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America First: Where to Buy Made in America Goods

Ms. Inglish has 30 years experience in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, history; and aerospace education for USAF Civil Air Patrol.

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'Made In America': not just a slogan, it's a way of life

— President Donald Trump, July 2018

Buy American, Create U.S. Jobs

In several decades of the 20th century, American consumers often sported bumper stickers and T-shirts with Buy American emblazoned on them. Some of these folks were extremely upset about Japanese cars sold in this country, including Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, German vehicles, and others.

In the 2010s, the nation underwent a new current of Made In America sympathy. The United States has at least three large communities that produce high quality goods:

  1. Amish communities, particularly those of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
  2. The Appalachian Region
  3. Native North American bands from coast to coast, including manufacturing and gas & oil production.
What is onshoring?

What is onshoring?

Ohio is Onshoring Jobs Since 2008

In the State of Ohio, businesses are following the example of the Dresden operation of Longaberger Basket company. Dealing in pottery and other items alongside baskets, the company had outsourced pottery and ceramic gift items to overseas Asian countries like China. However, in 2013, Longaberger brought those jobs back to Ohio and in 2015, all of their gifts are Made in America and Made in Ohio.

Automobile parts are another manufactured item that is bringing jobs back to Ohio. This is resulting in an increase in related jobs that include sales of auto parts. The increase in revenues has been ongoing since 2011 and I have been helping job candidates prepare resumes for these jobs at an increased rate.

President Barack Obama supported onshoring jobs previously off-shored by American companies: President Obama Touts ‘Onshoring’: Is Made in America Back? | Daily Ticker, by Zachary Roth and Daniel Gross: Can jobs be America's next big import from China? Yes.

We have plenty of wine grapes in America. The United States produces a large amount of food grapes and wine grapes from cost to coast, including in California and around the Lake Erie shores of Ohio.

We have plenty of wine grapes in America. The United States produces a large amount of food grapes and wine grapes from cost to coast, including in California and around the Lake Erie shores of Ohio.

Should We Purchase Domestic or Imported Goods?

While US consumers purchase a mix of goods produced elsewhere and in America, many prefer domestic goods when considering certain items, and some will purchase only American made products.

American products can be discovered online and this Hub will present an overview with a link to FTC definitions of "Made in America" and a directory of several places in which to find such products.

Many of these items can also be purchased online.

Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our products, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.

— President Donald J. Trump, January 20, 2017

Top 10 American Gasoline Producers

  1. Conoco Phillips
  2. EOG Resources
  3. Anadarko Petroleum
  4. Pioneer Natural Resources
  5. Apache Corporation
  6. Devon Energy
  7. Hess Corporation
  8. Continental Resources
  9. Concho Resources
  10. Noble Energy

Another big gasoline dealer in America is Sunoco, which provides gasoline for NASCAR events.

Additional Producers of Gasoline in America

Did you know that 7-11 stores are majority-owned by the Japanese and that their Citgo gasoline comes from South America, specifically Venezuela?

John Ratzenberger's Made In America

What is "Made in America" ?

The Official Standards

Complying with the "Made In the USA" Standard: This page is from the Federal Trade Commission and makes an interesting explanation of exactly what the rules are for calling a product "Made in America" of MiA.

Some American Made products are not 100% produced in America, while other items are simply made elsewhere in pieces and assembled in the USA.

General Resources for "Made in America" Products and Services

  • Buy Made in the USA - This is an interesting short directory of good products, including items for diabetics.
  • Dig US Out: www.digusout.com/
  • Granite City Works | United States Steel Corporation. The Granite City, Illinois steelworks reopened during the summer of 2018 to make high quality American steel. www.ussteel.com/locations/granite-city-works
  • Liberty Safes: This successful company is doing so much business in fireproof safes that they built another manufacturing plant in 2013. www.libertysafe.com
Magazine advert for U. S. Steel; Automotive Industries magazine. 1942. American steel is coming back.

Magazine advert for U. S. Steel; Automotive Industries magazine. 1942. American steel is coming back.

  • Made in USA Forever: madeinusaforever.com/
  • Ohio Art Company: Some items still manufactured in the USA.
  • Still Made in USA: Products for Home and Family: www.stillmadeinusa.com/
  • Toys Made In America
  • USA Made Products & Services - large directory arranged by alphabetical search. www.usamade.com/
The Amish make and sell high quality quilts that appreciate in value, baked goods, jams and jellies, furniture, cabinets, wagons, and other products.

The Amish make and sell high quality quilts that appreciate in value, baked goods, jams and jellies, furniture, cabinets, wagons, and other products.

Ohio has the largest Amish community in the world.

Amish Furniture

Amish Products Directory

Foodstuffs, Wool, Leather Goods

  • American Honey Producers Association: PO Box 435; Mendon UT 84325. Phone 281-900-9740. Annual convention held every January.
  • Smothers Brothers Wines: www.smothersbrothers.com/remick.html
  • The Mid-States Wool Growers
  • The North Star Leather Company: Apparel and accessories. 218 Market St, Ruby SC 29741. Phone 843-634-6262

Other High Quality Items

American Maid - Beyond the Call of Duty

American Maid Cleaning Service at websites like www.myamericanmaid.com/ and www.american-maid.net/ rose coast to coast in different versions and different name variations around the USA.

The name was catchy and people liked it.Many large cities have their own version of American Maid or Maid In America.

Today, the company is still a respected cleaning service that also sells gift certificates and runs monthly special deals in cleaning services. Their cleaners offer extra services with their usual room-by-room cleaning and these include doing laundry, washing rugs, doing the dishes, and a few other requests. Other cleaning services in my large city won't do those things. However, some of the larger American Maid branches even offer handyman services.

The American Maid in Olympia Washington also handles cleaning for motor homes. The one in Moncks Corner, South Carolina also gladly washes windows. Check your own city for additional services like these.

This has all happened after the cartoon character AMERICAN MAID appeared in 1994 on the Disney cartoon show The Tick.

Appalachian Wood Products

A 266,000 square foot state facility operates successfully at Clearfield Fireman’s Commerce Park, 171 Appalachian Drive Clearfield, PA 16830; just off I-80.

Baldwin Piano in Nashville: 309 Plus Park Blvd, Nashville, TN 37217, USA

Original American Makers

Thousands of Native American nations, bands, pueblos, communities, and other indigenous groupings have produced American Made goods from all natural products found in North America for millennia.

These goods have long been available at roadside stands near reservations, in museum gift shops, in resort hotels, and in local tourist shops. However, the Internet has produced a new avenue of commerce and many items are sold online.

Most Famous Native North American Companies

  • Blackfeet Indian Writing Company, Inc. - since 1971: P.O. Box 729; Browning, Montana 59417

Other Native American Products:

  • A Gallery of Nations: Native American jewelry, accessories, pottery
  • Native American Art Sales: www.nativeamericanartsales.com/
  • Big East Native Drums: www.bigeastnative.com/
  • "Cherokee Baskets by Peggy Brennan", Native North American - 13821 North Everest Ave.; Edmond, OK 73013. Phone 405-478-7835.
  • Dream Catchers of the Seventh Fire: Authentic, all are handcrafted by Native American artisans. Dream catchers and their stories were popularized in the 1970s, but not all manufacturers and craftspeople who make them are Indigenous Peoples. This company is one that is authentic. Located at 2252 Table Rock Road #40 Medford, Oregon; 97501
  • Native Timber Log Furniture: www.nativetimberlogfurniture.com/
  • Navajo Silversmith: www.navajosilversmith.com/
  • Preferred Edge Carving Knives And Supplies: www.preferrededge.ca/
  • The Pacific Northwest Shop Native American Products: www.pacificnorthwestshop.com
  • Turtle Island Publishing
www.nativeamericantea.com/

www.nativeamericantea.com/

The American Indian Trading Company

This company is owned and operated by Native American Nations in Calistoga, California in its main downtown business district.

The address is: 1407 Lincoln Ave, Calistoga, CA 94515 (see map below).

The American Indian Trading Company organization uses the talents of artisans and artists locally from around the Greater San Francisco Area and from across the country as well. One of their specialties is the T-shirt pictured below.

Applications for seasonal employment are taken on the site as well.

Popular Novelty Item

Popular Novelty Item

Sources

  • Looking for All American Gasoline? www.autoblog.com/2010/08/24/all-american-oil/ Retrieved September 19, 2017.
  • Native American Indian Association; 67 E Innis Ave, Columbus, OH 43207
  • Native American Pow Wows in Ohio, 2010 - 2017
  • Top US Oil and Gasoline Producers. forbes.com/sites/rrapier/2016/08/08/the-top-10-u-s-oil-producers/#638df8f96d20 Retrieved October 8, 2017.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2008 Patty Inglish MS

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 09, 2012:

It seems that media advertising often features more foreign-made goods than American made, so one has to look harder for domestic products. I spend more time reading labels to find them these days, anyway.

Gregorious on April 09, 2012:

Thanks for a very informative and well researched hub. Buying domestic goods is a form of patriotism and I wish more people would realize how important it is.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on February 09, 2012:

Thanks for the link!

Ellen G. on February 09, 2012:

Check out MadeInAmericaStuff.com for American made products at affordable prices!

US Mart on December 21, 2011:

Thanks for the information! We only sell American-made items too. www.usmartonline.com

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 21, 2011:

Thank you for the American Made link.

Mike Batson- North Star Leather on December 21, 2011:

We've been making quality leather goods in this country since 1969- hats, wallets, pouches of all types, ID cases, Checkbooks, Handbags and much more. We've had a great season thanks to all the folks who still value American made Quality. Come check us out at http://www.nstarleather.com

Big Dan's All American Store on December 14, 2011:

We are proud to announce the Grand Opening of our American only store located in beautiful Bristol, NH in January. Only USA made products sold here. Come on by and say "HI"

Jennifer Adams on November 29, 2011:

Kentucky Cutting Boards manufactures beautiful bread, cutting and cheese boards in Louisville, KY. Go to www.kentuckycuttingboards.com and enter coupon code KCBXMAS to save 15% on every product and get free shipping, too. BUY AMERICAN!

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on November 26, 2011:

@Ron - The Native American shops in Seattle have definitely American Made clothing. Other such stores and online shops in Seattle include American Apparel at 4345 University Way NE.

Ron on November 26, 2011:

How do I find stores that sell American made clothing in Seattle?

Knightheart from MIssouri, USA on May 01, 2011:

Excellent article. I have found it almost impossible to find anything "Made in America" anymore. Almost everything is made in China,Taiwan, Bangledesh and some places I never even heard of! It is terrible that the U.S. has lost much of its World Trade power. A lot of it is our own country's fault. So much is sent overseas: cars assembled in Mexico, businesses sold to overseas buyers etc.

I recall Japan was sort of a joke back in the mid 20th century. The "Made in Japan" label symbolized junky merchandise and inferior goods, but not anymore! In less that 30 years, their goods are top of the line, especially their electronics and automobiles. I fear China may be following Japan's lead and may someday take over their spot for high-quality goods!

American goods are still, for the most part, excellent products, but we need to get our acts together and focus on America!!!

Ken Kline from USA on January 26, 2011:

Patty Inglish, MS,

I am a big fan of yours. Your articles are excellent - the topics, the sources, the links. You are absolutely one of the very best writers on the Internet - HubPages and beyond.

I must disagree with the "made in USA" syndrome. It is no longer just where a product is made, it is also where is the company headquartered and are they using double Irish to avoid paying US taxes. I don't blame the corporations such as Google and Accenture and Microsoft for serving their taxpayers but I am blaming us the American citizen for not understanding the loss of this income to the US government.

Many items are made on US soil but the corporate headquarters where the majority of the jobs are located as now in Europe. The loss of marketing, accounting and administrative jobs is a huge loss to the US.

Celebrate made in US is not about just where a product is made, it is about the support of the US economy - the jobs it provides, the corporate taxes paid.

American citizens need to read this discerning Hub but also consider the other ramifications of the company behind the product they are buying.

A purchase, even the tiny purchase such as bubble gum, chocolate, moisture cream can provide economic benefits to the United States.

Cocoa is not "made" in the USA, but the companies who market, distribute MAY be more American than some candy bars that you and I grew up with. The names in the game have not changed but in many cases, the corporate ownership HAS CHANGED.

Lauren Moore on July 30, 2010:

What a great and helpful hub! I'm all for supporting products made in the USA! for cool gifts for beer lovers - check out Capcatchers at http://www.capcatchers.com

RadiantBarrierDal from http://www.dallasradiantbarriers.com on June 14, 2010:

Great hub! I really enjoyed reading about American products!

NiyazK on May 13, 2010:

a well written hub. You should better write about Chinese Products :D

BestAmericanArts from http://www.bestamericanarts.com on January 21, 2010:

Best American Arts is an online gallery of American made artisan gifts. We feature handmade jewelry, handbags, home décor, and may more great gift ideas. View our wonderful selection at http://www.bestamericanarts.com

synesis on December 22, 2009:

Another good site is http://www.DigUSOut.com It's a search engine to find American made companies.

cyrusmoney on May 21, 2009:

Amazing article =)

americanchairs on April 24, 2009:

Almost all of the furniture items we sell on our website are made in the USA. We prefer to carry American made productes whenever possible. If anyone is loooking for American Made restaurant furniture or kitchen furniture, check us out. http://www.americanchairs.com

Thanks

JennifersJumpers on March 15, 2009:

The link to my store is http://Jennifersjumpers.com. Thank you.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on March 15, 2009:

Thanks for tellking us about your business. If you want to leave a link here in comments, please feel free to do so.

I think you're right about diversifying the economy. The cities that are on the Top 30 List for Jobs in America generally have more than one stream of economy.

JennifersJumpers on March 15, 2009:

Hi. I make girls clothing and pillows. For years I couldn't sell anything unless I sold it dirt cheap. It's nice to see the American consumer is finally coming around. I can finally sell my items for what they are worth. I think it is because Americans have finally realized that we don't have a diversifed economy. Think about it, if my business were really booming, I wouldn't have to hire someone else to sew. Maybe I could hire someone to handle other stuff and I could spend ALL of my time sewing. It's a shame we realized too late that we let corporate America hurt us so much.

mrshopper on February 10, 2009:

During these tough times it is more important that ever to buy from companies that produce goods in the USA. American made products keep Americans working, keep them paying their mortgage, and keep the economy from collapsing. The factory I buy from manufactures its bar stools in the USA and I have heard from them it is really hard to compete with the less expensive countries. It is good to know that at least http://www.richardsonseating.com is still making products in the USA even if no one else is.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 11, 2008:

Thanks for your comments that will make us think about it! Best success to you, In The Doghouse

In The Doghouse from California on June 11, 2008:

Patty,

Yes it is difficult. It will be harder and harder to find things that are made in the USA if we don't stop and think as a country a little more.

Thanks for the well wishes.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 11, 2008:

Probably every state in the union has handcrafted and well made products done completely on site. I will do more hubs on states with which I am familiar.

cvaughn570 on June 11, 2008:

You really do your research!

A big thumbs up for a much needed resource:-)

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 11, 2008:

It is difficult, isn't it?

I stopped buying things like strings of tiny Christlas lights when I found out that slaves in China make them by hand without payment, 12-14 hours a day. If we stopped purchasing things made in violation of basic human rights, that might help. Keep up your manufacturing! I'm pulling for you.

Patty

In The Doghouse from California on June 11, 2008:

Patty,

Being an owner of a small manufacturing business. the foreign labor is killing us! When it is made in America it is just so hard to compete with the cost of the product that is not. Still we press forward. Thanks for this great Hub on how to find American made products and services.

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 02, 2008:

We have a lot of this style furniture in Ohio, where it is fun to drive for less than an hour in about any direction and watch it being made. Kentucky and teh Great Smoky Mountains have great pieces made from local wood as well.

Constant Walker from Springfield, Oregon on June 02, 2008:

Amish furniture; possibly the best products in the world.

Wbisbill from Tennessee USA on June 02, 2008:

Another Great hub. Thanks.

Grace and peace!

Rob Jundt from Midwest USA on June 01, 2008:

Thanks for another well-needed resource.

derekcaulfield on June 01, 2008:

very informative hub, Im like "byee" I have been looking for whole salers for tech products actually, If I have to I know a chinese company but , If I can find a resonable wholesale company in america I'll go with them

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 01, 2008:

I'll take a look tomorrow and see what I find in wholesalers.

byee on June 01, 2008:

Thanks for answering my request! I am also currently interested in WHOLESALERS. Any resources that concentrate on listing those?

Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on June 01, 2008:

I found that there is still a lot of stuff made in the USA -- Etch-a-Sketch and Slinky almost became extinct, but the OHIO ART COMPANY continues to do business at http://www.world-of-toys.com/ in Archbold, Ohio since 1908 near Bowling Green, Defaince, and Toledo.

Passionatepurpose from T.X. on June 01, 2008:

What an amazing hub! So much research and work involved. Congratulations on directing people to American made products!

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