Category Archives: Made in America

Snap-On Tools: What’s the Story?

A lot of people are curious about the Snap-On Tool Company after President Trump selected its Wisconsin headquarters as the  place to sign his latest executive order, which he calls, “Buy American and Hire American.

Trump at the Snap-On headquarters on April 18, 2017. One of the company’s familiar tool chests can be seen in the background.

Snap-on is an American company, but it has manufacturing facilities around the world – not just in the USA – and a recent report posted on its web site makes clear that it intends to build even more overseas facilities.

So it’s not entirely clear why this company and not one committed to full American manufacturing was chosen for the presidential event, although Reince Priebus did attend the local high school. In any case, let’s take a closer look at the firm.

The company was called the “Snap-On Wrench Company” when it was formed in 1920 and customers loved their groundbreaking ideas about interchanging wrench parts. The company made ten sockets that “snapped-on” to five interchangeable handles, an idea that changed the entire tool industry. They also made the unusual decision to sell their tools through visits to work sites and not through stores. In the 30s, they were the first in the tool industry to offer credit to customers.

The president stands outside one of the vans that visit job sites to sell the tools.

The company was no shrinking violet when it came to expanding overseas. According to the web site, “Snap-on entered the international arena in 1931.”  Today, Snap-on is worth over $3 billion and is listed on the Standard &Poors 500. It employs 6700 people at its ten American facilities. If financial industry estimates of a total workforce of close to 11,500 employees worldwide is correct, there are some 4800 foreign employees.

The Snap-On website has one of those infuriating search features that delivers zero results for “USA” even though it has product pages that clearly contain it. So, while you can’t browse American-made items, once you click on a product page, the country of origin is clearly marked.

Regards, Kathy

Spring Jackets for Women: Made in USA

Welcome the warmth of spring by switching out your heavy winter coat for a chic light jacket. There are multiple American-made choices.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!For starters, you can see all of Nordstrom’s Made-in-USA women’s jackets  here. The list includes brands like Eileen Fisher, above…Veronica BeardThe St. John CollectionHarvey FairclothMarc Jacobs

And many more. Again, to see all Made in USA Women’s jackets, go  here.

Patriotic Items and Americana at Monticello Shop: Made in USA

Monticello, the home of our third president, Thomas Jefferson, operates an interesting shop where we’ve found lots of USA-Made patriotic and presidential items, plus some appealing Americana. And it just so happens that there’s a sale going on, with 15% OFF orders of $100 or more with Coupon Code: APRAF through the end of April 2017.

Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do!Bow ties and lapel pins made from thorns and feathers will give you a taste of old-time fashion.These long-lasting beeswax candles are Made in USA and hand-dipped as they would have been in the 1700s.

Jefferson used a revolving armchair believed to be made by New York City cabinetmaker Thomas Burling. The finely crafted replica on the left is based on that chair and is also hand-crafted in New York. Jefferson also liked the relaxed posture of his Campeachy chair, right)and its classical lines.

The Primrose Coverlet features a design popular in the USA since the early 1800s. 90” x 98”.
jefferson-ten-rulesHere are some perfect gifts for the patriot: “Jefferson’s Ten Rules to Live By” and framed copies of the words, “Life,” “Liberty,” and “Happiness.”

At 65% Off, Enlarged Family Photos Make Great Mothers’ Day Gifts!

You know what Mom and Grandma love best: YOU! So make them happy this Mother’s Day by picking their favorite family photos and turning them into beautiful wall art.Disclosure: We’ll get a small commission if you buy through the links in this post. Please do! As a special Mother’s Day incentive, you’ll get 65% off all Canvases from Canvas People plus FREE shipping! Order by May 7th for Mother’s DayChoose between two canvas thicknesses : the larger one looks more like a piece of professional wall art.

Regards, Kathy

Modern, Minimalist Outdoor Firepits: Made in America

Man, metal, fire: it’s a primitive combination, but one that can be beautifully expressed in a modern design.

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Sure, you can make a firepit out of rocks and dirt, but if you want to make a bold statement, Stahl Firepits are a great choice.

They are made from hot rolled steel, which will develop a beautiful patina as it ages. Each 5-piece firepit Is made of precision-cut plates that assemble quickly and without tools.Add a grill plate and you can turn out a delicious meal.or just sit around and enjoy the beauty and warmth.

Regards, Kathy