November 24, 2015

KitchenAid Stand Mixer: Bringing Convenience to American Kitchens Since 1919

Many will be thankful for the KitchenAid stand mixer as they whip up the mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving holiday.

The culinary favorite got its start in 1908 when Herbert Johnson, an engineer at the Hobart Corporation in Troy, Ohio, observed a baker hard at work as he tirelessly mixed bread dough with a metal spoon. As Johnson watched the baker manually mix the bread, he decided that there must be a better way. So he set out to develop an automatic mixer.

After some larger, early designs proved successful, the KitchenAid stand mixer for homes was born 11 years later. The iconic culinary tool has been stirring up convenience in kitchens all across America ever since.

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The “Best Kitchen Aid”

In 1914, Johnson developed the Model H, an 80-quart electric stand mixer that was designed for industrial use. Within three years, the stand mixer was “standard” equipment on all U.S. Navy ships. The product’s overwhelming success prompted Hobart engineers to design a smaller model that could be used in home kitchens. Sample models were given to the wives of factory executives, and as legend has it, the product was named when one of the women said, “I don’t care what you call it, but I know it’s the best kitchen aid I’ve ever had!” In 1919, the company unveiled the first KitchenAid stand mixer to the American consumer and a brand name was born.

KitchenAid stand mixers remained popular, and in the late 1930s, the KitchenAid factory would completely sell out of its products each Christmas. To expand capacity, KitchenAid moved its operations in 1941 to a 257,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Greenville, Ohio.

Today, KitchenAid stand mixers are still made in America and in the same Greenville factory into which the company moved nearly 100 years ago. The factory employs almost 1,000 local employees who paint, assemble, test, and package the thousands of KitchenAid stand mixers that are made (in America) each day.

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November 19, 2015

Goetze’s Candy: 100% Made in the USA

Goetze’s Candy Company, Inc. has proudly made its sweet treats in the U.S. since 1895. A century later, the family-owned and operated company still manufactures its trademark confections – Caramel Creams and Cow Tales – in the U.S. and in the same Baltimore, Md. building that it first moved into 120 years ago.

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Goetze’s Candy (pronounced gets) began in Baltimore in 1895 as the Baltimore Chewing Gum Company. At the time, August L. Goetze was working as an engraver at the chewing gum company and became aware that the gum business wasn’t doing well. It was then that he decided to make an offer and buy the business for his son. The rest is history – a sweet one.

An Iconic American Treat

Despite the shortage of supplies during the First World War, Goetze’s Candy remained in the confectionary business. In fact, it even encouraged the family to create new confections, and in 1917, they began making a caramel candy called “chuees.” The following year, Goetze’s Candy developed a new version of the chuee called Caramel Creams. The chewy caramel candy with a cream filled center quickly became Goetze’s signature candy and remains an iconic American treat to this day.

In 1928, Goetze’s Candy moved its operations across town to a 24,000 square foot facility on Baltimore’s East Monument Street, which allowed the company to triple its production output. A century later, Caramel Creams and Cow Tales are still made at the same building in Baltimore.

Committed to American-made

Now in its fifth generation, the family-owned and operated company is dedicated to manufacturing its candies in the U.S. and to keeping the company in Baltimore, where it was founded. As part of that commitment, Goetze’s Candy not only employs locally, but sources locally, too. Whenever possible, Goetze’s Candy buys its materials from American suppliers, regardless of cost, to support other American businesses.

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November 13, 2015

Rosebud Perfume Company: America’s Oldest Beauty Brand

Founded in 1895, the Rosebud Perfume Co. set out with a simple mission: to provide simple, multi-usage products that are both affordable and effective. With the creation of the world famous, Rosebud Salve that vows to be the solution for a wide variety of skin ailments – from blemishes and chapped lips to dry elbows – the family run Rosebud Perfume Co. has solidified its place in American cosmetic history.

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A Soothing Solution

George F. Smith grew up on a farm near Woodsboro, Md., but soon realized his ambition went far beyond the plow. After a five year stint in teaching, Smith found his true passion as a pharmacist. Smith entered the proprietary drug and medicine field and was registered by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy in 1902.

Smith’s business began in a small drugstore located in Woodsboro, Md. After friends and family members requested a salve for minor skin irritations, Smith formulated a mentholated lip balm called “Balsam of Rosebuds,” which eventually became the popular Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

Realizing its local popularity, Smith decided to advertise his product in tabloids, and within a few years he had organized one of the most unique mail order businesses in the U.S. Several years later, Smith sold his drugstore and moved his business across the street into what is now known as the “Rosebud Building,” which has been home to the Rosebud Perfume Co. for the last 100 plus years.

Uncomplicated Success

One would think that a company with such a long history would have a much more complex past, yet the company has enjoyed uncomplicated success throughout the years by offering simple, American-made products that are both affordable and effective.

To this day, Rosebud Perfume Co. has only a small catalog of products that are still manufactured in Maryland from original recipes and shipped to retailers around the world from its one location in the Rosebud Building.

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November 4, 2015

Woolrich: Woven into America’s History

When Woolrich Woolen Mills first opened in central Pennsylvania in 1830, the U.S. was a nation of 24 states and the Oregon Trail was the main route west. Nearly two centuries later, the Pennsylvania-based company that once provided wool blankets to soldiers in the Civil War continues to produce some of the country’s finest woolen products today.

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America’s Longest Running Wool Mill

Woolrich got started when John Rich, an English immigrant, built his first woolen mill in Plum Run, Pa. From his mule cart, Rich sold his quality fabrics to loggers, hunters, miners and other outdoorsmen all across Pennsylvania. By 1845, Rich expanded the mill and moved operations to what is now Woolrich, Pa., a small company town that he established and that continued to grow alongside Woolrich.

Today, the little town of Woolrich is still headquarters for the company, but the business has grown to a global brand with a variety of outdoor-inspired products, including men’s and women’s clothing and outdoor furniture.

What has not changed over the years, however, is Woolrich’s commitment to quality, value and American manufacturing.

“While we are an international company, who sells to many customers in many countries, our hearts and roots are here in Woolrich, Pa.,” said Joyce Raesner, director of Woolrich Woolen Mills in an article. “We’re proud to say, ‘Made in America.’”

Woolrich is the longest continuously running woolen mill in the U.S.

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