The 45 Best Things Still Made in the USA
For a long time now, we’ve heard how manufacturing is moving overseas—and taking all the jobs with it. While this is sadly true in many areas, industry and innovation aren’t dead here in the US of A. Our great country is still producing amazing products with superior quality. You just have to know where to look!
In this article, we’ve scoured the web for the coolest, most fascinating things that are still made in America. After you read this article, we suggest you get out there and support some of these great American businesses. Remember, when you buy American, you help all of us—including yourself.
Now, let's be clear--these companies and products aren't ranked in any kind of order. We just gave them numbers because we found so many awesome companies, and we wanted to make this easy to read. These are all great products, and you can buy from any one of these American companies with confidence.
Here are the categories we came up with. Let’s dive in!
I. Fashion and Apparel
1. All American Clothing Company
All American Clothing Company sells high-quality jeans, shorts, shirts, outerwear, and more. They offer many styles and options for both men and women. Founder Lawson Nickol started the company in 2002 when he realized that major jean manufacturers were outsourcing production to overseas companies. All American Clothing Company only sells clothing made in the USA—right in Arcanum, OH, to be precise. Check out their great catalog!
2. KD New York Dance Apparel
KD New York makes soft workout wear. This is comfortable apparel that looks great and facilitates physical movement. KD New York started out in Oakland, CA, as “KD dids” in 1980. In 1983, the company moved to New York, where they still make every piece of clothing they sell. With lines dedicated to dance apparel, yoga, fitness, and more, there’s something for everyone.
3. Cord Shoes & Boots
Cord Shoes and Boots sells beautiful, traditionally-constructed leather footwear and leather goods. Cord’s philosophy is admirable. They believe that Less Is More—in other words, they don’t shoot for a gigantic product line; they produce a limited number of styles, and they make sure that every design and every shoe is the best it can be. Cord also caters to women just as much as men—a rarity in the world of quality leather footwear. Cord is a woman-owned business, and they make everything in the USA!
4. Freaker USA
Freaker USA has one mission: to prevent “moist handshakes and sweaty beverages.” They sell awesome, quirky knit koozies and socks. That’s right—you can make this fashion statement on your feet, or on your 40oz. The designs are wacky. The statements are hilarious. The best part? This crowdfunded business got off the ground in North Carolina., and everything is USA-made.
5. Nectar Clothing
Nectar Clothing sells gorgeous SoCal fashion for women who “love adventure, food, camping, county fairs, the beautiful SoCal beaches, falling in love, and being with friends.” Owners David and Tricia Kelly started the company in 2005 and have seen incredible success. Their hearts are in the right place, and their clothing is innovative, stylish, and fun. Plus, everything is made in California, USA. What’s not to love?
6. Tarina Tarantino
Tarina Tarantino and Alfonso Campos started Tarina Tarantino in Los Angeles, 1995. The company has grown into an iconic fashion brand. They offer all kinds of jewelry, plus lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara, and more—all with the distinctive Tarina Tarantino look. Fashion bloggers, editors, and Hollywood stylists regularly feature her Tarina’s pieces. The best part? It’s all made in Los Angeles, CA. Check them out!
7. Royal Apparel Wholesale
Royal Apparel Wholesale sells great American-made clothes at wholesale prices. They have a wide-ranging catalog with many options. With lines for women, men, kids, and infants, Royal Apparel Wholesale has something for everyone. They also offer organic styles made of certified organic cotton. The best part? All these duds are made in the USA! Check them out for some great deals.
8. Bodacious Cases
Bodacious Cases sells beautiful, durable cases for iPhone 4/4s, 5, and 5s. Bodacious Cases isn’t your typical faceless corporation. They’re dedicated to having a compassionate brand, and they have a loyal customer following. Even better, Bodacious Cases honors veterans, police officers, firefighters, and other upstanding individuals with its Bo Heroes program. Customers can nominate someone to be a Bo Hero. For every 12 cases sold, Bodacious will donate one case to a Bo Hero. Awesome! The clincher? Everything is made in the USA.
9. Knot Clothing and Belt Company
Knot Clothing and Belt Company offers canvas cracked belts, shadestraps, duffel bags, and more. Their belts are American-made, and their philosophy is great. Founder Nick Mannella worked a suit-and-tie job in Boston while saving up money to start his company. He launched Knot Clothing and Belt Company in 2009. He spent another year working fulltime and pumping late night work into his new company. A year later, he was ready to make Knot his fulltime endeavor. That passion and commitment show in every product in the Knot catalog. Check it out!
Bootights offers a truly innovative fashion product: knee-high tights with attached socks! They’re perfect for wearing with boots, and they come in a variety of styles—bohemian, urban, western, and more. They also offer boot socks, over the knee socks, and headbands. Founder Shelby Mason has created a fantastic fashion statement. The best part? Bootights are made in the USA!
11. Hickey Freeman
Since 1899, Hickey Freeman has produced finely tailored clothes for men out of their Rochester, NY factory. Their styles are top-notch, and they source their materials from the finest Italian mills. This isn’t your TJ Max bargain rack sport coat. A piece from Hickey Freeman will last for decades—and it’ll look sharp the whole time. With every Hickey Freeman piece coming right out of Rochester, NY, what’s not to love?
12. Milligan Brand Knits
Milligan Brand Knits produces beautiful sweaters, throws, and home décor. Their products are tastefully designed, and they often feature patterns inspired by the traditions and culture of New Mexico, where the company is located. In their own words, their sweaters are “wearable art.” We couldn’t agree more! And to top it all off, their products are made in the USA. Check them out!
II. Home Products
13. Big Chill Stoves and Refrigerators
The folks at Big Chill build incredible stoves, refrigerators, dishwashers, and other kitchen appliances. They have three main lines: Retro, Pro, and Classic. The Retro line features mid-century styling and fun, vibrant colors. The Pro line sits at the other end of the spectrum, with contemporary styling and bold color schemes. The Classic line features rich color schemes and industrial chic styling. There’s literally something for everyone—and their products are built in the USA.
14. Holy Lamb Organics
Holy Lamb Organics sells beautiful natural bedding products. With mattresses, toppers, comforters, pillows, and more, their catalog is a one-stop shop for bedding and bath needs. Holy Lamb is NOT a large company offering a “green line”; they’re a small company offering a great line of natural bedding. That’s an important distinction! They use sustainable practices in every step, and none of their byproducts go into a landfill. They reuse, recycle, or compost it 100%. That’s incredible. The best part? Holy Lamb products are made near Olympia, WA. We can’t say enough about these guys!
15. Merrick Pet Care
Merrick Pet Care offers safe, all-natural food for your pet. Their recipes are expertly formulated, providing great nutrition and taste for both dogs and cats. In the age of mass-produced corporate pet food, it’s incredibly refreshing to see an American company making great food for our cats and dogs. It’s downright inspiring!
16. Grainmaker Mills
Grainmaker Mills builds high-quality grinding mills, flaking mills, and more. These products allow you to grind your own flour and foodstuffs. The company is family-owned and operated. The Jones family took a leap of faith when they put everything into Grainmaker Mills—and it paid off wonderfully! The best part? All their products are made in Montana. Check them out!
17. Staber Washing Machines
Operating out of Groveport, OH, since 1976, Staber Industries, Inc. is the only US manufacturer of a top-loading, tumble-action washing machine. If you’ve ever owned a major-label washing machine, you know how long foreign-built “quality” lasts. There’s really no replacement for a genuine attention to detail and quality. Built and sold in America, Staber washing machines and dryers provide that and more.
18. Pyrex Glassware
Pyrex kitchen glassware first appeared in 1915. Pyrex offers a great product that’s more resilient than normal glass. Most likely, every kitchen that’s worth its salt as at least one Pyrex dish in a cupboard somewhere—and probably more than one. Pyrex is still made in the USA, so you can buy with confidence.
- Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/18/ng-brands-that-are-made-in-america.html?slide=6
19. KitchenAid Mixers
Those who have a KitchenAid mixer swear by them. Whirlpool Corporation’s brilliantly-designed stand mixer has changed very little since the 1930s. The concept is that good! A stand mixer allows you to dump your ingredients into the bowl, flip a switch, and watch as the machine does the hard work. No more fighting your handheld mixer, trying to get the job done while not creating a spray of batter. This incredible product is still made in the USA. What’s not to love?
- Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/18/ng-brands-that-are-made-in-america.html?slide=8
20. Benchmark Signs and Gifts
Benchmark Signs and Gifts sells custom wood signs to decorate your home, office, and everything in between. Owners Sam and Kristy have a passion for woodworking—plus a sense of humor. You can choose from countless templates, and each one accepts your custom text. Check out their cabin signs, family name signs, business logos, bar signs, and more. The best part? They’re all made in the USA.
21. Online Amish Furniture
You got it—that’s us, Online Amish Furniture! We believe in buying and selling American-made products. That’s why we wrote this article. We’re so passionate about buying American that we source all of our Amish furniture from real Amish master craftsmen. That means all of our furniture is made right here in the USA. When you buy from Online Amish Furniture, you’re supporting the American economy—and getting beautiful, hand-built furniture that will last for generations. Check us out!
III. Musical Instruments and Audio Equipment
22. Steinway and Sons Pianos
The pianists among us know: there’s nothing like a genuine Steinway. Pianos age well, just like wine, and the instruments from America’s oldest (and last standing) piano company are no exception. Of course, Steinways are expensive. You know, the old “if you have to ask what it costs, you probably can’t afford it” line. Whether their instruments are in your price range or not, Steinway & Sons stands as a testament to American craftsmanship and attention to detail.
- Source: https://www.rd.com/advice/9-products-still-proudly-made-in-america/
23. S.I.T. Guitar Strings
Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys uses S.I.T. (“stay-in-tune”) strings. These guitar and bass strings are manufactured in Akron, OH, and have been since 1980. They’re long-lasting, affordable, and sound absolutely amazing. If you’re a guitarist, grab a set of S.I.T. next time your guitar starts sounding muddy. You’ll get great tone, and you’ll support an American business.
24. Earthquaker Devices
Guitar players are notorious for “gear acquisition syndrome”, the purchasing of more and more guitar accessories. Take a listen to some demo videos from Earthquaker Devices, and you can understand the addiction. Earthquaker Devices hand-builds groundbreaking guitar and bass effects pedals in Akron, OH. These pedals offer sounds which truly haven’t been heard before. The best part is that purchasing an Earthquaker Devices pedal means keeping your money here in the USA. You get great tone, and you support the economy. What’s not to love?
25. Carvin and Kiesel Guitars and Audio
The Carvin Corporation is a California-based manufacturer of guitars, guitar amps, bass amps, and pro audio equipment. A lot of big-name musicians endorse or use Carvin gear—people like Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Lee McKinney (Born of Osiris), and Neil Zaza. That’s for good reason: their guitars are built to exacting specifications, and their audio gear is world-renowned for its performance and reliability. The best part—everything is made in Carvin’s facility in San Diego, CA. If you’re a musician, Carvin is a great source for incredible American-made gear.
26. Ohm Speakers
Ohm Speakers features groundbreaking audio technology and cabinet design. These speakers don’t sound like speakers; they sound like the music. Even better, you don’t have to listen from a “sweet spot” to get the perfect sound. Ohm’ speaker technology is omnidirectional, meaning the music sounds amazing from any angle or direction.
Synthesizers.com offers high-quality modular synthesizer products. In the late 90s, founder Roger Arrick snatched up the domain name synthesizers.com for his company. Synthesizers.com is built on great core values—the Golden Rule, selling direct to customers, and making modular synth systems affordable for every musician. They also offer Moog expansion systems, bringing more capability than ever to Moog synthesizer systems. The best part? Their entire product line is designed and built in East Texas. What’s not to love?
IV. Tools and Workshop Equipment
28. Chapman Manufacturing
Chapman Tools are widely known for their superior durability, precision, and hardness. They’re used to service everything from computers to Apache helicopters. Old Man Chapman founded Chapman Manufacturing in 1936 out of his garage in Durham, CT. The company is now headquartered just around the corner from their original location. Everything Chapman sells is made in America. You can buy from them with confidence.
CHANNELLOCK sells pliers, screwdrivers, wrenches, specialty tools, and more. Their tools are some of the best you can buy. They’re built to last, and they’re surprisingly affordable. These aren’t your cheap Christmas gift tools. CHANNELLOCK tools will help you do serious, professional-quality work in plumbing, automotive, electrical, HVAC, and more. The best part? They’re all made in the USA!
30. Lakeshore Carbide
Lakeshore Carbide produces and sells top-notch carbide end mills at highly competitive prices. All their end mills are held to an H6 tolerance. Their business model is built to be lean—they have no sales reps. They pass these savings on to their customers with incredibly low prices. Everything they sell is made in America—and they’re based right out of Lake View, NY. Check them out!
31. Estwing Tools
Estwing manufactures high-quality striking tools—hammers, axes, prybars, and more. They’ve been in business since 1923, and they offer an incredibly innovative handle design that dampens the vibrations caused by striking a hammer or axe. Your hand will feel so much better after using an Estwing tool! The best part of all this? They make everything in the USA, and they’re based out of Rockford, IL, 90 miles northwest of Chicago. Check them out!
V. Arts and Crafts
32. Crayola Crayons
Believe it or not, all Crayola crayons are still made in the USA—in fact, right in Easton, Pennsylvania. The modern Crayola company was first incorporated as Binney & Smith in 1902. Crayola is currently owned by Hallmark Cards, and their crayons remain the iconic art experience for children ages 1 to 100.
- Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/18/ng-brands-that-are-made-in-america.html?slide=3
33. Post-It Notes
Post-It Notes are still made here, too. However, you’d be surprised to learn that the original Post-It was a bit of an accident. According to Wikipedia, 3M scientist Dr. Spencer Silver was trying to develop a super-strong adhesive, but his experiments created a weak adhesive that was reusable and adhered easily with simple finger pressure. That was 1968, and the idea took a while to catch on. However, the first Post-Its were sold in stores in 1977 as “Press ‘n Peel.” The rest is history!
- Sources: https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/18/ng-brands-that-are-made-in-america.html?slide=5
34. Sculpey Modeling Clay
Sculpey modeling clay is incredibly popular in craft circles. It’s available in a variety of colors, and with a little kneeding, crafters can combine colors to create new ones. The clay is easy to work with and bakes quickly in a household oven. After baking, the clay can be painted or left as it was originally colored. Even better, Sculpey is still made in the USA.
35. Bound Custom Journals
Bound offers beautiful, one-of-a-kind journals that are made to last for years. Their online custom builder lets you determine every aspect of your journal, including size, page count, cover type, and more. You can also add custom printing to the inside of your journal. Regional maps, city maps, lines, grids, and more—there are tons of options. The best part? Bound is based out of Durham, NC, and every journal they sell is made in the USA. Awesome!
VI. Sports and Outdoors
36. Wilson Footballs
It doesn’t get more American than football. You might think that NFL football production has moved overseas—that maybe the old pigskin isn’t even made out of pigskin anymore. Wrong! Wilson, the official football supplier to the NFL, makes every football by hand in their Ohio factory. Even better, the footballs are still made out of genuine leather.
- Source: https://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/18/ng-brands-that-are-made-in-america.html?slide=11
37. Bison Coolers
Bison Coolers manufactures the highest-quality, professional-grade coolers your American dollar can buy. Their designs feature one-piece construction, with roto-molded corners. That means your cooler won’t catch on your truck bed liner or your pants. Their largest cooler has a 150qt capacity, which holds 125 cans of your favorite beverage or 194lbs of ice. Incredible! Say goodbye to that busted-up Igloo and invest in a Bison Cooler. The best part? They’re all made in the USA.
38. Louisville Sluggers
It’s great to know that Louisville Sluggers, used by some 60% of MLB players (according to the Slugger website), are still made right here in the USA. Baseball is part of the American heritage, and Louisville Slugger makes all their bats in their Louisville, KY factory. Ballplayers know: there’s really nothing like the feel of a real wood bat—and Louisville Sluggers are the best in the world. Of course, the company also makes metal bats with cutting edge technology. All in all, this is a great American business.
39. Nokona Ball Gloves
Nokona makes ball gloves for baseball, youth baseball, fastpitch, slowpitch, and more. They also offer mitt accessories and bats. With the ability to create your own custom Nokona glove, their website shows off the beauty and versatility of their products. Iconic players who’ve used Nokona products include Nolan Ryan, Vladimir Guerrero, David Ortiz, and Miguel Tejada. The best part: all Nokona ball gloves are made in the USA.
VI. Children’s Toys and Games
40. Uncle Goose Toys
Uncle Goose sells beautiful handcrafted wooden toys and blocks. Everything in their catalog is made in Grand Rapids, MI, out of materials sourced from around the Great Lakes region. Their inks are safe for young children, and the blocks are so carefully made, they’ll last for generations. These guys really have something special. Check them out!
41. Cabbage Patch Dolls
If you were around in the 1980s, you remember the Cabbage Patch Kids craze. These iconic dolls are still as popular as ever, and they’re still made in America—right in Cleveland, GA. Founder and creator Xavier Roberts told the story of how he discovered the Cabbage Patch Kids after following a BunnyBee to a magical cabbage patch where he found the babies hatching. With this kind of mystique, it’s no wonder Cabbage Patch Kids remain so popular.
42. K’NEX Building Toys
K’NEX is a fantastic line of construction toys for inquisitive children. The systematic nature of the toys teaches children to recognize the functions of different parts in a system—while still encouraging them to break the mold and discover new functions for familiar parts. Along with LEGO, K’NEX is one of the best things you can get your kids. And the best part? They’re still made right here in the USA, in Hatfield, PA.
43. Skullduggery Toys
Skullduggery makes beautiful toys in several lines. They offer toy race cars and racing systems, educational craft kits, Smithsonian model kits, and incredible fossil replicas. With this wide range of toys, they offer something for every child—especially those who like to build accurate, lifelike models. The best part? Skullduggery Toys are still made in the USA—right in Anaheim, CA.
44. Step2 Toys
Step2 makes high-quality toys, children’s furniture, and home and garden products. While the Federal Trade Commission Guidelines would allow nearly all of Step2’s products to be labeled “Made in the USA,” the company holds itself to a high standard and uses a 3-tiered labeling system. This system allows Step2 to differentiate between products made entirely in the USA, products partially built in the USA, and products which are made overseas but rigorously tested in the USA. With these standards, it’s hard not to love Step2.
Few toys have such an iconic image as the Slinky. We all grew up with them. We watched them walk down the stairs. We stretched them out and sent waves through them. We got them all tangled up and asked mom to fix it. She tried her best, but you know. The Slinky is one of the best toys ever invented—and it’s still made in the USA.
Well, what did you think? Were you surprised that there are so many great products still made in the USA? You shouldn't be! American ingenuity is the strongest it's ever been, and this list of products is just the tip of the iceberg. We found many, many more, which we simply couldn't include due to space.
Here's the bottom line: get out there and support these great American companies!