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Newsletter Vol. 25 No. 5

Made in the USA Reports

 

A Publication of the Made in the USA Foundation

 

Vol. 25 No. 5 © Made in the USA Foundation May, 2013

 

Hyatt Hotels Opens an All-American

Hotel in Minneapolis

 

Michael Suomi, architect with Stonehill & Taylor in New York City led the recent $25 million dollar renovation of the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. The scope of work included the complete hotel: 532 guestrooms and suites, the public spaces, meeting areas, and restaurants. The design references the historic industries of the area, including lumber, flour, and wool milling. The project was committed to sustainability, and materials and furniture, fixtures and equipment were sourced locally, with an emphasis on American manufacturing.  Fully 85% of the materials were sourced in the U.S.A.  The architectural firm is working on four other projects that will include mostly American materials.  The Foundation is working with several hotel chains to get them to source more furniture, linens, towels and equipment in the United States.

 

Why Lincoln and Cadillac are Failing

 

By Joel D. Joseph, Chairman, Made in the USA Foundation

Chairman@MadeUSAFdn.org.

Cadillac and Lincoln, America’s luxury automobiles for one hundred years, are failing because many of their vehicles are imported, mostly from Mexico.

The Made in the USA Foundation conducted a survey with Harris Interactive recently, and overwhelmingly Americans prefer to buy and will pay more for American-made products, particularly luxury goods.

 

It is astounding that Mercedes Benz and BMW manufacture more vehicles in the United States than either Lincoln or Cadillac.  And neither BMW nor Mercedes manufactures cars in Mexico for the American market.

 

You may have thought that Cadillac and Lincoln are suffering because of poor quality.  This is definitely false for Cadillac:  According to J.D. Power & Associates, Cadillac ranks higher in quality that BMW or Mercedes for 2012. The American-made Cadillac Navigator ranked highest of all of its cars and trucks.  The U.S.-made Cadillac ATS was selected as Motor Trend’s Car of the Year for 2013.  So Cadillac can make state-of-the-art high quality cars in the United States.

 

The Made in the USA Foundation nominated the Cadillac ATS and the Lincoln MKS for this year’s Hall of Fame Awards for luxury vehicles.  The Tesla S was also nominated in this category.

 

Lincoln recognizes that it has a quality problem with its Mexican-made Lincoln MKZ.  After assembly in Mexico, the Lincoln MKZ is shipped to Michigan for a final quality inspection.

 

Lincoln’s 2012 total U.S. sales were a meager 82,150 cars and trucks, a decline of 4%, compared to BMW, which led U.S. luxury car sales with 281,460 units sold, up 13.5 percent from the previous year.

 

Lincoln sales peaked in 1990 at over 200,000 vehicles.  Its sales are now only 40% of what they were 20 years ago, while U.S. car sales are booming.

 

The Lincoln MKZ is made in Mexico, the Lincoln MKT is made in Canada.

The Lincoln MKS and the Navigator are made in the USA.   All of this is very confusing to consumers.  Consumers think that Lincoln and Cadillac are American cars, but 74% of Lincoln’s sales were imports!!!!

 

For the year 2012, Cadillac sold 149,782 new luxury vehicles in the U.S.  This accounts for a decline in sales from the year before of 1.7%.  Cadillac was one of just five brands sold in the US to show a decline in annual sales from 2011 to 2012, joining Lincoln, Jaguar, Suzuki and Mitsubishi.  The Cadillac SRX is made in Mexico and represents 38% of Cadillac’s U.S. sales.

 

General Motors, while still being majority owned by the U.S. government, had the audacity, and stupidity, to move production of the Cadillac SRX from Michigan to Mexico.

 

Making It In the USA

 

BMW manufactured 301,519 vehicles at its Spartanburg, South Carolina plant in 2012.  Seventy percent of the vehicles produced there were exported, making BMW the USA’s largest automotive exporter.  More than two million BMWs have been made in Spartanburg.  Thirty percent of the vehicles that BMW assembled in South Carolina, or 90,000 vehicles, were sold in the United States. More than 200,000 vehicles were exported.  Remarkably, BMW built more vehicles in the United States than it sold here.

 

Mercedes reported sales of 274,134 cars and trucks in the United States in 2012, a 12 percent improvement from 2011.  Mercedes manufactured 182,000 vehicles in Alabama, selling 74,000 in the United States while exporting 108,000 units.

Fully 25% of Mercedes sold in U.S. are made or assembled in the U.S.

 

The message for Cadillac and Lincoln:  build more cars in the United States.  If Mercedes and BMW can do it, why can’t American car manufacturers build luxury cars and trucks here?   Cadillac’s quality is rising on its U.S. vehicles and should keep on that path.  Lincoln knows that it has quality problems in Mexico and should come back home to the United States where it has enjoyed a reputation for quality for 90 years.  Lincoln’s new ad campaign does nothing to solve its fundamental problems.  Lincoln should start making the cars in the United States that made it famous: the Lincoln Town Car and the Lincoln Continental as well as moving production of its midsized MKZ to Michigan.

Information about 2013 Hall of Fame Nominees

 

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 or reserve your seats online at www.madeusafdn.org/RSVP.

The nominees are:

Luxury Cars

Luxury cars are mostly imported in the United States from Germany and Japan.  All three nominees are strong competitors to these imports.

The Tesla Model S is a full-sized battery electric sedan that seats five adults and two young children. Motor Trend raved, “The 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year is one of the quickest American four-doors ever built. It drives like a sports car, eager and agile and instantly responsive.” Time Magazine selected the Tesla Model S among Time’s Best 25 Inventions of the Year.  Consumer Reports just concluded that the Model S is the best car it has tested since 2007, scoring 99 out of 100.

Lincoln MKS Autoguide says: “Being a big car, maneuvering the MKS isn’t as difficult as expected. For starters there’s a blind spot information system (BLIS), as well as a rear Cross Traffic Alert system. The Active Park Assist (APA) feature ensures secure and safe parking in less than 25 seconds. With the flick of a switch located on the centre console, ultrasonic sensors precisely measure open spaces and locate a proper parallel parking spot. Though the car will move into place robotically, the driver still has full control of the gas and brakes.  Motor Trend raves, “The MKS certainly puts the Mercedes on the trailer acceleration-wise, and in sport mode its body is more tightly controlled than either of the other German cars.”

Cadillac ATS. Car and Driver: “The ATS looks terrific inside and out.”

Automobile Magazine said, “And welcome, Cadillac, to a place you’ve long wanted to be. The ATS is a solid effort that at last puts a Cadillac on par with the German competitors it has fixated on for so long.”

Edmond raved, “The 2013 Cadillac ATS finally gives the U.S. a medal-worthy entry in the segment of compact sport sedans.”

Economy Cars

Chevy Sonic The Car Connection: “The 2013 Chevrolet Sonic offers a lot of safety, refinement, and comfort–in a sporty-looking, sporty-driving package.” Car and Driver emphasized that the entry-level Sonic “is pretty darn good.” Car and Driver gave it a place in its Ten Best Design Details competition.

Nissan Leaf—The Leaf is the first Japanese-nameplate car to be nominated by the Foundation for a Hall of Fame Award.  The Green Car Reports noted, “Those driving the Leaf for the first time are often impressed by how little difference there is between the electric car and a comparable internal-combustion hatchback. The Leaf is no golf cart, and it accelerates as well as most gasoline-powered cars of its size. It can haul four adults in comfort and even gives a decent amount of cargo room. the Leaf is a very capable daily driver with an operating cost that’s a fraction of gasoline-engined cars”

Fitness Equipment

Cybex. Based on a sports medicine and rehabilitation heritage, Cybex leverages its expertise in exercise science to provide innovative and technologically differentiated products and programs. Cybex recently won the prestigious FIBO Innovation Award for the patented Progressive Stabilization system featured on its Bravo Press and Bravo Pull strength machines. Cybex has two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the U.S.A. and a workforce of more that 500 employees. Cybex products are sold in more than 90 countries.

Precor.  Founded in Washington State in 1980, by David Smith found surprising early success, selling 15,000 rowing machines one month when the best forecasts had been for 400.  When rowing sales dropped, treadmills and bicycles took over and a commercial division grew. In 1995 Precor introduced its EFX Elliptical Fitness Crosstrainer, igniting the current club and home fitness trend.  Precor won the highest rating fromConsumer Reports for treadmill.s Treadmill Review raved, “Precor treadmills are world-class workout machines. They are attractive, durable, easy to use, and provide excellent support for runners.”

Life Fitness– Life Fitness was honored with FindTheBest.com’s “Best Of” awards for its home treadmill, and Elliptical Cross-Trainers. Almost all of Life Fitness models allow people to power their own workout as soon as they are installed. There is never a need to purchase an additional system to offer exercisers the feel-good effect of self-power. Life Fitness Treadmills, which do require electricity, require far less than competitive models. A Life Fitness Treadmill uses up to 52% less power than their competitors.

Life Fitness Lifecycle® Exercise Bikes have been self-powered since 1978. Our ellipitcal Cross-trainers have been self-powered since their introduction in 1997. The Summit Trainer, Stariclimbers and all 300+ strength machines, also offer self-powered convenience. Our equipment and services are available in 120 countries around the world.

LED Light Bulbs

No filament light bulbs are made in the United States. No compact florescent light bulbs are made in the United States. But now the leading edge Light Emiting Diode (LED) bulbs, the most efficient light under the sun, are made in the United States.

CREE.  Cree was  Founded in 1987 by a group of researchers from North Carolina State University. Cree has received thousands of patents in over twenty countries around the world. Cree has invested significant resources in developing new technologies to lead the LED lighting revolution. Cree continues to invest in research and development to enable new products and facilitate market growth.  Cree’s new light bulb is LEDs Magazine’s “favorite bulb.” New York Times reported, “Cree’s new home LED bulbs, available at Home Depot, start at $10 apiece, or $57 for a six-pack. That’s about as cheap as they come.

The $10 bulb provides light equivalent to that from a 40-watt incandescent. The great thing about these bulbs is that they look almost exactly like incandescent bulbs. The bottom line: Choose the Cree bulbs for their superior design and low price”

LEDnovation  LEDnovation, started in Tampa, Florida in 2008.  In less than five years LEDnovation has developed a Dimming Omnidirectional bulb that fits into a standard socket and features the world’s highest efficiency and high color rendering. The bulb weighs just 3.8 ounces which makes it the lightest in the industry.

Sylvania.  There are 400 full time employees involved in Sylvania’s LED business operations in the U.S. SYLVANIA has been manufacturing high quality lighting products for over 100 years. Currently, over
1100 different SYLVANIA products are manufactured in the U.S. Good Housekeeping said, “When it came to efficiency, Sylvania’s Ultra bulb excelled. It put out more light per watt of energy consumed than any other bulb in our test.”

Hair Clippers

Most people don’t realize that America still makes electrical products, like hair clippers and vacuum cleaners.

Wahl. On October 14,1919 Leo Wahl applied for patents on his newly developed electromagnetic hair clipper, and manufacturing began at the Wahl Manufacturing Company. Today, with over 2,200 employees Wahl is proud to carry forward the tradition of innovation and superior customer service that was created by Leo Wahl. Headquartered in Sterling, Illinois, Wahl products are sold in 165 countries worldwide.  Men’s Journal raved, “Made of heavy-duty stainless steel, this Wahl trimmer is the toughest we tried and truly feels indestructible. Its battery life is just as resilient, giving four hours of trim time per charge.”

Andis Andis Manufacturing was born in 1920. Soon their tool and die company had been contracted to make tooling to produce clipper blades for a hand operated non-motorized hair clipper. Andis quickly developed the Andis electric clipper and began Andis Clipper Company and that eventually evolved into Andis Company.

Oster The firm was begun in 1924 by John Oster, manufacturing manually powered hair clippers designed to cut men’s hair. In 1928 the John Oster Manufacturing Company entered the electric clipper market and became an industry standard. The Oster 76 Professional is used by many of the top hair cutting salons.

Luggage

Tough Traveler Tough Traveler is located in upstate NY, where it has have been manufacturing quality luggage, backpacks, baby / child carriers, and many other products, for over 40 years.  The Guggenheim Museum and uses Tough Traveler baby carriers for its patrons because of its safety and durability.

J.W. Hulme J.W. Hulme’s craftspeople have been making distinctive luxury leather and canvas products since 1905. Their skill, commitment to time-honored techniques and absolute passion for perfection in every detail have made the J.W. Hulme name synonymous with products of the highest quality. The proof is in the look and feel of our bags, and the fact that they are backed with a lifetime guarantee. J.W. Hulme Co. has never considered going offshore with its production; Hulme manufactures briefcases for Brooks Brothers and Allen Edmonds. Esquire magazine said Hulme’s luggage are “some of the best bags on the market.”

Club Glove West Coast Trends, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Jeffrey Herold, an entrepreneur, avid surfer, golfer and pilot. Golf Digest raved, “fell in love with a new line of rolling luggage from Club Glove called TRS Ballistic. The bags are made of the same kind of tough nylon that was used to make World War II flak jackets.”

Realizing a need for a quality golf travel bag, Jeff spent nearly a year designing the sturdy, dependable “Last Bag.” Again aptly named as it may just be the “last bag” for travel you ever have to buy. This legendary travel bag is currently used by more than 90 percent of PGA Tour players, and was named one of the top 10 innovations in golf in the last 20 years by Golf Digest.

Duluth Pack. The Duluth Pack has its humble roots in a French-Canadian named Camille Poirier, who made his way west to Duluth, Minnesota. Arriving here in 1870 with his “little stock of leather and tools”, he began a small shoe store and quickly made a go of it in this booming frontier town on the shores of Gitchi Gummi.

Wind Turbines

Wind power has been growing at a 20 to 30% rate per year for the past five years.  Last year the U.S. wind industry has 28 percent growth and boosted its job count to 80,000. There are now more than 45,000 wind turbines in operation in the U.S., producing electricity, equivalent to 60 nuclear power plants.

GE Wind Power. GE is the largest manufacturer of wind turbines in the United States. GE recently introduced the 1.7-100 brilliant wind turbine, the world’s most efficient wind turbine in its class. GE will supply 59 of its new turbines, which will have a hub height of 80 meters, to NextEra Energy Resources, LLC’s wind farm, planned for the thumb region of Michigan.

Aeronautica Windpower Aeronautica Windpower of Plymouth, Massachusetts builds mid-scale commercial and industrial (225 to 750 Kw) wind turbines. They are the perfect size for supplying clean electricity to Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP), municipalities, schools, farms, ranches, industrial parks, commercial complexes and small neighborhoods, or smaller wind ‘parks’ of between 2 and 20 Megawatts in size.  Aeronautica is the only wind turbine manufacturer to be certified as “Made in the USA.”

Clipper Windpower– Clipper Windpower is a wind turbine manufacturing company formed in 2001 by James G.P. Dehlsen.  Dehlsen’s wind industry work includes the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Wind Energy Association. In 1980, he founded Zond Energy, which eventually became GE Wind. Six years after its founding Clipper, based in California, received an Outstanding Research and Development Partnership Award from the U.S. Department of Energy for the design and development of its 2.5 MW Liberty Wind Turbine, one of the largest wind turbines manufactured in the U.S. The turbine was developed under a partnership with DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Argosy Wind Power Argosy products incorporate advanced, permanent magnet, direct drive, gearless, technologies which are ordinarily only found in large mega-watt utility sized turbines. These technologies not only radically improve performance of turbine systems but also drastically improve their reliability and decrease maintenance and repair problems by eliminating the number one causal factor for wind turbine failure – the gearbox. Argosy Wind Power™ is focused solely on the needs of consumers in the Community Wind turbines, smaller turbines.  Made in Cleveland, Ohio, where the first modern wind turbines were invented in 1888 by Charles Brush to power his home.

Trucks

Ford F-150. The Ford F-150 has been the best-selling pickup in the country for 35 years. The Car Connection said: “The 2013 Ford F-150 shares the truck lead thanks to extreme towing capability and best-in-class tech features.” Edmunds.com raved, “America’s top-selling pickup is offered in a substantial array of trims and powertrains to accommodate all manner of towing, hauling or off-road needs.Powerful and fuel-efficient engine lineup; inviting and functional cabin; innovative electronics features.”

Chevy Silverado.  The 2014 Silverado: Car and Driver notes, “The cab is stronger than before, and almost two-thirds of it is made from high-strength steel for improved stiffness and crash performance. To aid drivers in their quest to not crash into stuff, the new Silverado is available with a camera-based forward-collision-warning system, as well as a lane-departure warning setup.” Motor Trend raved, “The new Silverado is more comfortable, more efficient, and more powerful. The Silverado offers safety features taken from Cadillac such as the Safety Alert Seat.”

Dodge Ram 1500: US News: “The 2013 Ram 1500 ranks 1 out of 10 Full Size Pickup Trucks. This ranking is based on our analysis of 51 published reviews and test drives of the Ram 1500, and our analysis of reliability and safety data. The 2013 Ram 1500 is a top choice for its outstanding V6 fuel economy, refined ride and well-built interior with lots of standard features.”

Barbecue Grills

Backyard grilling is American as apple pie, but more and more grills are “Made in China.”

Vermont Castings  According to Consumer Reports, Vermont Castings makes the “Top rated American-made gas grill.”

MAK Grills Hearth & Home Magazine presented their Vesta Award, which recognize innovative and quality products within the Hearth-Patio & Barbecue industry to MAK Grills. In 2012, MAK’s 4 Star General won Best Barbecue/Other Fuels. MAK GRILLS, the most awarded pellet grill line in America.

Huntington Grills  BBQ.com—“ This grill delivers. It has not only the heat, but an even cooking system that makes it the best gas grill on the market under $500. The stainless steel, dual tube burners provide even heating back to front in a durable system that should last for years.”  Consumer Reports rated the Huntington Patriot grill a “Best Buy.”

Power Tools

Makita.  Makita operates a factory in Buford, Georgia with 400 employees. Makita Corporation of America manufactures industrial power and hand tools. It operates as a subsidiary of Makita Corporation of Japan, one of the few manufacturers of power tools in the United States.

Snapon Tools. Founded in 1920, Snap-on is a $2.9 billion, S&P 500 company headquartered in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Pioneering the idea of interchangeable sockets and wrench handles, Joseph Johnson together with William Seidemann, formed the Snap-on Wrench Company in 1920. The company manufactured and marketed ten sockets that would “snap on” to five interchangeable handles, a concept that revolutionized the tool industry. Snap-on has continued its innovative leadership across an ever-expanding line of products to this day. Today, its products and services can be found in more than 130 countries around the world.

Stationery and Office Products

Alliance Rubber Bands.  Alliance services customers in 26 countries with bulk rubber bands and custom rubber bands.  Alliance sells a myriad of strapping rubber bands, bundling rubber bands, binding rubber bands, and stationery products available at Staples and Walmart.  Alliance Rubber Company is a woman-owned company well-known for its high quality products and innovative product development. Since 1923, Alliance Rubber Company has been committed to helping hold your world together. Alliance was just awarded 2013 Arkansas Governor’s Award for Excellence in Global Trade.

Crane Stationery Crane & Co.  Crane has been providing the highest quality of craftsmanship to stationery since 1801. Crane has manufactured currency and security papers for more than two centuries. Crane has continually supplied the United States Treasury with its currency paper since 1879. United States Currency utilizes the most durable banknote paper in the world, achieving the longest life span of any paper currency.

Acco Brands.  Acco products are sold in more than 100 countries In 1903, Fred J. Kline founded the Clipper Manufacturing Company (a maker of paper clips) in Long Island, New York.  In 1910, the company became the American Clip Company, and first used the name “ACCO” as an acronym. In 2012, ACCO Brands completed a $860 million deal to combine with MeadWestvaco’s Consumer and Office Products business. The transaction added brands like Mead®, Five Star®, Trapper Keeper®, AT-A-GLANCE®, Cambridge®, Day Runner®, Hilroy, Tilibra and Grafons to ACCO Brands’ portfolio. ACCO, the No. 1 U.S. clip maker making about half of the 11 billion clips sold annually in the U.S.

High Tech

Corning Who would have predicted that an 1851 investment in a glass company would help revolutionize the 21st century? Corning’s remarkable innovations over the past 160 years are largely the result of the company’s unwavering commitment to the art of discovery and the highest standards of quality, consistency, and performance excellence. In a breakthrough innovation that literally changed the world, Corning invented the first commercially viable optical fiber in 1970. Today Corning remains the global market leader in the industry. Designed specifically for the new generation of displays, Corning® Gorilla® Glass is infused with strength at the molecular level to better withstand everyday damage. It offers superior protection while maintaining a crisp, clear viewing experience for cellphones, tablets and HD flat-screen televisions.

Element Electronics. Element Electronics is one of the newest television manufacturers to enter the marketplace, having produced its first television set in 2006.  Element Electronics Tuesday opened  flat screen television factory in Detroit in 2012.  Element is dedicated to using recycled plastics, regulating unsafe substances, using less packing than imported televisions and being designed for recycling at the end of its use.

Detecto. Detecto Scale Company was started in 1900 in New York City by three immigrant brothers (The Jacobs Brothers) in the butcher supply business. In 1981 the company was acquired by Cardinal Scale Manufacturing Company based in Webb City, Missouri. Manufacturing some of the most commonly-needed items for every doctor’s office, Detecto produces physician scales, latex glove box holders, and step-on cans – all made in the USA, as well as manufacturing makes scales for mail and foodservice.

Sparking Wine

Roederer Estate Brut.  Roederer Estate Brut is the first California sparkling wine to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, further building upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking from this family owned company. Roederer’s unique winemaking style is based on two elements: complete ownership of its vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year’s blend or cuvée.  Roderer is a French company that makes Cristal.  Eric Asimov of the New York Times raved recently that “Roederer Estate is a gold standard for California sparkling wine.”

Domaine Chandon. The French Champagne house, Moët & Chandon set its sights on Napa Valley as the next world-class sparkling wine region with a commitment to craft the finest range of American sparkling wines—wines that reflect California’s vibrant regional character and yet remain true to centuries-old méthode traditionnelle. In 1973, Domaine Chandon became the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in the United States. Chandon’s beginnings date back to 1690 with the father of champagne, Dom Pérignon, who set out to unlock the secret of sparkling wine and ultimately developed the traditional champagne method.

Schramsberg In 1826 Jacob Schram was born into a winemaking family near the Rhine River in Germany. He immigrated to the United States and in 1862 and purchased a large piece of land on the mountainsides of the Napa Valley. He was the first to make wine in the Napa Valley and thus Schramsberg was born. The Schramsberg estate is tucked into the densely forested slopes of Diamond Mountain, near Calistoga. Shramsberg’s  Blanc de Blancs was used for President Nixon’s 1972 “Toast to Peace” with China’s Premier Zhou Enlai.  Schramsberg’s sparkling wines have been served at official State functions by every U.S. Presidential administration since.

Bourbon

Bourbon is America’s whiskey.  Nearly all bourbon is made in Kentucky in an area that was Bourbon County.

Makers Mark 46.  Production of Maker’s Mark started in 1954, after its originator, T. William “Bill” Samuels Sr., purchased the distillery known as “Burks’ Distillery” in Loretto, Kentucky for $35,000. Burks Distillery was built in 1889. The first bottle of Maker’s Mark was bottled in 1958 and featured the brand’s distinctive dipped red wax seal. Maker’s Mark is unusual in that no rye is used as part of the mash. Maker’s 46 is aged a bit longer inside barrels containing seared French oak staves. The staves create bolder, more complex flavors — while eliminating the bitterness that usually comes with whiskies that are aged longer.

John E. Fitzgerald Larceny.  Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon has its origins in the long and colorful history of John E. Fitzgerald and the Old Fitzgerald brand. According to lore, John E. Fitzgerald built a distillery on the banks of the Kentucky River in the 1870s and sold his fine Bourbon to rail lines, steamships and private clubs. Old Fitzgerald became the first great wheated Bourbon. Larceny was hand selected by the Master Distillers to have a taste profile of a six-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Made with wheat as the secondary grain, instead of the traditional rye, Larceny is a smoothe tasting Bourbon.

Buffalo Trace As the mighty buffalo thundered across the land, they carved paths in the wilderness and a destiny for our ancestors. These paths, known as traces, were soon marked with the footprints of adventurers, explorers and pioneers as they made their journey to the west. One such trace, called the Great Buffalo Trace, led to the rugged banks of what is now called the Kentucky River. It was in Franklin County, just a short distance from Kentucky’s state capitol, that millions of buffalo found passage across the river in their move toward the Great Plains. The tradition of fine bourbon making has been a part of the site’s heritage for more than two centuries, with a working distillery on the grounds since 1787.

Woodford Reserve.  Woodford Reserve is a brand of premium small batch bourbon distilled at the company’s Woodford Reserve Distillery. Distilling on the site began in 1780 and the distillery building itself was erected in 1838, making it the oldest of the nine bourbon distilleries in current operation in Kentucky. Each bottle is numbered with a batch number and bottle number. Woodford Reserve has been declared the “official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby.”

Sofa Beds

American Leather. Consumer Digest raved, “American Leather is the only manufacturer that has a sleeper sofa that uses a memory-foam mattress that’s made of Tempur-Pedic’s Tempur material. We believe that Tempur-Pedic’s foam provides more support than does the memory foam of other mattresses.” American Leather is the only sleeper with the Tiffany 24/7™ Sleep System. This patented mechanism opens and closes almost effortlessly, with solid platforms that provide even support with no bars, no springs, and no sagging.

Carlyle Convertibles. Since 1963, Carlyle Custom Convertibles has been custom designing furniture. What started as simple reupholstering business has evolved into a service that empowers consumers to create the perfect furniture.  Carlyle sofa beds have their own standard, the STEELWEAVE™ mechanism.

Elite Leather. Founded in California in 1959, Elite is family owned. In 2010 Elite introduced an entirely motorized sleeper sofa. This simple-to-use sofa has a 10-inch mattress with no bars or springs.

Ceramic Tile

Florida Tile. In 1954, Jimmy Sikes started Florida Tile in a small building in Florida to produce one specialty trim shape that wasn’t easy to find. For over 50 years, Florida Tile has consistently taken the lead as an innovator by implementing new technology, delivering high quality products and protecting our indoor and outdoor environments. Products are manufactured and distributed from a state of the art facility in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Florida Tile has a production line to manufacture large-format porcelain tiles, one of only three such factories in the U.S.

Jeffrey Court Jeffrey Court’s Antico Portuguese, is a wonderful collection of colorful handpainted tiles that keep the tradition of Western European tiles alive.  These handpainted tiles, made in Southern California, are crafted by true artisans. They feature variation between pieces that look just like ones made in Portugal centuries ago. Artisan Heritage II is handcrafted in the tradition of the Arts-and-Crafts period of the early 1900s.

Summitville Tiles.  The Summitville Story dates back to 1912 when a share of stock in the company sold for 50 dollars, when shale and clay were dug by steam shovel, when beehive kilns were loaded by hand and fired by coal. Still family owned, Summitville Tiles is the only tile manufacturer who also produces a complete line of grouts, mortars, epoxies, furan, latex, water proofing and tile care products to ensure a quality installation. The Cumberland Gap and Eisenhower tunnels were paved with Summitville Tiles. The company’s tiles line the floors of Washington, D.C.’s subway stations and protect the roof of the White House’s East and West wings. Summitville Tiles are on the floors of McDonald’s, Burger King and Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants worldwide.

Jeans

Nothing is more American than blue jeans. Levi Strauss & Co., began making jeans in 1853 in San Francisco, California to sell to gold miners.  In the 1960s Levis had 20 plants in the United States.  In the 1990s Levis began to move offshore.  Levis has lost the panache that it once had and now American denim is made by younger, more exciting companies.

Paige Premium Denim

After over 10 years of experience in the denim market, Paige Adams-Geller created Paige in 2004. As a top fit model for denim´s top brands she acquired cunning knowledge of fashion and an acute attention to detail. She set out to launch a denim line that would offer sophisticated and trend setting styles.

The brand first launched in February 2004 in high-end retailers including Intermix, Ron Herman, Bergdorf Goodman and Harvey Nichols. Paige became an instant obsession of consumers, celebrities, and prominent fashion editors. Paige is available at Paige boutiques in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York and is featured in over 80 countries worldwide.

Hudson Jeans.  Skinny in style but not skimpy where you need it,  mid-Rise and super comfy, Hudson Jeans are Made in the USA . Hudson has a great history. The short story they tried the import thing, it didn’t work and almost cost them their entire business, vowed to bring the production and quality back to are shores, did just that and the Hudson empire expanded.

Citizens of Humanity. Parisian born Jerome Dahan ventured to Los Angeles in 1981 where he discovered his talent for design. He began his career in denim and found his passion while working with one of the pioneer brands that changed the denim market in the United States– Guess Jeans. He was aiming high to create a modern Levi’s. In 2007, Jerome convinced Adriano Goldschmeid, a long time mentor and one of the few others in the industry to match Jerome’s passion and creativity, to join forces and bring Goldsign and Citizens of Humanity together.

All American Clothing Co. All American Clothing denim jeans are an American icon that can be worn with pride. Each jean is handcrafted in the USA with USA made materials. In fact, You can trace our All American Brand jeans all the way back to the farmers who grew the cotton used in your jeans. Priced at less than half of what most designer jeans cost, All American jeans represent value as well as style.

Women’s Casual Clothing

Glima Glima is a company engaged in designing, producing and marketing of artistic, contemporary tops. Glima’s target audience is women who appreciate high-quality and fashionable clothing. From the cotton which is grown and spun in the USA to garments that are printed and dyed by American workers, Glima keep jobs in the United States.

Karen Kane After growing up in the small town of Santa Barbara, Karen moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dream of becoming a fashion designer. She enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and graduated two years later with a degree in fashion. In 1979 Karen and Lonnie Kane married and launched Karen Kane out of their Studio City garage. In 2012 Karen Kane attended the White House’s forum on Insourcing. Karen Kane has moved most of its production back to the USA.

Splendid Founded in 2002, the Splendid brand is the culmination of a ten year quest to create the ultimate t-shirt. The success in designing such a soft material resulted in what is now a complete lifestyle collection of ultra-comfortable, effortlessly chic styles for the entire family. Splendid can be found at its numerous retail locations as well as high-end department and specialty stores nationwide.

Retailers

Walmart. In the 1980s and 1990s Sam Walton had a successful buy American program.  When Sam died in 1992, his successors at Walmart abandoned American manufacturers and became the largest importer from China.  Last year Walmart agreed to bring back $50 billion in American products over the next ten years.

Brooks Brothers.  Brooks Brothers is the oldest men’s clothier chain in the United States. Founded in 1818. Brooks Brothers has outfitted 39 of the 44 American Presidents. During the past ten years Brooks Brothers has made most of its clothing overseas.  Last year Brooks Brothers announced that it was bringing back product of many of its product lines to the United States.

American Apparel.   Founded in 1997 by Dov Charney, American Apparel expanded from a Tshirt manufacturer into a global retailer. The company’s expansion into retail was the fastest retail roll out in American history.  In 2003 American Apparel opened company stores in Los Angeles, Montreal, and New York.  By 2008 the company has more than 200 stores worldwide and continues retail growth with new stores in the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. American Apparel was named “Retailer of the Year” at the 15th Annual Michael Awards for the Fashion Industry.  All of American Apparel’s clothing has always been made in the USA.

Lighting

A19– All A19 products, from beginning to end, are made by hand in America. Its wall sconces and pendants are designed, molded, fired, sanded, finished, assembled and shipped directly from its factory in Southern California. A19 recycles the clay it uses to create the lighting fixtures; filters the water it uses before it leaves the factory; and uses recycled boxes, bubble wrap and office materials.

Fine Art Lamps Fine Art Lamps was founded in 1940 by Jack Blumberg and has established a long tradition of finely crafted and artistic lighting fixtures and lamps. With all Fine Art Lamps products handcrafted exclusively in America, Fine Art Lamps remains true to design integrity, quality control, reliable delivery and unparalleled service. Fine Art Lamps represents the singular vision of over 700 skilled designers, craftspeople, artists, and associates working together to create unique works of art – an intricate blend of Old World tradition melded with New World innovation. Fine Art Lamps was won the prestigious ARTS Manufacturer of the Year Award an unprecedented nine times.

Thumprints Thumprints is a specialty lamp-making company that strives to create high quality, unique and artistic American made lighting. Thumprints lamps are artistically-styled, and often “sculpted” from a single object or form, and combine textures, shapes, colors and materials by designer Allison West.

Vacuum Cleaners

Oreck. Founded by David Oreck in 1963, Oreck Corporation began as a manufacturer of upright vacuum cleaners for the U.S. hotel industry. Oreck started his career at RCA following World War II where he helped introduce and market several new products to the American public — including the washing machine, the microwave oven, and black-and-white and color televisions. He left RCA in 1963 to form Oreck Corporation.

David Oreck had an obvious yet radical idea: design a lightweight yet powerful vacuum to relieve the drudgery felt by hotel housekeepers using the much heavier models then available to them. The idea proved so successful that today more than 50,000 hotels throughout the world use commercial-grade Oreck vacuums.

Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Co. In December of 1939, Hyman Gulker pawned his pocket watch and gave $50 to his son-in-law Israel and daughter Pearl Stern.  That was the beginning of Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Company.  Since then the Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Co., Inc. has evolved into a multidivisional corporation. Metro is now a diversified multi-unit, manufacturing facility, producing Data-Vac Computer Cleaning Systems and Air Force Dog Dryers.

Intervac By taking the features of a traditional central vacuum system and a canister or upright vacuum, a hybrid system was born, the interVac.  With convenient portability and many installation options the interVac can be taken anywhere:  from the home or garage to the boat, RV or cottage, interVac can be installed in a variety of ways. The InterVac wall mounted central vacuum system can easily be installed with or without pipe fittings and eliminates the need to provide storage space for an upright vacuum or canister.

Simplicity. In 1997, Simplicity vacuums transferred vacuum cleaner production from Taiwan to St. James, Missouri. Over one million upright vacuums for home and commercial use have been produced at the factory in Missouri. Good Housekeeping raved, “The Simplicity Freedom Model-3500 is extremely lightweight (8 lbs), making it less daunting to push, pull, and carry up and down stairs. It also performed remarkably well at removing pet hair and deeply embedded dirt from plush carpeting.”

Health and Beauty Products

Merle Norman. Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, Merle Norman Cosmetics develops, manufactures and distributes its own full line of skin care and color cosmetic products. These cosmetics are sold through approximately 2,000 independently owned and operated Merle Norman Cosmetic Studios in the United States, Canada and Mexico. It started in the late 1920s when Merle Nethercutt Norman began sharing skin care products of her own creation with family and friends. She opened her first Studio in 1931 in Santa Monica, California.  Decades before working women were the norm, Merle Norman gave hundreds of women the opportunity to achieve business success by owning and operating their own Studios.

Este Lauder.  The company began in 1946 when Joseph Lauder and his wife Estée Lauder began producing cosmetics in New York City. They first carried only four products: Super-Rich All Purpose Creme, Creme Pack, Cleansing Oil, and Skin Lotion. Two years later they established their first department store account with Saks Fifth Avenue in New York.

In 1960 the company started its first international account in the London department store Harrods. The following year it opened an office in Hong Kong. Estée Lauder sells its products in department stores across the world and has a chain of freestanding retail outlets. The company is still owned by the Lauder family.

Paul Mitchell. Founded almost 30 years ago, Paul Mitchell began when two friends decided to start a company to create styling products specifically for hair care professionals.  Paul Mitchell launched with the revolutionary new product Hair Sculpting Lotion, the first liquid styling product designed for molding hair into styles from soft to avant-garde. Since then, Paul Mitchell has expanded to be one to most recognizable and iconic brands in hair care and styling products. Today, Paul Mitchell carries 14 collections that include shampoos, conditioners and styling products for every hair type and style imaginable.

Benedetta Fresh Aromatherapeutics. Benedetta Fresh, founded in Petaluma, California in1996, is a 100% botanical, Farm-Sourced™, skin care company. Each holistic formula is made in small batches with a focus on Certified Organic and Biodynamic™ ingredients, many California grown. The skin recognizes these vibrant and fresh ingredients, and is fed their viable nutrients, much like receiving better nourishment from eating organic and alive foods.  Benedetta’s philosophy includes a holistic approach to skin care, sustainable farming sources, and Miron full spectrum Violet Glass packaging.

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