Hall of Fame
The Made in the USA Foundation’s Hall of Fame celebrates business’s who exhibit excellence in USA manufacturing practices and standards. Those nominated will be evaluated on their contribution to job creation in the USA, accurate labeling, promotion of USA made products, and labor and environmental standards.
The 2012 Hall of Fame celebration took place at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel, on July 2nd in acknowledgment of the United States resolution for independence on July 2nd 1776. This day is being honored as Americas first ‘Made in the USA’ Holiday. We look forward to celebrating with you in 2012 and years to come.
About the 2012 Nominees:
Gas Cooktops and Ranges
About the 2012 Winners
Solar World– SolarWorld Industries America Inc. is the largest U.S. maker of silicon solar cells and panels. SolarWorld, has led the U.S. manufacturers’ complaints against Chinese subsides. It employs 1,000 workers in Hillsboro, Oregon, the largest solar cell manufacturing facility in the United States. SolarWorld has been manufacturing solar panels in California since 1975.
Chevy Volt—The Chevy Volt is the most fuel-efficient compact car with a gasoline engine sold in the United States, as rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Volt operates as a pure battery electric vehicle until its battery capacity drops, then its gasoline engine powers an electric generator to extend the vehicle’s range. The Volt won the 2011 Green Car of the Year
Award, the 2011 North American Car of the Year and 2012 Car of the Year Award in Europe.
Herman Miller. Founded in Zeeland, Michigan in 1905, Herman Miller is a major American manufacturer of office furniture and equipment, as well as furniture for the home. It is notable as one of the first companies to produce modern 20th century furniture. Among classic Herman Miller products are the Equa chair, Aeron chair, Noguchi table and the classic Eames Lounge Chair and ottoman. Herman Miller furniture is also credited with the invention of the office cubile.
Zero Motorcycles– Zero Motorcycles Inc., an American manufacturer of electric motorcycles, was founded in 2006 near Santa Cruz, California, by Neal Saiki, a former NASA engineer. Each Zero motorcycle is optimized from the ground up to leverage the revolutionary electric powertrain and uses a specially designed rigid, aircraft-grade aluminum frame to minimize weight. Zero launched a line of 2012 bikes specifically designed for police patrols and security agencies.
Channel Islands Surfboards. Since 1969, Channel Islands Surfboards has been dedicated to performance and quality through hard work, innovation, and originality. Over the last 43 years, Channel Islands has grown from a local grass-roots operation to a cutting edge organization, catering to the best surfers in the world.
The driving force behind the company’s success is greatly attributed to its star-studded team that includes some of the best surfers on the globe, including Kelly Slater. The original brains behind Channel Islands surfboards is pro shaper Al Merrick. Channel Islands Surfboards is based in Santa Barbara, California.
Viking– Viking originated the professional segment of kitchen appliances with its introduction of the first restaurant-grade gas range for home use in 1987. Based in Greenwood, Mississippi, Viking has expanded with its increased success and currently manufactures ranges and cooktops in many sizes and colors.
Armstrong Tools. The Armstrong Brothers Tool Company was founded in 1890 by four brothers, the sons of a Scottish immigrant blacksmith.
From its modest beginning the company launched into expansion that’s continued to today, more than 100 years later, with a product line which includes nearly 5,000 items of mechanic’s tools, pipe and tubing tools, machine shop accessories, and cutting tools. In 1994, after 104 years of private ownership by the Armstrong family, the company was acquired by the Danaher Corporation.
Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery. Tito’s is made in small batches in an old fashioned pot still by Tito Beveridge and distilled six times. Sales and distribution boomed in 2001 after Tito’s Handmade Vodka unanimously won the Double Gold Medal for vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, beating out 71 high-priced vodkas. Wine Enthusiast Magazine rated Tito’s a score of 95. By contrast, other top-shelf vodkas, Ketel One, Grey Goose, and Belvedere scored in the 80s.
McIntosh Amplifiers. McIntosh was founded in 1949 by Frank McIntosh. The first McIntosh amplifier included the patented Unity Coupled Circuit, still used in current products. McIntosh amplifiers were used at the Woodstock Music Festival in 1969. Home Theater Hi Fidelity said, the McIntosh “amplifier will drive any speaker to its utmost capabilities. . . . it is difficult to believe from its measured performance that the McIntosh MC275 was designed almost half a century ago.” John Atkinson of Stereophile Magazine, said, “Good audio engineering is timeless.”
Beaulieu Vineyard. When Georges and Fernande de Latour first traveled to the heart of Napa Valley in 1900, Fernande took one look at the lovely Rutherford expanse and exclaimed “beau lieu,” [bow loo] or “beautiful place.” He also began selling wine to the Catholic Church, establishing a strong relationship that would allow Beaulieu Vineyard to become the only Napa Valley winery to remain in business during Prohibition. Wine critic Robert Parker awarded 95 points to a Beaulieu 2007 Reserve Cab. Parker said this wine “is the greatest BV Private Reserve made since 1970.”
California Olive Ranch– The California Olive Ranch has 10,000 acres of olives grown for olive oil. Olives were a part of the ranch’s history, as far back as the 1880s, when they grew Mission olives for table and oil production. They found that many of the old trees were still viable for production, so they began by harvesting the original trees and then expanded the grove, gradually adding other varieties. The California Olive Ranch’s extra virgin olive oils have won more than 38 awards in the past 7 years.
Google. Google was founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while both attended Stanford University. Google was first incorporated in 1998, and its initial public offering followed in 2004. The company’s mission statement from the outset was “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” The company’s unofficial slogan is “Don’t be evil.” Google just released its first “Made in the USA” hardware: the Nexus Q, a video and audio streaming device.
Worksman Bicycles–in 1898 when Morris Worksman established Worksman Cycles, his belief was that a well-designed three-wheeled cycle could replace the horse and wagon by providing a less expensive and more reliable way to move people and products. America’s oldest bicycle manufacturer, Worksman manufactures industrial and recreational bicycles in Brooklyn, New York.
Kala Eyewear—Handmade in Northern California, Kala Eyewear crafts handmade plastic frames in classic styles and frames in a wide range of colors and shapes: Round frames, oval frames, and square frames.
Dodge Dart—Mike Hanley of Cars.com raved, “The 2013 Dart is an athletic, refined and highly customizable sedan that gives Dodge some much-needed respect in the compact-car market. The brand set its sights on the class leaders, and it hit the bull’s-eye.” Every Dart has 10 airbags. Car and Driver raved, “the Dart’s cabin feels more like a sports sedan’s than a budget-conscious family hauler’s.”
Boyd Lighting. William Boyd opened Boyd Lighting in San Francisco in 1920. Boyd Lighting, is a family of luxury lighting brands renowned for excellence in quality and design. For over 90 years, Boyd has been bringing the architectural and interior design community premier lighting fixtures that beautifully complement exclusive interiors. Handcrafted designs, fine materials, and excellent customer service continue to be the hallmark of Boyd’s lighting collections. Boyd Lighting won the Edison Award in 1996.
Zometool. Zometool is a plastic construction set is produced in Denver, Colorado. It is perhaps best described as a “space-frame construction set.” Its elements consist of small connector nodes and struts of various colors. Zometool won the Child Magazine “the Year’s Top Toys,” award Dr. Toy’s 10 Best Toys and the Parents’ Choice Award.
Marin French Cheese Co. The Marin French Cheese Company is a manufacturer of artisan cheese located in Marin County, California. The company was founded in 1865 and produces cheeses under the Rouge et Noir brand name. In 2005, the company’s Triple Creme Brie won top honors at the World Cheese Awards in London. Marin also won the America’s National Trophy – Best American Cheese, for its Yellow Buck Chevre Goat’s Milk Camembert, and many of other awards.
Master Lock—Master Lock is recognized around the world as the enduring name in padlocks. Founded in 1921, Master Lock is the largest manufacturer of padlocks in the world selling 50 million locks a year. In 2012, Master Lock President John Heppner participating in the “Insourcing American Jobs Forum” at the White House. President Obama visited Master Lock this year and praised the company for moving production back to the United States.
Letarte Swimwear. Letarte is a Maui-based brand created by sisters Lisa Letarte Cabrinha and Michele Letarte Ross.
The Hawaiian authenticity and exclusivity of the Letarte label have blended a bohemian island essence with chic global aesthetics that the sister duo have made recognizable around the globe. Designer Lisa Letarte Cabrinha, who lives in Maui, infuses her island lifestyle into Letarte’s signature trademarked prints, intricate adornments and lavish detail. Letarte’s swimsuits have been featured in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue every year for the past ten years.
About the 2011 Winners
Joel D. Joseph, Chairman of the Foundation, said, “The Hall of Fame Awards was established in 2010 to celebrate the best that America produces. I have heard many times that ‘nothing is made here.” The Hall of Fame showcases exceptional U.S. producers and demonstrates that many high-quality products are made in the United States. The U.S. is still the leading manufacturing nation in the world.
How do we select the winners?
Three judges were assigned to each category. Points were given for three criteria: Quality Competiveness and Impact. Quality comparisons included use of Consumer Reports, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (awarded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology), and other evaluating entities. Competiveness included the company’s comparisons with imports and its ability to export. Last year, Boeing was named to the Made in the USA Hall of Fame because of its exceptional competitiveness in the world marketplace. Impact includes whether the company developed new breakthroughs in technology, a new product category or has exceptional designs.
Chateau Montelena — One of California’s oldest wineries, Chateau Montelena was established in 1882. In 1976 the winery entered a blind wine tasting in Paris. When the scores were tallied, the French Judges rated Chateau Montelena’s Chardonnay, above all other wines, launching California wines onto the world stage.
Boston Beer Company (“Sam Adams”) brewmeister Jim Koch comes from a long line of brewers. His family began brewing beer in America in the mid 1800s but had to close their brewery during Prohibition. In the mid-1980s, Jim got his great-great grandfather’s recipe from his father’s attic and started trying to resurrect it by brewing in his kitchen. That beer became Samuel Adams Boston Lager. After only six weeks on the market it won the award for “The Best Beer in America” in the Consumer Preference Poll at the Great American Beer Festival.
Milliken & Company — The 1989 winner of the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Excellence, Milliken & Co. manufactures and distributes exceptional carpet and textile products worldwide. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing and printing capability produces a broad and diverse range of floor covering products including residential rugs, automobile carpeting, hospitality carpet tiles and commercial broadloom carpet. Renowned for quality and productivity, Milliken & Company sets the standard for innovation in manufacturing.
H.F. Coors — Based in Tucson, Arizona, H.F. Coors combines the skills of talented artisans with modern, efficient production methods to produce some of the finest china available. Since the 1920s, H.F. Coors has been manufacturing dinnerware in the US using durable, high-strength materials favored by chefs and restaurants across the country.
Dilettante Chocolate — Dana Taylor Davenport, founder of Dilettante Chocolate, is a skilled chocolatier and pastry chef whose culinary heritage traces back through three generations of family tradition. As chocolatier to the Austro Hungarian Emperor, Davenport’s great uncle, Julius Franzen, was celebrated for his great candy making skills and culinary talent. Today, Franzen’s classic European recipes are still used by Dilettante at their Seattle chocolate factory.
Nordic Ware is a family-owned, American manufacturer of kitchenware products founded in 1946. Best known for its signature bundt pans, Minnesota-based Nordic Ware manufactures an extensive line of quality cookware, bakeware, microwave and barbecue products.
Colt – More than 160 years ago, a young seaman named Samuel Colt carved from a block of wood a model of what was destined to become the world’s most famous revolver. From the spark of his inventive genius came the modern firearms of today. The Colt 1911, official firearm of the U.S. Army from World War I until the Vietnam era, remains in production, virtually unchanged for 100 years. Colt is based in Connecticut.
New Balance – In 1938, New Balance created its first pair of athletic shoes. Today, New Balance is now the largest shoe manufacturer in the United States, making 7 million pairs of athletic shoes a year in six factories in Maine and Massachusetts.
Ethan Allen — In 1936, Ethan Allen manufactured its first Early American style furniture in New England. Today, Ethan Allen is now the largest U.S. furniture manufacturer with expanded furniture styles and retail stores throughout the country. Ethan Allen is based in Connecticut.
Bevin Brothers — The Bevin family has been crafting quality bells for 176 years. Once one of a multitude of bell makers in America, today Bevin Brothers is the only remaining company manufacturing bells in the United States. Bevin is based in Connecticut.
SpaceX – Established in 2002 by Elon Musk , the founder of PayPal and CEO of Tesla Motors, Space Explorations Technologies (SpaceX) has already developed three launch vehicles; the Falcon 1, Falcon 9 and the Dragon. Currently recognized for having the best launch prices in the world, SpaceX is beating China and all other nations in a new space race. SpaceX is based in Los Angeles, California.
Whirlpool Corporation – Currently celebrating its 100th anniversary, Whirlpool started in business in 1911 producing motor-driven wringer washers as the Upton Machine Company. By the early 1970s, Whirlpool offered an extensive variety of quality appliances to handle laundry, home heating and cooling in addition to a complete line of kitchen appliance products. Acquiring Maytag Corporation in 2006, Whirlpool has become the largest home appliance manufacturer in the world. Whirlpool is based in Benton Harbor, Michigan.
Hart Schaffner & Marx — In 1887, two immigrant brothers, Harry and Max Hart opened a men’s clothier in downtown Chicago. Hart Schaffner & Marx introduced men’s suits tailored to fit a wide range of body types in addition to zippered trousers and tropical weight wool suits. President Obama typically wears Hart Schaffner & Marx suits, modestly priced quality suits that all men can wear. HSM is based in Chicago.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation — Fender Musical Instruments Corporation is the world’s foremost manufacturer of guitars, basses, amplifiers and related equipment. With an illustrious history dating back to 1946, Fender has touched and transformed music worldwide and in nearly every genre: rock ‘n’ roll, country and western, jazz, rhythm and blues. Southern California inventor Leo Fender realized that he could improve on the amplified hollow-body instruments of the day by using an innovative solid-body electric guitar design. In 1951 Fender introduced a solid-body instrument called the Telecaster® guitar followed by the Stratocaster® model in 1954. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Fender manufactures guitars in Corona, California.
3M — 3M was founded in 1902 in the Lake Superior town of Two Harbors, Minnesota. In 1925 Richard G. Drew, a young lab assistant, invented masking tape, the first of many Scotch brand pressure-sensitive tapes. Then came Scotch Tape. In 1980, 3M introduced Post-it Notes. 3M has always been innovative and made in the USA.
Peterboro Basket –The Peterboro Basket Company has thrived in the heart of historic Peterborough, New Hampshire. Although it has become an industry leader, this family owned and operated company has never forgotten the quiet, careful attention to detail with which Amzi Childs wove that first basket 150 years ago.
Vitamix — Vitamix has been in business nearly 90 years and is still family-owned and operated business. New products are introduced nearly every year, but every Vitamix blender, both commercial and household, is still expertly built for longevity and maximum performance at their world headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.
Jack Daniel’s — Since 1866, the Jack Daniel Distillery is said to be the oldest registered distillery in the U.S. It’s where the pure, iron-free cave spring water flows and it’s where Mr. Jack first crafted the recipe for Old No. 7. And it’s where every drop of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Sippin’ Whiskey is still made today.
Annin Flagmakers — The American flag was scarcely 70 years old in 1847 when brothers Benjamin and Edward Annin founded Annin Flagmakers on Fulton Street in New York City. Now Annin Flagmakers is still family owned and employs over 500 Americans in Pennsylvania. The flag the American astronauts planted on the moon is proudly, an Annin flag.
K’NEX – K’NEX is the next generation of plastic construction toy sets. Knex toys inspire creativity, confidence building and encourages social interaction among children and parents. Since 1992, the company has been operating as a toy manufacturer focused on environmental and social responsibility, safety, and creative innovation.
Harley-Davidson — In 1903 William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson made available to the public the first production of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle. For more than a century Harley-Davidson has continued to lead the industry in motorcycle manufacturing and design.
Bed Head Pajamas — A talented clothing designer, Renee Claire Bertrand is the owner of Bed Head Pajamas. Manufacturing custom pieces from her own apartment, Renee has created a line of well-designed pajamas using unique, screened cotton prints. Within three years from its conception, Bed Head produced over 50,000 pairs of pajamas, all cut and sewn in Los Angeles.
1. American Apparel—Has shown the world that the companies in the United States can manufacture high quality, stylish products at a reasonable price.
2. Ford Motor Company—For refusing to take government money or file for bankruptcy while producing world-class cars like the Taurus, Escape Hybrid and Lincoln MKS.
3. Allen Edmonds—For making the best shoes in the U.S.A.
4. Vermont Flannel—For making warm clothing in Vermont.
5. Vermont Teddy Bear Co.—For making loveable Teddy Bears in Vermont.
6. Boeing—For being the largest exporter and innovator of the fuel-efficient 787 Dreamliner.
7. Highland Shoe Co.—For saving jobs in Maine and making quality shoes at a reasonable price.
8. Caterpillar—For making world-class construction machinery in the United States.
9. Adriano Goldschmied Jeans—For making stylish, comfortable jeans in the USA.
10. Gitman Brothers—For making high-quality shirts in the United States.
11. Fresh Produce—For making quality women’s clothing in the United States.
12. Basic Threads—For making quality women’s clothing in the United States.
13. Thorlo Socks—For making the best athletic socks in the United States.
14. Bill’s Khakis—For making quality men’s slacks in the USA for a reasonable price.
15. St. John’s Knits—For making high-quality women’s clothing in the United States.
16. J&A Shoes—For making high-quality women’s shoes in the USA.
17. Thos. Moser—For demonstrating that hand-made furniture can last generations
18. Simon Pearce—For showing the value of hand-made glass and pottery.
19. Maglite—For making durable, world-class flashlights in the U.S.A.
20. Zippo—For continue to manufacture classic lighters in the United States.