America First: Where to Buy Made in America Goods
'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:
- Amish communities, particularly those of Ohio and Pennsylvania.
- The Appalachian Region
- Native North American bands from coast to coast, including manufacturing and gas & oil production.
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.
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
- Conoco Phillips
- EOG Resources
- Anadarko Petroleum
- Pioneer Natural Resources
- Apache Corporation
- Devon Energy
- Hess Corporation
- Continental Resources
- Concho Resources
- Noble Energy
Another big gasoline dealer in America is Sunoco, which provides gasoline for NASCAR events.
Additional Producers of Gasoline in America
- Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA)
- Where to Find Bakken Oil Jobs in the New Town Oil Boom
Oil was discovered in the Bakken Oil Field in 1951, but an American Oil Boom and its increasing jobs hit here at New Town area in 2009 and kept growing. New Town, North Dakota projects 500 new oil wells by 2015.
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
- 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/
Amish Foods and Furniture
Ohio has the largest Amish community in the world.
Other American Products
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
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.
- 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