Manufacturing jobs have been on the minds of political candidates as well as voters during this election year. Every year in October, Gift and Home Retailer News surveys the landscape for manufacturers still producing goods in the USA. While a lot of heavy manufacturing has left our shores in search of cheaper labor, there are quite a number who continue to make things locally, and that usually translates to better quality, safety and environmental friendliness.
Channel Craft began as a one-man operation back in 1983 from the back of a step van / traveling wood shop, when president and founder Dean Helfer, Jr. drove from craft shows to folk festivals peddling his hand-crafted Boomerangs and other wooden products. As the years went on, Dean and his crew looked for a permanent spot to set up a manufacturing plant. In 1991, Dean and Channel Craft settled into an old Army Corps of Engineers building south of Pittsburgh on the banks of the Monongahela River in Charleroi, PA.
With upwards of 70 employees, Channel Craft “Quality Crafts” toys, games and puzzles for thousands of museums, specialty toy and gift shops, mail-order catalog companies and department stores. Each year, new products grace the pages of their catalog and are tailor-made for each specialty toy and gift store, museum, park and attraction. You’ll never find Channel Craft products in the major discount stores or worldwide superstore chains. Continue to look for the “Quality Crafted Fun” that is still made right here in the U.S.A. for many more years to come.
Northridge, California is home to Kiss Me In The Garden, whose products are 100% Made in USA. In business for 20 years, Kiss Me In The Garden produces natural bath & body products, paraben free, environmentally friendly and not tested on animals. The company has hundreds unique hand-decorated items to choose from and its products are made FRESH every single day.
Er’go glass candles (7 oz., 3 oz.) are hand poured in Dallas, Texas and all
components are from US companies: soy wax (soybeans farmed in the Midwest),
all-cotton wicks (Texas), premium fragrances (Northeast and West), glass (Ohio)
and packaging (Texas). Premium fragrance soy candles by er’go are “clean for the
environment and pure for your senses”.
Metro Atlanta, Georgia is where Grandparent Gift Company makes its baby gifts, ultrasound frames, ultrasound cards, ultrasound ornaments, grandma brag books, grandpa brag books, aunt brag books, christening gifts, baptism gifts, dedication gifts, and christening gifts for godparents.
Scandical makes personalized signs with customized backgrounds, plus magnets, keyrings, door hangers and placemats in Orange, California. Scandical is a new wholesale website in the OmegaNet CAMEO EZ© family.
There are many, many more “Made In USA” manufacturers besides those we’ve featured above. See the “Featured Vendors” below for links to more Made-In-USA vendors, indicated by the red outline and bunting. Many more vendors manufacture and/or assemble their wares in the USA, including: