/or influence. Also, the  small companies are not taken seriously by the WTO because they are directly competing against the giant corporations that are part of the WTO. To file a suit with the WTO, you need big money and lots of power. So to mention these fake players is really moot. But, in this particular suit, there is a listing of 8 different plaintiffs  which are meat processing and packing trade groups , but with them is the “Goliath”, the American Meat Institute (AMI) now called NAMI. Let us look at a couple of the companies named in the lawsuit and how they are supposedly affected.

The fake players are three small companies within the 8 meat processing and packing trade groups who are part of the lawsuit that have sued the USDA to not label meat. Because of their quirky business practices, they were pulled out as examples of how Canada and Mexico ranchers and processors could possibly be injured if meat were “labelled”. 99.99% of the meat represented by the plaintiffs of the lawsuit is all-American, it doesn’t make sense that these fake players who make-up 0.01% should get any say in these court cases.

First, let us look at BK Pork. BK Pork is a member of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) Iowa affiliate (close ally of NAMI and the actual plaintiff). Supposedly from COOL regulations, BK Pork would have to stop raising Canadian Pigs in their home state of Iowa. (For those of you who don’t know U.S. geography, Iowa is not right next to Canada. Plus, I don’t see the sense in why they import cows all the way from Canada). The WTO really cares about this issue?

Second, there is Alpha 3 Cattle Company. Alpha 3 Cattle Co is a member of the National Cattlemens Beef Association (NCBA) -the plaintiff and close friend of NAMI. It is a feedyard in Texas that imports 38,000 head of Mexican cattle per year. This is NAMI’s only connection with Mexico that is not Tyson, that is the sole reason they are included in the lawsuit. They are extremely small potatoes, and there are not many American companies that import Mexican cattle. If we dig deeper, we could probably find the reason why this company really exists.

Third is Agri-beef. This is a ranch in Idaho and that processes its beef in Washington. It is a member of the North American Meat Association (NAMA, previously the National Meat Association [NMA]). NAMA is the plaintiff (as mentioned, before NAMA merged with AMI and now is the supercolossus NAMI). In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs say “Because Washington is a ‘cattle-deficient’ state, Agri-Beef relies heavily on cattle imported from Canada during particular times of the year.” Wait a minute, the ranch is in Idaho, which is not cattle deficient, and not raised in Washington. I am sure this company could get a waiver from the USDA for having their cattle in the US for a month. Like I said previously, raised in Canada is “thumbs up” – there is absolutely no downside in labeling it that way.

Evaluating the Lawsuit

When you see the voluminous lawsuit, you think they might have a case. But when you read around the baloney and do your due diligence which clearly the World Trade Organization did not do, you can see this decision smells as bad as Harris Ranch. Some of their arguments are ridiculous like this one in showing damages (on page 48 of the lawsuit Ref. 14): “RJ Reynolds Tobacco Co, vs FDA 823 F Supp.2d 36 50-51 (D.D.C 2011) finding “more than a sufficient showing of irreparable harm in tobacco companies First Amendment challenge to graphic warning requirement.” That is your argument that “Made in Canada” is a bad as skull and cross bones on cigarette packages?!!. Please!

And then you realize, there is no Canada or Mexico involved in this lawsuit at all. It is Big U.S. Ag and company. Strip away the B.S. and you can see this is just a plain old powerplay (only about money and power). The big question is this: why should we listen to the WTO, an international organization over a totally LOCAL issue? Get your over-reaching hands out of our business.

Going Forward

The U.S. consumer needs to support the USDA in their appeal and its labeling requirements against Big Ag. The reason why Big Ag is against labeling, is more than just money, which is really not very significant in their multi-billion dollar industry, but it is their plans to process all meat internationally in the near future. This means they need the Trans-Pacific Partnership Treaty (TPP – the secret Free Trade agreement like NAFTA) to pass and eliminate all labeling with the help of their lackey – the WTO – the destructive organization which has made higher standards obsolete. The WTO’s ultimate goal is to bring the U.S. down to the same extremely low standards as the least civilized of nations (called the least common denominator argument). Big Ag’s ultimate goal is to create meat products from all different types of meat, from all different cuts and from all different countries without being labelled. The American Meat Institute doesn’t want to let you know if you are eating beef, rat, dog or horse. (Ref 15). Or worse -remember the movie Soylent Green (Ref 16) – now that didn’t need to be labelled.

Stop the corporate power grab. Stop the WTO from repealing country of origin labeling (C.O.O.L.) and stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Deal. The WTO is anti-COOL.


1. Chinese Chicken Processors Are Cleared to Ship to U.S. NY Times 8/30/13.

2. Chicken Processed in China Triggers U.S. Food Safety Protests. Bloomberg News 9/26/13.

3. The Curious Case of the Chinese Chicken Import-Export Business. Newsweek 9/25/14. Who lobbied for this law? Tyson, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, Pilgrim, and JBS.

4. Chicken From China? Why You Should Be Worried. Huffington Post 3/14/15

5. China Sneaks Its Chicken in on Man’s Best Friend, Food and Water Watch. Tony Corbo 7/27/12.

6. Official Announcement: USDA declares that its Food and Safety Inspection Service has approved poultry processing in China. 8/30/13

7. Lawsuit: American Meat Institute, et al v. United States Department of Agriculture. The actual lawsuit, 55 pages, filed 7/25/13.

8. Lawsuit: American Meat Institute and eight other plaintiffs v. USDA. 23 pages. filed 7/08/13.

9. DC Circuit Court Rejects Challenge to rule of Origin Labels on Meats. The Hill 3/28/14.

10. The Official Decision: World Trade Organization Rejects United States – Certain Country of Origin Labelling (COOL) Requirements. 10/20/2014 206 pages.

11. North America Meat Institute Board of Directors, meatinstitute.org, formerly the American Meat Institute until it merged with The North American Meat Association, see history.

12. Tyson Chicken Portfolio. Page 19 shows its International holdings and factories.

13. Smithfield Foods Closes Sale to China’s Shuanghui. Richmond Times-Dispatch 9/27/13.

14. Lawsuit, page 48.

15. Slaughterhouse Boss Admits Charges Over U.K. Horsemeat Scandal. The Guardian 2015

16. Soylent Green 1973 futuristic movie based in the year 2022. Overrcrowding and the greenhouse effect have caused food shortages. Soylent Green is the new food that helps alleviate the problem until at the end that this is made from humans.

For additional reading reference check out: Country of Origin Labeling Revisited: Processed Chicken from China and the USDA Processed Foods Exception. Minn. J. L. Sci. & Tech. 28 pages of background and the politics of the exception to allow China to process chicken without having to label it.


15 Rules For Wearing Suits All Men Need to Know

15 Rules For Wearing Suits All Men Need to Know | Diply.

15 Rules For Wearing Suits All Men Need to Know
from the online magazine: Diply

Is there anything better to look at than a man in a really nice suit? I think not. A really well-fitted and carefully thought-out suit can make any guy instantly look hotter. It’s science. If you’re new to the suit wearing game, or if you’re a seasoned suit-wearing veteran but want to make sure you’re doing things right, then you need to take a look at this list, because there are suit sins that are possible to commit. So, take a look and make sure that you’re rocking that suit as hard as you can, because all women know the truth of this statement:

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1. A three-piece suit can look dreary, unless the waistcoat is well-fitted and tapered close to the waist

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2. Always unfasten the buttons on your suit when you sit down. Always. NO exceptions

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3. When wearing a light-colored suit, a dark pocket square can provide a visual anchor

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4. Never pair a sports watch with a suit. Ever. Get yourself a proper watch

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5. Remember to ALWAYS remove the stitching on the vents before wearing a new suit

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6. If you’re going tie-less, make sure that your collar is on the smaller side

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7. For a proper-fitting jacket, you should be able to fit a fist between your buttoned-up jacket and your chest

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8. A patterned over coat is a great compliment to a neutral suit

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9. Your tie bar should never be wider than your tie

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10. Don’t be afraid of polka dots

They can bring energy to a suit. Just make sure that they are not too big that you look like a clown, and not too small that they cannot be seen.
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11. The bottom button of a double-breasted jacket should never be fastened

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12. Do NOT over-accessorize. A pocket-square, a tie bar, and a lapel pin is too much at once

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13. A bold tie should be paired with a subtle shirt

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14. The fabric of your suit should depend on how often you’ll be wearing it. You’ll want to go with more durable fabrics for daily wear.

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15. Pick-stitching (or visible stitching around the lapel) can add a decorative flourish, if they’re subtle. Contrast stitching is just a no.

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Editor’s Comments

On Number 5, if you have forgotten to cut out the vent stitches, then you may have also forgotten to cut out the label at the end of the sleeve. We don’t really need to see who made your suit. Remember, it is a label, not a monogram.

On Number 11, do not fasten the bottom button on a double-breasted suit. But then, you should not fasten the bottom button on a single breasted suit either. Why have a button there and not use it? It is called fashion. Ever since King Henry VIII was too heavy to keep his bottom button fastened, it has always been “fashionable” to keep the bottom button unfastened.

The most important tip is to buy a high quality suit. You don’t want to buy-one-get three-free pricing suits which are better suited for wiping up spills and soaking up bacon grease…and cheaper than paper towels.

First, let us look what is the difference between a bargain or “cheap” suit and a luxury suit. The cheap suit will always be manufactured in areas famous for slave labor: China, Bangladesh, Vietnam,etc. The cheap suit will be made of inferior fabric – one that is rough to the touch and wrinkles easily. The bargain suit tends not to fit well – with stiff shoulders and a full boxy cut. The armholes often are cut too low  – making moving uncomfortable every time you lift your arms. The bargain jacket will have cheap interlinings which are frequently glued into the suit which will break down after a few cleanings. Avoid the cheap suit at all costs, the suit is meant to impress.

The luxury suit will be made in the United States, Canada or Italy. The fabric is generally wool that “breathes”, so it’s cool with a modern fit creating a softer and more sculpted shape. All quality suits have exceptional interlinings and probably the important factor is impeccable tailoring – a suit that “just fits” and allows you to move and be comfortable all day.

Some of the best American suits are made by Hart,Schaffner & Marx; Hickey Freeman; Black Fleece; Oxxford (if you can find them) and Jack Victor (Canada). If you are looking for the best suits in the world, then you will have to get yourself an Italian suit. Top names include: Kiron, Brioni, Lanvin, Tom Ford, Loro Piana, Canali, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani (if it is Italian made). If you like colors, look into ETRO. Of course, the best suits are bespoken, they take your measurements and then make up the suit for you, like in Saville Row in London. That option works, if you have the $$$$$.

Now go out there and impress.

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