Manufacturing Award Winners

2016 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Award Winners Announced

May 25th, 2016 No Comments

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

2016 National Hardware Show American Manufacturing Awards

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

Made in USA Brand | GBQ Partners are pleased to sponsor the 2016 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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Made in USA Brand Guest Post

A Surge in Consumer Preference for Made in USA

November 21st, 2013 Comments Off on A Surge in Consumer Preference for Made in USA

The opinions and views expressed in any guest post featured on madeinusabrand.com are those of the guest author and do not reflect the opinions and views of Made in the USA Brand, LLC.

GUEST POST: TOM BONINE, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL METAL FABRICATORS

A surge in consumer preference for made-in-USA products is more and more apparent these days. With everything from electronics to apparel, consumers are progressively looking for American-made products even if these goods cost slightly more than ones manufactured overseas.

The same can’t be said, however, for the steel industry. With the overwhelming need for bridge repair, 70,000 nationwide to be exact, the need for steel is high but we are buying overseas. The new $6.3 billion Bay Bridge in California is being constructed with steel from China because it is cheaper, and a variety of companies and municipalities across the country are following suit. Many Americans are in an uproar regarding this issue because this one project alone created thousands of jobs in China, while our steel workers remain out of work.

While patriotism may be one of the factors behind the preference for US steel, there are several other reasons to buy American.

Quality
One of the reasons for this surge in consumer preference for made-in-USA goods is quality. Products manufactured here are perceived to be of higher quality than goods produced elsewhere. According to a recent study by Industry Week, 85% of Americans and 82% of Chinese citizens believe that products made in America are high-quality items.

The US steel we buy all undergoes a series of certifications, testing, and corrosion control to ensure the product they ship will stand the test of time. American products must undergo a more thorough examination process before being put on the market, and steel is certainly one of the most deeply examined industrial products.

Pride and Patriotism
The recent downturn in the economy has resulted in many people rethinking how their spending affects the job market. Many consumers who previously purchased goods made in China simply because they were less expensive have begun to wonder if their actions contributed to a loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States. This has led to increased patriotic spirit and a desire to help their country. In the same Industry Week poll, 80% of those responding said that buying domestic goods is a way to display patriotism.

Government Initiatives
The National Export Initiative was launched in 2010, with the primary goal of doubling the number of U.S. exports to other countries by 2014. Several government agencies are working together to accomplish this task including the Commerce Department, Small Business Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Thus far, the program appears to be successful. The Commerce Department reports that exports during the first quarter of 2013 totaled over $555 billion, the highest quarterly total on record.
Due to the alarming rate at which steel is being bought overseas, a “Buy America” campaign for steel is gaining steam around the country. For example, The Department of Transportation has committed to a “Buy America” cause that ensures that all transportation infrastructure projects will be built with American-made products.

Enhanced Skills Needed
Manufacturers are more willing to “reshore” factories than ever before thanks to ever-evolving technology. Because the machines that produce goods are more complicated than before, unskilled workers are often not qualified to operate them. For many companies, that means bringing their manufacturing operations back to the United States simply because there is an abundance of qualified American workers who can operate their highly technical equipment.
Among the largest manufacturers that require skilled labor are those whose processes involve metal pouring and casting, welding, or computer-controlled machines and tools. These manufacturing jobs are primarily associated with producing automobile engines, wind turbines, agricultural equipment, and mining operations. Manufacturing jobs in technology, transportation, and aerospace are experiencing slow but steady growth as well.

What the Future Holds
While the cost for Chinese steel remains cheap, Californian taxpayers have had to foot the bill for the faulty steel girders in 2012 as well as other issues during construction. These problems have resulted in cost overruns and delays that could have been avoided, had California officials not chosen the lowest bidder and went with a reliable and domestic steel provider.
And although “Buy America” is still a rising cause in the steel industry, the overall admiration of products featuring the phrase “Made in the USA” will certainly remain a worldwide trend.

About the author:
Tom Bonine is president of National Metal Fabricators. The Chicago area firm, established in 1944, offers custom metal fabrication, angle rings, welding, and bar milling services.

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Faces of American Manufacturing

The Homer Laughlin Company, Manufacturers of the Iconic Brand Fiesta® Dinnerware

November 11th, 2013 Comments Off on The Homer Laughlin Company, Manufacturers of the Iconic Brand Fiesta® Dinnerware
Fiesta® dinnerware Fiestaware

Renowned brand Fiesta® dinnerware by The Homer Laughlin China Company

About Made in USA Brand: 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.

NEWS & TRENDS

The Homer Laughlin China Company (HLC Inc.), founded in 1871, is the largest remaining domestic tableware manufacturer in the United States. HLC Inc. is proud to lead the way in both product sales volume and in creating American manufacturing jobs.

Elizabeth McIlvain

Elizabeth McIlvain, President, The Homer Laughlin China Company

“The founders of this company agreed that we would be an American company producing an American-made product while providing jobs and giving support to the communities in which we live. That promise is as alive in me as it was my great-grandfather,”said Elizabeth McIlvain, President, The Homer Laughlin China Company.

Homer Laughlin products, including the renowned and iconic brand Fiesta® dinnerware, have retained their momentum through longstanding tradition and continual innovation. “I think collectors know that they can continue to look forward to new colors and products from Fiesta. It is as exciting for us as it is for them,” promised McIlvain of the dazzling dinnerware collection started in 1936.

HLC Inc. is proud to lead the way in ceramic tableware manufacturing and American manufacturing job creation. Homer Laughlin China, Kenilworth/RAK, and Hall China comprise the HLC Inc. family of companies, and its diverse range of lead-free dinnerware meets every conceivable need from today’s discerning home chefs all the way to restaurateurs. Setting the tone—not just the table—is at the heart of the HLC commitment to its customers.

For more information, please contact The Homer Laughlin China Co., 672 Fiesta Drive, Newell, WV 26050. Phone: (800) 452-4462. Fax: (304) 387-0593. Web: www.hlchina.com. Email: hlc@hlchina.com.

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Made in USA Brand Guest Post

Why Consumers Pay More for Merchandise Made in the USA

August 28th, 2013 Comments Off on Why Consumers Pay More for Merchandise Made in the USA

The opinions and views expressed in any guest post featured on madeinusabrand.com are those of the guest author and do not reflect the opinions and views of Made in the USA Brand, LLC.

GUEST POST: TOM BONINE, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL METAL FABRICATORS

“Buy American!” may sound like an advertising slogan that American manufacturers created to push their products. However, there are many reasons why consumers pay more for merchandise made in the USA that have nothing to do with advertising. A wide range of products, from toys to clothing, are made in the United States, and here are just a few reasons why consumers are willing to pay more for this merchandise.

• Jobs and the economy. The bottom line is that when you buy American, you are either creating or saving American jobs. When production facilities move overseas, so do the jobs. Once these jobs go abroad, it is very unlikely that they will come back. Jobs are the foundation of an economy, and purchasing products that are made in a country has a direct impact on its economy. More manufacturing jobs lowers the unemployment rate and increases the tax base to pay for benefits, such as Social Security. New jobs created in one industry can also lead to new jobs in other businesses. For example, every new auto manufacturing job supports nine additional jobs, from parts manufacturers to restaurant employees.

• Labor standards. Working conditions in some countries are not safe. Some do not have minimum age restrictions and allow young children to work long hours for very little money. The United States has strict labor laws that ensure safe working environments and child labor laws to keep young children out of factories.

• Manufacturing processes. The manufacturing processes in the U.S. are considerably more environmentally friendly than the processes in many foreign countries. It is not uncommon to find foreign products that were made using processes that dangerously pollute the air, soil, and water. The U.S. has a strong commitment to protecting the environment for future generations.

• Fair wages. Many foreign countries do not have minimum wage requirements or have wages that are too low. American workers are guaranteed fair pay for honest work.

• Independence. The decrease in manufacturing in the U.S. has made this country more dependent on outside sources, putting this country at a strategic disadvantage. Purchasing American-made items heightens independence for America.

• Trade deficit. The substantial trade deficit in the U.S. has contributed to increased borrowing from foreign countries at levels that cannot be sustained. Individual citizens may not have felt the effect of this yet, but they will if the debt continues to grow and affects the overall economy. In 2009, for example, the national trade deficit in the U.S. was a factor in the reduction in economic growth from four percent to three percent. Buying items made in the U.S. is one way to reduce this country’s large trade deficit, as well as support the American economy.

• Safety standards. Many foreign countries have extremely low product safety standards. For example, millions of toys are exported to the U.S. every year that contain dangerous levels of lead. When you buy American-made products, you are guaranteed to have items that meet U.S. consumer safety standards and protection laws.

• Political conflict. A number of popular items are produced in countries that do not have favorable relations with the United States. Choosing products made in America frees the U.S. from having to access materials and supplies from these countries.

• Conservation. When the U.S. purchases products made overseas, they must be shipped a considerable distance, typically over either the Pacific or Atlantic Oceans. Shipping these distances uses huge amounts of fuel and releases unnecessary emissions into the environment.

Buying American-made products on a regular basis creates a domino effect. When people purchase American-made items, money stays in the country. This money, in turn, contributes to wages for the people who are indirectly and directly responsible for the creation of these products. And when these people spend their hard-earned money on more American-made products and services, the cycle continues. The more frequently people buy American, the more this stimulates the economy and creates new jobs. Additionally, American workers pay taxes on wages earned in the United States; these monies then fuel programs and services that benefits.

About the author:
Tom Bonine is president of National Metal Fabricators.  www.nmfrings.com  The Chicago area firm, established in 1944, offers custom stainless steel fabrication, angle rings, welding, and bar milling services.

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Veterans Day

What Veterans Day Means to Me

November 12th, 2012 Comments Off on What Veterans Day Means to Me
Marine Memorial

Uncommon valor was a common virtue.

Essay submitted by Colin, 5th Grade, Millersburg, OH

This is what Veterans Day means to me. It is a time of celebrating the men and women that have served and are serving in the military. It is also a time to respect the people that served and the people that were injured. The reason we need to respect them is because they fought for our country, gave us freedom and put their lives on the line for our country.

Veterans are also very special people because it takes a brave person to fight in a war or serve for the military. Many also have to get shipped away from their family and have to do very hard work, which would not be easy.

I would not want to be in the military, but I’m thankful that there are people that want to. So, this is what Veteran’s Day means to me.

Thank you, Colin, for honoring Veterans with your essay. -Made in USA Brand

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