Made in the USA Reports
A Publication of the Made in the USA Foundation
Vol. 25 No. 4 © Made in the USA Foundation April, 2013
2013 Hall of Fame Nominees Announced
|The Made in the USA Foundation announced 71 nominees for 22 Made in the USA Hall of Fame Awards. The nominees come from 17 states, with California, the nation’s largest state, home to 21 of the companies. Michigan came in second place with eight nominees, New York third with six and Kentucky in fourth place with five nominations. Kentucky, home to Bourbon made the top of the list because we have a bourbon category this year. Bourbon is truly America’s whiskey. Massachusetts is home to four nominees, Crane Stationery, one the oldest companies in the United States, Aeronautic Windpower, Cybex (a fitness equipment manufacturer), and Sylvania. Arkansas is home to three nominees: Walmart was nominated for the retailer category because it has committed to increasing orders from U.S. factories by $50 billion over ten years; Alliance Rubber Bands, nominated in the Office Products category and Thumprints an Arkansas lighting manufacturer. Illinois, Tennessee, Florida and Ohio are home to three nominees each.
The Foundation, with Made Movement, will host the Made in the USA Hall of Fame Awards Dinner on July 2nd (Made in the USA Day) at Shutters on the Beach Hotel, in Santa Monica, California. The event is the Academy Awards for American Manufacturing. Manufacturers donate many of their products for a Silent Auction during the event. Tickets for the dinner are $195 each, or $1,500 for a table of eight. Call the Foundation to reserve your tickets at 310- MADE-USA.
The nominees are:
|Roederer Estate Brut NV
|Makers Mark 46
John E. Fitzgeral Larceny
|GE Wind Power
Argosy Wind Power
Stationery & Office Products
|Alliance Rubber Bands
Fine Art Lamps
LED Light Bulbs
Health & Beauty
|Benedetta Fresh Aroma
Paige Premium Denim
Citizens of Humanity
All American Clothing Co.
Women’s Casual Clothing
All American Mall is Up and Running
The AllAmericanMall.com is now taking orders and shipping American-made products of all types. The Foundation receives a share of the profits on all sales. New products and companies will be added every week. The goal is to have every American-made product available for sale on the Internet.
The American Dorm is one of the stores featured on the AllAmerican Mall. This store provides bedding and other products needed for college students. The American Dorm was created after ABC News reported that many colleges direct students to catalogs that carry mostly imported dorm room products. ABC demonstrated that the same products could be sourced in the United States at competitive prices. American Dorm has proven that students can outfit their dorm rooms with stylish, competitively-priced, American-made bedding, linens and towels.
The All American Mall is seeking affiliates. Affilates are organizations, local unions, veteran’s groups and others, who refer business to the All American Mall. Affliates will receive two percent of the sales that they generate from their Internet links. Affiliates can sign up online at www.allamericanmall.com, by clicking on the AFFILIATES tab. By signing up groups will receive a banner ad or a button ad that they put on their website.
Time Magazine: Made in USA is Making a Comeback
Although we have known about the comeback of American manufacturing, it is nice to hear that Time magazine has come to the same conclusion. Time magazine, dated April 22, 2013, reports: “Climbing out of the recession, the U.S. has seen its manufacturing growth outpace that of other advanced nations, with some 500,000 jobs created in the past three years. It marks the first time in more than a decade that the number of factory jobs has gone up instead of down.” Time cited Walmart and Apple as two companies who are moving production back to the United States. As noted in last month’s newsletter, the Made in the USA Foundation has worked for many years on these two companies, and many others, to get production to move back to the United States.