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Spotlight Series: Co-Motion Cycles

Co-Motion Cycles came across our radar when we were looking for the best bikes made in the USA, and they stood out almost immediately as a step ahead of the competition. Since then, we’ve kept in contact with Dwan Shepard, one of the co-owners, and learned a lot more about Co-Motion and some of the other great bikes that they make in their Eugene, Oregon facility every day. Soon after, we knew we had to …

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Is American Apparel Made in the USA?

American Apparel is a clothing retailer based in Los Angeles, California. Despite the name, they are actually Canadian founded, in 1989 by Dov Charney. They are a staple clothing designer and manufacturer in young American culture and are also known for their provocative (and sometimes controversial) ads. In 1997, American Apparel moved their headquarters and all of their clothing manufacturing to Los Angeles, but is it still made there today? The company has gone through …

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Is Hanes Made in the USA?

Hanes is a clothing company with deep roots in America. It was founded in 1900 by John Hanes in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is where the company is still headquartered to this day. They are primarily known for their innerwear (underwear, socks, undershirts), which they make for men, women, and children. More recently however, they’ve gotten into more casualwear and activewear t-shirts and shorts. Hanes is actually just one brand under the Hanesbrands parent company …

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Spotlight Series: Kámen Road

We came across Kámen Road for the first time when we were searching for the best handbags made in the USA and were super impressed by their American made Weekender Bag. Since then, we’ve had a chance to speak with Kathleen Murphy, their founder, on more than one occasion, who has been an absolute inspiration to talk to about her journey with Kámen Road. We talked with Kathleen about their history, production process, popular products, the future …

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Are Penn Reels Made in the USA?

Penn is a staple in the fishing tackle industry. They were founded in 1932 by Otto Henze in Philadelphia, where he made the first two reel designs (F and K) while working for a bigger fishing reel manufacturer at the time. 1936 was really when the company started to take off though – the year they introduced the iconic Senator reel, which is responsible for many historic records in landing challenging big game fish. They’ve …

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Are Keens Made in the USA?

Keen is a relatively new shoe company on the market. They were founded in 2005 by Martin Keen in Rhode Island, but quickly moved their headquarters to Portland, Oregon in 2006. Since then, they have captured the attention of workers and hikers across the world for their boots, sandals, and other footwear primarily built for outdoor activities. They’ve also expanded their product line outside of just footwear, now making bags, socks, and other clothing items. …

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Are Husky Tools Made in the USA?

Husky is a household name in the American workforce. They’ve been around since 1924, founded by Sigmund Mandl in Milwaukee, Wisconsin under the name Husky Wrench. They have been acquired and sold several times over their lifetime by big tool manufacturers like Stanley, National Hand Tool, and plenty of others. Today, they are best known for being ever present on the shelves of Home Depot, who now owns the brand. Husky makes a variety of …

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Is Blue Buffalo Pet Food Made in the USA?

Headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut, Blue Buffalo was founded in 2003 by Bill Bishop, who had one simple mission – to make natural and healthy food for dogs and cats. They make pet food of pretty much any style (wet, dry, treats) and for every life stage of dogs and cats, and have grown tremendously since starting. In 2017, they did well over $1 billion in sales. That caught the attention of the giant General Mills, who …

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Are Dickies Made in the USA?

Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing companu, more commonly known as Dickies, was founded in 1918 in Bryan, Texas by C.N. Williamson and E.E. “Colonel” Dickie. They grew steady for their first 15 years, but really started to explode when they began to supply millions of uniforms for our American armed forces in World War II. From then on, they expanded into several apparel product lines. Today they are headquartered in Forth Worth, TX and are America’s largest manufacturer of …

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Are Leatherman Tools Made in the USA?

Leatherman is a household name when it comes to multitools. They were founded in 1983 by Tim Leatherman and Steve Berliner, who saw a hole in the market for an easily portable and durable multitool. That same year, the duo launched their first product – the Pocket Survival Tool (PST) and the rest is history. They are headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the same city that Gerber Gear and a bunch of other outdoor brands call …

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