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July 10, 2020
In 2019 the United States of America imported a whopping $2.568 trillion worth of goods from across the world. Of this, 43.4% of the imported goods came from Asia, 26.8% came from other North American countries, and 23.5% came from Europe with the remaining goods sourced from other areas around the globe.
Based on America’s estimated 329.3 million population count, the $2.568 trillion in imported products equates to about $7,800 in import purchases from each U.S. resident.
While these imports provide consumers with an array of options they may otherwise not have access to, it’s nice to support local businesses which is why we’ve put together this list of some of our favorite made in the USA brands to add to your home. From furniture to tool brands, these American made products are a great addition to any home.
While the label seems self-explanatory, the Federal Trade Commission actually has a 42-page document outlining the requirements that need to be met in order for a product to be considered “Made in the USA.” The basic requirement is that “the product must be all or virtually all made in the U.S.” Essentially, the product’s final assembly or creation must take place in the United States and all significant parts that go into its making must be of U.S. origin.
This can get a bit complex depending on the particular product, but the FTC provides some examples for clarity. In the case of a gas grill, minor parts such as the knobs and tubing may be imported from another country and still be considered “Made in the USA”. However, the guidelines also note that a table lamp assembled in America with an imported base would not be considered “Made in the USA” because the base represents a major component of the finished product.
Now that you have a better understanding of what “Made in the USA” means, check out a few of our favorite American brands:
Vaughn-Basset Furniture Company has been making home furniture out of Gallax, Virginia since 1919 and the company currently has 700 employees across its factories in Gallax, Virginia and Elkin, North Carolina. As a matter of fact, Vaughn-Basset is now America’s largest manufacturer of wooden adult bedroom furniture and much of the wood used for making these furnishings comes from trees near the factories. Furthermore, the company also has a “one for one” program which plants a seedling for every tree used in production. Since 2007, this has led to over 1.5 million trees being planted through this program.
Nothing says America more than a plate of scrambled eggs and bacon cooking on cast iron skillet that’s been passed down for generations, and when it comes to heirloom-quality cookware Lodge Cast Iron is in a league of its own. The company has been making some of America’s finest cookware and accessories out of South Pittsburg, Tennessee since 1896. Each piece of cast iron cookware is proudly made in the USA and is crafted for durability so items last for generations to come. The company has also found ways to reduce their impact on the environment through the implementation of recycling programs, biodegradable packaging, and energy-saving foundry equipment.
In 1927 two cousins left their jobs and joined forces to create a furniture business that would change living rooms forever. The La-Z-Boy furniture company was built off of the success of the cousins’ most notable invention: the recliner, but the company now makes just about every type of furniture you could imagine in its factories scattered throughout the USA. Making their furniture in the USA also allows Lay-Z-Boy to deliver handcrafted, custom pieces in just a few weeks to customers across the nation.
Everything up to this point has been for inside the home, but what about backyard barbecues for gamedays? Homecrest Outdoor Living offers a wide selection of modern, minimalistic patio furniture perfect for outdoor parties or casual lounging (just make sure you have a warm, comfy blanket for late-night hangouts). The company has a rich history of American craftsmanship since its humble beginning in 1953 as an offspring of a retail furniture shop out of Wadena, Minnesota.
At Denali, we stand by the work we put into our MicroPlush, hand-stitched, double-thick, ultra-durable blankets and other products. All products are proudly made in the USA with unparalleled craftsmanship for those who have an appreciation for the highest level of quality. While many blankets deteriorate after several washes, we sew two blankets together for added durability and ultimate comfort. In fact, the resilient fibers we use actually help our blankets get softer with each wash and we offer a lifetime warranty to replace any blanket that does deteriorate beyond repair.Whether you’re looking for a classic blanket as a living room accent, a sports blanket to support your favorite team, or even a complete bed set for a new bedroom look — Denali has you covered with our wide selection of American made home goods.
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