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Over at the AFL-CIO Now blog, we asked readers their favorite Made in America items--and dozens and dozens responded. Topping the list of favorites? Slugger baseball bats, Miller beer and anything sweet and/or chocolate—Oreos, Hershey Kisses and Russell Stovers. Buicks and all U.S.-made cars, and a variety of guns—Rugers, Remingtons, Smith & Wessons—and ammo also topped the list of most favorite Made In America.

Next month, in the days leading up to the July 4 holiday, the AFL-CIO is running a Made In America series—including blogs and videos—to celebrate the contributions of U.S. workers to our economy and to highlight how Congress and policymakers can ensure the nation maximizes its greatest resource—America’s working people.

For those looking to Buy America, suggestions here are a great guide.

What are your favorites?

Here are some of the great comments on Made in USA.

Aamclips writes:

Some of my favorite/iconic USA-made items are—Duracell, Glad trash bags, L.L. Bean, New Balance, Louisville Slugger, Slinky (my favorite) and Zippo lighters.
Rick Mckiddy also shares his personal list.
I drive a Chevy Volt that is assembled in Detroit and has over 400 part numbers that are built in Ohio!  I ride a Harley that was built in York PA, I buy Union Line Shirts, Pants and Thorogood Shoes all made in USA, and by members of UFCW Union Labor. When I shop, I always look for Made in USA and Union label. My Wifes car is a Saturn, my Son Drives a Chevy Cruz, We understand that we can help create jobs for Americans, if we simply put our Country first and Buy America.Applause to ssirishrmblr who says: “Almost any time I buy any product it starts with (Where's it made?).”
And cheers to David Mackey Sr., for noting his preference for
Anything made in America by Union People is what I like. UNION YES! WHEN AND WHERE? NOW!
Although making it clear he’s not a fan of Miller Lite, Frank Bialek helpfully expands the list of American made:
In no particular order I enjoy American bred steak, pork and lamb, Budweiser, Leinekukel, Point especially POIINT DARK, Chicago dogs, the U.S. Mail, Detroit automakers, MLB, NFL, the Chicago Transit Authority, Public Libraries, All music but not so much opera, Municipal skylines especially Chicago and NYC. I am not a union member but also have no problem with them.
Joseph Bocek also helps broaden our understanding of made in America.
ANY Manufacturing plant built here in the U.S. to provide jobs for our citizens and bring jobs back from plants that were moved because of trade agreements.
Some noted the difficulty of finding products made in this country, but as tm4093 points out:
I am as guilty as everyone else, in buying the dirt cheapest item available and causing this current recession. By buying "Dirt Cheap," I have made my life - and the lives of my neighbors - "Dirt Cheap." Please think like this when making any purchases. We cannot create jobs - if we don't buy our own products.
Further, aufrichtig40 says while it is not easy to find U.S. brands,
I don't give up. I think of my blue-collar parents, whose lifetime of labor contributed mightily to postwar America's prosperity, and I refuse to shame them by neglecting to seek out domestically-made products ... especially if they carry a union label.
The most expansive view of union made/America made brings us full circle to the real Made in America bottom line: The people who make our goods and provide our services.

From Birgit Nicolaisen:

My favorite made in America item....that would be my daughter! With Mom and Dad both proud union members!
As Lawrence Sandoval summed it up: "Union made families!"


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  •  Ok my list (7+ / 0-)

    All three of my American made bicycles.

    Republican Family Values: Using the daughters from your first wife to convince everybody that your second wife is lying about your third wife.

    by jsfox on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:08:12 AM PDT

    •  I Paid Like $1,500 In 1991 (6+ / 0-)

      for my Cannondale. I still use it daily and it rocks!

      Oh and my Polk speakers, which I also paid a princely sum for, American made. Heck I think they are the only "mass" speaker company left in the US.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:11:34 AM PDT

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      •  Too bad Bozak isn't still in business. (2+ / 0-)
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        webranding, Dirtandiron

        I have a pair of massive Bozak speakers from the 60's and they still sound awesome today.

        Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat

        by commonmass on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:26:20 AM PDT

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      •  I bought a Worksman bicycle... (2+ / 0-)
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        Sylv, Dirtandiron

        ... a beautiful retro-style cruiser, made in New York. I plan to start an ice cream vending business next spring using a Worksman ice cream vending tricycle, and my sister may be buying her own Worksman this weekend.

        I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

        by ObamOcala on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:33:42 AM PDT

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      •  Sad day when Cannondale went overseas (0+ / 0-)

        They decided they were not making enough per bike and had to make their bikes overseas to compete. I think they were profitable when they did it too.  

        It was after they were bought by another company that they sold their soul.  

        It was one of the things that made the 'Dales unique. They were I think the last of the mass marketed bikes that were made stateside.  Trek may have a few at the upper upper end, but I don't know of any others.

        Now the mantle of American made frames comes from the small builders. They are all that is left.

  •  Community Playthings (8+ / 0-)

    Kids' furniture, made by Mennonites (I think):

    I was looking online for Made in USA products and found some drivel about our President being "made in Kenya" so I'm hoping some able bodied Kossacks (I'm disabled and can't do much) will use the Made in America movement to make new friends and converts.......since we have a strong common interest.

    Please let them know how Romney and the GOP sent American jobs overseas, gleefully.

    •  A Few Years Ago NBC Did Some Actual Reporting (10+ / 0-)

      They found this "middle class" family. Got them to agree to pull everything in their house that wasn't made in America out of the place. They believed as most surveys say, that about half of what they owned was made in the US. Pretty much nothing was. When they were done the house was empty.

      Then a strange thing happened .....

      The producers thought it would be hard to replace everything with American made products. They'd be searching online for hours and hours.

      It took them seconds to find the same product, the same quality, for the same price IF NOT CHEAPER!

      They got a lot of the furniture in this place in NC. They went there and interviewed the owner. It was heartbreaking. The guy was in tears saying we cut town the trees just up the road, we built the stuff here, please buy it from us. We still make shit here.

      When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

      by webranding on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:24:04 AM PDT

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  •  Vintage Fender amps.... (7+ / 0-)

    their amps from the 50s through the 70s are probably being played somewhere on the planet every minute of every day. And many of the modern "boutique" amps are either clones or adaptations of them. As stated in a book title about them, they are the "soul of tone".

    •  Carr Amplifiers (3+ / 0-)
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      greengemini, Dirtandiron, Sylv

      Made right here in Pittsboro, NC.
      I make the leather Handles.
      I also own one (The Sportsman model). Beatiful sound, andI would suggest, not anyone's copy.

      All we need to do is pass a few more laws and we can change human nature. Promise. My Site

      by meagert on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 09:20:36 AM PDT

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      •  From the Carr website itself... (2+ / 0-)
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        Dirtandiron, Sylv

        "Is the Rambler basically the same as a Fender Deluxe, but better?

        Both amps more or less occupy the same place in the general range of amps out there, so it's easy to see why people compare them, but the Rambler and the Deluxe behave very differently in practical use. At 28 watts it makes more power and is cleaner than a Deluxe, and their pre-amp sections are similar. Having said that, the Rambler's power section is much more like a Tweed Pro and its phase inverter is based on a Princeton. So, the Rambler shares heritage with a few Fender classics. "

    •  Fender amps have great tone (0+ / 0-)

      I have a Peavey amp made here in the U.S. and it sounds great, too. I also have a U.S. made Fender guitar, I love it.

      Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

      by Dirtandiron on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 02:40:59 PM PDT

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      •  Have a Peavey amp in my collection also... (1+ / 0-)
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        although I'm in the process of trading it for a digital recording interface.  Also have a Peavey Telecaster clone.
        I've owned almost every amp Fender's made throught he years (the tweeds have been clones since prices for the originals are thru the roof), still have a '63 Bandmaster, '64 Bassman and Princeton, '67 VibroChamp, '68 Super Reverb, '82 Princeton Reverb II, as well as a couple of modern Fenders, and a tweed deluxe clone.

  •  Beer. (7+ / 0-)

    We live in the brewing capital of the world.  Every town of 40,000+ now has some kind of brewpub or microbrewery.  The diversity and quality of beer found in this country can't be found anywhere else.  No, not England (pubs are closing right and left plus what beer is served in most is controlled by the massive brewers) and no not Germany (similar situation).

    "I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them." - Steve Gilliard

    by grog on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:21:33 AM PDT

  •  Fasteners Made Before Free Trade, Tools Made (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, ManfromMiddletown, Sylv

    before free trade, appliances made before free trade, kitchenware made before free trade, shop machinery made before free trade.

    Lots of things, some of them in the present though as it's a work day in my shop I'm biased to that subject matter just now.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:22:33 AM PDT

    •  So true (2+ / 0-)
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      Sylv, nchristine

      My father has a manual edger that's gotta be at least as old as me, and after than many years of use it finally got to the point that one of the parts broke.  He went to the store looking for a replacement part, to which the folks there directed him to a new edger.  He didn't want a new edger, he wanted the 50 cent piece to make this one work.  After an exhaustive internet search he realized it was pointless.  So many tools are now made overseas, and they aren't made to be able to be fixed. It seems that lots of people don't understand how that $8 edger ends up costing more in the long run because they don't last as long and can't be fixed.

      by ManfromMiddletown on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:21:18 AM PDT

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  •  LL Bean and New Balance, but I'm biased: (5+ / 0-)

    I live in Maine and these are Maine companies.

    Made in America to avoid buying: anything from Linda Bean's Perfect Maine Seafood. She's one of THOSE Beans, but she is a tea party homophobe. LL Bean sporting goods is fine, which she does not control directly, but stay away from her fish. That's one American company to boycott.

    Santorum: Man on Dog; Romney: Dog on Car. Ren and Stimpy: Dog on Cat

    by commonmass on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:25:28 AM PDT

  •  Johnson Woolen Mills (4+ / 0-)

    I have an old hunting coat  - greatest coat ever.  Hand mad in Vermont.

    The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government. - Thomas Jefferson

    by ctexrep on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:32:35 AM PDT

  •  SAS Shoes (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, Dirtandiron, Sylv

    I love San Antonio Shoes made in, hmm, somewhere in Texas. Super comfortable, I own five pairs and love every one of them. Not the cheapest shoes around, but the best!

  •  Danner Boots (3+ / 0-)
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    commonmass, ColoTim, Sylv

    They were good enough for Colin Fletcher ("The Complete Walker". "The Man Who Walked Through Time", etc.), and still come with American flags sewn on the sides of them.

  •  Here in Minnesota... (5+ / 0-)
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    rja, commonmass, myboo, Dirtandiron, Sylv

    I love my Woodmaster wood stove (Red Lake Falls, MN), which I load up with fuel cut while wearing my Red Wing work boots (Red Wing, MN) and then refresh myself with a cold Schells pilsner (New Ulm, MN) and bake some bread using either Gold Medal or Pillsbury flour (Minneapolis, MN).  Love me some General Mills cereals (Golden Valley, MN) and Malt-O-Meal cereals (Northfield, MN).  I was going to haul my firewood in a Minnesota made Polaris utility vehicle but they exported all jobs overseas recently so I went with an Ohio made Cub Volunteer.

    "The opposite of faith is not doubt. It's certainty."

    by Simul Iustus et Peccator on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 08:49:51 AM PDT

  •  Love Yuengling beer (6+ / 0-)

    especially the Black and Tan.  Made in America, great taste (sadly not less filling) and as cheap as, if not cheaper, than most big name beers.

    The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people. - 9th Amendment

    by TracieLynn on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 09:16:07 AM PDT

  •  TBR Technologies in Illinois (3+ / 0-)
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    LostBuckeye, Dirtandiron, Sylv

    makes a line of small (powerful) processor boards and related devices, and is now starting to expand into motor control and sensors for larger scale RC quadcopters.

  •  I Have Several Favorites (3+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, Dirtandiron, Sylv

    Worksman bicycles (see  my comment above), made in New York City; KitchenAid stand mixers; New Balance shoes; Usinger's sausage, any UAW or CAW-built car and, for the ladies in my life, UjENA swimwear. Partial list only, as I'm getting ready to leave for work!

    I vote we run Rick Scott out of Florida on a high-speed rail.

    by ObamOcala on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 10:37:35 AM PDT

  •  made in America? Glad you asked. (3+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, myboo, Sylv

    Merrick dog treats rock. When nearly all dog treats are imported, most from China, and are truly scary, Merrick will provide your pup with a whole host of fascinating yummy treats from the nose to the toes (literally, if steer had toes). They also make canned dog food and kibble at a variety of price points. And they answer even the most obscure nutritional questions immediately. Great company.

    While we're talking about spoiled dogs, Wholesome Hides makes rawhide that is made in America. Rawhide can be healthy for dogs, if you buy the right stuff and supervise chewing. Or it can be dangerous because of the chemicals and if it's made wrong (twisted spirals are dangerous), or not supervised. My furry ones give Wholesome hides an enthusiastic two dewclaws up!

    For humans, when many spices and herbs are imported, I buy mine from (available also through Amazon). Organic, no cross-contamination with glutens, or nuts.

    And using those same criteria, (much imported food fails to pass the purity test), some of my favorites are anything by Go Raw (Mountain View, CA),, Great River Milling Co (Wisconsin), and Bare Fruit (Omak, WA).

    If  it looks like I cook/bake a lot, I do. And I adore Chicago Metallic for my pans. They're heavy and will last at least my lifetime. Made in America, of course: even my French Bread and baguette pans! Looooove them!

    Frontier Communications has a 100% USA-based workforce. My Frontier land line carried the alarm on the house up both. As soon as my contract with Comcast expires in a few months, I'm switching over to Frontier for my bundled service. They are so much more responsive and flexible. I'd rather have slower DSL and be able to get someone who can solve a problem the first time I call. (I'm not someone who cares if the overseas call center worker I'm speaking to has accented English. I do care that they're so overworked that they can't actually deal with my issue. And that's Comcast.)

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 11:09:20 AM PDT

  •  Some of my "born-in the-USA " favorites.. (4+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, myboo, Dirtandiron, Sylv

    My Kitchen-Aid Stand mixer.

    My Hubbarton Forge light fixtures.

    My Ford Focus (I hope that this was at least partially made in the USA).

    My Fiesta dinner ware.

    A kit for a work bench (from Mendards).

    Wigwan socks (Fox River).

    Assorted pieces of clothing (I always check  the label to see where it was made --can't find much USA stuff, but some clothing and shoes are out there if you look and are willing to pay the price and just buy less).

    •  ford Focus - assembled in Wayne, Mich.... (1+ / 0-)
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      50% of parts are US made. It's cousin the Fiesta is assembled in Mexico with an engine made in Brazil. Was considering those for a recent  car purchase. In the end I couldn't justify not getting the 50mpg of the Prius.

  •  These suggestions are so great! (3+ / 0-)
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    ColoTim, myboo, Sylv

    We try to buy made in america for everything possible- but man, some stuff is hard to find. Usually if we can't find it made in USA we buy used.

    Also- bought a Filson jacket - made in usa- and I would HIGHLY recommend their products.  Definitely built to last!

    Also, Libbey glass works! I have a special place in my heart for them because they revved up their factory just to make some irish coffee glasses when restaurants in San Francisco were running short.  They will have my business for life!

    One little spark of inspiration, is at the heart of all creation. - Figment

    by SFNerd on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 11:32:45 AM PDT

  •  Lodge cast-iron cookware. (4+ / 0-)
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    myboo, Sylv, chimene, sillia

    Pretty much the same as your great-grandmother used.
    One caveat - Their new line of enameled stuff is imported, but the traditional bare iron cookware is made here.

  •  My favorites (1+ / 0-)
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      Dillante Chocolates
      Root Beer, the crafty stuff. It's like micro-brews for those who don't drink real beer.

      Ventana Mountain Bike Frames
      Shamrock Bike Frames
      Turner Bike Frames

    Our Kitchen Aid Mixer.


  •  Almost forgot about tools (0+ / 0-)

    S-K ratchets, (not sure if still made here, but mine are)
    Snap-On sockets and wrenches

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 02:44:13 PM PDT

  •  lotsa craft beer in the PacNW -- Steelhead Brewery (0+ / 0-)


    Seattle Chocolate bars, lotsa artisan chocolate mostly out of Seattle (we're in Eugene OR)

    thrift-store REVERE POTS-N-PANS -- don't buy the new stuff made in Korea & Indonesia! the Indonesian stuff especially is much lighter-weight than REAL Revere (which I inherited a lot of from family, but also found several pieces at St Vinnie's within the last couple of years!)

    Dark Horse Graphic Novels & Comics, Portland OR (Usagi Yojimbo, hai!)

    too late to think, 8-)

    "real" work : a job where you wash your hands BEFORE you use the bathroom...

    by chimene on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 01:10:36 AM PDT

  •  Jeans (1+ / 0-)
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    We buy my husband's jeans from All American Clothing Co. in Ohio. He loves how they look and feel, and they are durable like jeans are supposed to be! I found out about them from a Kossack.

    ~On, Wisconsin! On, Wisconsin! Raise her glowing flame!~ I am proud to say three generations of my family lived in WI. Though I live elsewhere, am with you in spirit!

    by sillia on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 09:20:51 AM PDT

  •  Harley Davidson (0+ / 0-)

    "I said, 'Wait a minute, Chester, You know I'm a peaceful man.'" J. R. Robertson.

    by NearlyNormal on Fri Jun 15, 2012 at 09:42:17 AM PDT

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