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The Importance of American Made

August 26th, 2017 Comments Off on The Importance of American Made

Republished from Always Festive with permission from the Homer Laughlin China Company

July 20, 2017

We’ve been seeing a lot about the Made in America movement over the past week, and have even been in on some of the conversations that have surrounded it. But what does being American Made really mean? Why is it good for our country? Why should you be worrying where your plates and other goods are made? We talked to a couple of family members of The Homer Laughlin China Co. to break it down for you.

First off, we’d like to take a minute to brag about ourselves (that’s okay, right?). The Homer Laughlin China Co. has been making dishes since 1871, and every dish with an HLC backstamp is American made. That’s over 145 years of American dishes! We began making Fiesta Dinnerware in 1936, and similarly, every dish with a Fiesta backstamp is  Made in America. We’re pretty proud of that.

Katie Bricker and Pete Wicks show off Homer Laughlin dinnerware in the White House.

So, after all these years, why have we stayed at our Newell, West Virginia factory while so many of our competitors have moved their business over seas for cheaper labor? Easy. It’s because we are completely committed to our community. We talked with Katie Bricker, Marketing Manager at Homer Laughlin China and member of the team that attended Monday’s Made in America Product Showcase at the White House, who agreed emphatically.

“Homer Laughlin is one of the largest employers in our area and the loss of jobs would be catastrophic to a community already suffering from loss of industry. Our dedicated local employees have supported Homer Laughlin for over 145 years, it only makes sense to offer them the same commitment.”

Our President, Liz McIlvain, is equally enthusiastic about keeping our dishes in West Virginia, even though she’s been given plenty of chances to move the company over the years.

“The Wells family, owners of  The Homer Laughlin China Co., has been approached throughout the decades to sell the company to many different entities,” says McIlvain. “For example, other dinnerware companies, other tabletop companies, capital investors, etc.  It has been important to keep our dinnerware manufacturing jobs here in USA to provide employment for those living in the Upper Ohio Valley and contributing to the economy.  Our commitment to our workers and their families has kept us operating in the state of West Virginia.”

A view of our Newell, West Virginia factory.

It’s more than just a commitment to our community that keeps us in America, though. We’ve made a promise to our customers to keep manufacturing in the country, and we don’t intend on breaking that promise.

“To me, there is no other option than continuing to produce our dishes in America,” says Bricker. “Betraying the trust of our customers that we’ve worked so hard to build over many, many years is not an option. Manufacturing in America is such a large part of what Homer Laughlin is, we’d be betraying ourselves as well.”

By now, you might be wondering what producing goods in America has to do with you, the consumer. Why should consumers buy American made products instead of going for the cheaper alternative? How does buying American Made impact Americans?

“Buying American is essential for supporting industry in the United States,” says Bricker. Buying American made products allows companies to stay on American soil and offer high quality goods to American consumers. If you want to support the American economy and create American jobs, the choice is easy, buy American goods!”

Liz McIlvain, President of Homer Laughlin China Co.

“The more that people buy American made products, the more jobs that will be maintained, or created, in the U.S.A. We Americans have to support ourselves,” agrees McIlvain.

As you can tell, there is a certain pride and purpose that goes into creating our American made dinnerware. We do it for our community, our customers, and our economy. So the next time you’re deciding whether to go with a high quality American made product or not, remember to go with USA.

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MEMBER NEWS: Made in USA Brand member, Homer Laughlin China Company, honored at the White House

Homer Laughlin China Company Represents West Virginia During White House “Made in America Week”

August 26th, 2017 Comments Off on Homer Laughlin China Company Represents West Virginia During White House “Made in America Week”

July 19, 2017—Newell, WV — As the White House turns its focus to American-made products with a weeklong program showcasing homegrown goods and companies, HLC Inc. is proud to have been chosen to represent West Virginia in the “Made in America Product Showcase” as part of “Made in America Week.” Only one company from each of the 50 states was selected to be highlighted in the celebration.

Katie Bricker and Pete Wicks show off Homer Laughlin dinnerware in the White House.

“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, a whirlwind adventure, really,” said Katie Bricker, director of foodservice marketing, HLC Inc. “I found out about this, like the rest of the country, late last week and was so honored to be invited to represent West Virginia, but also in a broader way among genuine American manufacturers from every corner of the country.”

Since its founding during Ulysses S. Grant’s administration in 1871, HLC has made its durable, lead-free dinnerware in America, and is the only remaining large-scale U.S. manufacturer doing so. Classics like Fiesta® are so much a part of the nation’s fabric that for many Americans, the table isn’t complete until it is set with the colorful, collectible dinnerware. And since 1959, the Homer Laughlin China Company has offered a broad range of dinnerware for restaurants, hotels, and institutions.

Made in America Week seeks to honor the skilled tradespeople whose work has set the standard for quality worldwide. As it relates to HLC, the workers of the upper Ohio River Valley are the lifeblood of the company name, lending their craftsmanship and dedication to making products that stand the test of time.

“Homer Laughlin is so proud to manufacture in the U.S. and to supply jobs to over 800 workers in our community. To have been recognized for our commitment to being “Made in America” was truly remarkable,” continued Bricker. “HLC has always been interested in American jobs and American manufacturing—we’ve been doing it for 150 years. That’s the kind of commitment we hope to see among all American enterprises.”

The company stands proudly with manufacturers from the other 49 states to honor what American workers and American industries have been able to achieve.

About HLC Inc.

The Homer Laughlin China Company (HLC Inc.), founded in 1871, is the largest domestic tableware manufacturer in the United States, employing over 800 skilled craftsmen in a 37-acre facility. Together, the Homer Laughlin China Company and Hall China are the HLC Inc. family of companies. HLC’s diverse range of lead-free commercial dinnerware meets every conceivable need for today’s discerning chefs and restaurateurs. Setting the tone — not just the table — is at the heart of the HLC commitment to its customers. For more information, please contact HLC Inc., 672 Fiesta Drive, Newell, WV 26050. Phone: (800) 452-4462. Fax: (800) 533-8918. Web: www.hlcdinnerware.com Email: hlc@hlchina.com.

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2017 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award Winners Announced

May 11th, 2017 Comments Off on 2017 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award Winners Announced

Las Vegas, NV – May 11, 2017 – As a supporting partner of the National Hardware Show, Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners sponsored the National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards. The award ceremony took place on May 10th on the main stage at the 2017 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV. John Lederer, National Hardware Show representative, presented the awards.

The three award winners were chosen from over 90 companies exhibiting in the Made in USA Product Display within the National Hardware Show. These three award-winning exhibitors reflect excellence in design, quality and innovation in the following categories:

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best Packaging:
Age Old Organics, Organic Based Plant Fertilizer, Mendota, IL

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best On-site Patriotic Marketing:
Imperial Blades, Blades and Cutting Tools, Sun Prairie, WI

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best New Product:
Mag Instrument, Inc., Flashlight with Wand Adapter, Ontario, CA

Manufacturing products that are made in America is becoming increasingly important to conscientious consumers. The National Hardware Show, Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners are working together to support manufacturers who are at the forefront of this national trend.

Made in USA Brand commissioned Art of Fire Contemporary Glass Studio to fabricate the National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards. Located in northern Maryland, Art of Fire is a working glass studio producing major pieces of art for retail and the collector.

About the National Hardware Show®: The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 70+ years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insight to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers. For more information on the National Hardware Show, visit www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

About Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners: Made in the USA Brand, LLC has teamed with GBQ Partners LLC, an independent CPA firm to administer the Made in USA Brand Certification Mark logo label verification program process. Made in USA Brand licensees meet accreditation standards through verification or self-certification. Made in USA Brand does not verify members’ self-certified U.S. origin claims. For more information, visit www.madeintheusabrand.com.

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Welcome to Made in USA Brand

August 4th, 2015 Comments Off on Welcome to Made in USA Brand


Made in the USA brand, LLC offers the distinctive Verified or Self-Certified Made in USA Brand Certification Mark to businesses that proudly verify or self-certify they meet the accreditation standards in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s Enforcement Policy Statement for U.S.-Origin Claims. Read more »

Manufacturing Award Winners

2016 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award Winners Announced

May 25th, 2016 Comments Off on 2016 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award Winners Announced

Las Vegas, NV – May 5, 2016 – As supporting partners of the National Hardware Show, Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners sponsored the National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards. The award ceremony took place on May 5th on the main stage at the 2016 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV. John Lederer, National Hardware Show representative, presented the awards.

The three award winners were chosen from over 100 companies exhibiting in the Made in USA Product Display within the National Hardware Show. These three award-winning exhibitors reflect excellence in design, quality and innovation in the following categories:

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best Packaging:
Walters Seed Company, Holland, MI: Herb Growing Kit

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best On-site Patriotic Marketing:
Mr. Long Arm, Greenwood, MO: Extension Poles

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best New Product:
Garris Brands, Mattawan, MI: Dura Tie

Manufacturing products that are made in America is becoming increasingly important to conscientious consumers. The National Hardware Show, Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners are working together to support manufacturers who are at the forefront of this national trend.

Made in USA Brand commissioned Art of Fire Contemporary Glass Studio to fabricate the National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards. Located in northern Maryland, Art of Fire is a working glass studio producing major pieces of art for retail and the collector.

About the National Hardware Show®:
The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 70+ years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insight to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers. For more information on the National Hardware Show, visit www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

About the Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners:
Made in the USA Brand, LLC has teamed with GBQ Partners LLC, an independent CPA firm to administer the Made in USA Brand Certification Mark logo verification program process. Made in USA Brand licensees meet accreditation standards through verification or self-certification. Made in USA Brand does not verify members’ self-certified U.S. origin claims. For more information, visit www.madeintheusabrand.com.

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Manufacturing Awards

2017 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards

April 11th, 2016 Comments Off on 2017 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards

Made in USA Brand | GBQ Partners are pleased to sponsor the 2017 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards.

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Made in USA Logo

Made in USA Brand Verification Program Now Available

December 14th, 2015 Comments Off on Made in USA Brand Verification Program Now Available

Made_in_USA_Brand-GBQ_logoMade in USA Brand has teamed with GBQ Partners, an independent CPA firm, to provide manufacturers with the option of an independent and objective evaluation of their Made in USA claims. Manufacturers who choose to participate will be able to advertise their Made in the USA claims with the greater credibility afforded by the program. Manufacturers that participate in the program will go through the verification process to use the Made in USA Brand Certification Mark without the disclosure self-certified beneath the mark.

Contact Tom Powers, Verification Administrator, to schedule a complimentary consultation:
TPowers@gbq.com or (614) 947-5215

Tom-Powers-GBQ

 

All Made in USA Brand licensees meet accreditation standards through verification or self-certification. Made in USA Brand does not verify members’ self-certified U.S. origin claims.

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American Manufacturing Award

2015 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award Winners Announced

May 9th, 2015 Comments Off on 2015 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award Winners Announced

Las Vegas, NV – May 8, 2015 – As a supporting partner of the National Hardware Show, Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners sponsored the National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards. The award ceremony took place on May 6th on the main stage at the 2015 National Hardware Show in Las Vegas, NV. John Lederer, National Hardware Show representative presented the awards.

These four award-winning exhibitors reflect American manufacturing excellence in design, quality and innovation in the following categories:

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best Packaging:
Walters Seed Company, Holland, MI

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best On-site Marketing:
Rite in the Rain, Tacoma, WA

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best Booth Display:
New Haven Hardware, Kaysville, UT

National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award for Best New Product:
Adams Manufacturing Corp., Portersville, PA

Made in USA Brand commissioned Art of Fire Contemporary Glass Studio to fabricate the National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award. Located in northern Maryland, Art of Fire is a working glass studio producing major pieces of art for retail and the collector.

About the National Hardware Show®:
The National Hardware Show® celebrates a rich history spanning 70 years of serving the home improvement marketplace. From its early beginnings in New York during the post-World War II housing boom and eventual move to Chicago in the 1970s, to today’s current location in Las Vegas, the National Hardware Show continually evolves through the industry’s involvement, commitment and passion to improving America’s quality of life through their homes. Today, the National Hardware Show is the place for global manufacturers, associations, organizations and the media to unveil their new products, ideas and insight to a broad spectrum of home improvement resellers. For more information on the National Hardware Show, visit www.nationalhardwareshow.com.

About the Made in USA Brand and GBQ Partners:
Made in the USA Brand, LLC has teamed with GBQ Partners LLC, an independent CPA firm to administer the Made in USA Brand Certification Mark logo verification program process. Made in USA Brand licensees meet accreditation standards through verification or self-certification. Made in USA Brand does not verify members’ self-certified U.S. origin claims. For more information, visit www.madeintheusabrand.com.

Made in USA Brand licensees meet accreditation standards through verification or self-certification. Made in USA Brand does not verify members’ self-certified U.S. origin claims.

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Faces of American Manufacturing

July 31st, 2014 Comments Off on Faces of American Manufacturing

Celebrating American manufacturers, workers and farmers.

Made in USA Brand Salute

Made in USA Brand Salutes: WeatherTech For Their “You Can’t Do That” Super Bowl Ad

February 2nd, 2014 Comments Off on Made in USA Brand Salutes: WeatherTech For Their “You Can’t Do That” Super Bowl Ad

About Made in USA Brand: All Made in USA Brand licensees meet accreditation standards through self-certification. Made in USA Brand does not verify members’ U.S. origin claims. (WeatherTech is not a Made in USA Brand licensee.)

NEWS & TRENDS

Made in USA Brand salutes WeatherTech brand, an automotive floor mat manufacturer, for their Super Bowl commercial.

The commercial titled, “You Can’t Do That,” does not focus on WeatherTech products, but on the importance of manufacturing in the United States. The commercial showcases the importance of manufacturing domestically despite obstacles.

“We salute David MacNeil, WeatherTech CEO and Founder, for putting a spotlight on domestic manufacturing.” -Marcie Gabor, President, Made in the USA brand, LLC

For more information see: rubbernews.com and AdAge Update.

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