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Are Xtratuf Boots Made in the USA?

Xtratuf has been a staple of the work boot community since the 1950s. These boots were originally made by Norcross Safety Products out of Rock Island, Illinois. Made out of neoprene, Xtratuf boots quickly became a hit with commercial fisherman and other people who work on slick surfaces like boat docks. In May 2008, Honeywell Safety Products acquired Norcross and the brand. Xtratuf continues to do well, now producing both rubber work boots and more casual …

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Spotlight Series: Jackson Wayne

We discovered Jackson Wayne when we were searching for the best leather bags made in the USA. After testing out a few of their bags, we knew that we had stumbled upon something special. This level of quality, craftsmanship, and customer service all in one package is hard to find at a fair price, but Jackson Wayne seems to have found the secret recipe. We had to find out more. So, we reached out to …

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Are Red Wing Boots Made in the USA?

Red Wing Shoes has been around for a long time – they were founded by Charles Beckman in 1905! Headquartered in Red Wing, Minnesota, they ramped up operations quickly after inception, producing more than 200,000 pairs of boots per year by 1915, primarily for American soldiers fighting in World War I (they were also the primary boot manufacturer for World War II). Red Wing is well known for their heavy leather work boots, but has …

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Are Wrangler Jeans Made in the USA?

Wrangler is an institution when it comes to jeans and denim products, specifically for work and western wear. They are owned by VF Corporation (merging with them in 1986), which is the parent company that also owns popular brands like JanSport, The North Face, Lee, and others. Wrangler was founded by C.C. Hudson in Greensboro, North Carolina (and is still headquartered there) and started to produce denim overalls in 1904. The company actually didn’t start …

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Are Justin Boots Made in the USA?

Justin Boots is a quintessential brand in the western wear industry, making cowboy boots and equestrian boots since 1879 when it was founded in Gainesville, Texas. Today, the company is owned by Berkshire Hathaway, a huge corporate holding company made famous by Warren Buffet. Under the Justin Boots brand are several other boot makers, including brands like Tony Lama Boots, Nocona Boots, Chippewa Boots, and others. With such strong roots in American history and culture, …

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Are KitchenAid Mixers Made in the USA?

KitchenAid has been around since 1919 and is most well-known for their stand mixers. They got their first big break when KitchenAid was selected to be part of the standard equipment on all U.S. Navy ships in 1917, which then prompted them to start developing their home product line. They expanded into other kitchen appliances in the 1940s, starting with dishwashers, then adding adding refrigerators to their product line in 1986 and blenders (and other …

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Spotlight Series: Lily Trotters

We discovered Lily Trotters when we were searching for the best socks made in the USA. After doing our research and testing their compression socks, we were blown away by the amount of heart and effort they put in to produce such high quality products right here in the USA. We reached out to them to hear their story in more depth, and here it is. Our questions are marked with an “AAR” label, and …

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Are DeWalt Tools Made in the USA?

DeWalt has a storied history of being one of the top power tool manufacturers in the country ever since 1923, when Raymond E. DeWalt invented the radial arm saw (he later incorporated in 1947 as DeWalt, Inc.). They were bought by Black & Decker in 1960, who remains their parent company today. Porter-Cable is also part of the family, who they bought in 2004. They currently manufacture over 200 power tool varieties and over 800 …

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