Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cool American Made Journals made with old vinyl records

What struck me about this product is the creativity and the re purposing of the old vinyl albums. You will just have to check it out for yourself to really understand. I think this American Made product reflects what is great about us! They are cool, they are useful, they are made new from old and much more.

We created a new page called Paper Products Made in the USA in order to feature this company Vintage Vinyl Journals please check them out

Monday, February 17, 2014

More companies added to the American Made Directory

We added some great companies today to the list. An American Made knife company, a Frames made in the USA company and a few others. Check them all out at www.americansworking.com

Remember American Made Americans Paid!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What is your take on the minimum wage?

Do you think the minimum wage has any effect on jobs in the US? As a nation we have decided to mandate a minimum wage to ensure workers received what society perceived as a fair wage. I certainly don't want to argue about whether we should have a minimum wage or not, fact is we do and it's not going anywhere but up.

If everything was made in the US, the minimum wage would not have an impact on our jobs. The reason for this is because if you opened a factory and I opened a factory both of us would be paying employees the same minimum wage or better right, it's the law. What would happen if the government allowed my factory to ignore the minimum wage and labor was plentiful? The result would be my factory would operate at a much lower labor cost and allow me to sell my goods at a lower price than your products and make the same profit margin and increase my sales at your expense. So of course in the US we don't allow that. If you and I have the same labor cost we are forced to innovate and get creative with ways to out perform one another. Maybe I would choose to modernize my factory lowering cost. Maybe you would focus on branding and image. The point is that it would not be a race to the bottom with prices and wages.

The problem as I see it is that while in the US we create a baseline, we have no limits on factories operating in other countries. Of course we don't they are not in America and none of our business right? Why do we allow companies to bring in goods made by workers that are not paid minimum wage if that product could not be made in the US? Is that not unfair? They call it fair trade but is that misleading? I think it is in fact misleading. Often times it is American corporations that are using the cheap labor (again that would be illegal here) that compete with factories that use American workers paid a minimum wage or better.

What is the answer? Should we not import? If we don't import then all our cost for products we have become accustom to buying will increase dramatically. Do we wish that to happen? Probably not. Should we impose huge tariffs on imported goods?

I have a couple solutions to kick around. First off is not allow American Corporations to import products made overseas that were made by workers not paid an equivalent minimum wage to ours. If they are going to have all the protection and benefits of America then they should be forced to use American labor or pay the same amount or get out! When we allow American Companies to use cheap labor in other countries and flood our domestic markets with those products all we do is sub contract worker abuse.

What can you do right now about this problem. Buy American Made products when you can. You will empower the American worker and the American company that is trying to do the right thing.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Added some great companies that make products in the USA

A company emailed and asked to be on our directory that makes some really interesting products we probably all see often but never think about where they come from. The make Recycling and Waste Containers in the USA. You know the ones you see in food service locations where you separate glass from food and paper etc. I'm very happy they wrote to us to become part of the American Made Directory.

We also added another company that specializes in a variety of items made in America and put them on several different pages.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Added a few companies today

Today I found a company that makes Combs in the USA out of stainless steel. Added them to our Hair care products made in USA page.

We also created a new page for shelves Made in America today and linked to a company.

Remember American Made, Americans Paid!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Beware of Chinese made dog treats

It is so sad that this topic is back in the news. The FDA is warning people that Chinese made jerky treats are killing American pets (probably pets all over the world). To quote the article I found today "At least 3,600 dogs have been sickened since 2007 and 580 of those pets died."

For some strange reasons the FDA has not taken all these products off the shelf and have only issued warnings. Take the matter into your own hands and check the label before you feed anything to your pets.

Here is the article about the issue http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/10/22/fda-alerts-pet-owners-vets-to-possible-link-between-jerky-treats-dogs-getting-sick/

And here is a link to our page featuring dog treats Made in the USA

Thanks and remember American Made, Americans Paid!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Footmate System earns 5 out of 5 American Made Stars



Let me preface this review with the fact that I'm not a manicure pedicure kind of guy. I'm a middle age dork that often makes my daughter and wife cringe when they notice what I'm wearing or saying! So to use a product that claims to soothe and massage is a little out of my comfort level!

Having said that I thought I would have to rely on my wife for a good appraisal of the FootMate System from Gordon Brush, boy was I wrong about that. So what is the FootMate System? Here is the description from the manufacture

"The FootMate® System is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging your feet every time you shower."

The FootMate is a product that you use in the shower. It features brushes on the bottom and sides that you move your foot through with a special gel that is included with the product. It reminded me at first glance like a boot cleaner you would find outside on the porch.

The first thing I noticed about the FootMate when I opened the box was that it felt substantial when I picked it up. It feels and looks well made. It has some weight to it and you can tell it is constructed well.

I attached the retrieval lead (more on that later) on it and gave it a try. Still a little skeptical at this point, I applied the revitalizing gel to the bushes and went to work scrubbing one foot at a time. It only took a few seconds to become a believer. It did in fact make my feet feel good. So now I thought the test would be for how long would they feel different.

I was surprised that even when I was pulling on my socks and shoes my feet still felt refreshed and great. I really came away very happy with the product. I'm very healthy and in shape and it made my feet feel great and I did not even know they could or should feel better. I imagine that someone with sore or tired feet would benefit even more then I do from the Footmate System. I recommend this product to anyone. I think most people would benefit from this product!

Couple take aways worth noting. The Footmate features wing like sides that allow you to stand on one while scrubbing your other foot. I found these wings very helpful and big enough even for my size 12 foot. The retrieval lead I could do without, however that is just me. I think for some people it will come in very handy. If you don't like the retrieval lead you can always remove it so try it for your self.

I give the Footmate System 5 American Made Stars!