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    I mentioned this, as an aside, in another post so it may not get addressed there. But I am really interested, so I am going to post my question here as well, so it gets the attention it deserves.

    As a relative newcomer to the USA (I have lived here three years now), I am beginning to appreciate that the "Made in America" label actually means something for a select few products. This surprised me, because"Made in England" does not really mean much any more, but here there are a few gems that still shine.

    For example, my Zoeller sump pump is brilliant. And made in the USA too.

    I have Virginia Metalcrafters brassware in my house (the company has now closed) and, again, it is outstanding quality.

    Are there any other US-made things for my house that are still available to buy and really good, that I may have overlooked?

    No cars, thank you: the US is quite hopeless at making those.

    Thanks.
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    Ian,
    A good portion of my business is selling American Made products.
    I sell a lot of the Toto Ultramax, Soiree, Guinevere toilets made in USA.
    Toto has a plant in Georgia near Atlanta.
    In the beginning, every Toto I sold was USA made,
    But then they became so popular, the Georgia plant could no longer keep up with the demand, even running three shifts.



    The Toyota Tundra is engineered and manufactured in the USA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post

    No cars, thank you: the US is quite hopeless at making those.

    Thanks.
    That is about as false of a statement as you can make.

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    I own a Pontiac, i always buy GM and hopefully the next car will be a GM.

    But....his statement is not that false, i buy to support the cars made here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpartyRules! View Post
    That is about as false of a statement as you can make.
    I think it is quite accurate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peanut9199 View Post
    ....hopefully the next car will be a GM.

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    Do not take long odds on that!!

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    These shoes I think are made in America! You could wear these around the house.

    The custom shoes -- which aren't endorsed by Microsoft or Nike -- are handmade by Sole Junkie, a California-based artist who specializes in customized sneakers. They are 2,500 dollars, so forget the car and walk! It is better for you and the environment! PLUS, you are supporting a small biz.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Do not take long odds on that!!
    Ya they just closed a truck plant this week, they were making trucks there for 44 years.
    Just heard today they were closing about 1000 dealerships and that's just 1/5 of them.

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    American made (or mostly American made anyway) have come a long ways in the last 10 years. Before that you couldn't get me to buy an american car with anything less than 8 cylinders. (I also have a slight love affair with Mustangs )

    Now things I would try to buy American:
    Tools.

    I really can't at this moment think of any other product that I would buy strictly American. Sad to say.

    TOTO manufactures many of their products in America
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    Food? I would rather have food grown in the USA or from the USA.

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    Just remembered, half of my furniture was Made in USA....




    the other half seems to have come over from Malaysia.
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    My Made in USA Chevy Suburban???
    Nope Hecho en Mexico!!!

    My Made in USA Dodge Ramcharger???
    Nope Hecho en Mexico!!!

    My Made in Japan Toyota Camry???
    Nope Made in USA!!!

    Things aren't always what you think...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood View Post
    My Made in USA Chevy Suburban???
    Nope Hecho en Mexico!!!

    My Made in USA Dodge Ramcharger???
    Nope Hecho en Mexico!!!

    My Made in Japan Toyota Camry???
    Nope Made in USA!!!

    Things aren't always what you think...
    Half of my last mustang was made in Canada, half of the other half was made in Mexico, half of the other half of half was sourced from Japan and the little bit left of the half of half of another half was made in the USA. It was mostly assembled in the US.
    I also think some of the electronics were GM.



    I just chuckle to myself when some of my aquaintances go off about only buying American.
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    A year or so ago, I read this book called "A Year without Made in China". A family wrote about their experience. I thought the book was going to tell us HOW to do that. The story it actually told was that you CANNOT. Oh, if you have a cabin in the backwoods and hunt squirrel for food, etc. Maybe. And you would probably find that your ammo was imported!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    A year or so ago, I read this book called "A Year without Made in China". A family wrote about their experience. I thought the book was going to tell us HOW to do that. The story it actually told was that you CANNOT. Oh, if you have a cabin in the backwoods and hunt squirrel for food, etc. Maybe. And you would probably find that your ammo was imported!
    America is the worlds pre-eminent producer of ammunition. The only imports I find are Czech and Russian, and good for target practice only. And we produce weapons like Chinese make chopsticks.

    I could start a squirrel export business from here, the Chinese obliterated theirs many eons ago. And by the way, Squirrels make a nice meal - tree rats we called them.

    Ian, do not forget MAGLITE flashlites and RIDING LAWN MOWERS. America's best.

    The last American work boot costs about $169 at Cabela's, and they last me for 5 years of daily use. Funny but the next five pages are import boots all at a higher cost. Americans are just dopes for marketing and low level for the perseverence needed to find and support the many US manufacturers remaining.

    Want to see some fine bit of American planning for the next war? Do google earth and look over Hawthorne, Nevada and Walker lake. Great little town, by the way.

    Stay out of the dollar stores and you Can do without Chinese products, but there is no good reason to not take advantage of their currency manipulation.
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