19 Brands Born and Loved in the U.S.A. - Bob Vila

2022-06-24 03:00:16 By : Ms. Max Zhang

While globalization has brought many wonderful goods and services to U.S. shores, it’s especially nice to celebrate American innovation and the companies that were born here and continue to employ so many of our neighbors. As mergers and acquisitions make sussing out “Made in America” trickier than ever, we’ve worked to identify companies that started in the United States and still manufacture their top-quality products right here.

With production facilities in Wisconsin, Arizona, and Kentucky, Sub-Zero & Wolf Appliances have been making products in America for decades. Although best known for refrigerators and gas ranges, the company produces everything from outdoor grills to microwaves. Shop Sub-Zero and Wolf at Appliances Connection and Best Buy .

An emblem of American agricultural ingenuity, John Deere has manufactured its residential lawn-care products in the United States for 50 years. But long before it took on the lawn care industry, the company was known for farm equipment: Its first plow was crafted in 1837 by the company’s eponymous founder, who was a blacksmith. At its historic Horicon, Wisconsin, facility, the manufacturer has produced nearly 700 models of farm and lawn equipment. Shop John Deere at The Home Depot and Lowe’s . 

Founded in 1912, Marvin Windows and Doors produces a wide range of wood windows that meet national standards for passive building certification. Based in Warroad, Minnesota, the company has offices and manufacturing facilities in cities throughout the United States and employs more than 6,000 Americans. What’s more, Marvin Windows and Doors also offers more products carrying the Energy Star "Most Efficient" designation than any other wood-window manufacturer. Add “American-made” to that, and the story is a stellar one. Shop Marvin Windows and Doors at local window retailers.

This Indiana-based kitchen and bath accessories company was founded in 1954 and offers more than 4,500 products that are compliant with the Buy American Act. Manufactured in facilities in Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee, Delta faucets and accessories are available worldwide. Shop Delta faucets at Amazon , The Home Depot , and Lowe’s .

A renowned made-in-America manufacturer of gas and charcoal grills, Weber has been an outdoor cooking icon for more than 60 years. Based in the Chicago suburbs, Weber makes products—among them smokers, portable grills, and electric units—that are equipped to meet every outdoor grilling need, whether its customers are cooking for two or 20. Shop Weber grills at Ace Hardware , Amazon , and The Home Depot .

Handcrafted in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, All-Clad stainless steel cookware is manufactured using a special bonding process. For four decades, All-Clad has been the choice of professional chefs around the world. It is now a household name whose products are used by cooks everywhere who aim for culinary excellence. Shop All-Clad at Wayfair , Amazon , and Sur La Table .

Channellock uses high-carbon North American steel to create some of the strongest, most enduring tools on the market today. Started in Meadville, Pennsylvania, more than 125 years ago, Channellock produces standard tools as well as specialty tools for plumbing, automotive, and electrical uses. Shop Channellock at Amazon , Ace Hardware , and Northern Tool + Equipment .

Founded in 1964 and based in Ohio, Clopay is North America's largest manufacturer of residential garage doors. The company, which has earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, also offers Energy Star-qualified fiberglass and steel entry doors to match their garage door styles. Shop Clopay garage doors at The Home Depot and local garage door retailers.

Since 1857, Klein Tools has been manufacturing tools in America, and today, fifth- and sixth-generation family members continue to uphold this legacy brand. The company is committed to its American roots and maintains offices and facilities in Illinois, Texas, Arizona, and New York. With hand tools for electrical and utility applications, Klein is the go-to choice for professionals worldwide. Shop Klein tools at Amazon , The Home Depot , and Ace Hardware .

Occidental Leather, founded in 1982, has earned an unrivaled reputation for its made-in-America tool belts, bags, and pouches. Specializing in extra-thick and water-repellent leather, the Hayward, California, company offers a full range of quality leather tool belt systems, tool vests, and accessories. Shop Occidental Leather at Amazon .

Pendleton Woolen Mills began in 1851 in Portland, Oregon, as a family-owned business. Today, the company creates a wide range of products, but it is their blankets that have earned them recognition throughout the world. With patterns inspired by Native American traditions and legends, each blanket comes with a promise of lifetime warmth and comfort. Shop Pendleton at Amazon and Wayfair .

MacNeil Automotive, parent company of WeatherTech, has been providing automotive protection and vehicle accessories since 1989. From floor liners to mud flaps to side window deflectors, the made-in-America products are designed with quality and ingenuity in mind. Based in Bolingbrook, Illinois, WeatherTech sources equipment, materials, and business services in the United States. Shop WeatherTech on Amazon and Ebay .

Known as “America's Most Trusted Tool Brand,” Craftsman Tools has manufactured hand tools, power tools, lawn and garden equipment, and work wear in the United States since 1927. Acquired by American-owned Stanley Black + Decker in 2017, Craftsman hand tools come with a lifetime warranty and are produced in manufacturing plants throughout the United States. Shop Craftsman Tools at Amazon and Sears .

After a long day laboring in the workshop, what could be more rewarding than plopping in a La-Z-Boy? Founded in 1927 and headquartered in Monroe, Michigan, La-Z-Boy has manufacturing plants in Tennessee, Missouri, and Arkansas. The first La-Z-Boy chair was built in a garage; it was made out of orange crates, and the company to this day prides itself on its sustainable business practices. The iconic recliner maker has expanded its offerings over the years and now crafts couches, dining room sets, and bedroom furniture as well as decorative accessories. Shop La-Z-Boy at Wayfair and La-Z-Boy .

Those classic silver bullets we’ve all seen hurtling down the highway are American-made. Airstream is so American, in fact, that its founder, Wally Byam, was born on Independence Day—in 1896. Byam’s wife Marion enjoyed camping but was less fond of sleeping on the ground, so Byam set to work developing a series of campers that led to the first aluminum-clad model in 1936. With about a thousand employees, the company’s headquarters and factory are in Jackson Center, Ohio. Visit Airstream.com for local Airstream dealers.

Makers of Maglite flashlights and other portable lighting gear used by DIYers and pros alike, Mag Instrument is based in Ontario, California, and employs several hundred workers, according to the company. Introduced in 1979 and featuring an anodized aluminum housing, Maglite flashlights are respected for their toughness and durability. Shop Mag Instrument at Wayfair , Ace Hardware , and Lowe’s .

Family-owned Sterilite was founded in 1939 in Fitchburg, Mass. by three entrepreneurs, one of whom, Earl Tupper, also founded Tupperware. The plastic housewares maker is now headquartered in Townsend, Mass., and has manufacturing plants in Alabama, Arizona, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and Iowa employing around 1,000 people. Many Americans are familiar with Sterilite’s plastic storage containers; the company also makes drawer organizers, wastebaskets, and tumblers, among other products. Shop Sterilite at Amazon and Target . 

The first Zippo pocket lighter was produced in 1933 in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Its inventor, George G. Blaisdell, thought there had to be a better way as he watched his friend struggle with a cumbersome lighter. Since that time, the American company has designed and manufactured lighters that are as much collectors’ pieces as they are utilitarian. A Hollywood favorite, Zippo lighters of many designs have appeared in more than 2,000 productions, according to the company. Zippo Manufacturing Company employs about 1,000 workers who design and manufacture camping gear and fire accessories in addition to the iconic lighters. Shop Zippo at Walmart and Amazon .

Treasured by painting pros who recognize a quality, well-made paint brush, Purdy got its start in Portland, Ore., in 1925 and remains there to this day. The brushes have solid alderwood handles and copper and stainless steel ferrules. A variety of filaments are used for the actual brush to suit a range of painting needs. Each handmade brush is signed upon completion by the craftsperson who assembled it. Purdy also makes a number of other painting tools and accessories. Shop Purdy Professional Painting tools at Lowe’s and Amazon .

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