Fire when ready Gridley!

manilla bay

My dad used to always use the phrase “Fire when ready Gridley” when ever we were about to begin a task.  I finally found out its origin the other day.  At the beginning of the Battle of Manila in the Spanish-American War of 1898, the commander of the U.S. Olympia, Captain Charles Gridley, waited for the order to fire his ship’s guns from Commodore George Dewey, who was with Gridley on the Olympia’s flying bridge.  Dewey told Dewey at 5:40 A.M., “You may fire when you are ready, Gridley.”

With that history lesson in mind, I have a lot of “Made in America” salvos of information to fire your way.  So here we go.

Great Reshoring Article

Reshoring is the phenomenon where American manufacturers bring their manufacturing facilities back home from abroad.  I came across a really good article on the issue recently that you might want to read.

She’s at it again

I just love the made in usa challenge blog.    The blog’s author is Sarah Mazzone of Philadelphia, PA. Sarah has been writing her blog for about six months longer than I have and Sarah is a marvel.  I subscribe to her blog feed and Sarah is always coming up with great posts.  Two that stand out for me recently are Sarah’s post on American made gardening stuff and an upcoming post on American made baby supplies.  Sarah missed a few American made gardening goods that I featured in my posts on U.S. gardening, but her list has a few things I missed as well!

You gotta love the Twin-Cities!

I came across two great stories from Minnesota that should bring a smile to anyone who wants to support members of our extended American family making great products.  The first is about the recent renovation of the Minneapolis Hyatt that utilized a specific “Made in Minnesota” focus as a result of the efforts of the design firm on the project, Stonehill & Taylor.  Way to go Hyatt and Stonehill & Taylor!

The second story is about Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis, which offers a 22 week “sewing and production specialist” course that teaches students the basics of sewing in an industrial setting and the production process.  According to CNN, “the program includes on-the-job training and a paid internship with a company in the Twin Cities region that could lead to a full-time job.”  I really encourage you to read the CNN article about Dunwoody.

Okabashi Offer

Okabashi makes great sandals and garden clogs here in the states.  They have a great four pairs for $60 offer going right now and you even get free shipping.

Outstanding Outdoor Product List

I have done quite a few posts on American made camping and hiking equipment.  Last week, I came across a great post that lists masses of American made outdoor equipment.  Thank you American Overlander.

Great firms I just heard about

Heather Belle

There actually is a Heather Belle.  Ms. Belle lives in L.A. and designs and manufactures very cool jewelry and bags in the City of Angels   A couple of her pieces that I think are really cool are her serpent rings


and her Lemon Zest wristlet purse.


Don’t worry, no snakes died to make the purse, it’s synthetic python.

Fix It Sticks

Yet another great American made product that got started from a Kick Starter campaign.  Kick Starter is really a blessing when it comes to the funding of new American made manufacturing efforts.  Anyway, Fix It Sticks are very light, minimalist bike tools that are easy to take along on your ride to fix anything that goes asunder.  Plus, they really look cool.


Hilarious spam comments

Until I started blogging, I didn’t know about spam comments.  For those that don’t blog, you often get poorly written spam comments that are most often from people who are trying to sell something.  They send the comments in the hope that they will appear on your blog and someone will click on them and then be linked to a useful things like sex-dating or reduced priced Air Jordan tennis shoes.  Anyway, the spam comments are either written by poorly assembled robots or people for whom English is probably not even their third language.  I provide a few of them below for your reading pleasure.  While spam comments are fairly funny, I would much rather get comments from people who are actually writing what I am writing.  So please leave a comment if you care to do so.

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About Simply American LLC

I live in Seattle and love telling stories about Americans, the places where they work and the things that they make. I have just published a book, Simply American, encouraging Americans to purchase American made products; the book can be ordered at
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2 Responses to Fire when ready Gridley!

  1. Very good post. On the one post about home and garden supplies, I did order something through the link off of made in usa challenge, I finally found some US made loppers, made by Florian. Just received them today.
    Since you were interested in facts. I am not sure if you are a history buff, but as you might know the Spanish-American War was fought because the American battleship, The Maine, was sunk. However, not everybody knows this point, but the Maine sunk because its internal boiler exploded, and not because of a torpedo. Just a little fun fact. -Jack A

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