10 American-Made Father’s Day Gifts Your Dad Will Love

From the AAM

Father’s Day is the day of the year when we get to celebrate and thank all the dads, granddads, and other folks across the country who hold a special place in our hearts. If you are looking for a special way to celebrate your dad — and also support job creation and American makers — check out our list of 10 U.S.-made gift ideas, compiled by AAM's own Luke Ferguson and Joseph Swindal.

1. Allen Edmonds 

Is your dad in need of a new wardrobe? Check out Allen Edmonds, a U.S.-based manufacturer founded in Belgium, Wis. by Elbert W. Allen. To this day, Allen Edmonds is committed to creating quality, carefully-made products all across America. Although the company is most known for its high-quality shoes, it also sells a variety of American-made shirts, ties, and belts. Your dad will be the talk of the barbeque with an Allen Edmonds outfit; check out their Father's Day sale for big savings.

2. Craftsman Tools

That’s right, you’re reading it correctly: Craftsman is back, better, and Made in the USA! Stanley Black and Decker bought Craftsman in 2017 and immediately got to work moving the manufacturing of the well-known tools back to the United States. Likewise, they have regenerated their previously respected name. Although not everything in its line is made locally, Craftsman offers a variety of American-made tools any father would love to have. Whether it’s an addition to his shed or his workshop in the garage, Craftsman has got the tool that will help your father get the job done!

3. Cutco Knives

Knives are essential everyday items that prove to be great Father's Day gifts. Cutco is a knife company based in Olean, N.Y. and is committed to manufacturing all of their products in America — and by members of the United Steelworkers! The company sells kitchen knives, hunting knives, pocket knives —you name it. . 

4. Gibson Guitars

Is your father musically gifted? If so, this is the perfect gift idea for you! Gibson Guitars have been manufacturing some of the highest quality guitars in America since 1903. Based out of Nashville, Tenn., the famed company produces every variety of guitars you could imagine, all Made in the USA. Whether your dad likes to rock out on an electric guitar, or play some classic country tunes on an acoustic, Gibson offers the perfect guitar for you while maintaining a standard of American-made products.

5. Hammer Rods 

For those with fathers who enjoy fishing, this should reel you in! Hammer Fishing Rods strive to "build the most durable, lightweight, and affordable rods on the market at an affordable price." Headquartered in Guntown, Miss., the company makes its rods in Harrison, Ark., — and Hammer Rods have been Made in the USA since their founding in 2012. The company emphasizes giving back to the community as well by supporting education programs. 

6. Portable Kitchens

A grill is an essential item for dads all across the country. With a grill comes great food, friends, and memories. For a reliable American-made appliance, look no further than Portable Kitchen (PK) grills, an Arkansas-based company known for its iconic charcoal grills and smokers. These durable, lightweight grills will become a staple for your dad’s barbeque for years to come.

7. Red Wing Shoes

A good pair of shoes goes a long way. Red Wing Shoes was founded at the turn of the 20th century by Charles Beckman in Red Wing, Minn. Today, the footwear company still manufactures most of their products in the same location and sells high-quality shoes and boots for work and everyday life. Send your dad off looking stylish and comfortable this Father’s Day.

8. Shinola

Looking for something higher-end to gift your father on this special day? Shinola is the place for you. Shinola has become a Made in America favorite since its launch in 2011, and the company remains committed to manufacturing its products in Detroit, including leather goods, watches, jewelry, and even pet accessories and turntables. Shinola stores are now located throughout the country, and the company's newly announced Father’s Day collection will help ensure you’ll have no trouble at all finding the perfect gift.

9. Swisher Lawnmowers

Anyone ever see their dad not work on the lawn before? If so, you can stop reading. For everyone else, Swisher is having a huge Father’s Day sale! Swisher has been handcrafting top-quality lawnmowers and lawn care equipment in the U.S. since 1945. Offering an abundant variety of lawnmowers, trimmers, and lawncare equipment, you can’t go wrong supporting a better-looking yard and this American-made company!

10. Worksman Cycles

Some of the best days spent with dad are on a good bike trail. Worksman Cycles is a New York City-based bicycle company established in 1898. In fact, the first Worksman's factory stood on the footprint of what would become the original World Trade Center. The company sells stylish and dependable Made in the USA bicycles made for both industrial and recreation purposes. 

Editor's Note: Blogs like this one are intended to highlight companies that support American jobs and that make great products in the United States. We rely on companies we feature to provide accurate information regarding their domestic operations and their products. Each company is individually responsible for labeling and advertising their products according to applicable standards, such as the Federal Trade Commission's "Made in USA" standard or California's "Made in USA" labeling law. 


Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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