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13
Aug
16

Made In America: A Buyer’s Guide For Donald Trump

One of the biggest reasons for this blog is enlighten the public that we need to support buying items made in the United States. After 5 years of frustration, it is nice that this has become an important issue for this election year. I have compiled several very nice “Made in America” lists over the years, but I was surprised that one of the Presidential candidates actually compiled a quite competent “Made in America” list. Not only is the list fairly formidable, they supply the links to actually look up the company. The list is from Hilary Clinton. It informs people where to get US made clothing and furniture, while, at the same time, bashing her opponent.

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Trump couldn’t be bothered to find manufacturers in America, so we did it for him.

Source: Made In America: A Buyer’s Guide For Donald Trump | Hillary for America

Despite his repeated claim and desire to put “America First,” time and time again Donald Trump has told us he has to manufacture his products abroad. He says “it’s very hard to have apparel made in this country,” or that “they don’t even make the stuff here. It’s so hard to get.” No, Donald. Just no.

We can see how time consuming multiple bankruptcies and scamming small businesses must be, but really Donald, this is a pretty glaring oversight. It didn’t take us long to find over 100 examples of U.S. manufacturers and businesses ready and able to produce the same goods he makes overseas.

Scroll through to see just a few examples of the many American businesses Donald missed.

Ties

Where Donald Made Them: China
Where Donald Trump Could Have Made Them Instead: From Denver to Charlotte, we found 25 manufacturers producing American-made ties.

Boulder, CO | JZ Richards
Denver, CO | Knotty Ties
Fairfield, CT | Just Madras
San Francisco, CA | Blade + Blue
Monterey, CA | Robert Talbott Ties
Annapolis, MD | Starboard Clothing Co.
Detroit, MI | Cyberoptix Ties
St. Louis Park, MN | Pierrepont Hicks Tie Co.
Charlotte, NC | Ole Mason Jar
Mayberry, NC | High Cotton Ties
Pilot Mountain, NC |  Brown & Church
Bedford, NY | General Knot
Brooklyn, NY | Brooklyn Tie Company
Brooklyn, NY | Hickoree’s
Buffalo, NY | O’Connell’s Clothing
Long Island City, NY | Brooks Brothers
New York, NY | Collared Greens
New York, NY | Josh Bach
New York, NY | Mountain and Sackett
Ashland, PA | Gitman Bros
Philadelphia, PA | Commonwealth Proper
Rock Hill, SC | The Cordial Churchman
Fort Mill, SC | R. Hanauer Ties
Austin, TX | Fox & Brie Ties
Middlebury, VT | Beau-Ties of Vermont

Suits and Shirts 

Where Donald Made Them: China, Bangladesh, and Honduras
Where Donald Trump Could Have Made Them Instead:  From the site of the GOP convention in Cleveland to Reading, Pennsylvania, we found 33 stateside locations where Donald could produce his suits and shirts.

San Francisco, CA |  Blade + Blue
San Francisco, CA | Taylor Stitch
Fort Collins, CO | Blackland Clothing Company
Washington, DC | Read Wall
Chicago, IL | Hart Schaffner Marx
Haverhill, MA |  Brooks Brothers
New Bedford, MA | Joseph Abboud
Brooklyn, OH |  Keystone Tailored
Philadelphia, PA | Commonwealth Proper
Brooklyn, NY | Martin Greenfield Clothiers
Buffalo, NY | O’Connell’s Clothing
Rochester, NY | Hickey Freeman
New Orleans, LA | Haspel
Fall River, MA | New England Shirt Company
Bay Harbor, MI | Mettlers American Mercantile
Bozeman, MT | Mercer & Sons
Charlotte, NC | Ole Mason Jar
Raleigh, NC | Lumina Clothing
East Rutherford, NJ | Todd Shelton
Bellmore, NY | White Dress Shirt Company
Buffalo, NY | O’Connell’s Clothing
New York, NY | Jack Robie
New York, NY | The J Wingfield Company
Cleveland, OH |  Forma Apparel Manufacturing
Ardmore, PA | American Trench
Ashland, PA | Gitman Bros
Reading, PA | Bill’s Khakis
Philadelphia, PA | Collared Greens
Woolrich, PA | Woolrich
Cleveland, TN | Hardwick
Dallas, TX | Mizzen and Main
Houston, TX | Hamilton Shirts
Belleville, WI | Duluth Trading

Furniture and frames

Where Donald Makes Them Now: India, Germany, and Turkey
Where Donald Trump Could Make Them Instead: From Jasper, Indiana to Youngstown, Ohio, down to Norfolk, Virginia, we found 61 furniture and frame manufacturers right here in the United States.

Cerritos, CA | Villa Hallmark
Chula Vista, CA | San Diego Frame Manufacturing Company
Pico Rivera, CA | Camely Furniture
Ocala, FL  | Brick City Furniture
Berne, IN | Clauser Furniture
Berne, IN | Smith Brothers of Berne
Jasper, IN | Indiana Furniture
Jasper, IN |  The Jasper Chair Company
Auburn, ME | Thomas Moser
Portland, ME | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop
Ithaca, MI | Craig Frames
Holland, MI | Holland Bar Stool Company
Zeeland, MI |  Herman Miller Store
Minneapolis, MN | Room & Board
Houston, MS | Franklin Corporation
Asheboro, NC | Klaussner Furniture Industries
Beaufort, NC | Beaufort Furniture Company
Conover, NC and Hillsville, VA | Vanguard Furniture
Hickory, NC | Bradington Young
Hickory, NC | Century Furniture
High Point, NC | Home Meridian International
High Point, NC | USA Salvage
Lexington, NC | North Carolina Moulding Company
Morganton, NC | Guy Chaddock
Rougemont, NC | Beaufort Furniture Company
Shelby, NC | Bernhardt Furniture
Taylorsville, NC | Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
Bow, NH | Aubin Woodworking
Las Vegas, NV | Foliot Furniture
Granville, NY |  Manchester Wood
McConnellsville, NY | Cambridge Mills Furniture
McConnellsville, NY | Harden
Newark, NY |  Hallagan Fine Furniture
Archbold, OH | Archbold’s Furniture Company
Cleveland, OH | Rustbelt Reclamation
Cincinnati, OH | Frame USA
Mt. Hope, OH | Canal Dover
Mt. Hope, OH |  Homestead Furniture
Sugarcreek, OH | Swiss Valley Furniture
Norwalk, OH | Norwalk Furniture
Youngstown, OH | JL Treharn & Co.
Bristol, PA | Ace Designs
Freeburg, PA | Colonial Furniture Company
Gordonville, PA | Snyder’s Furniture
Millersburg, PA | East Side Frames
Myerstown, PA |  The Keystone Collections
Ronks, PA | Fisher’s Quality Furniture
State College, PA | Spectra Wood
Southern Lancaster, PA | Cherry Acres
Conway, SC | Johnson Furniture Manufacturing
Sumter, SC | Carolina Furniture Works
Collinsville and Martinsville, VA; Valdese and Mount Airy, NC | Shenandoah Furniture, Inc.
Dayton, TN | La-Z-Boy
Lexington, VA | Shenandoah Framing
Lynchburg, VA | Old Dominion Wood Products
Norfolk, VA | Sorrentino Mariani
Winchester, VA | Henkel Harris Furniture
Vernon, VT | Vermont Wood Studios
Ashland, WI | Larson-Juhl
Berkeley Springs, WV | Gat Creek
Huntington, WV | MacKenzie-Dow Fine Furniture

Barware 

Where Donald Made Them: Slovenia
Where Donald Trump Could Have Made Them Instead: If it’s not broke, don’t fix it? Well, something’s seriously broken when there are at least 12 locations Donald could have used to produce barware including Toledo, Ohio, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix, AZ | Drinique
Los Angeles, CA (& IN, VT) | Jacob Bromwell
Dayton, VA | LDA Creations
Cambridge, OH | Mosser Glass
East Liverpool, OH | American Mug & Stein Co.
Toledo, OH | Libbey
Monaca, PA and Lancaster, OH | Anchor Hocking
Columbia, PA | Susquehanna Glass
Mount Pleasant, PA | Rolf Glass
Kinston, NC | Lenox
Quechee, VT | Simon Pearce
Newell, WV | Fiesta

02
Jan
16

5 Women Run Companies – Making Products in the USA | Buy American Lists

Buying American List is a blog about “Buying American”. The blog had recently published a great three part series on Woman Run Companies – Making Products in the USA. The first one was published on October 22, 2015,  the second on November 17, 2015 and the third on December 29, 2015. It am reposting the first two articles here. For other websites that also stress “Made in America” see my blog entry: Made in America Movement websites. Have a Happy 2016.

Source: 5 Women Run Companies – Making Products in the USA | Buy American Lists

5 Women Run Companies – Making Products in the USA

Flynn-Skye-Bae Romper

Writing about companies that have made the conscious choice to have their products Made in the USA can be eye-opening. Frankly there are an amazing amount of people who are creating a wide array of products and doing it their way. I love to read about how one or two people got an idea and put it into action. This posting will focus on women who have created a business that is making products here in America.

Sometimes these companies are small and sometimes they have grown into a pretty big business. I love to learn about how they did it and especially when they decide to give something back to their communities. You may have seen several postings of companies giving back to help others. I’ll include some links at the end of this article. Since I’m writing this in October which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I hope you’ve seen this one in particular. Pink for October . This started out featuring 2 companies and has grown to include 7 companies. Please send me more if you know about them.

There are many more companies that are being run by women that I plan to feature in the future. Here are the first 5 of many more to follow.

1. Flynn Skye

Designer Amber Farr created this line of clothing in Venice, California. Her clothes are about simplicity with an edge and are perfect to wear all day long. Whether you’re at the beach or going out for a romantic dinner these clothes will make you feel a little sexy and a little free.

She named the company after her daughter who she says is “the most magical, free spirit I know”.

I just love the look of these clothes and can imagine how they make anyone just a little bit happier when they slip on some Flynn Skye clothing.

Flynn Skye - Bardot Maxi Dress

Flynn Skye – Bardot Maxi Dress

Flynn-Skye-Bae Romper

Flynn-Skye-Bae Romper

2. The Mitten Company

This company grew out of a woman’ love of sewing. She didn’t intend to grow a business out of recycling wool sweaters into mittens. But once she got the idea, she ran with it.

The Mitten Company was featured in a previous posting and you can read that post here.

The Mitten Company-Red & Black Lambs wool

The Mitten Company-Red & Black Lambs wool

3. Handful

See Also:  Featured Company – Kiyonna, Plus Size Fashion

One thing that I’ve learned is that a companies website often tells their story the best. Here is a snippet from the Handful.com About page.

Handful was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2006 by fitness enthusiast, Jennifer Ferguson. After years of searching in vain for a good sports bra, Jennifer decided to channel her frustration creatively. She designed and manufactured what she (and a lot of other female athletes) had been waiting for…the “perfect sports bra” that’s versatile enough to wear from workout to weekend.
Today, Handful is a thriving business run by four women who share a passion for helping women everywhere lead lives that exceed their wildest dreams.

I love that Jennifer Ferguson, the CEO is also the star of the Handful Product Video. Check it out to learn more and to see that the 4 women running this business love to have fun.

Jennifer, CEO of Handful

Jennifer, CEO of Handful

4. Nikki Lund

Nikki Lund is a woman with many talents but the focus here is her clothing designs. You may know her as a musician but she also has a love of clothing and is an amazing designer. I recently asked Nikki if her clothes were made in America. Here’s her reply: “yes they are…. And I’m damn proud of that! 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸” Well Nikki, we’re proud of you also!

Please also consider following her on Twitter to keep up with her multi-faceted career. @1NikkiLund

**UPDATE** Here is a link to Nikki’s new 2016 Spring collection.

Nikki Lund

Nikki Lund

Blake Shelton in Nikki Lund jacket

Blake Shelton wearing Nikki Lund

5. Swoop Bags

This is another example of where the creator can tell her story better than I can. Please read what Sarah Kirk has to say about the Swoop Story.

Thirty years ago, my grandmother gave my brother a handmade storage bag for his heaping pile of Lego® pieces. Years later, when my own son got knee-deep into Lego®, my mom remembered that bag and made a similar one for my boys. Friends would come over to our house and say, “WOW! Where did you get that bag? What a FANTASTIC way to contain the crazy Lego® mess!” The idea of Swoop Bags was born.

Today, I give you SWOOP BAGS – a re-imagined, modern version of the original bag my grandmother made. As a graphic designer who loves and breathes modern design and the busy mother of two Lego-loving kids, I sought out to create a bag that was contemporary in style, simple to use, and very well made. Large Swoop Bags not only make cleanup time a breeze, they also double as a circular play mat when opened up and spread out on the floor. The Swoop Mini is a portable, travel-size version – perfect for kids and families on the go. Who said you couldn’t take your favorite Lego pieces to the beach?

Swoop Bags are durable and designed to last using the highest quality 100% cotton canvas and durable nylon cording. We have bold, bright, fun colors to choose from and our bags are stylish enough to stash in any room of the house. Locally made in Seattle, too.

“Just SWOOP it up!”

Swoop Bag

Swoop Bag

So there’s a small start of what I envision will be multiple postings highlighting companies run by women. I plan on other similar series such as one I’m working on that highlights companies started or run by veterans. And of course the continuing series of companies that are giving back to their communities.

5 More Woman Run Companies – Making Products in the USA Part II

Kleynimal baby

One of the aspects I really enjoy about writing this website and blog is discovering companies that are making their products here in the USA. There is an extremely broad range of products and the businesses are spread throughout America. I’ve started a series of posts that feature companies that are run by women.

This is my second set of 5 companies (find the first one here) and you can rest assured that there are plenty more great American companies to be featured. In fact, if you know of a company that is run by a woman or women that is making their products here in the USA please let me know. I’d love to give their website a look and include them in a future feature.

Only Hearts

Only Hearts began in 1978 as a tiny boutique in New York City. They specialized in all things heart-shaped. Their collection ranged from vintage lockets to corsets and the store quickly became a destination for heart collectors.

News of the boutique spread because of their unique product line and founder Helena Stuart took advantage and expanded. She began designing a fresh take on lingerie as fashion, her inner outerwear concept, and ultimately the outerwear collections of today. For the past 10 years her partner has been daughter Kaya Stuart.

Only Hearts - Kaya and Helena

Only Hearts – Kaya and Helena

If you love wearing great sexy undergarments or you’re looking for a gift for your partner, you can find Only Hearts products on their website, in fine specialty shops and department stores, their 4 storefronts and of course on Amazon.com.

Only Hearts Organic Cotton

Only Hearts Organic Cotton

Kiyonna – Plus Size Clothing

This is another one of the great American success stories that we discover on a weekly basis. The short story is that Kim Camarella-Khanbeigi was in college and looking for an idea for a business. She ended up getting her idea along with a suggestion from her Father that was ahead of its time. But to really discover what happened, please read The Kiyonna Story which is on their website.

They have a substantial product line that is available on their website, their showroom in Anaheim Hills, CA or on Amazon.com.

Kiyonna Top

Kiyonna Top

Whether you are looking for cocktail dresses, separates, shapewear, swimwear or even that very special wedding dress, Kiyonna carries a variety of styles. And we’re not talking about just one or two items in a category. They have a large selection in a range of plus sizes.

Kiyonna Dress

Kiyonna Dress

Kiyonna - Wedding-Gowns

Kiyonna – Wedding-Gowns

Here are some links to take you to specific lines on their website or just head to their homepage to take a look around.

Plus Size Holiday Lookbook 2015

Plus Size Cocktail Dresses

Plus Size Wrap Dresses

Plus Size Wedding Shop

Perfect for the savvy shopper, save up to 75% off select styles! Newly marked down items added every week.

Kiyonna - Twist Swimsuit by Sorella

Kiyonna – Twist Swimsuit by Sorella

Tina Frey Designs

The pieces in the collection are focused on simplicity and function. Her works begin as Tina hand sculpts each piece by clay in her San Francisco studio. Hand made molds are created from each design and are used to cast the vessels in small batches by color. Each piece is hand sanded and carries a unique beauty that ensures the quality and integrity of each piece.

Tina Frey Designs

Tina Frey Designs

Read more about Tina in this 7 X 7 feature.

Tina Frey Designs Spring 2015

Tina Frey Designs Spring 2015

Her products can be purchased on her website, in many fine galleries and museums and on Amazon.com.

Kleynimals – Stainless Steel Key Toys

Kleynimals were invented by a Mom who began looking for a non-toxic key toy when her son started playing with her set of keys. She wasn’t able to find anything suitable and since she already loved stainless steel products she decided to create her own key toys. And, in the process she made a conscious decision to have them Made in the USA. What a win-win!

Kleynimals Key Toy

Kleynimals Key Toy

Meet Eli the Elephant, Gus the Giraffe, and Leo the Lion. They are non-toxic stainless steel toy keys that will satisfy your child’s desire to play with metal keys without the hazards of lead contamination, sharp edges, or the daily grime that come with the keys in the bottom of your diaper bag.

See Also:  Round House – Featured Company of the Day

Watch this video to learn more about Kirsten, the Mom, and Kleynimals.

You can purchase Kleynimals on their website or find them in many retail stores around the world. There is a product locator on the website to assist you.

Omgirl

Megan Fielding, the founder of Omgirl created her first yoga-inspired graphic tee in 1997 while working at the original Yoga Works, in Santa Monica California. She continued to create a collection of active and lifestyle pieces that matched the feelings of the yoga community.

Omgirl - East Coast Cami

Omgirl – East Coast Cami

The brand blends fashion-forward silhouettes and hand-dyed prints with functional, active and comfortable clothing.

Omgirl is proudly made in Los Angeles, California from fabric to finishing.

Because of space requirements, I am unable to publish the article but there is the link to part 3 of 5 more Woman Run Companies – Making Products in the USA

26
Aug
15

Brand New USA: The Made In America List

Brand New USA: The Made In America List.

I have just discovered another “Made in USA” listing. This one is called Brand New USA. This website is a directory displaying the products and the websites that carry the products. Naturally, they are all made in the USA. And these products can be found through the Internet only.  They are divided into ten different categories: apparel, sports, gear, house, accessories, kitchen, beauty, food and drink, kids and pets. When clicking on the categories, there is a moderate amount of items that can be seen by scrolling down. Brand New USA also has a nice Facebook page.

From their Website Under “About”

We all want to help the local economy. We know it’s good for our community and ourselves. It creates jobs, and lowers our footprint. While it is unrealistic to shift overnight, actively buying 10-20% of our purchases from local businesses represents a huge boost.

At Brand New USA, we see the biggest challenge to helping our manufacturers being the availability of information. We want to make sure you know these innovators, and the breadth of their creativity. When you see their passion and vision, we know you will want to support them.

proudly made in the USA

We have built a Directory of Local Manufacturers so that you can find high quality products made in your community, your region, your country.

We need your help as well: if you like your local manufacturers, tell us about them!

Stephan is an Engineer who became a Web Producer for Fortune 100 companies as the Internet rose exponentially. He kept is passion for the innovative ideas that come with designing and actually making products.
This project is a way to get consumers connected to the creation process and informed on the techniques, distribution and impact of how products are made.

Leslie’s passion for manufacturing stems from her belief that it provides more than good wages: it also fosters creativity and innovation while supporting economic growth. The daughter of a manufacturing worker, Leslie has devoted her career to supporting community and business development programs. She was appointed to Executive Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses (IMB), where she led the City’s effort to help businesses start, operate, and grow.

Why US Manufacturers

Support people around you
Buying goods manufactured in your city, region, or country is the best way to support the community you live in. You are helping the innovators, the workers, the office managers stay in business. They earn a living, and taxes are funneled back into local services. Buying locally helps your immediate neighborhood.

“48 cents of every dollar spent locally goes back into the community” — Civic Economics
Buying American creates jobsCompanies grow their workforce.
Buying from companies who build their products in the country keeps jobs here. Companies you buy from are able to keep and grow their workforce. Creating jobs starts with every one of us buying more goods created and produced here.

“Local businesses have generated 65% of new jobs over the past 17 years” — Small Business Administration

 

 

 

 

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Another good listing that I recently blogged about is Homerica. Homerica is a website and directory to help you find things for your home (made in the USA) whether it is building supplies, decorations, furnishings, appliances or furniture. It has a nice selection of US made appliances.

To see other listings like these, see my link: Best Made in USA Movement Websites.

08
Mar
15

list of made in America products from obviousamerica

obvilist – obviousamerica.

I just love lists. This list is from Obvious America. This great list shows companies that manufacture things here in the USA. What is so great about this list is that they have all the links which are placed alphabetically, but it also lists where they are made.

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Welcome to the Obvilist.  A collection of the best companies that make and/or support Made in USA products.  You can sort by Name, Category, Specialty, City and State… or just click on every single one.  Trust us, it’s fun.

Don’t see your company?  Email us at contact@obviousamerica.com to get on the Obvilist.

 

24
Dec
14

AAM’s 2014 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide

AAM’s 2014 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide | Alliance for American Manufacturing.

This is a re-posting of the Alliance for American Manufacturing Gift Guide for 2014. This list is a little different in that it goes state by state. This is a nice list, the only thing that I would criticize is the inclusion of food or beverages, such as Jack Daniels and cheese.

AAM’s 2014 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide

By Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch

You can even find Made in America wrapping paper! The paper above is from Rifle Paper Co’s holiday collection.

There’s something American-made for everyone on your list.

Americans will spend $720 on average for holiday gifts this year. But if each of us spent just $64 on American-made goods this season, we could create 200,000 new jobs, right here in the United States!

We know American-made options aren’t always available and sometimes take effort to find. That’s why we put together this helpful Made in America holiday gift guide. There’s something for everyone on your list — and maybe even a few items for you, too!

Alabama: For the outdoorsman on your list, Jacksonville-based Bear and Son Cutlery offers a range of knives and related products. The company, which employs about 80 workers, announced an exclusive partnership with Remington Outdoor in July.

Alaska: Keep your canine friend warm this winter with booties, vests, harnesses and other gear from Dog Booties, which creates gear designed to keep dogs protected from the elements. Also check out Happy Valley-based Shady Dog Farm, which sells a variety of stylish leashes.

Arizona: HF Coors has been producing dinnerware since 1925, and manufactures customizable mugs, plates, bowls, dishes, platters, and other dining must-haves in Tucson. You can visit the company’s factory store or order online.

Dinnerware from HF Coors.

Arkansas: Looking to rock out this holiday? Klipsch sells a variety of top-quality speakers and sound systems that are created in the Land of Opportunity.

California: Shoemaker CYDWOQ bills itself as a place “where old world craftsmanship meets modern times.” All of its shoes, bags and belts are handcrafted in Burbank.

Colorado: Fashion designer Autumn Teneyl describes her line of feminine, bohemian ensembles as “eclectic chic.” Teneyl’s company manufacturers every garment in Colorado, and is committed to eco-friendly practices.

Connecticut: A childhood classic! Wiffle Ball continues to make its popular product in the Nutmeg State decades after inventor David Mullany created the ball after watching his 12-year-old son play baseball with a plastic golf ball and broomstick in their Fairfield backyard.

Delaware: We touted the ales produced by Dogfish Head on last year’s list, but they’re so tasty we’re including them again. The company continues to grow in popularity, so you can probably find a brew at a store near you.

D.C.: Beyonce is a fan of the chic-and-unique jewelry from Rachel Pfeffer Designs. Definitely a must for any Beyonce fan on your list — or anyone who likes fun jewelry.

Florida: More than 900 employees help make North Venice-based Tervis drinkware products, which are designed to keep your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold. Tervis tumblers and other items are available at retailers across the country.

Georgia: These gifts are the bee’s knees! Athens-based Bee Natural’s “handcrafted, hand-signed beeswax Honeypot Luminary candleholders and lamps” are a great for anyone on your list. Or pick up some honey-based skin products from Savannah Bee Company that were recently touted by Southern Living.

Hawaii: Not all of us can head to warmer climates this holiday, but you can share a part of the islands by gifting an Aloha Shirt. Kahala is among the retailers that manufactures its shirts on the Hawaiian Islands.

Kahala’s “Shaping Room” shirt.

Idaho: Actress Alicia Silverstone is among the famous fans of skincare company Plum Hill, which offers lip balms, soaps, bath and body products, and even linen spray. Plum Hill’s gift and sampler sets should fit many on your list.

Illinois: Remember REVEAL, the unique photo frame we blogged about a few weeks back that is part of the effort to kick start local manufacturing in Chicago? The Kickstarter is still going, and by donating you’ll receive a frame (or several) that make perfect gifts.

Indiana: Designer Cinda Boomershine told us back in October that she was inspired to launch her handbag line after failing to find a travel bag that fit her on-the-go lifestyle. Her company, cinda b, employs about 125 Indiana workers and offers a variety of durable (and washable!) handbags, totes, travel bags and accessories.

Iowa: Scale Model Toys claims to be the “only major farm toy manufacturer actually assembling toys in the United States,” and sells agricultural-themed toys that will delight kids of all ages.

Kansas: Need something for that craftsman on your list? Wilde Tool founders Otto and Paul Froeschl invented their Original Angle Nose Pliers in the 1920s — and their product now the standard design for pliers around the world. Today, Wilde Tool offers a lifetime warranty on its wide variety of products.

Kentucky: It’s difficult to find Made in the USA bedding, but American Made Dorm is up to the challenge. The company launched in 2011 with the goal of selling high quality American-made bedding for college and boarding school students, but has expanded its line to include bedding for the home. Sister company Liz and Roo sells bedding for the nursery.

Louisiana: Actress Zooey Deschanel is among those who have donned a dress from jolie & elizabeth dress, which handcrafts all its garments in New Orleans. In French, Jolie means “Pretty” and Elizabeth translates “Promise” — and the company says its “Pretty Promise” is to continue to manufacture in Louisiana.

Party dresses from jolie & elizabeth.

Maine: Environmental sensitivity, human safety, and supporting local economies are among the pledges made by athletic apparel maker Atayne. The company’s running, biking, hiking and other gear is made from 100 percent recycled polyester, is free of chemicals and Made in the USA, from start to finish.

Maryland: Looking for a little spice this season? Gator Ron’s sauces and mixes are the perfect treat. The company’s Original Divine Bloody Mary Mix will add a flavor to that holiday brunch.

Massachusetts: The kids in your life will love a backpack from CBHStudio. The company’s backpacks, lunch totes and other accessories are sturdy and easy to clean.

Michigan: Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know Shinola is transforming Detroit by manufacturing watches, leather goods, and even bicycles in the heart of the Motor City. Now the company is even going to make its watch dials in Detroit. The company’s watches are on the pricey side, but come with a limited lifetime guarantee.

Minnesota: St. Paul’s J.W. Hulme Co. says it’s been part of the Maker Movement since its launch in 1905. The company offers stylish leather goods for both men and women, and its never-out-of-style duffel bag makes the perfect gift. Like Shinola watches, the duffels are a bit expensive — but designed to last, with a lifetime guarantee.

J.W. Hulme Co.’s small duffle bag.

Mississippi: Send your friends and family a taste of the south with a gift basket from the Mississippi Gift Company, which offers a range of food and gifts from the Magnolia State.

Missouri: Songbird Essentials sells bird feeders, bird feeders and nesting boxes ideal for backyard bird watching. The company says 95 percent of its products are manufactured domestically.

Montana: The holidays typically require travel, and so does the new year as people set new resolutions. Make sure your soon-to-be traveler is prepared with a Red Oxx Safari-Beanos Bag.

Nebraska: For the budding athletes in your life, Bison makes basketball, volleyball, soccer, and football gear in Lincoln.

Nevada: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, but you can take the Made in Nevada Space Pen anywhere. The company’s pens — which write upside down! — were recently featured as part of the This Built America series.

New Hampshire: Who doesn’t enjoy bird watching? Make sure your bird watcher has the ultimate show with Duncraft’s Sky Cafe (no squirrels allowed!).

New Jersey: However you celebrate the holidays, chances are you’ll need some ice to keep your beverages cool. Mr. Ice Bucket is ideal for this task, and the company also sells wine accessories, all of which make great gifts.

New Mexico: Know someone who loved the show Breaking Bad? They’ll be sure to love this Los Pollos Hermanos T-shirt. You can also check out the entire Made in New Mexico site for gift ideas from the Land of Enchantment.

New York: While most top designers have shipped production overseas, Nanette Lepore remains committed to producing most of her contemporary label in Manhattan’s Garment District. Lepore’s garments are perfect for the fashionista on your list.

North Carolina: Socks make the best stocking stuffers, so be sure to add Farm to Feet socks to your holiday gift list. Along with being American-made, the socks are produced with 100 percent American-made materials.

Socks from Farm to Feet.

North Dakota: Add a statement piece to your summer dinnerware. Davy Pottery is one of only two full-time potters in North Dakota.

Ohio: Decades after Vitamix founder William G. “Papa” Barnard invented the infomercial to demonstrate the power of his new blender, the company is still producing its products in the United States (and with at least 70 percent American components). Perfect for the foodie on your list.

Oklahoma: Denim is always in style — and Round House is a go-to supplier for jeans and overalls for the entire family. Fun fact: The company launched in 1903, four years before Oklahoma became a state.

Oregon: For the special guy in your life, check out Portland’s Fieldworks Supply Company, which makes small-batch, hand-made shave and grooming products. The signature ingredient is Bentonite clay, which Fieldworks says is the “perfect carrier for our beneficial oils and plant extracts” and also “great at naturally drawing away grime.”

Pennsylvania: Everybody loves the Slinky! It’s the perfect gift for any age — from childhood to office life. The original Slinky is still manufactured at the company’s 40-person Hollidaysburg plant.

Rhode Island: Right out of Santa’s workshop! Seven Acre Toys produces unique natural, wooden toys that are sure to delight the kiddos on your list.

South Carolina: Gifts for your pet from Paw Paws USA. ‘Cause Lassie could use a little sass in her step.

South Dakota: Jewelry is always a go-to gift, and All Black Hills Gold Jewelry has you covered. The perfection of detail requires that artists spend from one to eight hours creating a single piece. The exquisite tri-color gold jewelry is custom made in Rapid City.

Tennessee: It’s time for toast! Jack Daniels is the oldest registered distillery in the United States. It’s not scotch.  It’s not whiskey.  It’s Jack. Cheers.

Texas:  Justin Boots has been making boots since 1879. The company says its products are “a salute to the spirit of independence, hard work, and honest-to-god authenticity of the people who pull on our boots everyday.”

Utah: The messenger bags handcrafted by Ogden Made are ideal for carrying books, clothes, papers or anything else — and they’re designed to last. The company notes: “We don’t make bags with a useful life, we make bags that will be useful throughout your life.”

Vermont:  “Stuffed with love” by a “Bear Crew” of about 170 year-round employees, Vermont Teddy Bears will delight anyone on your list.

The Vintage Christmas Bear.

Virginia: Employing organic farming and fair trade suppliers whenever possible, Valley Green Naturals produces soaps and more than 30 skin, hair and body care products free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens and petrochemicals.

Washington: Snowboarders Mike Olson and Pete Saari founded Mervin Manufacturing in 1977, and the company still builds snowboards and skateboards in Carlsborg.

West Virginia:  Blenko Glass has been in business since 1893 and is now considered is an American institution. Blenko’s functional glassware, art glass, mouth blown sheet glass, dalle de verre and other  products all make for perfect gifts.

Wisconsin: Along with NFL titles, the most famous item from the Badger State is cheese, and you can find plenty of assortments. Oh, and by the way — the famous Cheesehead also is Made in Wisconsin.

Wyoming: Alexis Drake jewelry and accessories are handcrafted wearable artwork that couples the artist’s western heritage with style, wearability, and simple elegance.

Taylor Garland and Meghan Sullivan contributed to this post.

 

 

11
Dec
14

The Great Made in America Christmas Effort to Increase Jobs Video – ABC News

The Great Made in America Christmas Effort to Increase Jobs Video – ABC News. The 4th annual Made in America Christmas by ABC News. This first aired on ABC on December 4, 2014. Click on the link to see the video which lasts 3 minutes. But ABC News also has a listing of US made products.

The average holiday shopper will spend $800 on holiday gifts and goodies this year, the National Retail Federation estimates. If each of us spent just $64 on US-made gifts during our holiday shopping, economists estimate that we’d create 200,000 new US jobs. Now we want to know, are you in?

‘The Nutcracker’ Made in America Companies:
Nutcrackers USA
Satya Jewelry
Williams-Sonoma
The Art of Shaving
Lucky Brand
Lucky Brand
Roobrics
Crabtree&Evelyn
Burt’s Bees

Watch: ABC News’ David Muir make a push for Made in America at Christmas

Food:
The Artisan Bistro
Ethel M Chocolates
Crust baking company
The Kansas City Steak Company
Robert Rothschild Farm
Carriage House Products
Brownwood Farms
Smithfield Hams
Fruit Share
Fishermen Direct
Cocomo Joe
Traverse Bay Farms
Vermont Peanut Butter
The Honey Guy
Omaha Steaks

Want to have a company added to the list? Email us at ABC.WorldNews@abc.com.

Snacks, Candy and Desserts:
White Mountain Kettle Corn
Lammes Candies
Eli’s Cheesecake
Not Ketchup
Laney’s English Toffee
Piedmont Candy
Zapps Potatoe Chips
Pearsons Candy
Old Dutch Foods
Roundabout Sleeves
Blue Bell
Frans Chocolates
Bakers Candies
Cranberry Island Kitchen
Shop Sucre
See’s Candies
Cherry Republic
Whitman’s Chocolates
Toffee To Go
Fannie May
Crazy Monkey Baking
Lillie Belle Farms
Jeni’s Spendid Ice Creams
Sweet Crunch Bake Shop
Pecan House
Angies Popcorn
Seroogy’s
Blue Diamond
Malley’s
Hammond’s Candies
Sarris Candies
Cape Cod Chips
Tabasco
Clamato
Quinn Popcorn
Cheryl’s
Kitchen Cooked Chips
Skip’s Candy Corner
Fudge Kitchens
Romolo Chocolates
Enstrom Toffee
Hammond’s Candies
Debbie’s Heartland Granola

Beverages:
Pabst
The California Wine Club
Blacksmith Coffee
Wine A Rita
Mr. Naturals

Clothing and Accessories:
Black Rock Gear
LLBean
Appalatch Outdoor Apparel Company
Romo Productions
Flytrap
Randolph Engineering
J.W. Hulme Co
Aero Stich
Round House
Sundance Leather
The Finley Shirt
City Threads
Lacrosse Pinnies
Vermont Flannel Co
Carhartt
Pendelton USA
Winter Water Factory
All American Clothing
Ujena
Purely Alpaca
Smashing Online
Handy Blanky
Flint and Tinder USA
Hanky Panky
Colorado Chaps
Woolrich
American Giant
Mitt’s Nitts
Sunday Afternoons
Norman Childs Eyewear
Rufskin
Grown and Sewn
The Ellie Rose
Bibbitec
Faribault Woolen Mill Co
Goodnighties
Ernest Alexander
Bow & Drape
Mixed Up Clothing
Bullet Blues
Bikini Thief
Wear Androgyny
Headbands of Hope
Chemo Beanies
American Giant
All American Clothing Company
Two Crows for Joy
Adooka Organics
Mouthman
Dirtball
Appalatch
Fischer Clothing
TimberBeast
Ratio Clothing
Stormy Kromer
Palmer Trading Company
Filson
Weiss Watch Company
Filson
Beyond Bucksin Boutique
Ink n’ Burn
Hooked Productions
Bill’s Khakis
Goodwear

Bags and Backpacks:
Totes ‘n Things
Sword & Plough
Holly Aiken
Little Packrats
Erda Leather
White Wing Label
J.W. Hulme Co
Cinda B
Rebecca Ray Design
Portabrace
Stephanie Dawn
Infusion Fibers
Natural Reflections
Cimarron Handbags
Seat Belt Bags
Drifter Sport and Travel Bags
Blue Claw Co.
Sea Bags

Jewelry:
The Harbinger Co.
James Avery
DANHOV
Seadragon Gems
Lauren Chisholm
Donald Huber
Two Sisters
Jewel Kade
Wendell August
Alex and Ani
Figs and Ginger
Visible Interest
Carolyn Pollack Jewelry
Leafpin

Shoes and Socks:
Vere Sandals
Sloggers
Footwear By Footskins
Steger Mukluks & Moccasins
Darn Tough
Northern Lites
Worlds Softest
Fox Sox
Vere Sandals
Island Slipper
New Balance USA Collection
Tony Lama Boots
Solmate Socks
Omni-wool
Thorlos
Farm to Feet
Sock Sac
San Antonio Shoes
OKA b. Shoes

Cosmetics, Soaps and Hair:
Alaska Glacial Mud Co.
Merle Norman
Beauty Counter
The Sweet Soaps
Viavo!
Salt Trade
Doc Elliott Grooming
Bubble Shack Hawaii
Sun Leaf Naturalsi
J.R. Watkins
Tilth Beauty
Darla Makeup
Pink Papaya Parties
Darla Makeup
Pass Soap
Nourish Savannah
Goat Milk Stuff
Earth Drops
Skin Cando
Anderson Soap Company
Mayron’s Goods
Udderly Smooth
Green Envy Shop
Iowa Naturals
Bayberry Naturals
Burt’s Bees
Poppy Soap
Panhandle Girl
Mary Kay
Garrett Markenson Hair Products
Abundance Soaps
Indigo Wild

For the Home:
Sunbelt Shutters
WallPops
Dexas
Raw Materials Design
Corsican Furniture Company
Heath Ceramics
RQ Home
Fairbault Wollen Mill Co
NewCo International
Troutman Chairs
Jamison Bedding
Light Crafters
Live Good Inc
Christmas in America
Eldreth Pottery
Marian Built
Lang Furniture
Celia Rachel
Soap Box Home
Howda Designz
Gel Pro
Stone Gifts
Worcester Wreath
1888 Mills
Roundboy Ovens
Byers’ Choice
QMT Windchimes
Sara Monica Flower Crafts

For the Kitchen:
USA Pans
All-Clad
Anchor Hocking Co.
Nordicware
The Vermont Bowl Company
Packer Creek Pottery
Rowe Pottery
Liberty Table Top
USA Pans
Hadley Pottery
Cutco
Fiesta Factory Direct
Heirloom Cookie Sheets
Warther Cutlery
Fiesta Factory
Artware by Rebecca
Rada Cutlery
Cuppow

Tools and Home Improvement:
American Garden Tool Co. Store
Burr King
Logger Head Tools
Staples Cabinet Makers
Ed Racicot Art Sinks
Mason Corporation
Channel Lock
WD-40
Maze Nails
Bionic Wrench
Goji Smart Locks
Garden Tool Caddy

Toys:
Olde English Crackers
Luke’s Toy Factory
Hank the Cow Dog
Beka
Skull Duggery
Kids Puzzles
Mason Corporation
The Original Tree Swing
Pajaggle
Pure Play Kids
Little Tikes
Whittle Shortline Railroad
Bath Boats
College Hill Games
Deck Crafters
Howells Natural Wood Products
Green Leaf Doll Houses
Eraselet
Blutrack
The Original Big Wheel
Green Toys

Candles:
Glamdles – The Glamorous Candles
Circle E Candles
Serenity Candle Company
Cathedral Candle Company
Sassy Primitives
Sugar Shack Candles
Kringle Candle
Yankee Candle
Village Candle
Jazz Candles

Pets:
West Paw Design
Pirate Paws Barkery
Ruff Dawg
Isle Of Dogs
Healers Pet Care
Auburn Direct
Three Dog Bakery
Gibi Pet Locator
Earth Dog

Made in America Shops:
Church Hill Classics
Simple American Style
Fortune And Glory – Made in USA Store
Strictly USA
Michigander Store
Amana Shops
Made in Oregon
Duluth Pack
Louisville Stoneware
Glassy Baby
Nature Favors
Oh Say USA
Random Acts of Art
Hometown USA Stores
Savor New York
Made in USA Forever
Script Gift Co.
Lila Mae
Made in America Store
J Bee Designs
Nina’s Big Store
Norton’s USA
By Tha People
Perfect As U Are
50 Roots
Gift Corral

Electronic Accessories:
Bodacious Cases
Streamlight
i Funner
Lasko Products
Strymon
Hand E Holder
XGear
Squareup
Lenovo Computers
Amp Tweaker
Gretsch Drums
Nielson-Kellerman Sports Performance Electronics

Car Accessories:
WeatherTech
Corsa Performance
Winnebago
Lynx Safe Driving Monitor

On the Go Accessories:
Tervis
Liberty Bottles
Cellu Wipes
My Sleev
Lap Log
Square Hub

Miscellaneous:
Pumpernickle Press
Mistletoe Memories
Leanin’ Tree
Stic-N-Pic Trail Camera Mounting System
Sundolphin
Louisville Sluggers
Mountain Man
Vectra Fitness
Droll Yankees
Name Bubbles
Flag and Banner
Segway
Acoustic Remedy Cases
Manufactured Fun
Harrisville
Cisco Fishing Systems Ltd
Bear and Son Cutlery
Cream City Ribbon
Shutterfly
Grand New Flag
Vintage Vinyl Journals
Shinola
The Rock Slide
The Cobalt Boats

Disclaimer: All of the above companies say their products are made in America. In some cases not all products are made in the U.S.

06
Jan
13

Products Made in America – Consumer Reports

Products Made in America – Consumer Reports. This is a great article from Consumer Reports in the February 2013 edition. One of the magazine’s main points were how to identify products made in the U.S.A. Consumer Reports also lists products in different categories that are made in the U.S.A.

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