Monthly Archives: May 2012

Squeaky clean


I had to clean the kitchen windows last weekend.  They were so dirty I could barely see through them.  So, I went down to the basement and collected my window cleaning equipment which is made here in the States.  It … Continue reading

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Bucking the conventional wisdom


The statistics are fairly brutal.  America has lost over seven and a half million manufacturing jobs since 1979.  We lost two million between 1979 and 1999, almost three and a half million between 1999 and 2007 and an additional two million … Continue reading

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Get your motor running!


Good news on the reshoring front.  Cleveland CycleWerks is going to move motorcycle manufacturing jobs from China to, wait for it, Cleveland.  Scott Colosimo, owner of Cleveland CycleWerks, is to be commended for this action.  Mr. Colosimo hopes to be … Continue reading

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Putting your best foot forward


One of the first companies I contacted when I began to write my book, Simply American, Putting Our Extended American Family Back to Work, was Wigwam Mills.  Wigwam is the premier manufacturer of socks in the U.S.; their plant in Sheboygan, … Continue reading

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Fore!


I have had a lot of jobs in my time.  The best job I ever had was the job where I got paid to play golf.  After returning from an internship in Japan, I went to work for a Japanese fellow who opened … Continue reading

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It reads a bit like a murder mystery.


I came across a couple of interesting blog posts written by an American manufacturer of furniture.  Paul Downs makes furniture in Philadelphia, and was contacted by a German furniture maker who wanted Mr. Downs to make some of their furniture in … Continue reading

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery


Imagine my glee when I discovered that the venerated publication Consumer Reports had just published a feature on American made gas grills, a mere month after my post on American made gas grills. Sadly, Consumer Reports didn’t even mention my … Continue reading

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Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice…


I came across an article last week in Businessweek that discussed New Balance and the current effort underway by the Obama administration to conclude yet another free-trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with eight Pacific nations, including Vietnam.  Vietnam now ranks fourth among the world’s footwear … Continue reading

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Woof!


Your own dog is always the best dog ever.  So it is with our wonderful dog Buddy.  Buddy is a thirteen year old Chocolate Labrador.  Buddy is not surprisingly an American, as opposed to an English, Labrador.  He is a constant … Continue reading

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Oh boy, I think I pulled something!


I have a buddy at work, Tim Barnes, who is a treasure of information about all things related to health and fitness.  Tim is one of those rare people who just has a natural interest in all sorts of things, … Continue reading

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