If you’re reading this, you probably already know that Backyard Buddy is a proud American company that makes its lifts in Warren, Ohio with American steel and American workers. We’re always happy to hear from other American manufacturers, especially when they end up buying our lifts, like the owner of local aerospace manufacturer, McNeil Industries. We’d like to take a break from talking about our excellent Made in the USA products and share our American pride by showcasing some other companies who make products that we love that are still proud to be American-made:
• WeatherTech (MacNeil Automotive Products)- Like Backyard Buddy, WeatherTech is another great American manufacturer of automotive accessories that stands out among its cheap foreign competitors. Headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL, they have been making the best automotive mats, cargo liners, pickup bed liners, and other automotive protection since 1989. Their product line now includes home products such as chair mats, and automotive care products. See everything they have to offer at www.weathertech.com.
• Harley-Davidson Motorcycles– There are few things more iconically American than the distinctive rumble of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Despite facing intense competition from foreign manufacturers, especially Honda and Yamaha, Harley has been proudly American since 1903, and still manufacturers its motorcycles at four US plants, two in Wisconsin, one in Pennsylvania, and one in Missouri. Check out their bikes at www.harley-davidson.com, but don’t blame us if you end up buying one.
• Channellock Tools– As a manufacturer, we’re well aware that your work is only as good as your tools, and Channellock makes some of our favorite hand tools at their factory in Meadville, PA. The company invented the distinctive (and useful) slip-joint pliers whose blue handles can be found in the toolbox of just about every good mechanic, plumber, and handyman, and now manufactures a variety of pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, and specialty tools. View their full lineup at www.channellock.com.
• Gibson Guitars– The maker of the famous Les Paul guitar was founded in Kalamazoo, MI, and is now based in Nashville, TN with factories in Nashville, Memphis, and Bozeman, MT. Gibson’s famed Les Paul, SG, and Flying V electric guitars are produced in Tennessee, with its acoustic guitars made in Montana. Nothing can take the place of picking up one of their guitars, but you can window shop at www.gibson.com.
• Maglite Flashlights– Flashlights have gone from a simple product to a bewildering variety of lumens, special batteries, and different shapes lately, and are generally made in China. Unlike their cheap competitors, Maglite makes one of the most durable, dependable lights ever made at its facility in Ontario, California. If you somehow don’t own a Maglite, go to www.maglite.com and see why they are found on almost every police officer’s belt and in most mechanics’ toolboxes.
• Intel– The famous computer chip maker almost didn’t make the list, since only about 75% of its products are made in the USA, but we wanted to give them credit for not being completely foreign, like the overwhelming majority of the computer industry. Intel’s chips are manufactured in Oregon, Arizona, New Mexico, and Massachusetts, so when you have a choice with a new computer, please consider supporting the American technology industry. See who’s using Intel processors at www.intel.com.