About this site . . .
If you read labels, you will have noticed that many stores and catalogs sell mostly imported goods. Globalization and changes in consumer patterns have created new pressures (and new opportunities) for U.S. manufacturers and workers. Too often, however, this has meant that the U.S. no longer makes many of the goods that we use everyday.
I try to buy American products whenever possible, but as a working mother of three boys, I didn't have time to drive from store to store, or search for hours on-line. From my frustration came the idea for this site...
I launched StillMadeinUSA.com in July 2004 after several months of research and HTML coding. My original site had about 200 product/company listings, and was clearly the work of a novice webmaster! No matter. The important thing to me was the content, and I work hard to maintain the accuracy of all information on the site.
In March 2008, I posted a revised version of the site (StillMadeinUSA.com 2.0!) that has a more professional look, thanks to time spent in the toils of Dreamweaver. A few more format upgrades came along in January 2011. At its heart, however, the effort remains a voluntary commitment that I make because it seems important.
The purpose of StillMadeinUSA.com is to share with other shoppers some of the great manufacturers, retailers, and craftspeople that I have found who still produce quality products in America. Enjoy shopping and send your feedback so the site will continue to improve.
It's nice to be noticed!
- How You Can Make "Made in America" Cool Again. By Adriana Lopez. Forbes, July 18, 2012. The flap about Chinese-made uniforms for the U.S. Olympic Team has some looking again at clothing labels. It was nice to be included in a list of "Made in USA" resource sites.
- Made In The U.S.A. On "Across America" With Stephanie Sanzone!. Hear my 30-minute radio interview with Gary Freeman of KGAB in Cheyenne, WY. April 16, 2011. (I know, "don't quit my day job!")
- Made in the USA. As outsourcing decimates American manufacturing, a few top designers, executives, and entrepreneurs are on a mission to keep jobs at home. By Suzanna Andrews. Reader's Digest, December 2010.
- Why We Still Make It in the USA. From baseball gloves to bikinis, plenty of American companies manufacture products right here at home. By Lauren Drell. AOL Small Business, August 31, 2010.
- Made in America: Not everyone cares. Idea simple in theory, but complex in practice. By Jim Martin. GoErie.com (Erie, PA), January 30, 2010.
- Economic Patriotism (Or, No Ford in My Futura). By Michael Fox. OpEd News, March 11, 2009.
- How you can still buy American. Finding US-made goods may take longer -- and cost more money -- but there's lots of evidence to dispel the myth that everything is made someplace else these days. By Karen Aho. MSN Money, February 24, 2009
- Gifts Made in the U.S.A.: a nice story by John Matarese of WTOL 11, an ABC affiliate TV station in Toledo, OH
- Made in the USA: With consumer skepticism on the rise, American-made products could boost your merchandise lineup. By Alison Medina. The Product Source, November 2008. (A digital magazine for retailers, from the Dallas Market Center).
- Make the most of that stimulus payment. Help yourself, your neighbors and your country by spending it wisely. By Jennifer Openshaw, MarketWatch, May 12, 2008.
- Made in America. It's been a long time in the wilderness. But the "Made in the USA" label is packing some cachet again. On Point with Tom Ashbrook, an NPR talk show from WBUR Boston. September 13, 2007.
- Love it? Check the Label. By Alex Williams. The New York Times, September 6, 2007.