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#7726 Mattresses Made In The Usa

Posted by Joel on 17 December 2016 - 09:50 AM

I was doing some homework the other day, looking for US Made mattresses, as my wife and I are considering a new mattress set... mine is probably 15 years old... yes, I know...  that's pretty old.   


Anyway, i came across OnPurple.com which makes a gel type of mattress that's made in the USA...     


1989 found two brothers, engineers Tony and Terry Pearce, fly fishing in the Rockies and talking about partnering to change the world. Tony’s 13 years of experience in advanced aerospace materials, and Terry’s 20 years of experience in manufacturing, design, and project management, led to a partnership creating high-tech carbon fiber sporting goods and wheelchairs.


Three years ago, the Pearces set out to combine all their knowledge of cushioning into the world’s best mattress.

Today, they’re delivering that mattress.


https://youtu.be/ZmpIffBiLa8   Made in the USA video


#7679 Access Tile - Safety Warning Tiles

Posted by Joel on 12 August 2016 - 12:39 PM

Great product, probably more for the commercial builder or municipality, but a great thing to find that is made in the USA!! 


Quote from their web site:  http://www.accesstile.com/index.html


Access Tile is designed, tested, and manufactured in the U.S.A.


Thank you Access Tile!



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#7330 Child Booster Seat - Disney

Posted by Joel on 27 December 2014 - 10:43 AM

My stepdaughter got a new booster seat this year for Christmas, and we were pleasantly surprised to see that it was indeed Made In the USA.   It was even priced the same as some that were made overseas, and lower than others.    It was really refreshing to see, and I'm glad that she'll be safely riding in a booster seat, Made In The USA!!

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#3529 Crimson Trace - Firearm Lasers - Made in the USA - CTC

Posted by Joel on 07 March 2014 - 02:08 PM

I recently purchased a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson Shield and was looking at lasers as my options for accessory sights.   I saw a brochure for Crimson Trace and it mentioned Made in the USA.   I was on their web site the other day, and was greatly surprised and happy to see their commitment to making quality products in the USA.    In fact, they have a whole seperate page of thier website touting their Made in the USA mission:




Here are a couple quotes:  "Crimson Trace makes a continuous effort to stay loyal to its country and its workers by building our products in the US, and has since our genesis in 1994." and "Crimson Trace is a global brand and an industry leader, but we are also a "local" business, and supporting other local businesses is important to us."


If you enjoy shooting, take a look at their products and give them a chance to earn your business.   They have mine..   I will be buying my second Crimson Laser the next time I can get to my gun range.  

Thanks Crimson Trace!!!


#3280 Gordon Brush Mfg - Dust brushes, brooms, paint brushes, rollers, bore brushes...

Posted by Joel on 29 January 2014 - 05:47 PM

I've been chatting with Alan at Gordon Brush and he forwarded me this document, indicating their drive and concern on making quality brushes in the USA.   I checked out their site and found a huge list of brushes and brush styles they make.   This seems to be a quality business with quality products Made in the USA.  Ask for them by name the next time you're looking for a brush of any style.  


Here's their site:  www.gordonbrush.com   


Read the article below, it's quite informative.   Kudos Gordon Brush Co.!!


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#3248 UnBreakoBall - Hardcore Dog Toys - Made in the USA

Posted by Joel on 26 January 2014 - 08:58 AM

I was contacted by UnBreakOBall about their products, and it happened at just the right time.  I happen to have a 102 lb 5 yr old black lab "puppy" and he can tear apart anything.  He's not a real "chewer" but he often pops soccer balls, and even a basket ball.   His favorite toy is actually a bowling pin, which works great, since it strengthens his neck since it's lopsided like a goose would be...  Anyway......



Thor at UnBreakOBall contacted me, and I was pleasant surprised to see all their products made in the USA.  Here's some info on them, and their web site.  Please be sure to mention that you heard of them here at KeepItUSAMade.com


Ardwin Products LLC A.K.A. UNBREAKOBALL                          www.UnBreakOBall.com
UNBREAKOBALL ~ If Your Pet Breaks It...We Will Replace It. GUARANTEED!


We are a family run company. Our goal is to support the American Worker. Purchase and supply American Made Products. And just as important, Promote Positive Bully Breed Awareness. We have owned and LOVED Pitbulls for more then 30 years. Even back in the day before all the bad publicity. It is up to us (The Pitbull Lovers) around the country to help protect this breed and educate the public. We currently have two. Chase is a mischievous 5 year old with a ton of energy. She was rescued from a home in Detroit. Bebe is the elder at 13 years old. Bebe keeps up with Chase as best as she can. Chase keeps Bebe young at heart.

Our Mission

We here at Unbreakoball have a passion for what we do, and we want to pass that along to you. The great people behind Unbreakoball are here to ensure that you will receive what you want— the way you want it. Our people believe that each customer deserves our full attention. We want to ensure that you have a memorable experience when purchasing from Unbreakoball. We take a great deal of pride in our MADE IN AMERICA PRODUCTS. Unbreakoball offers high quality dog toys & breed awarenes products at affordable prices.

#2740 Harley Davidson, PROUDLY Made in the USA Video

Posted by Joel on 03 November 2013 - 07:20 AM

This is truly a great video... too bad they couldn't run it during the superbowl.  It's just under 3 minutes long, and greatly worth it.




#879 “Trickle Up” affect, not “Trickle Down”

Posted by Joel on 12 December 2012 - 12:48 PM

“Trickle Up” affect, not “Trickle Down”

Joel Sommer / Founder:  www.KeepItUSAMade.com            November 30, 2012


Over the past few years, the US has struggled to rebuild its economy, trying to create jobs, increase government revenue and sustain its viability in the world economics.    For a while, the US government was bailing out the US auto industry, banks and other businesses.  President Obama wanted to give companies tax incentives to hire more people, in order to create more jobs.   The problem lies here:  Why would a company hire more people if they’re not experiencing an increase in need for their products, thus added manufacturing, thus additional workforce?   While this attempt to help the US economy was well intended, it failed to meet those whom need the assistance the most: the consumer.

Let’s look at the factors involved.  Companies need  income to make their products and hire people.  People need money to buy products.  When the government gives money to the companies, they are not helping the end consumer, the US citizens.  Granted, it may keep a business open longer, but let’s look for a true solution, not a “temporary patch”.  This is what our government considers to be the “Trickle Down” affect.  With the few sentences above, the answer becomes clear.


Give the consumer, a tax incentive to buy products made in the USA.  Yes, it’s that simple, a “Trickle Up” affect.

If demand for US made products increases, so will revenues for the companies, jobs in the manufacturing sector and others, additional revenue for the US government and so on.  This is what I refer to as the “Trickle Up” affect.   Nearly every product today has a barcode on it.   There is no reason that within that barcode, that an indicator would alert the consumer at the time of check out, the amount of discount they’ll receive back by buying a product made in the USA.  If a product is only made with 85% US made components, then only an 85% refund will be provided to the consumer.  The refund could be issued on products with higher than 50% US made components at time of check out or at year end.  The amount of refund / rebate would be determined on the percentage of US made components.  Just image if you purchased a high dollar item such as a new vehicle that was 85% made in the USA.   Over the course of a year, this could greatly add up. 

The government will receive additional income with various taxes and fees paid by companies as they grow.  One example would be that manufacturing items in the US increases the amount of transportation costs involved with raw materials, and mid shipments between manufactures.  Additional income would come from motor fuel tax right off the top.   Manufacturers will see an increase in sales, thus increase manufacturing, increase jobs and so on.  It’s a pleasant and vibrant cycle, one that reinvigorates the American pride.


There is every reason that this will work, and it has to work.  I’m sure that some politicians will say it’d be too complicated, or give one excuse or another.  They need to remember that they are hired as government officials to enhance our way of life, to protect our liberties and to work for us.  Regardless of their political affiliation, they need to have the mindset, “This can and will work” in the best interest of the US population.    It may be complicated considering it has to do with our tax system, but they have accomplished more complex issues in the past.   This should be simple and implemented immediately.


The “Trickle Up” affect is a new way of thinking, hopefully for a new US economy with a much brighter outlook for all involved in promoting it.  Consumers can make a difference now by buying products made in the USA, let’s “Recycle US Dollars, Keeping them in the hands of hard working US Citizens”.   Consumers can make a difference now as we wait for the government to make our lives better.  Consumers can begin purchasing products made in the USA, thus keeping those dollars in the US economy.  I’d much rather purchase a product that someone in the USA made, knowing that a US citizen that made the product, which pays taxes, is making an income.  What happens when you buy something made elsewhere?  Hard earned US dollars are no longer in the US economy.  The next time out shopping, take a moment and buy something that’s made in the USA.  I dare you to deny that a small sense of pride doesn’t come over you.  


Please remember what “Liberty”, “Patriotism” and “Freedom” mean to you as a US citizen.  Let’s make a difference and buy products made in the USA, and encourage our US government to implement the “Trickle Up” affect.

#853 Pleasant visit with IL Senator David Luechtefeld

Posted by Joel on 12 December 2012 - 12:24 PM

I had the opportunity to sit down with IL State Senator David Luechtefeld.  Senator Luechtefeld resides nearby in Okawville, and I was able to discuss my concept of the "Trickle Up, not Trickle Down affect" and the importance of the US manufacturing industry.   We shared stories and concept for well over an hour and I must say that time quickly passed.  He very openly listened to the "Trickle Up" concept and agrees that we need to increase US manufacturing.   We both agreed that whatever happens has to be done right, and not just be a temporary fix to just "get by" til next year.


I just wanted to share this with you, since it's important to talk to our politicians and share your views.   Senator Luechtefeld seemed to understand where I was coming from, and he liked my enthusiasm.   I have a lot of respect for this man whom seems to genuinely have us, the US citizens in mind.


Thank you again Senator Luechtefeld for your time and consideration,  :smileytoast:



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#852 Ronald Reagan - 1985 Proclamation 5424 - "Made in America Month"

Posted by Joel on 12 December 2012 - 09:08 AM

Did you know that December was proclaimed "Made in America Month" by President Ronald Reagan in 1985?  He was a great president with amazing foresight.   Thank you Mr. President, and R.I.P.


Proclamation 5424 -- Made in America Month, 1985

December 23, 1985

By the President of the United States of America


A Proclamation


America's current trade problems have caused some to wonder whether this country may not be in danger of losing its reputation as a supplier of high quality products at competitive prices. As America's strong economic growth has led to increased demand for goods and services, imports have become more attractive because of the relative strength of the dollar. U.S. exports have become less attractive to foreign buyers for the same reason. Recently, however, increased growth in the economies of our trading partners and movement of the dollar toward a more sustainable equilibrium give us reason to expect that our trade deficit should ease in the near future. Tough foreign competition, in the last few years, has presented our manufacturers and our work force with a stiff challenge.


But America's producers are responding to that challenge, and it is time for consumers both here and abroad to take a fresh look at what America has to offer. Those who do will find the traditional variety, high quality, and dependability that ``Made in the U.S.A.'' has come to symbolize. They also will find this quality at more competitive prices.


Made in America Month also provides an opportunity for American firms and workers to resolve to take greater advantage of new competitive opportunities both here at home and in overseas markets. We Americans do not shrink from competition; we believe in competition -- fair competition. Historically, competition constantly creates pressure for innovation, product improvement, and customer satisfaction. The open marketplace makes the consumer the king, and we are all consumers.


In an increasingly competitive world, we Americans must redouble our efforts to make products of the highest quality in the most efficient way and market them aggressively. As we do I have no doubt that more and more Americans and foreigners will be drawn to the products with the proud label: ``Made in America.''


The Congress of the United States, by Senate Joint Resolution 206, has authorized and requested the President to proclaim December 1985 as ``Made in America Month'' and authorized and requested the President to issue a proclamation in observance of this event.


Now, Therefore, I, Ronald Reagan, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 1985 as Made in America Month. I invite the people of the United States to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities to recognize and celebrate the excellence of American products.


In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-third day of December, in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and eighty-five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and tenth.


Ronald Reagan

[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:40 a.m., December 24, 1985]


#825 Truly Simple - Recycle US Dollars - Vacation in the USA!

Posted by Joel on 03 December 2012 - 09:02 AM

To me, this seems very simple and can be easily done. Traveling overseas or out of country costs more, involves a passport and dealing with Customs. I believe that spending your vacation dollars is one of the best ways to keep your hard earned US dollars in the US. It's quite simple actually. Look at the hotels / resorts, restaurants, shows, ammenities such as golf courses, theme parks, etc. All of these employ tax paying people in the USA.

To me, it's simple math. Recycle your hard earned US dollars, vacation in the USA, and keep your US dollars in the USA. Simple math.

#650 Carhartt Statement - Press Release Oct 4, 2012

Posted by Joel on 14 November 2012 - 10:07 AM

Carhartt To Produce Seven Of Its Most Popular Products Exclusively In The United States
Responding to consumer demand, Carhartt focuses its manufacturing plants in Kentucky and Tennessee for production of exclusive USA-made apparel

Oct 4, 2012 1:19:00 PM Erica Salomon
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Made In The USA
Dearborn, MI - Carhartt, the nation’s leading brand manufacturer of rugged workwear produced in the United States, will begin manufacturing seven of its most popular products exclusively in the United States from materials that are sourced in the United States. These union-made products will be available for purchase beginning October 5.

Hamilton Carhartt founded the company in 1889 with the intention of providing America’s workers with rugged and durable apparel. Since day one, Carhartt has manufactured in the United States and continues to do so today with factories throughout Kentucky and Tennessee. The company plans to continue expanding its “Made in the USA” line of products based on consumer demand.

“For 123 years, we’ve never stopped making clothes in America. No brand makes more rugged work wear in the U.S. than Carhartt,” said Linda Hubbard, chief operating officer, Carhartt. “Our ‘Made in the USA’ line of apparel is entirely based on consumer response; they wanted an option to buy products made here and we responded to their needs.”
Carhartt does produce apparel both domestically and abroad to ensure it can provide American workers with the best fabrics and most durable construction at a competitive price. In 2011, Carhartt purchased more than 16 million pounds of cotton from American farms.
The products made exclusively in the U.S. are:
  • Duck Detroit Jacket (J001)
  • Double-Front Work Dungarees (B01)
  • Duck Active Jac (140)
  • Duck Active Jac (J131)
  • FR Duck Active Jac (FRJ184)
  • FR Midweight Active Jac (FRJ237)
  • FR Relaxed Fit Straight Leg Jean (FRB100)
Each of the “Made in the USA” products feature special labeling and packaging calling out the “Made in the USA” origin. The “Made in the USA” apparel will be sold in retail locations across the United States through Carhartt authorized dealers, on Carhartt.com and through Carhartt’s company-owned stores.

About Carhartt, Inc
Established in 1889, Carhartt is a global premium work wear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged apparel for workers on and off the job. Headquartered in Dearborn, Mich., with approximately 4,400employees worldwide, Carhartt is privately owned and managed by the descendants of the company‘s founder, Hamilton Carhartt. For more information, visit www.carhartt.com.

#647 Carhartt Dedicated to the USA!

Posted by Joel on 13 November 2012 - 08:25 PM

I found a great article online, as well as the Carhartt website that said they will be making a line In the USA. That's great news for everyone. I hope that the word gets out, and that consumers purchase the US made products over the others. It's a great move for Carhartt. Watch the video, it's done incredibly well.

Here's the article: http://www.brandchan...USA-110712.aspx

Here's the video I found online:


The only thing I would have done differently, is at the end when they faded to black.... after the Carhartt logo.... it should have said "Proudly Made in the USA" or something similar. It could have been done as stitching, which would have grabbed the viewers' attention and sent the point home. Either way, great video!!!

#628 Gasoline can, containers made in the USA

Posted by Joel on 11 September 2012 - 03:13 PM

I was at my local John Deere dealer recwntly, and saw these gas cans that are made in the USA. I can't seem to find who the mfgr is. I wish I would have scanned the little code next to the US flag

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#627 Igloo coolers, Made in the USA

Posted by Joel on 11 September 2012 - 02:59 PM

I was at walmart the other day, and saw that Igloo coolers were made in the USA. It was a great find among others. Thanks Igloo!! My next cooler will be an Igloo. :luxhello:

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