This new blog has been several years in the making, but it wasn’t until I gave a presentation at my local library last fall that I realized people were interested and inspired by my story.
I spent a full hour telling local residents how to buy Made in USA. I brought in over a dozen items from my home for Show and Tell. People asked lots of questions and were surprised to learn so many things were still made here.
When my colleague Rachel Cunliffe and I made the decision to cease publication of our magazine, Manufacturing Marketing, I knew I wanted to continue with two directions I had been pursuing: Interviews of people whose companies make things here in the US, and my own stories / reviews of the products I buy and use every day.
Hence, this blog — Keep It Made USA.
Why I support American manufacturing
It’s taken me awhile to acknowledge I’ve become an “influencer.” I’m glad people read my posts on LinkedIn or the articles I wrote in the magazine and have begun taking small steps to begin their own “Made in USA” journeys.
Even more, I love when people call or email to ask, “You know those towels you featured a while ago? Where did you get them?” That would be Towels by Gus, although any retailer offering true Made in USA towels are most likely getting them from 1888 Mills, LLC in Griffen, GA. They’re only toweling mill left.
Unlike celebrity influencers, I’m not paid to write about any company or product. Nor would I accept renumeration if someone offered it.
So why do I? Because I love the United States and manufacturing. While I’ve worked hard all my life, I’ve also I’ve been given a great deal. Promoting the companies and the products they make in order to keep jobs here stateside is my way of giving back.
That’s my “why.” I hope you’ll join me by subscribing (see the form at the top of this post). You’ll receive an email on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month.
And, if you have a great story idea or a product you think I should know about, please feel to contact me. Thank you!
Made in USA items featured in the main blog header photo:
- Floyd sofa, Detroit, MI — Read the exclusive interview
- Modilumi lamp shade, St. Paul, MN
- Carpet + carpet pad (mfger not known but def. made in the US)
- Spoonflower curtains & pillow, Durham, NC
- Coastal Industries windows, Haverhill, MA
- CanvasWorld print, California
Photo by Tiffany Cook, Plaistow, NH.
Wardrobe & Makeup
Buying clothing made in the US can be tough, but in the photo I’m wearing a top by Kleids, made in the US, and pants by Joseph Ribkoff, made in Canada. Eye glass frames made in Italy. (You can’t find frames made in the US anymore.)
The skincare and vegan makeup products I use are made in the US as well.
The wooden USA plaque was made by Deep South Creations, a veteran-owned and operated business in South Carolina. My customer, Brandon Acker, President of Titan Abrasive, gave it to me because he said that as “Queen of Made in USA,” my office needed to have it. I love it!
People often ask, “Oooh, where did you get that sunflower print?” Yes, I love it, too! So happy and cheery! A friend took the photo at a local farm; I uploaded it to CanvasWorld and had them create a printed canvas.
CanvasWorld is one of my favorite finds. The company produces stunning canvas art pieces using eco-friendly inks and manufacturing processes. The wooden frames are built in CA; printing is done there as well, although I haven’t confirmed if they use domestic canvas. Check them out!