Just in time for the Fourth of July!

There are a lot of great people out there working to put Americans to work by encouraging us to buy products made by member of our extended American family.  Guys like Jack A., Todd Lipscomb and Don Buckner.  Gals like Sarah Mazzone, Sarah Wagner and Amy.  Well I came across a great contest currently being run by Made in America MovementMAM’s contest concerns that most American of concerns, BBQ.  You only have until June 24th to enter, so do not dilly dally.  I have done a few posts on BBQ before, but I was delighted to see that several American manufacturing firms that are sponsors of MAM’s contest were new to me.  Here are three that are definitely worth getting to know.

Ohio Flame

Ohio Flame makes all sorts of things you need for outdoor fires and outdoor cooking.  I really like their Patriot Fire Pit,

their lunar fire bowl,

and their fireplace tongs.

Case Knives

I have done a few posts on knives, but I hadn’t heard of Case knives until today.  Which proves I am no genius since the Case brothers have been making fine knives in Bradford, Pennsylvania since 1889.  Today, Case is owned by Zippo Manufacturing Company, makers of the world-famous Zippo® windproof lighter, which is also based in Bradford.

Case makes all sorts of very cool knives.  I think I am going to have to get one of their pocket knives.


Case knives for the kitchen look really durable and have great wooden handles.  The Case Block with six knives and a steel looks like it would fit the bill.

case seven knife block

Icehole Coolers

Nothing is more essential to a good BBQ than sufficient numbers of frosty beverages  In order to ensure they stay frosty, you need an Icehold Cooler.  Man this thing looks indestructible.  Icehole coolers are made in Kerrville, Texas by an American business that for over 35 years has been supplying the U.S. Military with products and accessories for a broad array of combat vehicles and equipment. So they put the knowhow they gained from supplying products to our military into making the best cooler on the market.  All the components in your Icehold cooler are made by members of our extended American family.  So the next time you and a few of your friends hop in your vehicle of choice for a weekend outing, make sure you don’t forget your Icehole cooler.

So time is running short.  Enter MAM’s contest today.  You might win.  But even if you don’t win, you can still make this Independence Day live up to its name.  When you are out buying products for your Fourth of July party, make sure they are made by members of our extended American family.  With your purchases of American made goods, you will be declaring your independence from our huge trade deficit, from a further loss of manufacturing jobs and from a reliance on products that might actually harm you, your family or your friends.

So get shopping!


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 www.simply-american.com.
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3 Responses to Just in time for the Fourth of July!

  1. I’ve nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger” award on my post for today. My blog is mainly about running and many of my followers are runners. Many of us are also concerned with the environment, sustainability and the impact of our sport on the world. Finding American made running gear is not easy. Perhaps that would be a good post for you?

    • tapirking says:


      Thank you so much for your nomination, it means a lot to me. I would love to collaborate with you and write an American made running gear post. Give me a call at (206) 795-7668 to discuss when you have a minute. All the best,


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