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October, 2011

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Made All Over the USA

He's got the red, white, and blue flyin' high on the farm,
“Semper fi” tattooed on his left arm,
Spends a little more at the store for a tag in the back that says U.S.A. — Toby Keith

Whether you prefer "Made In America" as sung by Toby Keith, Kanye West or Bon Jovi, the importance of manufacturing within the borders of the USA is a recurring theme in music, movies and news reporting. ABC News' World News With Diane Sawyer has a regular weekly feature about companies manufacturing in the USA (see the May Issue of Gift and Home Retailer News)

While the conventional wisdom seems to be that all manufacturing is now done elsewhere, Gift and Home Retailer finds among its advertisers and OmegaNet/CAMEO EZ web sites nearly 60 companies manufacturing all or part of their products in the USA.

Dora Mara opened her first retail shop in the Soho area of New York City in 1987. Most of the products in the store were her own designs. Today her company, Headress NY, which makes hair accessories and belts, states on its wholesale web site "Proudly Handmade in the U.S.A."

Tuscaloosa, Alabama has been home to The Professionals & Kidsville, USA for the past 40 years. One of the company's specialties is the Jr. Scrub Suits for children dressing up as: Doctors, Nurses, Dentist, Vets, E.M.T.'s, and Firefighters. The Professionals also cuts, sews, prints, and appliques a wide range of children's bags and various accessories, plus has professional gifts for teachers, nurses, office staff, etc.

Some companies import raw materials and then assemble or finish the products in the USA. One such company is Florida-based Philosopots, which takes ordinary flower pots and paints wise and witty sayings on them, complete with colorful designs. The quotations range from inspirational ("Teachers change the world one child at a time") to funny ("Egrets? I've had a few").

The Heeney Company, founded by Arlene and Bob Sukloff in 1960, manufactures and assembles all of its custom-designed silk and dried florals as well as its holiday designs at the company's facility in Atlanta, GA.

Betsy Drake Interiors is an exclusive line of home decor featuring the original art and designs of North Carolina artists Betsy Drake and R. B. Hamilton. The line includes outdoor/indoor pillows, wall art, kitchenwares, tiles, coasters and more -- all featuring Betsy and her husband's realistic renderings of florals, wildlife and scenes from their travels.

In 1998, Bob Harju founded Pumpernickel Press in his basement in Leesburg, VA. With distinctive quality, unique designs, and beautiful artwork featuring detailed sculptured embossing, the company produces greeting cards that are "more than just a card, they're a gift!" The entire line of Christmas and Everyday greeting cards, recycled paper and packaging are made in the USA.

Er'go Soy Candle (pronounced "air-go") opened its doors in late 2000 in Dallas, Texas. The main focus was to develop the highest quality candle, with absolutely no compromise! The wax used in the candles is a 100% chemical-free vegetable soy wax. By using a pure wax, the company ensures that its premium essential oil fragrance blends will be showcased in their purest form without chemical interference. Er'go Candle is committed to purchasing its raw materials from American companies only! Its wax is actually farmed right there in the Midwest. Even the cotton paper core wicks come from American soil.

Three years ago Nancy Brown joined forces with Kelly Agostinelli to create Backyard Soaps, a line of soap, candle, and body care products that combine the freshest high-quality ingredients with packaging that is sure to capture the attention of buyers everywhere. Each and every part of the products are manufactured in the USA by workers who are truly determined to give consumers something they will receive absolute delight from. The soap product line includes calming scents like fresh rain and almond, milk and honey, as well as the more imaginative like happy pumpkin and sugar plum. In all, there are over 40 different scents available, as well as specialty soaps designed for men.

See the "Featured Vendors" below for links to more Made-In-USA vendors, indicated by the red outline and bunting. Many more vendors manufacture and/or assemble their wares in the USA, including Alphabet Pix, Applelicious, Beaucoup Designs, Blair Cedar, Brownlow Gift, Byers' Choice, Caswell Massey, Channel Craft, Chubbco, Coast Lamp, Counter Art, Crossroads, Crown Mulling Spice, Custom Decor Flags, Custom Wood Gifts, Designs By Beverly, The Dish, ER Sales, Fiddlers Elbow, Galassi, Gently Spoken, Golden Hill Studios, The Grandparent Gift Company, Greenhill Music, The Greeing Place, Heart Gifts by Theresa, Jeane's Things, Leslie Handpainted, Nantucket Bagg, New Humor Manufacturing, Robicheaux Candy, Sassy's, Sassy's Stuff, Scentennials, Servant's Heart, Shop Toco, Spin Shades, Stephers, Talkin' Trash, Three Kings Gifts, TooKyoot, Under Stella's Umbrella, Up Country, Wicks 'n' More ...and many more!

Featured Vendors
indicates a CAMEO EZ© web site.
indicates Made-in-USA (may be manufacturered or assembled in USA).