Live American Made

For 100 years, we’ve proudly supported American businesses and communities. The Born Made Stayed blog is our effort to shed light on other remarkable companies that make products right here in the USA.


October 3, 2014

National Manufacturing Day Exemplifies “Live American Made”

President Obama declared today – Friday, Oct. 3 – as National Manufacturing Day. In a time when many products are manufactured overseas, National Manufacturing Day sheds light on American companies that are committed to bringing jobs back home. According to the White House, “America’s manufacturers have created jobs at the fastest pace in decades, adding more than 700,000 new jobs since February 2010.”

On National Manufacturing Day, plants across the country open their doors for visitors to tour their facilities. More than 100,000 people have now toured 1,600 manufacturing plants in just three years. For more information on National Manufacturing Day, visit MFG DAY’s website.

October 2, 2014

Lincoln Logs Comes Back to its American Roots

Remember Lincoln Logs? There’s a good chance you, your parents and even your grandparents built homes with the popular toy during childhood. John Lloyd Wright, son of architect Frank Lloyd Wright, created Lincoln Logs nearly a century ago – and the toy is a classic piece of American history.

Parent company K’NEX, which outsourced manufacturing of the small wooden parts to China, recently announced the toy is coming home to the United States. Eighty percent of Lincoln Logs production will now take place at Pride Manufacturing, a wood products company in Burnham, Maine, that employs 130 people. The Lincoln Logs contract will add up to 10 new jobs for the Burnham community.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring these jobs back to the United States and specifically to Maine,” said Larry Fanelle, Pride’s senior vice president of operations.

We salute Lincoln Logs and their new partner, Pride Manufacturing, for working together to build (pun intended!) a new future for an age-old American toy – right here in the United States. To learn more about this Live American Made story, check out Lincoln Logs’ recent feature on NBC News.

September 30, 2014

Tom Hanks Picks Up “Factory Man” for HBO Mini Series

Tom Hanks’ production company will turn New York Times Best Seller “Factory Man,” the story of Vaughan-Bassett founder John Bassett III, into an HBO mini series.

Nothing says “Live American Made” better than Bassett’s story, as chronicled in author Beth Macy’s “Factory Man.” Academy Award-winning actor and director Tom Hanks seems to agree. Hanks recently announced that his production company, Playtone (co-owned with Gary Goetzman) will produce an HBO mini series inspired by “Factory Man” and Bassett’s story.

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August 1, 2014

Business is Sizzling for Cast Iron Company

Although it’s a kitchen staple across America, only one brand of cast iron cookware is still made in the USA. With roots dating back to 1896, Lodge Cast Iron Cookware is run by the Lodge family’s fourth generation. Today, consumers are grabbing up the company’s affordable, durable cookware – so much so, that demand is outpacing production capacity. The company is currently expanding its South Pittsburg, Tennessee, factory to keep up with its mounting popularity.

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July 1, 2014

Flint and Tinder Builds Better Bottoms

Today, 99% of men’s underwear is made overseas – in garment factories across China, Indonesia and Thailand. Not content with that status quo, Flint and Tinder CEO Jake Bronstein took to Kickstarter in a quest to create men’s briefs that were made to last. The results? A record-breaking fundraising campaign. 30,000 pairs shipped in just four months. Plus an expansion into hoodies, jeans and women’s apparel. Bronstein promises – no matter how big the business gets – the products will always be made in America.

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June 1, 2014

Leather Production Revs up in the Motor City

Until Detroit’s Shinola opened its doors in 2011, no American company had produced watches on a large scale since the late 1960s. Now, the company is placing its bets on a previously dying American industry – in a formerly booming manufacturing capital – crafting watches, bags, wallets, accessories and bicycles. With a 60,000-square-foot complex, a recently opened, 12,000-square-foot watchstrap factory and a growing staff, it appears that bet is paying off.

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