Made In the USA

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, I’ve started thinking about what gifts I’ll be buying for Christmas.  The presidential election is also now past but thoughts about the economy still persist.  When making a list of the gifts I want to buy, I’ve decided that I would like to buy “American Made” where and when possible and contribute as best as I can by keeping my money in the United States of America.

Last year I started making a list of things that are made in theUSA.  It’s not been an easy task. First of all there aren’t that many things that are made here.  When I started this list I went through my closet to see where my clothes were made. China, Mexico, Honduras, India, Thailand, El Salvador, Malaysia, Italy, Colombia, Indonesia and Swaziland??  One or two items were made in the US but not many.

I researched websites and found lists of products that are made here.  However, many of them were outdated or included items that aren’t easily recognizable by the average consumer. 

I had high hopes that there were many items made in the USA that would make good gifts.  A Radio Flyer wagon once made in Illinois is now made in China.  Red Wing boots once made in Red Wing, Minnesota are now made in China.  I was able to compile a list of categories with at least one or two products made in the USA.  Some New Balance shoes for example are made in the US.  Some are not however.

After thinking about things that are made in the USA since last year and coming up short on things that may make good gifts for Christmas, I’ve determined that the ultimate product that’s made in the USA is the home we live in. Whether it be a single family home, condo, town home, apartment or other structure, it’s most likely made out of products made right here in the US. 

Here’s an example of the many products that go into a house, are manufactured in the US, shipped in the US and installed in the US.  All of these products create and support jobs in our country, put constructions workers to work and keep local factories operating.

Air Conditioning
Appliances
Audio Video
Bathroom Fixtures and Tubs
Brick
Burglar Alarms
Cabinets & hardware
Carpet
Caulking and Sealant
Ceiling Fans
Central Vacuum Systems
Ceramic Tile
Closet Systems
Concrete & Concrete Blocks
Countertops
Decks, Porches and Patios
Door Locks
Doors
Driveway
Drywall
Dumpsters (and hauling)
Elevators
Faucets
Fencing
Fire Alarms & Sprinklers
Fireplaces
Fitness Equipment
Flag Poles
Floor Coverings
Floor Heating Systems
Furniture & Accessories
Garage Doors & Openers
Grills
Glass
Granite
Gutters & Downspouts
Heating Systems
Home Automation Systems
Home Theater
House Wrap
Insulation
Landscape Materials
Lawn Sprinkler Systems
Lighting & Light Fixtures
Lumber
Mailboxes
Mirrors
Paint
Plumbing & Plumbing Fixtures
Railings
Roofing Materials
Sewer Pipes
Sheet Metal
Shutters
Siding
Skylights
Stone
Stucco
Swimming Pools & Equipment
Toilets
Wall Coverings
Water Conditioning & Filtration
Water Heaters
Window Treatments
Windows
Wiring
Wood

While these won’t necessarily make good Christmas gifts, they certainly are needed, will keep our economy moving and will help keep the US dollar in the United States.

I’ll still work on finding things to buy this holiday season that are made in the USA but until then, I’m very pleased that I discovered that a home and most of the things in it are made right here.