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July 28, 2015

Bottled with American Pride

In 2008, Tim Andis was working at a high-end outdoor equipment supply company selling to major retailers. When these major retailers told Andis they wanted American-made water bottles, he searched the U.S. to find a supplier.

Unable to find one and recognizing the demand for American-made products, Andis enlisted the help of longtime business partner, Ryan Clark, and the two set off to create Liberty Bottleworks.

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Photo credit: libertybottles.com

American-made from the Bottle Up

Located in Yakima, Wash., Liberty Bottleworks is the only metal water bottle company that is 100 percent made in the USA. Every machine in Liberty Bottleworks’ 35,000 sq. ft. facility is manufactured in the U.S. and all of their materials are sourced domestically, including the recycled aluminum for the bottles.

“We’re using technology that was designed and developed here in America with employees who care deeply about producing the best water bottle possible in a zero waste sustainable manufacturing facility,” said Tim Andis, founder and CEO of Liberty Bottleworks, in an article. “We wouldn’t be Liberty Bottleworks if we weren’t made in the US. It’s fundamental to our flexibility, customer service, quick response time, custom art and quality.”

This strong commitment to delivering quality, American-made products caught the eye of others, too. In 2013, Liberty Bottleworks was awarded the very first American Made Outdoor Gear Award, which is given annually to the company with the most compelling “made in America” story. See our previous post on the American Made Outdoor Gear Awards to learn more.

Today, Liberty Bottleworks’ water bottles are being sold at big-name retailers such as REI, Whole Foods and Amazon, and have attracted customers like the Dave Matthews Band, Harley-Davidson and Redhook Brewery. To learn more about Liberty Bottleworks, visit libertybottles.com.

July 24, 2015

Troy-Bilt: Rooted in America Since 1937

“Rooted in America.” That’s what Troy-Bilt, a leading American manufacturer of outdoor power equipment, has printed on its labels. Headquartered in Valley City, Ohio, and with manufacturing locations in Arizona, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee, Troy-Bilt is committed to providing customers with high-quality American-made products.

Photo credit: donaldantiquerototillers.com

Photo credit: donaldantiquerototillers.com

In 1937, C.W. Kelsey introduced the very first American-made rototiller that changed the face of farming in the U.S. After noticing that European-made rototillers were unable to break through the rocky soil conditions in North America, Kelsey was determined to design a rototiller that was able to break through the tough American soil. Using inspiration from an imported, commercial German machine known as the Earth Grinder, Kelsey developed the first American-made rear-tine rototiller, known as the Model A-1.

By the end of World War II, Troy-Bilt began manufacturing small tillers for home gardeners. People could now plow a garden for their own personal use and grow vegetables in their backyard.

Sticking to its Roots

Troy-Bilt continues to thrive today, expanding its product line to include top-quality tractors, mowers, tillers, cultivators, trimmers and a variety of outdoor power tools. Its reputation for producing high-quality and durable American-made products that are “built for life” has remained true. In fact, today’s modern rototillers still feature two of the original-designed parts found on Kelsey’s first rototiller – rear-mounted tines and power-driven wheels – and are still revolutionizing the way gardening is done today.

To learn more visit, troybilt.com.

July 17, 2015

When One Door Closes, FatIvan Opens Another

As a Cincinnati firefighter for more than 23 years, Nick Caliguri knew there was – and needed to be – a better way to keep doors open when things get hot.

Photo credit: fativan.com

Photo credit: fativan.com

After years of lugging around heavy metal door chocks and watching wooden ones slide away, Caliguri invented a fold-up and expanding door chock that hangs over a door’s hinge instead of its base. Thinking that most firefighters would remember, and also appreciate, a silly name – the FatIvan was born.

Catching Fire

Today, firefighters all across the U.S. and from around the world rely on the American made FatIvan to keep their doors open on the fireground, and its appeal is catching on in other fields, too. The multidisciplinary tool has attracted those in the police, commercial, residential, hospitality and delivery industries. Since inception, more than 100,000 FatIvans have been sold on five different continents and has appeared on the popular home shopping network, QVC.

Chock-Full of Opportunity

When asked what makes his product so unique, Caliguri credits the American dream. “We are pretty much the embodiment of what is great about America. We had a problem, found a solution, went in debt up to our eyeballs to create the tooling, then produced a product which has been a homerun,” said Caliguri in an interview. “We now have distribution around the world. We feel very blessed to have had such a great response to our efforts.”

For more information, visit fativan.com.

July 9, 2015

Microsoft Adds the American Touch

Over the past few years, there has been a wave of hopefulness regarding the possibly of high-tech manufacturing returning to the U.S., and it’s for good reason, too. More and more technology companies are foregoing overseas production and adding the American touch to high-tech manufacturing.

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Photo credit: nytimes.com

Among them is Microsoft. The company announced this summer that it will be making its giant touch screen, the Microsoft Surface Hub, stateside. Microsoft will manufacture the touch screen at the company’s 70,000 sq. ft. facility in Wilsonville, Ore. – the same location where the product was first developed. Microsoft’s announcement follows Apple’s 2013 decision to manufacture the Mac Pro computer in Texas.

Bringing High-Tech Manufacturing Home  

According to the New York Times, the Surface Hub is “an illustration of an exotic tech product that its makers believe can be manufactured cost-effectively in the United States.” Manufacturing the Surface Hub in the U.S. would not only reduce overseas shipping and labor costs, but also increase the quality of the product.

With 55-inch and 84-inch screens and weighing up to 220 pounds, the Surface Hub is the largest touch screen of its kind and one that assembly lines overseas are not equipped for producing, which contributed to Microsoft’s decision to keep production local. Not to mention the hundreds of engineers and manufacturing staff that Microsoft employs at their Wilsonville facility.

“I don’t have to send my folks over to China, so they’re happier,” says Jeff Han, general manager for Microsoft Surface Hub in an article. “It’s faster. There’s no language, time, or culture barrier to deal with. To have my engineers go down the hallway to talk to the guys in the manufacturing line and tune the recipe? That’s just incredible.”

To learn more about the Microsoft Surface Hub, visit microsoft.com.

July 1, 2015

Revology Cars Makes an Old Pony Gallop Again

The Mustang is more than a car. It’s an icon of American automotive engineering and craftsmanship. So when Revology Cars, a Florida-based specialty automobile manufacturer, decided it was going to re-create America’s most iconic sports car, it was sure to generate excitement.

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Photo credit: revologycars.com

Half a century after the original Ford Mustang was first revealed at the New York World’s Fair, Revology Cars unveiled its replica of the first-generation 1964 1/2-1966 Ford Mustang at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, one of the most prestigious classic cars event in the nation.

The Revology Mustang is the world’s first true replica of the Mustang, looking identical to the original model on the exterior, but built with modern powertrain and technology. The most notable changes include power windows, LED lighting and a digital message center in the central speedometer and USB and AUX jacks hidden in the ashtray. The replica is powered by a fuel-injected 5.0-liter V-8 engine.

Rekindling America’s Love

The first generation Mustang ran from model year 1964 1/2 to 1966, during which time Ford sold almost 1.3 million Mustangs, making automotive history and creating an American cultural icon in the process.

Revology Cars hopes to rekindle America’s love affair for the Mustang with its replica.

“Everybody in America has a Mustang story,” says Revology’s founder, Tom Scarpello, in an article. “They had one or know someone who had one, so what we want to do is kind of reconnect with that and kindle the flame with everyone.”

To learn more about Revology Cars, visit revologycars.com.