Made in USA Articles January 2012


What Would Thomas Edison Do?

Given the decaying economic situation we are facing, I find myself wondering what great persons of our American history would do.

One of my favorites is Thomas Edison. He did very poorly in school before being home schooled by his mother. Severe hearing issues burdened him for much of his life. Yet, he received USA patents for 1,093 inventions that power the motion of the modern world.

By comparison, Steve Jobs is credited/co-credited with 43 technical patents.

Edison approached every problem with tenacity and true American gumption. To quote the man himself:

“Genius is 1 percent inspiration, 99 percent perspiration.”

“Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

“I am proud of the fact that I have never invented weapons to kill...”

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

“The three things that are most essential to achievement are common sense, hard work and stick-to-it-iv-ness...”

“Surprises and reverses can serve as an incentive for great accomplishment. There are no rules here, we're just trying to accomplish something.”

“Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation.... Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward!”

All are great quotes, but that last one really moved me. When I read it my eyes misted up a bit. It almost felt like the great man was reaching out from our past with a message of hope and action. An American hope, that this shining light of freedom has not seen its finest days.

Real genius roles up his or her sleeves and makes change happen, one problem at a time. We are making a difference. Thank you for standing with me!

New Items:

Shirts That Go offers a great line of kids and toddler graphic tees for the vehicle lover in your family. A great selection of transportation and construction related t-shirts that your kids will be sure to love. Made in North Carolina.

Vapor-Eze has created a Waterless Vaporizer/Aromatherapy unit for the home and an “On The-Go” Auto Diffuser for the car. Both use the latest in heat activation and aromatherapy technology. Products are great for respiratory symptoms such as allergy, asthma, colds, flu, sore throats, and sinusitis. Made in Illinois.

Sprout children’s eco-friendly furniture is designed to be more than just furniture. Sprout kid’s furniture is meant to help foster creativity and discovery. Furniture is completely tool-less, so it’s easy and quick to assemble and take down. Made in USA.

Acoustibuds™ and Acoustigrip™ will enhance your ear or headphones. Acoustibuds™ attaches to your earphones and improves audio, increases comfort, and prevents earphones from falling out. Acoustigrip™ attaches to your wire and clips to your shirt to control slack and prevent tugging on your ears. Made in USA.

HideAHorse Folding Sawhorse is eco-friendly, extremely lightweight, and durable. Professional high quality with no sharp edges, easy set up, portable, and collapsible. Available in a set of two. Made in Arizona.

Two USA flag pins one of 13 Stars and the other stating “Support Our Troops” beneath the flag. Wear this quality pin with pride and show your patriotism. Made in USA.

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On Sale This Week:

No need to even look at the foreign made USA flags at Mega-Mart. We have awesome “Made in USA” flags on sale this week. Quality that will withstand your most grueling test!

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We The People...

Apple recently released a report outlining audits of their suppliers. They found extensive abuse in China of workers hours, wages, safety levels, scary “involuntary” worker issues, and even five facilities where they found children working. (Here is Apple’s report:

This is just the tip of the iceberg as Apple did not get out to the subcontractors where work is really done.

This is not just an Apple issue, as they are reputed to be one of the better companies. This is an issue with an entire system. The lack of even the basic worker safety standards or protection is a huge factor in why Chinese and other foreign production costs are “cheaper” than doing it here. As I outline in my book “Re-Made in the USA,” we CAN make up for the wage difference, up to $30 an hour in most industries, if we have just a somewhat level playing field on worker safety, environmental controls, stopping China’s currency manipulation, etc.

Beijing is a police state that intends to be the next superpower. They know in order to accomplish that, they need our industry and will pay any human and environmental price to get it. Our own businesses open the gates by seeking out “Low, low Mega-Mart prices”, while many in Washington are asleep at the switch or bought.

They may think we are sheep, willing to buy whatever they serve up while our nation slowly declines, although that is not the USA I know. Eyes are opening all over, from every kind of background and every corner of our nation. In the USA, the people are 70% of our economic output. Business and government at all levels compose the rest. They forgot who holds the real power – We The People…

New Items –

The MacCoupler Portable Propane Refill Accessory by KM North America allows you to easily refill your own propane cylinder. Do it yourself and save money with this great new product. Made in Michigan.

The Easy Reach Seatbelt Handle extends the handle of your seat belt and helps decrease shoulder movement if in an accident. Your seat belt will instantly become easier to access for fastening with this innovative product. Made in USA.

Earth Creations is adding new items to their line of high quality, eco-friendly, organic cotton clothing. Earth Creations has put second and third generation sewers back to work in Moulton, Alabama. Moulton used to be a big time sewing town, but over the years sewing was outsourced. Once again, we have the opportunity to support the people in the Gulf States. Made in Alabama.

Klogs USA has created a new shoe, the Dusty Dragonfly Clog. The clog is a lightweight, great quality shoe with a fun whimsical touch. Klogs shoes offer you long lasting comfort and support. Made in USA.

Men’s and women’s underwear and thermal wear by Wickers. Moisture wicking clothing combines the finest fabrics with some of the most advanced garment-making technologies. Wickers clothing is not only soft and comfortable, it’s also incredibly durable. Made in USA.

E-Z Mount Corp.’s Deer Antler Mounting Kit allows you to display your trophy professionally. Their Utility Gun Rack is a safe, versatile way for you to carry your items in a RV or SUV. Made in USA.

USA flag pin stating **VOTE** beneath the flag. Wear this quality pin with pride and show your patriotism. Made in USA.

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This Week’s Sale –

We have the most amazing towels from 1888 Mill’s Griffin, Georgia mill. They are so plush and sturdy. Very soft, yet substantial, like towels used to be. They are made from USA grown cotton and on sale this week through Sunday.

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2012: A Year of "Made in USA" Action

The New Year is off to a good start thanks to the recently released jobs data showing some positive progress.

The economy added a decent number of jobs in December, well above our population growth rate. The most notable being nearly 30,000 real manufacturing jobs. Increased manufacturing activity helps us much more than service jobs or government spending due to all of the suppliers that are required to support the creation of products. Construction and retail added jobs as well. Government employment shrank overall.

The data also shows a lot still needs to be done. For instance, the percentage of participation in the workforce of overall population remains at record lows, which means millions have giving up hope of finding a job at all. Furthermore, we need serious growth to have even the opportunity to employ our returning soldiers, recent graduates at every level, and to halt falling wages.

Admittedly, there is a lot that needs to happen, yet there are signs things may be starting to change. This is exactly the moment we must not take our eye off the ball.

That is why I am making 2012 the "Year of Made in USA Action" for

For that means this year I commit to do the following:

-Increase the number of USA suppliers and products by 50% no matter the work or cost involved.

-Intense PR push on Facebook (I will add link), the Internet, and local and national radio. Hopefully into print and TV too. Something very big is already brewing with the national media...

I know I can count on you to spread the word, yet how about putting some pressure on the politicians this year. There is plenty of flag waiving during an election year, however what are they really doing for our economy, meaning "Made in USA". I do not care if they are running for President or County Board, ask something such as "Since manufacturing creates way more jobs than service companies or government spending, what are you doing to support manufacturing here?" After hearing their song and dance answer, ask for specifics and watch them squirm.

New Items:

Kentucky Cutting Boards, Lazy Susan's, and Baker's Board are excellent quality. Distinctive designs showcase beautiful and substantial boards. Cut on the back, serve on the front. All boards are made from sustainable yield hardwoods and support our hardwood industry. Made in Kentucky.

The Original Fasta Pasta® Microwave Cooker in a 3-pack. Cook pasta in the microwave to perfection. Saves time, energy, and water. Made of BPA free FDA approved microwave safe material. Made in USA.

PajaggleTM Board Game set is a fun game that thinks it's a puzzle. PajaggleTM is a collection of fun challenging games that brings people together regardless of age. Includes small parts. Not for children under 3 years old. Made in USA.

MJM Handmade Creations makes beautiful handmade hats from 100% Felted Alpaca. Alpaca is silky soft and warm, light weight, hypoallergenic, stain and water resistant. Many colors and styles are available. Since hats are handmade, not two are exactly alike. Made in Montana.

Lawn and garden tools by Bully Tools. Bully Tools makes excellent high quality tools that will last many years. Made from steel. Made in USA.

All natural body and skincare products from Ciao Bella. Ciao Bella's skincare products are sure to moisturize and rejuvenate your body. Their new line of children's products are perfect for pampering your baby or child. Made in USA.

I.Q. Tester Game by Venture Manufacturing. The I.Q. Tester Game is handcrafted from native hardwood and makes an ideal travel game or gift. Fun for all ages. Includes small parts. Not for children under 3 years old. Made in Georgia.

History of the American Aviator, Civil War, Firefighter, Old Glory, Police Officer, Soldier, and Marine Posters by History America. Posters are educational and honor America's heritage. Posters are printed on acid free paper with fade free ink and are a standard frame size. Made in USA.

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This Week's Sale: Wallets from the makers Back Saver and Raven's Hollow.

Back Saver's name says it all. It is an ultrathin wallet a guy can keep in his back pocket all day every day without straining his back. If you have any back pain at all, you will be amazed with the difference. Made in Minnesota.

Raven's Hollow uses a thicker leather to make tough wallets designed to last at a surprisingly good price! They have standard wallets as well as those for bikers, truckers, and a checkbook cover for under $9! The flag is sewn right in. Made in Maine.