Whether you’re taking out the trash in the middle of the night or just suffered a power outage, chances are you’ll be using a Maglite flashlight. Founded by Anthony Maglica in 1955, Maglite Flashlights are one of the leading brands of flashlights in the U.S.A., and they are they’re 100 percent American-made.
Based in Ontario, California, Maglite’s manufacturing headquarters, office, and distribution center remain in the U.S. to this day. The company has specified that some of the components used in its wide array of products have been made outside the U.S., but anything concerning the manufacturing of the actual flashlights has always been done in-house.
Sold Overseas: Forbes
Forbes Media has had a tremendous influence on its American viewers through its digital media, print, and television outlets. The media giant reportedly reaches 75 million people each month. Forbes was sold to a Hong Kong investment group (Integrated Whale Media) in 2014, though their headquarters are still located in New York, and Steve Forbes remains the editor-in-chief.
In explaining the international sale, Forbes announced on their blog that they were shifting from print to digital content (which is not surprising), most likely in an effort to gain an even larger audience. To this day, Forbes remains a reliable source of information concerning the richest people on this planet.
Made Overseas: Converse
The loved Converse tennis shoes began in 1908 and became a fashion icon among pro-skaters and other street style lovers. Though Converse is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, they don’t manufacture their shoes in the USA. The company was sold to Nike in 2003, and production was moved overseas that same year.
Today, these colorful sneakers are made in Chinese and Indonesian factories. Though their branding has been to sell footwear that is “all-American,” they are not truly American-produced shoes. Don’t be surprised if you see just as many people wearing Converse shoes in China and Indonesia as you do in America.
Made in the USA: Red Wing Shoes
Back in 1905, Charles Beckman wanted to create a line of footwear that would address the needs of workers in the farming, mining, and logging industries, so he founded Red Wing Shoes. Based in Red Wing, Minnesota, this all-American company has been sourcing raw materials and manufacturing footwear for well over a hundred years, and it has all been done in the United States.
Red Wing Shoes are comfortable and durable and carry a well-established reputation of being one of the best brands of footwear in the world. All of their boots and footwear are made with leather from their tannery in Minnesota, and they intend to keep it that way.
Made in the USA: Stihl Outdoor Products
Anybody who has ever worked outdoors will recognize the Stihl brand. Together with Husqvarna and Makita, Stihl is one of the world’s biggest names in tools. Founded over 6 decades ago, Stihl Incorporated has become a giant in the gasoline-powered tools market, and even though many of its products are made globally, its outdoor line is still one hundred percent American-made.
Stihl’s gas-powered outdoor tools are manufactured in the company’s Virginia headquarters, and the company is committed to keeping it that way. From this in-house factory, Stihl ships products to over 90 countries across the globe with the proud label of “made in the U.S.A.”