Made in the USA: Support American products this July Fourth
Hey America, we’re talking to you. This July Fourth, while you’re barbecuing your veggie burgers, playing your backyard sports and drinking your local beers, think about your next shopping trip. There’s a good chance you’ll be buying products made overseas. We at HellaWella want to change that, and we found a few companies that support the red, white and blue by manufacturing their goods right here on American soil.
1. American Apparel — Los Angeles
Need further proof that American Apparel is actually made in America? Then check out the company’s manufacturing strategy right there on its website: “Within our business model, knitting, dyeing, cutting, sewing, photography, marketing, distribution and design all happen in the company’s facilities in Los Angeles.” You just can’t go wrong with fun, bright colors, ultra-soft creations and a made-in-the-USA attitude. In a recent interview, CEO Dov Charney said he’s feeling pressure to move manufacturing overseas, but for now he’s sticking to his made-in-America vision.
2. POOF-Slinky — Hollidaysburg, Pa.
We didn’t think the Slinky could get any better until we found out that our beloved childhood toy is made right here in the USA. And while we think the wonderful phenomenon that is the Slinky speaks for itself, let’s go back to the 1980s when we were constantly reminded: “It’s Slinky, it’s Slinky. For fun, it’s a wonderful toy. It’s fun for a girl and a boy.”
3. All American Clothing Co. — Arcanum, Ohio
When All American Clothing Co. says “American-made,” it really means it. According to the website, “The jeans are USA-made, the box it shipped in was made in the USA, our website is hosted by a USA company, the shipping companies are all from the USA, the people who built our building are USA citizens.” OK, we get it, and we’re totally on board. But we would be remiss if we didn’t also mention the affordable prices — $9.99 for a T-shirt? Yes, please — the simple designs and positive reviews extolling the clothing’s comfort.
4. All-Clad — Canonsburg, Pa.
If you like cooking with colorful hues in the kitchen, go for some red, white and blue. Cookware company All-Clad is made in Canonsburg, Pa., “the same way it was four decades ago,” according to the website. Combine that with sleek designs, high-quality stainless steel and an environmental approach, and you’ve got the recipe for American-made deliciousness.
5. Jelly Belly — Fairfield, Calif.
Even we at HellaWella, of the nutritious mindset, indulge in a little candy every once in a while — and we love it even more when it’s made in America. Plus, at just four calories per bean, with sugar-free options, we know Jelly Belly won’t be shaking up our healthy eating habits too much. And if flavors like Juicy Pear, Mango and Caramel Corn aren’t enough to whirl you into a Jelly Belly frenzy, the company even offers factory tours — proof positive that the bean is indeed made in the USA. And yes, we would like to know “why it takes more than a week to make a single bean.”
6. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams — Taylorsville, N.C.
Want comfort and a made-in-the-USA philosophy? Look no further than furniture company Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, which has “instilled the desire in all of us to make the world a more comfortable place.” And if that weren’t enough, the company proudly stands for eco-friendly design and business strategies.
7. Nordic Ware — Minneapolis
From bakeware and grilling to kitchen accessories and Bundt cake mixes, Nordic Ware not only has your kitchen covered, but it also manufactures its products right in the USA. According to the company website, “At Nordic Ware, we are proud to manufacture our products in America because we believe that keeping jobs in this country benefits everyone.” And as if that weren’t enough, the company has received green recognition awards for reducing the environmental impact that businesses have on their community.
Tell us: We know these aren’t the only companies that manufacture their goods in the USA. Give us some more below.