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The Craze for all things “American-Made.”

The Craze for all things “American-Made.”

From the Rodon Group blog:  Original Post

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There has been a great deal of focus on American-made products and American Manufacturing over the past few years.  And, the recent presidential contest seems to have heated up the conversation.  A survey by the Alliance for American Manufacturing indicates that all political
affiliations – democrats, republicans and independents, believe we need to support a strong manufacturing sector in our country.

With this new interest in all things American, it is no wonder that many websites and blogs committed to this topic have been sprouting up all over the internet.  Some are focused on bringing awareness to the cause; others  are focused on ecommerce.

Our survey of sites uncovered about 30 websites and blogs specifically targeting the “American Made Craze.”  Here are 12 of the top sites:

Name:  American Made Matters
URL: http://www.americanmadematters.com 
Key Focus: Educating consumers on the impact of buying American made.  Affiliated with Americans Working.com

Name:  A Continuous Lean
URL: http://www.acontinuouslean.com/the-american-list
Key Focus: To promote American Made products to a younger generation

Name:  Made In USA Challenge
URL: http://madeinusachallenge.com
Key Focus: Made in USA challenge features goods made in America that are safe, ethically made, eco-friendly and awesome.

Name:  Americans Working.Com
URL:  http://www.americansworking.com/index.html
Key Focus: Americansworking.com was created to provide consumers with an easy to use and highly accessible means of finding products made in America.  Affiliated with American Made Matters.

Name: Made in USA Forever
URL: http://madeinusaforever.com
Key Focus: Sells All American Made Product

Name:  Still Made in the USA
URL: http://www.stillmadeinusa.com
Key Focus: The purpose of StillMadeinUSA.com is to share with other shoppers some of the great manufacturers, retailers, and craftspeople that I have found who still produce quality products in America.

Name:  Made in America, Buy American
URL: http://www.madeinamericabuyamerican.com
Key Focus: The Made in America Buy American Directory is your consumer resource to help you locate products made in USA

Name: The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)
URL: http://americanmanufacturing.org
Key Focus: The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a non-profit, non-partisan partnership formed in 2007 by some of America’s leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers to explore common solutions to challenging public policy topics such as job creation, infrastructure investment, international trade, and global competitiveness.

Name:  Made In America Store
URL:  http://www.madeinamericastore.com
Key Focus: The only general merchandise store in the country that sells 100% American Made Products, down to the packaging.

Name:  The Made In America Movement  
URL:  http://www.themadeinamericamovement.com
Key Focus: We are a nonpartisan organization sharing ideas on how to get involved within your community, providing you with resources on how to buy American made products, facilitating your purchasing experience

Name:  Buy American for America
URL:  www.BuyDirectUSA.com
Key Focus: BuyDirectUSA.com was started in 1998 as a way to promote companies that made their products in the USA. This was well before the scares about toys made in China that contained lead and toxic ingredients.

Name:  Made In USA Products Store
URL:  http://www.madeinusaproductsstore.com
Key Focus: Made in USA Products Store is dedicated to bringing you safe quality American made products.

Name:  Buy American.com
URL:  http://www.buyamerican.com
Key Focus: BuyAmerican.com seeks to promote American manufactured products and services through the use of social networking.

One statistic cited by American Made Matters notes that for every $1 that US manufacturers spend, another $1.40 of economic activity is created.  This multiplier is much greater than any other sector of our economy.   Consumers need to be educated about the provenance of the products they purchase and how their choices impact the American economy.

Tell us what you think. Do you have a favorite Made In America website that you use?

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