The Made in the USA Foundation, a non-profit organization, was created to promote, domestically and internationally, products made in the USA. The mission includes raising awareness and standards around the world concerning fair wages, environmental rules, child labor and human rights.

The Made in the USA Foundation was formed in 1989 with matching grants from the United Auto Works and the Ford Motor Company. The Foundation is neither pro nor anti-union, just pro jobs.

Major donors to the Foundation include: Allen Edmonds, American Apparel, AG Jeans, Anchor Hocking, Anheuser Busch, Annin flagmakers, Bed Head Pajamas, Bentley Prince Street, Boyd Lighting, Bunn Coffeemakers, Channel Island Surfboards, Colt’s Manufacturing Co., Competition Headwear, Filson, Ford Motor Co., Glima, Helios Solar, Herman Miller, Infinity Surfboards, Kala Eyewear, Kellex Furniture, Knoll, Letarte Swimwear, Lifetime Products, Master Lock, Maglite, Milliken & Co., New Era Cap Co., New Jersey Headwear, Nordic Ware, Oreck Vacuum Cleaner Co., Red Wing Shoes, Shinola, Solarworld, Steinway & Sons, Thumprints, Tito’s Vodka, Vitamix, Whirlpool Corp., Whirlpool Foundation,Worksman Bicycles, Zero Motorcycles and Zometool ,

Legislation and Advocacy

The Foundation developed and supported two pieces of federal legislation that have been signed into law, and one California law.

The first success was the American Automobile Labeling Act. This law requires that all new cars and trucks have a label affixed to the window that states where the vehicle was assembled, the percentage of U.S. and imported content and where the engine and transmission were made.

The Foundation worked for many years on passage of The Country of Origin Labeling Act. This law requires that all grocery stores label fresh fruits, vegetables, chicken, fish, beef, lamb and other meats with their country of origin.

In 2015 the Foundation lobbied successfully in California and got the Made in the USA law improved.

The Foundation, with the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, won a major victory against Chinese companies dumping subsidized panels in   the   United   States.   The   Commerce Department imposed tariffs ranging from 18.3% to 250%, depending on the company, for anti- dumping tariffs, and about 15% in addition for "anti-subsidy duties."

Matching Suppliers with Manufacturers

The Foundation helps manufacturers find domestic components for its products. Whether it is buttons and zippers, or screws and rivets, the Foundation will find a high-quality domestic source.

 

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