It used to be that you’d see “Made in USA” on everything from salad bowls to skirts. Those three words are tougher to find now. Many products and parts are made elsewhere, from China to Canada.
But with a little scouting, it is possible to find and buy American-made products. In fact, some of the most cherished brands make products in the U.S. Following is a look at several of them.
Although some of these companies might outsource parts or use production facilities overseas, at least a majority of their products are made in the USA.
1. Zippo lighters
Zippo lighters have been produced since George G. Blaisdell created the first one in 1932, and they still burn brightly.
As we mention in “9 Indestructible Products That Are Worth the Price,” the company will fix its Windproof lighters for free, even if they’re decades old.
Zippo lighters are made in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The location is stamped on the bottom of each lighter.
2. Tom’s of Maine toothpaste
Tom’s of Maine isn’t kidding about that “of Maine” part. All of the company's toothpaste, as well as its stick deodorant stick deodorant, is made in Sanford, Maine, Tom’s says.
3. Lodge cast iron cookware
Lodge cast iron pans are a cook’s best friend, allowing you to turn out everything from juicy burgers to skillet cornbread.
Its cast iron cookware has been made in Tennessee since 1896, the company website says.
4. KitchenAid mixers
KitchenAid mixers whip cream, knead bread dough and take care of a host of other kitchen tasks. They come in every color of the rainbow and then some.
KitchenAid’s famous stand mixer is produced in Greenville, Ohio.
5. Maglite flashlights
Whether you’re a cop hunting for a criminal or a homeowner taking out the trash, Maglite flashlights will light up the night.
The company is proud of its American-made tradition. Its flashlight factory, office and distribution center are in Ontario, California.
That doesn’t mean that components aren’t made abroad, the company says, adding, “… when a product of ours does include some foreign content, we duly note that on package labeling.”
6. Tervis containers
The handy double-walled insulated tumblers from Tervis Tumbler Co. can be found everywhere from a second-grader’s school backpack to a marathoner’s duffel bag.
The Florida-based company says it has been “American-made and family owned for generations” It also sells other drinking vessels, from baby sippy cups to wine glasses.
7. Red Wing boots
Red Wing says all of its Heritage footwear is built with leather from their tannery, S.B. Foot Tanning Company in Red Wing, Minnesota.
If you prefer to shop on Amazon, Red Wing Shoes also has a storefront
on the retail giant’s website.
8. Wilson footballs
Every point ever scored in the NFL has been scored with a Wilson football — all of which have been handmade in Ohio.
“More than 700,000 footballs a year have been handmade in Ada, Ohio, by Wilson’s talented craftsmen and women since 1955.”
9. Stihl outdoor tools
Stihl Inc. boasts that a majority of its gasoline-powered outdoor tools sold in the U.S. are made in America.
In a manufacturing facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the company makes millions of finished products annually and sends them to more than 90 countries around the world for sale, Stihl says.
10. Crayola products
Crayola’s world headquarters and major manufacturing facilities are located in Easton and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. However, Crayola does have a manufacturing plant in Mexico City.
11. Dum Dum lollipops
The folks who make Dum Dum lollipops are no dum-dums. Spangler Candy Co. crafts the sweet little suckers — 12 million of them a day — in its manufacturing facility in Bryan, Ohio.
With flavors ranging from Bubble Gum and Peach Mango to Root Beer and the vaunted Mystery Flavor, these sweet treats are all-American.
12. Airstream trailers
It’s hard to see a shiny silver Airstream trailer and not long to take one out on the road.
You’ll see these sleek vehicles — new ones and vintage models — used for vacationing and camping, as homes and to house businesses.
The company’s factory, in Jackson Center, Ohio, has been building Airstreams since 1952. Approximately 70% of the Airstream travel trailers ever built are still on the road, Airstream says.
13. Yankee Candle products
If you’re going to use “Yankee” in your name, you’d best be able to back that up. Yankee Candle Co. delivers. A majority of its candles are made in Massachusetts, the company says.
Yankee Candle Co. operates a catalog and online business and hundreds of retail stores.
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