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

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Those good times are over, however. After 1965, the rate of unionization steadily fell from the high of about 30 percent to 10.5 percent now. Wages stagnated after 1970, even as productivity increased. Income inequality rose to Gilded Age rates.

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