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Cool Stuff Manufactured in America

In the spirit of Thanksgiving later this week, this post is my way of giving thanks to those manufacturers who still believe in the value of “Made in America.”

Manufacturing has been a bright spot for a while now in our economic recovery despite the anemic growth and sporadic hiring. During these holidays, I’d much rather talk about the good news instead of Wall Street’s roller coaster ride or the recent failure of the Super Committee.

I came across a slew of manufacturing videos called “Cool Stuff Being Made” from National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). You will find lots of useful information on their site and if you like, you can join and get involved.

I’ve selected three for this post because they are about small manufacturers in the US. Some of these manufacturers are family-owned and operated and have been around for decades. Surviving the economic turmoil and thriving while bucking the offshoring trend are major accomplishments that need to be recognized.

Marlin Steel in Baltimore, MD manufactures Custom Wire Baskets, Mesh Baskets, Stainless Steel Products, Custom Wire Forming and Precision Sheet Metal Fabrication for the Automotive and the Ammunition industries and a range of other industrial applications.

[youtube width=”500″ height=”284″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYxyS_eTmCk[/youtube]

Cutco Cutlery in Olean, NY manufactures kitchen knives, knife block sets, gift sets, kitchen gadgets, cookware, garden tools and sporting knives that are sold through in-home demonstrations, exclusively by authorized independent sales representatives.

[youtube width=”500″ height=”369″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxWHRbOtUXE[/youtube]

Baker Ballistics, LLC in Lancaster, PA was started in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks in New York City, by Lt. Alfred J. Baker, a highly decorated officer now retired from the NYPD Emergency Service Unit. They manufacture The Baker Batshield® and ballistic accessories that protect law enforcement officers during high-risk approaches to armed individuals.

[youtube width=”500″ height=”369″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEactMCb0Uc[/youtube]

Visit Cool Stuff Being Made’s YouTube channel for more manufacturing videos.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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