Federal government disburses $ 600 billion annually for goods and services – and President Joe Biden wants more of those dollars to go to products made in the United States. Shortly after taking office in January, Biden issued an executive order demanding stricter enforcement of “Buy American” standards within federal agencies. Then in July, this would increase the minimum percentage of US-made parts required in products purchased by the federal government.
The goal of both of these efforts is to boost domestic manufacturing with the government purse and ultimately encourage consumers to “buy American”. As my colleague Ian Sherr wrote for CNET’s Made in America series, buying products made in the USA is a popular idea. While much of what we wear, carry in our pockets, and use at home is made overseas, not everything we buy is imported. From kitchen utensils to beauty products, here are some everyday products still made at home.
Those pioneer sticky notes were invented by two scientists from 3M, based in Minnesota: Spencer Silver, who had discovered an adhesive that could stick surfaces together but fail when you pulled them apart, and Art Fry, a church choir singer who just wanted bookmarks. that don’t slip out of his hymnbook. Post-it notes are made at a 3M plant in Cynthiana, Kentucky.
Pyrex kitchen utensils
My parents stored kitchen cabinets with Pyrex baking dishes, storage containers and measuring cups for as long as I can remember. (Some have definitely passed my 21 years old.) The Pyrex brand began over a century ago when the wife of a Corning scientist baked a cake out of pieces of glass that her husband brought home. home because her casserole broke. Its glassware is made in Charleroi, Pennsylvania.
Burt’s Bees Lip Balm
Started in Maine in the 1980s by a beekeeper (the eponymous Burt) and an artist, Burt’s Bees offers a range of natural care products, including its famous beeswax-based lip balm. Burt’s Bees currently manufactures in North Carolina.
Wisconsin knows a thing or two about the cold, as evidenced by the Madison-based company Sub-Zero Refrigerators and Freezers. The company has come a long way since the 1930s when its founder, Westye Bakke, set out to find a better way to store insulin for his diabetic son. Even now, Sub-Zero manufactures in Wisconsin and Arizona.
Alex and Ani jewelry
Airstream Money-streamlined travel trailers have become immensely popular as the COVID-19 pandemic has encouraged Americans to take road trips to travel (there are now a one-year backlog for existing orders). The company built them in its factory in JacksonCenter, Ohio, for decades.
Since the creation of its first recliner almost a century ago, La-Z-Boy provided plush nap-inducing chairs to legions of snoring grandfathers. Since 2019, La-Z-Boy manufactures most of its chairs and sofas in Tennessee.
There are few images more American than that of an elegant Ford Mustang driving on an American highway. Opened in 1987, Ford’s Flat Rock assembly plant in Michigan assembles the Mustang. The 2021 iteration begins at $ 27,205. (New are )
Not your mother’s hair care products
It’s the summer of hot grilling, and whether you prefer gas or charcoal to cook your burgers and your dogs, there is a Weber grill . Weber sources parts both nationally and internationally, but manufactures its grids in the USA.
Steinway & Sons Pianos
A magnificent Steinway filled my family’s home with music for many decades. A German immigrant to the United States founded the company in the mid-19th century. Steinway pianos sold in the United States are manufactured in Astoria, New York. For the rest of the world, they are built in Hamburg, Germany.
KitchenAid stand mixers
These durable (and heavy) devices last for decades and than just mixing the cookie dough. Made in Greenville, Ohio, they are available in a selection of vibrant colors. And like , they have a dedicated audience.
Have you listened to music in your life? So I guarantee you heard someone scratch a Gibson. The company manufactures its acoustic guitars in Montana and its electric guitars, including the famous The Paul, in Tennessee.
Louisville Slugger Bats
Loved by MLB stars and baseball players, the Baseball bat slugger is an American classic. And yes, it is made in Louisville, Kentucky. You can join on a trip inside the factory to see how bats get from a forest to the playoffs.
Growing up, the coolest thing I owned was without a doubt my tri-level display of each Crayola pencil imaginable. (I still miss it sometimes.) Crayola’s annual color pencil production is approaching 3 billion and its major manufacturing facilities are based in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.