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Once upon a time I placed an order online through one of those sites that offer fantastic deals of the day. It seemed like a pretty simple purchase, a couple of battery powered stick on lights for places like under stairs or in a closet. When I got my order I discovered that the instructions were only in Chinese. When I was in school I studied Latin. Ok, not something that seems terrible useful but in the middle of Iowa there were not a lot of choices that seemed relevant. It’s safe of you to believe that Chinese wasn’t part of my studies.

Kerry SmithIt seems to many Americans that if more products were made in America that it would help the economy. It certainly provides manufacturing jobs. Office jobs to take care of all of the paperwork. Trucking or other shipping related jobs. And more. This is my little way to contribute to the Buy America movement.

I’ve turned the corner and try to buy American when possible. I hope my postings that talk about companies that are making products here in the USA will help you to find some good, high quality products. And what a bonus that by purchasing Made in America goods you will be also helping provide jobs for your countrymen and neighbors.

There are lots of differing thoughts as what exactly Made in America means. I’ll go into that later in another post. Please understand that I am not going to draw the strictest of all lines. Something that is completely Made in America will have had all, or almost all materials also produced in America. I’m going to take a little more relaxed view and focus on whether a product was manufactured here in America and if the company created American jobs by chosing to manufacture the items here. Check back later for some more of my thoughts along with the thoughts of others on this topic.

Made in America selfie - Florian pruner

Selfie with my new Florian pruner

On some products and postings here there are sponsored advertising or links. Please understand that these sponsored opportunities will be at the same or lower rates as you could get without going through the link. There is never an obligation for you when you click on a link. It will just take you to a company or product page so you can learn more and if you would like, purchase a product. The commission I receive is only a few percentage points and is essentially payment for bringing a customer to the company. I would of course appreciate any purchase you make through one of these links but I always want you to do what is best for you.

As an example, here is a link that takes you to the Amazon home page. If you have every shopped at Amazon then this probably looks familiar. Amazon provides tens of thousands of jobs right here where I live in Seattle. Not only can you search for goods that are Made In America, but purchasing through Amazon also helps employ all of those people that has made them such a great business.

Please remember that these posts are not meant to share a comprehensive history of these companies or to showcase their entire product line. We hope to be able to introduce our readers to companies that they may not have heard about and point them toward the companies websites. Each company making products here in the USA will certainly do a better job describing their story and products than we could do.

With my new Round House jeans

With my new Round House jeans

Thanks for visiting. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter @buyamericanlist and keep your eyes open for those great and unique products made right here in the USA.

13 Comments on About

  1. Thank you so much for being such a wonderful resource for those of us seeking American made goods!

  2. We Hand make Dog Collars right here in the USA for 28 years how can we be featured for National Dog Day?

    • Kerry Smith // August 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm // Reply

      Thank you so much for asking. I’ve added you to the posting and to the Buy American List. I’ll also include you in a few tweets leading up to National Dog Day.

  3. Hi. We make all of our products here in NJ. How do we get on your list? Thanks!

  4. We make the Log Teepee Campfire Grate in Door County, Wisconsin. A great quality made camping accessory or for a backyard fire pit.

  5. Hi there! I have a product that I’ve invented (TBone Extension Handle), patented and is produced in Mission Viejo, CA (near Laguna Beach). Its an extension handle for carry-on luggage….made of over 90% recycled material- even the box is US made! How can we get the TBone on your list of other amazing products? thanks for all you do!

  6. Thank you so much for the nice article and comments about our company, USA Kilts! We are proud to always say “Made In the USA!”

  7. Hello, My name is Donna, and I own Polar Breeze Bandanas. Thank you so much for your review of our website and products. I put a link to your blog on our website at I did find this blog entry a few months after you published it, and I am happy that I did. We are a family-owned company and have been in business over 9 years. We do feel strongly about Made In the USA. I subscribed to your blog! Stay Cool!

    • Kerry Smith // July 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm // Reply

      Thank you Donna. I’m looking forward to ordering some of your products for an upcoming trip to Arizona.

  8. Annonymous // March 22, 2017 at 7:57 am // Reply

    Not everything on this site is made in america!!! I know at least one of your posts is completely false. Check your facts. 🙂

    • Kerry Smith // March 22, 2017 at 2:34 pm // Reply

      Thanks for letting me know. I’d be happy to make any corrections I learn about. Please let me know what post you are talking about.

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