Made in USA Certified is pleased to announce that Shop-Vac have become a client of Made In USA Certified.

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Made in USA Certified is pleased to announce that Shop-Vac® has completed audits and has become a client of Made In USA Certified. They are committed to keeping manufacturing here in the United States, and are still the only large facility developing such a product here in the United States. “Having a manufacturing presence here in the United States is very, very important to Shop-Vac®, and we knew that consumers wanted a product that was made here. We saw the Made in USA Certified® program as a great opportunity to give our products more credibility through a third-party process,” says Larry Tempesco, VP of Sales and Marketing at Shop-Vac® Corporation.  “This would give the marketplace confidence that the product being offered is truly made in the United States. With most of our competition going offshore, we already had a Made in USA logo on our product, and knew from our emails and feedback that this factor was important to our customers” states Tempesco.

Once lines of communication were opened between Made In USA Certified and Shop-Vac, it was clear that the relationship was a perfect fit. “After meeting with Shop-Vac® representatives, we quickly saw they were the type of firm that the Made in USA-Certified® program is tailored to,” says Robert Lowry of Made in USA-Certified, Inc. ® which is based in Boca Raton, Fla. “A legacy of American innovation and manufacturing, a willingness to offer US-made products for audited approval, and the sort of we-can-do-it attitude that has made this nation such a fantastic location for industry.”

“I believe that the credibility that a Made in USA Certified® seal brings is going to be a great benefit to us. I don’t need to tell you, but you will see a lot of packaging logos that say ‘Made in USA’ and when you look at the product itself, it is stamped Made in China. You can put a logo on anything…” Says Tempesco. Shop-Vac’s® commitment to the American worker and business stands above the fray; with the motto, ‘If it doesn’t say Shop-Vac®, keep shopping.” Shop-Vac® products are available through quality retailers nationwide or online; for more information on the Shop-Vac® line of wet/dry vacuums, accessories, and more, visit www.shopvac.com or call us them 570-326-3557.

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Since 2008, Made in USA Certified, Inc. ® has been the nation’s leading independent third party certification source for “Made in USA”, “Product of USA”, “and Grown in USA,” or “Service in USA” seals. Made in USA-Certified® is constantly looking for success stories in American-made products and goods; if you believe your products may be eligible for this process, please contact Made in USA Certified® at 561-279-2855, or on the web at usa-c.com, for additional information.

 

Can Clothing Be Made in the US Again? Osmium Says Yes

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(Justmeans/3BL Media) – When we think about consumer goods, it’s hard to think of a category that is less inherently sustainable than clothing. The very notion of fashion encourages us to discard clothes at the end of each season in order to “keep up with the latest” trends. On average, every American buys 64 garments and throws out the equivalent of their own body weight in clothing each year. A full 98% of clothing purchased in the country was produced in China or Bangladesh where labor is cheap and laws regulating working conditions and environmental practices are far more lax. Incidents like the building collapse in Rana Plaza are the result, along with massive pollution, not to mention the exploitation of millions of child laborers.

Much of our clothing is made of cotton, the crop that receives more pesticide treatment than any other. Others use synthetic fabrics and chemical coatings like flame retardants that cause pollution both during production and disposal. The Clean Clothes Campaign, which specializes in supporting textile workers and exposing abusive practices that keep people trapped in poverty, wrote a paper on the respiratory health hazards in China’s factories.

Then there are the second order effects which are not often considered. For example, China currently generates 69% of their electricity using coal. That’s almost twice as much as the US, which is now getting only about 36% of its power from coal. That means significantly more GHG emissions when an item is made overseas.

Another impact that has gone under the radar is the way that the drop in employment here in the US has reduced the buying power of the middle class. This means lower sales. People have focused on the idea that the poor economy has led to massive unemployment, but it actually works both ways. This is something Henry Ford recognized a hundred years ago when he decided to pay his workers well enough so that they could afford to buy the cars they were building.

These are some of the reasons that clothing made in the USA is making a comeback.

Mark Paigen, the founder of Osmium, a maker of durable men’s clothing, thinks that maybe it’s time to move from a fast food mentality to a slow food mentality in the world of clothing. You could spend the same amount of money or less on a small number of domestically produced quality items as you would on a large number of cheap ones that will wear out in a season. How much clothing is enough?

Paigen has had an interesting journey. After bouncing around as everything from a farmer to a shoemaker to a whitewater rafting guide, he gathered up his collective experience into a design for a water sandal that eventually become the basis for Chaco. He built the company and managed for 18 years to produce a successful and competitive product in the US, despite the fact that all of his competitors were producing in China. Eventually competitive pressures grew to the point where, in order to save the brand, he too, moved production overseas, selling the company a few years later.

Now, he’s back with Osmium, quality menswear brand for men “who look twice and buy once.” The clothing is stylish, traditional, with a bit of an edge, and very well made, right here in the USA, mostly in New England. Paigen thinks he can make it work, selling online, eliminating the middle man, putting that money in the pockets of his labor force instead. That’s a model that is starting to pick up steam in various markets. It’s what allows Dock to Dish, for example, to sell super-fresh seafood for the same price you’d pay for fish that’s been frozen and shipped around the world and back. A drive towards quality turns out to be a drive towards sustainability.  Prices are not cheap, but neither is the clothing. If a shirt will last twice as long, what’s wrong with it costing twice as much? And if going for American made quality means strengthening our communities in the process, what in the world is wrong with that?

- See more at: http://www.justmeans.com/blogs/can-clothing-be-made-in-the-us-again-osmium-says-yes#sthash.UeD4l7D5.dpuf

10 Companies You May Be Surprised Still Manufacture in the U.S.

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“Made in the U.S.A” isn’t exactly the norm these days. More than 97 percent of apparel and 98 percent of shoes sold in the U.S. are made overseas, compared to 5 percent in the 1960s. Nevertheless, a 2013 poll found that 78 percent of Americans would rather buy an American product if given the opportunity.

We can all rattle off a few small, niche companies that manufacture on this side of the pond (and everyone knows those Chryslers are “Imported from Detroit”), but do any other big names manufacture in the U.S. anymore? Surprisingly, yes.

1. 3M

3M has been producing the workaholic’s beloved Scotch tape and Post-it notes at its plant in Cynthiana, Ky. since 1985 — and you can be sure every pack of Post-its you buy in the U.S. was made here. The company is also well-known for its sustainability and CSR programs; it has provided more than $21 million in grants for sustainability initiatives through its environmental giving programs since 2001 and cut its GHG emissions by 72 percent since 1990.

2. Whirlpool

Based in Michigan, Whirlpool still makes a surprising number of its products in America. Of the products Whirlpool sells in the U.S., it makes 80 percent in U.S. plants, according to Consumer Reports. The appliance manufacturer also recently teamed up with fellow Michigan giant Ford on a line of smart appliances that help consumers cut energy use.

3. New Balance

New Balance no longer manufactures all of its sneakers and athletic wear in the U.S., but it has a respectable selection of American-made gear. One out of every four shoes they sold in the U.S. was made here last year, according to the company, and you can easily find American-made choices on its online store or sites likeZappos.

4. HP

Most technology companies shipped manufacturing overseas years ago, and while HP hasn’t exactly shunned globalization, it offers a solid selection of American-made PCs. According to the company 36 percent of the business desktop PCs sold in the U.S. were built in the U.S. in 2012, along with 100 percent of workstation PCs. Last year HP also became the first IT company to set supply chain emissions goals and pledge to make its supply chain conflict-free.

5. Rubbermaid

Rubbermaid manufactures an impressive 80 percent of its products in the U.S. Its factories are also designed with sustainability in mind. Its headquarters in Atlanta, Ga. boasts a 12,000-gallon closed loop water recycling system, and the company has reduced plastic waste at its plants by 98 percent over the past four years.

6. Deere & Co.

Yes, this homegrown American farm equipment company (more commonly known as John Deere) still manufactures most of those bright green tractors on this side of the pond. The iconic firm also entered into a $200 million push to launch the public-private Manufacturing Innovation Institute in January — part of President Barack Obama’s initiatives to boost the U.S. manufacturing sector into next-generation technologies.

7. GE

While many of General Electric’s products are indeed made overseas, the company still employs 131,000 U.S. workers and has moved a significant number of manufacturing jobs back to America in recent years. The company also exported $18 billion worth of U.S.-made goods in 2011.

8. La-Z-Boy

Good news for socially conscious couch potatoes, nearly all of La-Z-Boy’s recliners, sofas and chairs are stillmanufactured in its five U.S. plants. Its plant in Dayton, Tenn., was even named one of the 10 Best Plants in North America for 2012 by IndustryWeek magazine. The company is quick to note that those delightfully cozy chairs still contain a mix of both domestic and imported materials, but at least it’s transparent about it.

9. American Apparel

American Apparel has seen its fair share of scandal, from banned ads to sexual harassment allegationsagainst its CEO, but through thick and thin the T-Shirt giant’s products have still been “Made in Downtown LA.” Centered around its “sweatshop-free” model, the company has also made a pretty solid commitment to sustainability — going virtually landfill-free at its manufacturing facilities and generating up to 20 percent of its electricity needs through solar power.

10. High-end labels from the Garment Center

While many high-end fashion labels succumb to the uniquely tragic scenario of a garment that costs hundreds of dollars being produced under poor working conditions, a surprising number of labels still manufacture their coveted clothing in New York City’s Garment Center. Notable names include Brooks Brothers, Nanette Lepore, Nicole Miller and Jason Wu — many of which have lent their names to the nonprofit Save the Garment Center. Even as new development threatens its existence, the Garment Center still employs 7,100 New Yorkers in manufacturing jobs.

Band Together: Buy American

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In the past year, Alliance Rubber Co joined forces with us here at Made In USA Certified. Alliance Rubber successfully passed our supply chain audit becoming the first and only certified rubber band company in the United States. Since then, Alliance and Made In USA Certified launched a campaign and promotion called “We Can Make It In America” challenge. When consumers pledged to spend a dollar a day on American-made goods to help create a million American jobs, they were then entered into a drawing for a trip for four, all accommodations paid, to Washington D.C, for 4th of July celebrations. Well guess what? We are pleased to announce, that a similar pledge is BACK!

Alliance Rubber Co has taken a pledge to keep their manufacturing here in the Unites States; consumers should do the same by committing to purchase American Manufactured goods. “By pledging to spend one dollar a day on American-made products over time, it can result in a giant leap to keep jobs here in the United States” says Jason Risner of Alliance Rubber Co. We here at Made In USA Certified couldn’t agree more. How The Pledge works: We simply are asking consumers to sign online to Alliance’s website, to pledge to spend a dollar a day on American-made goods to help create jobs here in the United States as well as to educate consumers on the importance of products made here in the United States. With this pledge you are entered to WIN an all-expenses paid trip for four to a U.S National Park of his or her choice! PLEDGE to make a difference in the U.S Economy, and to stand behind American Manufacturing!

A few years back, labor costs were a primary factor when determining where manufacturing plants would reside, now transportation costs are in the forefront and must be considered by large manufacturing plants. With Alliance keeping their manufacturing plants here in the United States, transportation costs are not a factor; they can focus on providing Americans more jobs, insourcing products, and making a difference in the U.S economy.

About Made in USA Certified:

Made in USA Certified® is the Nation’s leading 3rd party certification source that conducts a supply chain audit for USA-Country of Origin claims. Website: www.madeinusa.net

About Alliance Rubber Co:

Alliance Rubber Company is a US manufacturer of rubber bands, founded by William H. Spencer in 1923 in Alliance, Ohio. Alliance patented the Open-Ring® style rubber band in 1957 and created the first continuous cure rubber band production line in 1970. Their manufacturing plant moved to Hot Springs Arkansas and has been in business in that location since 1944. Website: www.rubberband.com

Made in USA Madness

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The players are jumping – how about your business?

Get Made in USA Certified during the month of March and receive 50% off of normal pricing for 1st time clients and current clients will receive discounts on additional product lines added.

According to a recent nationally representative survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, 78 percent of Americans that were given a choice between an identical product made in the U.S. and one made abroad, would rather buy the American product.

Why? Those surveyed cited the desire to retain American manufacturing jobs, concerns about using child workers or other cheap overseas labor, and lower quality goods. The recent Bangladesh factory collapse exposed pitiless working conditions to the consumer world that may not have known how bad conditions can be.

Maybe what organizations and retailers alike should be paying attention to is that more than 60 percent of all American respondents indicated they’d be willing to pay extra to buy American.

This research indicates that as consumers in 2013, we’re more inclined to know of and be informed about what’s behind our products and what kind of world they create. We’re willing to spend more when the goods we buy are aligned with our own values. We care about organic and fair trade products, locally produced products and socially and environmentally friendly products.

Consumers also want a clear and decisive way to know that products we are buying are verified, tested and true- with their “Made in USA” claims.   Made in USA Certified is the Nation’s leading 3rd party certification source that conducts a supply chain audit for USA-Country of Origin claims.

The demand is clear. 

Our Made in USA Certification seals will help you:

  • Supercharge your marketing with a trusted & recognizable seal
  • Open doors to big contracts with retailers launching “Made in USA” and “Made in America” purchasing initiatives.
  • Drive your sales growth with 3rd party credibility and certification and leveraging consumer demand.

Certification is a “Slam Dunk!  Call Today.
561-279-2855

Made in USA! Top Cars with the Most North American Parts Content

bigstock-Motor-City-Michigan-36043273 (1)We get a lot of questions from folks wanting to Buy American wanting to know which cars are the most “American” and have the most US content.  Motor Trend Magazine on an annual basis publishes an article listing the top automobiles that have the most “North American Content”.  This information is based on a 2014 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the information that is required by the American Automobile Labeling Act (AALA).

What I find super interesting is that it refers to “North American Content” – so, this would include Canada.  Hey, we love Canada- but, Canada is not the United States of America– so, when you are talking about “Made in USA” or “Made in America’- this wouldn’t be so relevant.  So, keep this in mind when you read the article.

The list is dominated by our Big Three US automakers- General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. Which is not surprising- but, what may be surprising is that Honda and Toyota have just as many “North American” made parts as the Detroit Three.

But, as you can see cars are tricky and tough to “certify” from our vantage point as “Made in USA”.   However, it doesn’t stop people wanting the information.

Consumer Reports published the Top 5 Most-American Cars back in October of 2013 and they suggest that on your way out to buy your American made automobile that you should use the Kogod Made in America Auto Index.

Auto manufacturing is a great example of the ever-expanding reach of global corporations which has definitively blurred the lines of what is purely “Made in America” or “Made in USA”.   So……..”For the consumer who simply wants to know ‘Was this car made in America or not?’ A clear answer is almost impossible.“~Frank DuBois

Read the full Feb. 11th, 2014 Motor Trend article here.

Walmart’s Investment in US Manufacturing – I Am a Factory

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The Made in USA Certified® team attended the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Summit this past August, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.  We were invited by Walmart as an approved outside 3rd party certification source for their ‘Made in USA’ initiative to source $50 billion in U.S. products in 10 years.

The President & CEO of Walmart, Bill Simon gave a riveting closing speech that literally gave me chills.  As I watched him speak from the 2nd row, I knew that Walmart, as the world’s largest most powerful retailer was intent on showing that private business, not government was going to get things done that needed to be done in this country.

Bill Simon has been on a whirlwind tour around this country speaking to anyone that will listen about the importance of creating more opportunity in America through manufacturing.  This is a man and a company on a mission and they are putting a lot of money where ‘their mouth is’ so, this is not just a PR stunt.  This is REAL.   Mr. Simon also gave a riveting speech at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington D.C.  that was filled with more powerful quotes and insight into Walmart’s passion behind this initiative.

One of my favorite quotes from this speech is:  “I think the last decade has shown that neither can we spend our way to opportunity, nor can we cut our way to opportunity. We have to grow our way to opportunity in America. If we don’t grow, the future for our kids is uncertain. American business has to lead that growth.”

Walmart is aggressively and purposefully leading the charge and investing in American jobs.  Over the next 10 years, Walmart is investing $250 billion in products that support American jobs.

Walmart like Made in USA Certified® believe that we can create more American jobs by supporting more American manufacturing.  Jump-starting the manufacturing industry and rebuilding the middle class requires a national effort by companies, industry leaders, lawmaker and others.  Together we can create more jobs in the USA! (™)

Mike Rowe the narrator for this commercial that ran during the Olympics is taking some heat from all sides of the political spectrum for his role in this commercial.  But, this is what Mike Rowe had to say about his part in making this commercial: “Last night during the Olympics, a commercial started running called “I Am a Factory.” It’s part of a larger campaign sponsored by Walmart, called “Work Is a Beautiful Thing.” The commercial features real people doing real work in real factories all across America. It’s not very glamorous, but it’s honest and authentic, and I was honored to narrate it.”

We at Made in USA Certified® think Walmart has done a beautiful, powerful, brilliant ad that really shows the significance of the pain of our loss of manufacturing – but, also the determination and fighting spirit of Americans and American manufacturing to rise once again.

Here it is, let us know your thoughts:

Our Favorite ‘Made in USA’ Themed Super Bowl Ads of 2014

Each year I have to admit, I do get sucked into all the Super Bowl hoopla.  As a mom to six boys and a football crazy husband it is quite frankly impossible to avoid it.  That said, my favorite parts are watching the stories pre-game about the athletes, as it so inspiring to me to hear how these fantastic athletes got to the pinnacle of their sport.  But, right after that my second favorite thing about the Super Bowl is watching the commercials and this is because the marketing aspect of my brain just never stops and I am fascinated each year to see how these companies choose to market their products to the millions / billions of viewers and spend quite a large chunk of change (average cost of a 30 second ad for Super Bowl priced at a cool $4 Million).

Last year, Chrysler’s patriotic ‘Imported from Detroit’ ads had me at “hello” and this year even more companies have reacted with patriotic ‘Made in USA’ themed ads.  Ad’s that had us crying, cheering and throwing up our arms saying ‘GO AMERICA’!  Lets take a look at some of our favorites.

Chrysler Super Bowl Ad with the one and only Bob Dylan
“Is there anything more American than America?”  Well while this is true….the message does kind of fall flat with me even though we own a Chrysler— now that Fiat owns Chrysler we wonder how long this patriotic slant is going to last with consumers.


WeatherTech You can’t Do That Big Game Commercial
We love this CAN DO attitude of – YES- we can make it in America! WeatherTech builds American factories, uses American raw materials, and employs America Workers.  We have always loved this company and use these mats in our American made JEEP.


Alex and Ani Super Bowl 2014 | Main Street America
Ok, so I have had a personal obsession with this jewelry for awhile now.  The message is so awesome.  ”It is time to turn the street lights back on and turn the Closed sign around”  ”We are Made in America”.  I get chills every time I watch this!  You?


Budweiser Super Bowl Commercial 2014
So, here we go — how can you not love this Ad?  Puppies and horses and a love story of sorts.  #BestBuds  But, as a daughter of St. Louis home to the King of Beers / Budweiser– it still saddens my heart that this great American brand was sold to InBev.  That said, you can take the girl out of St. Louis but, not the St. Louis out of the girl.


So, that is all she wrote folks as I wrap up my take of the best patriotic Super Bowl commercials of 2014.  No doubt you have your own feelings about these ads and I may have missed your favorite.  If so, be sure to tell me in the comment section.

Ready, set – GO AMERICA!

Major Midwestern Grocery Store Wants Your Made in USA Pet Products

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Made in USA Certified® has partnered with Daymon Worldwide to create an amazing opportunity for the Pet Food Industry to get your product on the shelves of a major Midwestern grocery store in a special end cap kiosk dedicated to pet products Made in USA.

This is a tremendous branding and distribution opportunity to increase market share and brand awareness.  Made in USA Certified® is looking for pet food products and treats that are eligible to be displayed in this special roll out in 40 stores across the mid-west.

Regardless of what your distribution is today, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to get on the shelves of a major Midwestern grocery chain.  How do you qualify?  You need to have the ability to stock the shelves in inventory and be Made in USA Certified®.

This is an immediate time sensitive opportunity that requires your immediate response.  The promo pricing for this initiative expires February 20, 2014 as the retailer deadline to participate is fast approaching with an anticipated roll out March 1st.

We need the best names in the industry to exhibit their products and you should be among them.  Don’t miss this opportunity!

Call or email NOW: 561-279-2855
Ask for Suzanne Bower at
OR
Meris Thomas at 

About Made in USA Certified:
Made in USA Certified® is the Nation’s leading 3rd party certification source that conducts a supply chain audit for USA-Country of Origin claims.  Website: www.madeinusa.net

About Daymon Worldwide:
A global company with a foundation of more than 40 year of experience, today Daymon is the leading full-service global Private Brand and Consumer Interactions company.  Website: www.daymon.com

NYC Re-Tails & Sales Expo Unleashes 1st Ever Patriotic Event

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Made in USA Certified® is excited to sponsor the first ever ‘NYC Re-Tails& Sales Expo’ on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 11am – 5pm at Honda of Manhattan (627 11th Ave, at 47th Street, New York, NY 10036). This one day event will have a patriotic twist, as the vendors at the event will feature their ‘Made in America,’ (locally made and sourced), pet products on display and for sale. NYC and tri-state area retailers will be in attendance, for this exclusive event, to meet and learn about Made in the USA pet products.

“As more and more pet retailers look for that ‘Made in America’ seal, we are thrilled to bring you the first ever boutique pet expo, showcasing American crafted and sourced pet products!” stated Nancy E. Hassel, founder and President of Long Island Pet Professionals. “This is something that hasn’t been done before and I am thrilled to partner with pet industry expert Dana Humphrey of Whitegate PR to bring this event to NYC and pet retailers and pet product makers face to face!”

“The amount of money people spend on their pets is expected to pass $60 billion,” Craig Rexford, vice president and publisher of Pet Age magazine, said. “The industry continues to grow, creating new business opportunities for both manufacturers and retailers. This event is a great opportunity for manufacturers with unique products to connect directly with retailers.”

Each retailer will have a scheduled appointment with each pet vendor on site. At this exclusive event transportation will be provided within NYC to invited retailers. Pet celebrities will be in attendance and VIP tickets will be given to retailers for a surprise event following the expo!

This is the perfect opportunity for pet retailers to meet the makers of fabulous American-made pet products.  Attendees will also have the chance to meet with President & Co-founder of Made in USA Certified®, Julie Reiser amongst many other pet celebrities and media personalities like Jill Rappaport from the Today Show.

Brought to you by Long Island Pet Professionals and Whitegate PR. NYC retailers and members of the media, to request an exclusive invite call Nancy Hassel at (631) 446-1105 or Dana Humphrey at (619) 414-9307.

To become a vendor at this B2B pet expo – email or to find out how.

Limited vendor space left! Sponsorship opportunities still available.