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Made in America: The short list

July 20, 2012

By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN

updated 5:28 PM EDT, Mon July 16, 2012

 

Over the course of a century, the classic Stormy Kromer trapper hat has established itself not only as a reliable winter hat, but a part of American folklore and pop culture as well. The fact that all the hats are still made in Ironwood, Michigan -- supporting the local labor force -- contributes to its status as a symbol of the American dream, Stormy Kromer CEO Bob Jacquart said.

Made in America
 

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NEW: CNN commenters provide picks for brands that manufacture in America
Products manufactured in America may seem hard to find, but it's not impossible

(CNN) -- The slow death of American manufacturing and the trend toward outsourcing overseas has made it hard to find American-made goods, but not impossible. A host of small businesses are still dedicated to manufacturing goods in America, and, thanks to a few diligent bloggers, they're easier than ever to find.

"Buying Made in USA is not just a passing trend. It truly is something we as consumers, business owners and even government can do to support small to mid-size businesses," said Julie Reiser, president and co-founder of Made in USA Certified, which audits supply chains for businesses that want their products to bear their seal.

"Small businesses are responsible for two out of every three new jobs created in the U.S. We need these small to mid-size businesses to flourish and grow as they are our innovators, our makers and job creators. Making it in America, supporting U.S. manufacturing and buying American is one thing we can all do today to help keep the American dream alive and well."


Here's a short list of websites and Facebook groups dedicated to helping consumers find products made in the United States, along with a few brands known to manufacture most or a substantial portion of their goods stateside. Read the list and help us grow it by adding your suggestions in the comments.

Resources:

The Made in America Movement

USA Love List

American Made Matters

A Continuous Lean: The American List

Things Made in America

made in usa challenge

Hickorees: Made in the USA

Haute Americana

Accessories:

- Arne Mason: Leather carrying cases

- Blackbox Case: Wooden laptop cases

- Fox River Mills: Socks

- Makr Carry Goods: Bags, stools, wallets, belts

- NATIVE(X): Totes, scarves, jewelry, mugs

- Pierrepont Hicks: Ties, bowties

- Randolph Engineering: Glasses, sunglasses

- Summit Creek Dry Goods: Wallets, key chains, belts

- Estex Mfg. Co.: Tool sheaths, aprons, buckets, holsters

Bags:

- Archival Clothing

- Duluth Pack

- GORUCK

- J.W. Hulme

- Maptote

- Mountain Ridge Gear

- Tom Bihn

- Tough Traveler

Clothes:

- All American Clothing

- American Apparel

- Beverly Hills Basics

- Black Halo

- C&C California

- Emerson Fry

- Hanky Panky

- Imogene and Willie

- Kate Boggiano

- Left Field

- Pendleton

- Pointer Brand

- Raleigh Denim

- Taylor Stitch

- Todd Shelton

- UNIS

Footwear:

- Alden

- Allen Edmonds

- Capps Shoe Company

- Munro Shoes

- Oakstreet Bootmakers

- Quoddy

- Rancourt and Company

- Red Wing Heritage line

- Russell Moccasin Co.

Headwear:

- Bollman Hat Company

- Stormy Kromer

- Walz Caps

- BUZZLINE

- Stetson

Random:

- Audio Research: Audio products

- Braun Corporation: Manufacturer of wheelchair lifts and ramps, transit vehicles

- Case Knives: Pocket and hunting knives

- Colgate: Crib mattresses and pads

- Council Tool: Hand tools

- Edelbrock: Specialty vehicle parts

- Excel: Hand dryers

- Grado Labs: Headphones and phone cartridges

- Litespeed Bicycles

- Pacific Hospitality Design: Furniture

- K'NEX: Children's toys

- Geneva Manufacturing: Modular garage organizing gear

- Lodge Cast Iron Cookware

- MAK Grills

- Malpaca: Pillows and bedding

- Purrfectplay: Pet toys

- Simplicity Vacuums

- Sterilite: Plastic Housewares

- Steelman Cycles

- Stonebridge Upholstery: Furniture

- Tervis: Tumblers, drink ware

- USA Flag Supply: American, Gadsen, specialty flags

- Vandersteen Audio: Speakers

- Wholesome Hide: Rawhide dog chews

Where do you shop for products made in the United States? Share your resources in the comments!

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