While some brands choose to manufacture abroad and cut costs, others really do live up to their all-American names and boost the local economy. Here are some more brands and the mysterious locations of their production facilities.
Made in the USA: Red Land Cotton
Red Land Cotton isn't just their name — it was initially where the Yeager family grew the cotton used to make its lines of bed sheets and bath towels in the North Alabama red soil.
Red Land Cotton continues the American South's rich textile history using sustainable growing methods along with customized techniques to make reasonably priced linens that can genuinely be called farm-to-home.
Made in the USA: Green Earth Technologies
With Americans losing their confidence in big corporations, conscious capitalism seems to be the wake-up call for free enterprise to return to its innovative roots. Enter Green Earth Technologies, straight out of Mount Laurel in New Jersey, they strive to give consumers a greener alternative to conventional motor oils without sacrificing performance or value.
This company's American-made branded lubricants recycle plant and animal fats to make biodegradable performance chemicals that can be found through major retailers across the US.
Made in the USA: Cobalt Creek Rugs
Cobalt Creek makes Southwest-styled rugs called "Rustic Redefined," using premium nylon to create designs that look modern while evoking frontier history with Native American-inspired designs and nature scenery.
Their range is richly varied but always aesthetically pleasing as their rugs are designed by locals and made on American machines.
Made in the USA: Emerson Creek Pottery
Emerson Creek Pottery has kept alive its long-standing tradition of handcrafted and American-made ceramics since 1977. With oven-proof ceramic wares that are non-toxic and sustainably made pottery is all locally made close to its retail shop in a rustic setting in Bedford, Virginia.
The company is constantly evolving as they add new patterns, glazes, and forms often while still sticking to their clean, organic designs.
Made in the USA: Go-Kot
Manufactured from U.S.-sourced raw materials and made in Alabama, the Go-Kot is a leading solution for anyone who enjoys camping with a bit of luxury but would prefer not to haul around a bulky mattress.
It's a lightweight nylon cot, adding only 10 pounds to a pack while able to support 350 pounds. Also, their camping cot can disassemble in just one minute.
Made in the USA: Gorilla Glue
The Gorilla Glue Company is a family-owned adhesive maker whose heavy-duty goods — most notably its namesake Gorilla Glue — supply thousands of DIYers and woodworkers each year with some much-needed adhesive.
Made in America, at its headquarters in Cincinnati, its glues, tapes, epoxies, and even skin-care products are ranked consistently as one of the country's top picks when it comes to handiwork.
Made in the USA: Wiggy's Sleeping Bags
Based in Colorado with a subsidiary retail store in Anchorage, Wiggy's makes sleeping bags to endure harsh and somewhat severe conditions with shaped hoods and its very own form of insulation, termed Lamilite.
No matter the temperature rating and fabric weight, every one of its durable sleeping bags is made at a Grand Junction factory in Colorado.
Made Overseas: Arrow Shirts
Arrow shirts have a legacy dating back to the mid-1800s with roots in Chicago and New York. Now the company highlights those origins with a range of chic and popular shirts called Arrow USA 1851.
But as with much of the clothing industry, the production process isn’t in the U.S. One label on the shirts may read Arrow USA 1851, but another label may state the shirt was made in China, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, or Kenya.
Made in the USA: Vermont Teddy Bears
As their name suggests, Vermont Teddy Bear makes all their stuffed animals in Vermont. Two of their factories make nearly a half-million teddy bears each year, making the company one of the largest teddy bear makers and the largest seller by mail and online orders.
The stuffed ursine friends, which often begin at right around $40 apiece, are made with recycled cotton and sold with a lifetime guarantee.
Made in the USA: Viking Kitchen Appliances
The appliance company that first introduced professional-grade oven ranges still makes all its ovens, refrigerators, and other products in the USA.
Viking employs more than 1,000 people at their four manufacturing plants near their headquarters in Greenwood, Mississippi, where it also opened its very own cooking school and accompanying restaurant.
Made in the USA: Heritage Bikes
Heritage General Store was the first company to make a completely Chicago-made bike since Schwinn relocated from the city in the '70s.
All of their bicycles are not only constructed locally but also built by hand. The store also operates as a coffeehouse where guests can order an Americano before browsing a selection of vintage handmade bikes and related apparel.
Made in the USA: Tervis Drinkware
Tervis has become a staple of the coastal life, their tumblers were initially sold by John C. Winslow from door to door as an alternative to single-use cups.
Since 1946, Tervis has been making customizable tumblers insulated using a unique double-walled design that keeps cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot. Their drinkware selection is produced in America at a manufacturing facility in North Venice, Florida.
Made in the USA: Sterilite Containers
Sterilite Containers come from the same man who invented Tupperware; this company makes plastic storage containers and a host of other home storage products.
Since its founding in 1939, its product line has expanded predictably, and it continues to make its products exclusively in the USA at seven plants coordinated from a center in Townsend, Massachusetts.
Made in the USA: Vitamix Blenders
Vitamix was brought into being in Olmsted Township, Ohio, and still today, that's where the company remains based, along with its production centers and hundreds of local employees.
The famous blender company was founded back in 1921, and now it has a full range of commercial and home appliances on the market, which are well-known around the world.
Made in the USA: Dr. Bronner's Soap
Dr. Bronner has made a name for itself as a company that upholds the moral philosophies of its namesake and founder, Emmanuel Bronner.
The company makes Castile soaps and other health products, like soaps, lotions, oils, and balms, which are all made in America with organic, fair-trade products, using traditional methods outlined on the information-packed product labels.
Made in the USA: Herman Miller Furniture
Herman Miller is the brand most representative of sleek, modernist-style furniture that's actually good for your posture. Their industrial style with good ergonomic design, such as the Aeron office chair, has since become iconic.
Their headquarters are based in Zeeland, Michigan, and the company has done well to keep their manufacturing here in the USA.
Made Overseas: Etch A Sketch
Etch A Sketch is another toy most children in America grew up with, the idea for it was actually invented in France and then bought by Ohio Art Co.
The U.S.-based company brought the toy to international renown and manufactured it in Ohio up until 2000 when production was exported to China to cut some production costs and save money.
Made in the USA: Benjamin Moore Paint
Founded in 1883 by an Irish immigrant in Brooklyn, Benjamin Moore now operates in several locations throughout New Jersey that collectively make more than 3,500 colors.
Owned by Berkshire Hathaway, Benjamin Moore's products are famous for their pristine quality and are regarded as being one of the best quality paints on the market.
Made in the USA: Louisville Sluggers
While baseballs are no longer being manufactured in the US, at least some baseball bats still are - all thanks to Lousiville Sluggers!
Louisville Sluggers may have been sold to a company in Finland, but they are very much still a part of Americanah as their bats are made in Kentucky, and this includes all their signature wooden models.
Made in the USA: Burt's Bees
Straight out of North Carolina, Burt's Bees sells about 200 skin and hair-care products. All of Burt's Bees lip balms have the best ingredients in them, so they tend to be a little on the pricier side!
Focusing on natural, environmentally friendly ingredients and recyclable packaging, their products are carefully crafted, so it's no wonder that Burt's Bees is a favorite.
Made in the USA: Goodwear USA Clothing
Every step of the manufacturing and supply process is all-American at Goodwear USA, a domestic clothing brand known for high-quality, lightweight shirts and sweatshirts for men and women.
The cotton the company uses is verified to be American-grown and their apparel typically doesn't exceed $100.
Made in the USA: Socks4Life
Socks4Life isn't a manufacturer but rather an online retailer that focuses on selling other companies' socks made in North America.
Their range of socks are manufactured in Alabama; and they offer reasonably-priced sock packs for less than $10, with sections dedicated to various socks, like athletic socks, socks for boots, thermal socks for winter, and even diabetic socks.
Made in the USA: Fiesta Tableware
Fiesta began when two brothers from East Liverpool, Ohio, formed a partnership to sell pottery ware back in 1871. Fiesta's ceramic tableware is made in several colorful art-deco styles.
Since 1936, Fiesta has been manufactured in Newell, West Virginia. In 2002, The New York Times called Fiesta "the most collected brand of china in the United States."
Made in the USA: Lasko Fans
Lasko has been creating small home appliances and products in the U.S. for more than 100 years, now that's something worth celebrating.
Although some of its products are now produced overseas — with Lasko motors coming from China — the company continues to make many American-made products at its factories in Tennessee, Texas, and Pennsylvania.
Made in the USA: Aquasana Water Filters
Aquasana manufactures water filters to reduce contaminants found in tap water while keeping beneficial minerals such as magnesium and calcium, to keep you hydrated as well as healthy.
Sun Water Systems is the company behind Aquasana, and they are located in Texas, meaning all their prime filtration systems, including its adjustable showerhead filter and its Clean Water Machine for drinking, are assembled in America.
Made in the USA: Green Toys
Green Toys has made its toys using more than 80 million recycled milk jugs. Their toys are fashioned to meet very strict standards for safety as well as sustainability and that includes their packaging.
The company relies on a local, all-American supply chain which also reduces energy usage, all this makes Green Toys a top-seller when it comes to eco-friendly children's toys, offering sorting sets and miniature toy vehicles that will only set you back around $30.
Made in the USA: Chesapeake Bay Candles
Chesapeake Bay Candle factory makes more than a half-million scented candles every month, which are then sold at popular retail stores such as Target, as well as on Amazon.
But they are no longer made in Maryland, as recently 125 workers were laid off there so Newell Brands, the company's owner since 2017, could move production to Whatley, Massachusetts — at least they are still made in America.
Made in the USA: Wilson Footballs
Did you know that each pigskin thrown in the NFL is made in America? Well, you do now, as Wilson is the National Football League's official supplier.
The company's facility is situated in Ada, Ohio, and that's where 4,000 leather footballs are made every day! And to think, each football comes with a pump and a Tee...
Made in the USA: Weber Grills
The Weber grill's iconic rounded shape hasn't changed much since it was first designed in 1952, but that has also kept it recognizable and a regular feature at many outdoor barbeques and cookouts.
All the famous Weber grills (except their gas models, which are made overseas,) are manufactured at the company's headquarters in Palatine in Illinois.
Made in the USA: Tom’s of Maine Toothpaste
Tom’s of Maine isn’t fooling around when it comes to being part “of Maine.” The very successful natural toothpaste company, as well as its stick deodorant, is made in Sanford, Maine.
Tom's of Maine antiplaque and whitening toothpaste is a good option if you prefer to avoid the fluoride, with all-natural ingredients, they a safe bet for kids as they also come in a variety of flavors.
Made in the USA: All-Clad Cookware
All-Clad cookware is known for its four-stage creation process that yields some of the most efficient and durable kitchen essentials. All-Clad was founded in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania in 1971 by John Ulam. Ulam was exceptionally savvy about metals and knew how their manufacturing process could create better kitchen products.
For nearly 50 years, All-Clad has been making professional quality pots and pans. Today, they have also added bakeware and electric appliances to their product line including waffle makers, toasters, and slow cookers.
Made in the USA: Winter Session
Winter Session designs and creates leather and canvas goods from their warehouse in Denver, Colorado.
What makes their brand unique is the clever product designs they have made from leather and canvas. The husband and wife co-founders wanted to make sure that their products (such as bags, wallets, planters, and more) were unisex and could easily complement their consumer’s lifestyles.
Made in the USA: Allen Edmonds
Allen Edmonds began creating handcrafted shoes in 1922 in Belgium, Wisconsin. The brand stood out almost immediately for creating shoes that were remarkably comfortable, stylish, and durable.
Allen Edmonds features many classic and contemporary styles that suit both simple and ornate tastes.
Made in the USA: The Things We Keep
A rather modern, all-American brand, The Things We Keep was started in 2011 in Brooklyn, New York. The brand prides itself on creating one-of-a-kind items that are made by hand.
The Things We Keep encompasses both minimalistic, geometric jewelry (rings, necklaces, etc.) as well as a handful of houseware items.
Made in the USA: Randolph Engineering
Aviator-style sunglasses have become synonymous with classic, American cool since General Douglas MacArthur sported the first pair during World War II.
Today there are a few brands to choose from, but Randolph Engineering designs and handcrafts each pair of their sunglasses in Massachusetts. Though their signature style is the aviator design, Randolph also creates other frame styles, including pieces crafted in 22k and 23k gold!
Made in the USA: Hickey Freeman
Born and based in Rochester, New York, Hickey Freeman began making fine, tailored suits in 1899.
Along with its high-quality style, the Hickey Freeman brand strives to produce suits that are especially comfortable and that flex with the body. All of the processes that go into creating each suit take place in their Rochester factory from sleeves to collars.
Made in the USA: Darn Tough
Based in Northfield, Vermont, Darn Tough creates high-quality socks that are made to last. The thick socks are available in colorful patterns and are made for those who love to exist in nature; go hiking, camping, and more outdoor exploring.
The company is committed to overseeing the entire creation process, including designing, testing, and manufacturing their socks rather than having these steps take place outside of the United States.
Made in the USA: Stetson
Another long-standing brand, Stetson was founded in 1865 by John B. Stetson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
What began as a wardrobe staple to shade travelers’ eyes from the sun, has become an American icon; invoking images of the rugged, Western United States. Today, Stetson has branched out from cowboy style hats to include fedoras, knit caps as well as their own clothing line.
Made in the USA: Round House Jeans
Round House Jeans has technically been around since 1903 when it began as Round House Workwear. Named after the railroad repair station, the brand has transformed over the years but has a rich history, including creating khakis for U.S. soldiers during World War II.
Today, Round House Jeans still make workwear and jeans along with hats and kids' clothing. Manufactured in Oklahoma, they still claim to be the largest manufacturer of American-made work overalls and jeans.
Made in the USA: All American Clothing
As its name clearly states, All American Clothing is, well, all American. Founded in 1992, the USA-based brand creates closet staples like t-shirts, jeans, and activewear. Founder Lawson Nickol was passionate about creating a brand that was durable and high quality. It also provided jobs to the local community and practiced ethical manufacturing within the United States.
Nickol also wanted to make sure that All American Clothing was a positive work environment for employees and that customer’s opinions were valued. These are essential values for any brand.
Made in the USA: Gibson Guitars
Gibson guitars have embodied the rock n' roll soul for over 100 years. And for those 100 years, the guitars have been made in the USA.
Highly recognizable electric models, like the Les Paul and SG, are produced in the custom Gibson shop in Nashville, Tennessee. Their semi-acoustic models (like the Gibson ES series) are also made in America. Truly an all-American instrument, Gibson guitars have been seen on famous musicians like Sheryl Crow, Joe Perry, and members of Aerosmith.
Made in the USA: Lay’s Potato Chips
A staple for nearly every barbeque, holiday, or family event, Lays potato chips have become one of the most American snack foods. Owned by Frito-Lay, the chips are made from potatoes that are sourced from 120 different farms.
Lay’s doesn't favor a particular region of the U.S. as the potatoes come from Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Washington, Maine, and California. So next time you open up a bag of Lay’s, you know you're biting into an all-American chip.
Made in the USA: Hallmark Greeting Cards
Hallmark, the greeting card mega-franchise, has been confronted with some confusion as to where they make their cards. Hallmark finally addressed this lack of clarity, stating that, while they do receive some of their gift items from China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka, most of their greeting cards are made in the USA.
The card company is headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, and has production centers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky, among other U.S. locations.
Made in the USA: Whirlpool Appliances
Since 1911, Whirlpool has been supplying American households with essential appliances. Headquartered in Benton Charter Township, Michigan, Whirlpool makes everything from refrigerators to dishwashers. They also have factories in Tennessee, Ohio, and Oklahoma.
According to All American Reviews, Whirlpool employs 28,000 Americans and is also a part of the Maytag and Roper brands.
Made in the USA: Lodge Cast Iron
Lodge Cast Iron is not only made in the USA, but it is also a family-owned business. Lodge Cast Iron boasts lifetime durability for their products. This, along with their quality craftsmanship, can certainly be handed down as an heirloom within families.
The versatile and ultra-durable cast iron skillets and cookware have been manufactured in South Pittsburg, Tennessee for over 123 years.
Made in the USA: Airstream
Few things speak to the American soul more than exploring the open road. Since 1952, the Airstream brand has captured that American essence in their trailers. The trailers are not only highly functional, providing many of the comforts of home while traveling, but also have a classic, high-shine design.
All Airstream trailers are proudly made in the USA at their factory in Jackson Center, Ohio which provides jobs for hundreds of Americans.
Made in the USA: Slinky
Intended to be a metal part for warships, the original Slinky toy was first invented in 1943 by Richard James.
It is pretty remarkable that an object once created for war became a beloved children’s toy. The invention was hardly a fad and became a highly entertaining toy that has delighted generations. The metal Slinkies were first sold in New York and today, the plastic Slinkies are made in Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, and Plymouth, Michigan.
Made in the USA: Hershey’s Chocolate
The Hershey brand has become synonymous with quality Chocolate since 1900. And for well over 100 years, the delicious confection has mostly been made in America.
For decades, the American public has enjoyed Hershey’s chocolate bars, chocolate syrup, and, of course, chocolate kisses. The Hershey Company does have a handful of production plants in Brazil and Mexico but is still headquartered in Hershey, Pennsylvania. They also have production plants in multiple U.S. locations.
Made in the USA: Igloo Coolers
Coolers have become an essential item for any situation where a refrigerator is needed but not available. The famous Igloo cooler brand began creating coolers in 1947 and they are still made in Katy, Texas today.
According to the Igloo website, the coolers are made in a 1.8 million-square-foot, three-building facility. Truly capturing the individualistic spirit of America, the brand has branched out from the simple cooler to now feature special sizes, prints, and designs so you can make your cooler all your own.
Made in the USA: KitchenAid Mixers
KitchenAid is known for creating durable, multi-purpose kitchen tools, like their famous stand mixers that come in a rainbow of colors. KitchenAid has been made in Greenville, Ohio since 1941. Along with the stand mixer, they also make other small appliances.
Though the brand outsources a few of their parts from China, their primary manufacturing plants are in South Carolina, Ohio, Arkansas, Indiana, Tennessee, and Mississippi.
Made in the USA: Post-It Notes
The 3M company did not start making the simple yet life-changing Post-It Notes until 1977. The product was created by accident by 3M employees, Art Fry and Dr. Spencer Silver. The two, who were trying to create an aircraft-building adhesive, realized they may have had a new product on their hands.
The handy notes, that now demonstrate American creativity and ingenuity, have been made in Cynthiana, Kentucky since 1985.
Made in the USA: Crayola Crayons
If there is one brand that is synonymous with childhood fun, it's Crayola Crayons. The bright colored crayons first appeared to the public in 1903 and are still a childhood staple today.
Parents may be happy to hear that Crayola Crayons are entirely made in the USA. In fact, the factory in Easton, Pennsylvania makes over 3 billion crayons per year and around 650 crayons per minute.
Made in the USA: Zippo Lighters
Zippo lighters were first manufactured in 1933 in Bradford, Pennsylvania, and have even become collector’s items today. They first became popular during World War II, representing the steely grit of the US Military.
The good news is that Zippo is still made in the USA. Another interesting fact is that the company also provides jobs to inmates (who assemble the lighters) while they are serving their time.
Made in the USA: Pyrex Glassware
Pyrex glassware is known to be a versatile and aesthetic way to prepare, bake, and store food in the kitchen. The Pyrex brand features a variety of products from measuring cups to mixing bowls and has been a staple in American kitchens since its founding in 1915.
The sturdy glassware is actually made in Corning, New York and in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. So you can bake your next casserole with full confidence that your Pyrex glassware was made in the USA.
Made in the USA: Little Tikes Cozy Coupe
Though China produces some of the parts, Little Tikes Cozy Coupe (the toy car for toddlers) is manufactured in Hudson, Ohio.
The founder of Little Tikes, Thomas Murdough Jr. originally started the company in Ohio in 1969. The fact that the company remains in the USA over 50 years later is truly remarkable considering how many companies have factories overseas. The Little Tikes website even features a section devoted to their toys that are made in America.
Made Overseas: Radio Flyer
The cherry-red Radio Flyer Wagon has become a symbol of an idyllic childhood in America. Radio Flyer wagons were originally made in Chicago, but after the company changed their materials from metal to plastic, they began outsourcing.
The Chicago factory could not create the plastic parts so, in 2004, the company turned to none other than China. Today, though some of Radio Flyer’s products are still made in the Midwestern U.S., around two-thirds are made in China.
Made Overseas: Barbie Dolls
Barbie dolls are some of the most iconic toys not only in America but across the globe. The dolls were originally conceptualized by Ruth Handler to be a 3-D version of a paper doll. Today, the Barbie doll has come a long way from the simple, fashion doll. Now, Barbie dolls are doctors, scientists, athletes, and businesswomen who represent the “American dream” for many young girls.
But these “American dream” dolls were never made in America. They were first manufactured in Japan in 1959. And today, being owned by outsourcing giant, Mattel, Barbies are made in Chinese, Malaysian and Indonesian factories.
Made Overseas: Melissa & Doug Toys
Melissa & Doug toys are a favorite of consumers for their classic, wooden designs and bright colors. But if you’re looking for American-made toys, Melissa & Doug will unfortunately disappoint.
The toy company is headquartered in Connecticut, but they manufacture the toy parts in China. What’s more disturbing is that their toys were found to pose potential health risks. In both 2008 and 2009, there was a recall of 26,000 of their toys due to the discovery of excessive levels of barium in the surface paint. So, when it comes to purchasing safe toys for your kids, it may be better to buy closer to home!
Made Overseas: Harley-Davidson
Harley-Davidson is another brand that personifies the rugged, free-spirit American. The motorcycle brand was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1903 and was one of two automotive brands that survived the Great Depression. Despite the success, Harley Davidson motorcycles did not remain a fully American-made product.
Today, though they have plants in Wisconsin, Missouri, and Pennsylvania, the company shocked many of their loyal customers when, in 2018, they moved their production overseas. Today, many of their electric components are made in China.
Made Overseas: Fisher-Price Toys
Toy brand, Fisher-Price, has filled homes for years with its wide variety of toys for kids of many ages. Fisher-Price falls under the umbrella of the larger toy brand, Mattel, which outsources production from Chinese factories.
Disturbingly, the brand has had to issue many recalls of their toys made by Chinese vendors in 2007 and in 2020 due to dangerously high levels of lead. The company has since promised to regain its customers' confidence once again.
Made Overseas: Huffy Bikes
Huffy Bikes have been headquartered in Ohio since 1887. Huffy was revolutionary in their development of a convertible bike in 1949 with the first-ever training wheels for children.
Many bike models and years later, Huffy sadly closed 2 of its U.S. based factories, moving their production to China in 1999. Huffy also has factories in Mexico and Taiwan, with 70% of its materials coming from these off-shore locations.
Made Overseas: Hush Puppies Shoes
Hush Puppies shoes have been an American staple since 1957 due to their comfort and classic style. The Hush Puppies brand is owned by Wolverine Worldwide and has headquarters in Rockford, Michigan.
Unfortunately, the beloved leather shoes are not manufactured in Michigan but are instead produced in a Chinese factory. Still, Hush Puppies shoes remain beloved by many Americans to this day.
Sold Overseas: Spotify
Digital music listening platform, Spotify, allows users access to millions of songs and albums as well as customized channels to suit individual tastes. All within the comfort of their own smartphone.
But in 2013, Tech Crunch noted that the music platform announced a share swap with China-based company, Tencent Music Entertainment. In plain language, this means that Spotify is now partially owned by China.
Made Overseas: Oakley Sunglasses
Oakley sunglasses contain a “Made in the USA” label, but the brand has created some controversy about where their goods are actually manufactured.
Headquartered in Foothill Ranch, California, Oakley was bought by Luxottica in 2007, which moved some of their production to a Chinese factory. It was finally revealed that 70% of Oakley’s parts are made in the USA, but that still leaves a weighty 30% that is outsourced from other countries.
Made Overseas: Calvin Klein
Known for its clean silhouettes and casual glamour, Calvin Klein was born in New York City in 1968. Although Calvin Klein ads have been plastered across the United States, the fashion label receives most of its materials from China.
Certain specialty materials, such as their leather, come from Italy but most of their other materials are outsourced from China, as their clothing tags clearly state.
Made Overseas: Gillette Razors
Made in Boston, Massachusetts, Gillette Razors ran a bold ad campaign featuring their “Made in Boston” heritage. Some of Gillette’s parts are manufactured in the US while some of their product parts come from China.
They even receive many of their batteries and handles from other overseas locations, including Mexico and Poland.
Made Overseas: Craftsman States
The Craftsman brand has long-represented American ideals of quality and durability in the tools, lawn equipment, and work clothing they have produced. Department store giant, Sears, carried Craftsman products up until 2017. After that, the brand was bought by Stanley Black and Decker.
Since being bought by Black and Decker, many Craftsman products are now manufactured outside of the United States. All American Reviews reported that Apex Tool Group makes many of Craftsman’s hand tools and assembles them in China, but a select few are still made in America.
Sold Overseas: Uber
San Francisco-based Uber founders, Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp, first developed the concept for Uber after sharing the cost of a ride with a friend. Their company has changed the private transportation world since its beginning in 2009.
Eventually, Uber was sold to its Chinese rival, Didi Chuxing, in 2016. Why sell to a rival? Well, CNBC reported that Uber had been losing $1 billion a year to Didi Chuxing and could no longer compete with the Chinese transport company.
Made Overseas: American Girl Dolls
With a company name like American Girl, you would think the brand would be made entirely in America. But in fact, the varied collection of American Girl dolls are manufactured in China.
The company originally made the dolls from their base in Middleton, Wisconsin before being bought by the big toy brand, Mattel in 1998. Today, Mattel makes most American Girl products in Chinese factories, including their doll clothes. So if you are looking for a real American girl doll, you will have to look elsewhere.
Made Overseas: LL Bean
LL Bean, the brand known for its outdoor gear and apparel, has supplied Americans with what they need to venture into the wild since 1912. The company is located in Freeport, Maine where they manufacture their signature boots, outdoor apparel, and household items. While they do make many of their products in the USA, they also have factories in China, India, Mexico, and other overseas locations.
All American Reviews states that LL Bean does, in fact, manufacture many of their products in the U.S. (about 425 out of 5000 products) but this makes their American-made products less than 10% of their production line.
Sold Overseas: Segway Inc
Segway, the futuristic-looking self-balancing electric scooter, was first released in 2002. Segway scooters soon became a popular way for tourists to explore new places and even for security guards to get around easier. Segway is still based in New Hampshire but unfortunately struggled in the American market.
Because of the struggles, the company was passed through several owners until it was sold in 2015 to Ninebot, a Shanghai-based tech company that produces short-distance motorized transport devices.
Made Overseas: Motorola
It is challenging to find products that are truly made in America and, with cell phones, it’s nearly impossible. Motorola began as an American company owned by Google, but that was to change in 2014. That year, Lenovo, a Chinese smartphone producer, bought the company.
While Motorola’s headquarters are at least still in Midwestern America (Chicago, Illinois), like so many other products, their manufacturing takes place in Chinese and even Indian factories.
Made Overseas: Tesla
Tesla, the pioneer in American electric vehicles, has been applauded for its brilliance in green technology and design. The company is headquartered in the U.S., but the CEO, Elon Musk, decided to create a production factory in Shanghai, China.
Tesla still maintains its production plant in Fremont California, and although it has been touted as one of the “most American” cars, only about 50% of the parts are made in America.
Made Overseas: iPads and iPhones
Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple is certainly one of the most beloved brands in the United States and worldwide. But the brand that was started in the U.S., actually has China manufacture its iPhones and iPads.
While inexpensive labor may be a factor for Apple’s overseas production, they also have their products made there for a very unusual reason. Reportedly, the creation of iPads and iPhones requires rare earth elements (such as copper, gold, and silver), and China controls 97% of the earth’s supply of these elements.
Made Overseas: Ray-Bans
Ray-Ban sunglasses were founded by Bausch & Lomb in 1937. The sunglasses have become another iconic, American brand and became especially popular after they were worn by Tom Cruise in the film "Risky Business". But despite gracing American faces for so many years, Ray-Bans are not even made in America.
Bausch & Lomb sold the company to Luxoticca in 1999, which moved the production of Ray-Bans to an Italian factory. Gradually, more factories were opened outside of Italy, including locations in China. Today, the best way to make sure you have American-made sunglasses is to buy vintage Bausch & Lomb frames.
Made Overseas: Nike
Nike is certainly one of the most popular and iconic brands for both athletes and non-athletes alike. While the products have represented American style and athleticism for decades, China is making most of them.
Most of Nike’s shoes are made in overseas factories located in China and Vietnam. But when outsourcing labor overseas, it can be difficult for an American company to ensure ethical workplace standards outside of the United States. Most recently, it was reported that Nike products were being made under forced labor at one of their Chinese manufacturing plants.
Made Overseas: Dirt Devil
The Dirt Devil hand vacuum was created in 1984 by Royal Appliance Manufacturing. For decades, Americans have relied on this powerful vacuum to keep their homes clean. Dirt Devil is based in Charlotte, North Carolina but was bought by the Chinese manufacturer, TTI, in 2013.
China reportedly makes most of TTI’s products including Hoover and Dirt Devil vacuum cleaners. So, though the headquarters might be in the U.S., today the vacuums are most certainly made in China.
Made Overseas: New Balance
Though New Balance, the well-known athletic shoe brand, claims to be an American company, the shoes are actually made overseas. New Balance is headquartered in Oregon. Though they claim to have an American design, even new models aren't 100% made of American-sourced materials.
In fact, New Balance materials are mostly sourced from overseas, including their outer soles, which are manufactured in China. The shoes are labeled “made in the USA”, but there are many qualities about New Balance shoes that are not all-American.
Sold Overseas: Forbes
Forbes Media has had a tremendous influence on its American viewers through its digital media, print, and television outlets. The media giant reportedly reaches 75 million people each month. Forbes was sold to a Hong Kong investment group (Integrated Whale Media) in 2014, though their headquarters are still in New York and Steve Forbes remains the editor-in-chief.
In explaining the international sale, Forbes announced on their blog that they were shifting from print to digital content most likely in an effort to gain an even larger audience.
Made Overseas: Converse
Converse tennis shoes began in 1908 and became a fashion icon among pro-skaters and other street style lovers. Though Converse is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, they don’t manufacture their shoes in the USA. The company was sold to Nike in 2003 and production was moved overseas that same year.
Today, these colorful sneakers are made in Chinese and Indonesian factories. Though their branding has been to sell footwear that is “all-American”, they are not truly American-produced shoes. Don’t be surprised if you see just as many people wearing Converse shoes in China and Indonesia as you do in America.