Last year, Monster Moto, a maker of mini-bikes and go-karts for young riders, returned its factory from China to the USA. It was a risky move and the exact opposite of what many other manufacturers see as the key to success.Still, the plan seems to be working, having caught the attention of major retailers. According to a recent NY Times article, demand for Monster Moto products has increased significantly and the company hopes to more than double its work force of 40.
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The company makes items like the mini-bikes and go-karts above. Monster Moto cannot yet use the “Made in USA” label on the products that come out of its new Louisiana facility. It qualifies only for the “Assembled in USA” designation because so many of the parts that make up its products are no longer available in the USA. The company’s CEO, Alex Keechle, told the Times, “There’s just no way to source parts in America right now, but by planting the flag here, we believe suppliers will follow.”
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.
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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”.
Here are some perfect gifts for the patriot: “Jefferson’s Ten Rules to Live By” and framed copies of the words, “Life,” “Liberty,” and “Happiness.”