Especially when it comes to toy companies, they often have most of their products made in Asia. However, this American company can proudly say they’ve always been made in the U.S.A.; K’Nex Toys was founded by Joel Glickman in 1992 in Pennsylvania. They are mostly construction toy systems, similar to Lego, with which kids can build any structure they want.
With over 30 years in the market, K’Nex Toys is one of the very few toy brands that exclusively manufacture in the United States. All the source materials come from the U.S., and they are strongly committed to keeping it that way.
Made in the USA: American Plastic Toys
You can’t have a company with the name “American Plastic Toys” and not be completely manufactured in the U.S.A. And this brand has certainly stayed true to that claim since it has been making its products in the United States for over 60 years. Founded in 1962, American Plastic Toys has four factories in the states of Mississippi and Michigan and employs over 300 U.S. workers.
Nowadays, American Plastic Toys manufactures a wide range of toys, including toy cars, wagons, sand pails, kitchen play sets, toy strollers, building blocks, dollhouses, and hundreds more. It remains one of the few toy companies to be completely sourced and manufactured in the United States. Even the plastics and colorants for the toys are purchased locally.
Made in the USA: Oreck XL Vacuums
The Oreck Corporation revolutionized the cleaning industry in America when it was created back in 1963. Founded by David Oreck, this company became the first to manufacture upright vacuums that were primarily used by the hotel industry in the United States. Slowly, Oreck vacuum cleaners became a staple of every American household, and its products now include floor polishing machines, air purifiers, steam mops, and an array of cleaning products.
Even though the Oreck company does make some of its products abroad, its line of Oreck Xtended Life Vacuums has always been and will be manufactured in its flagship factory in Cookeville, Tennessee.
Made in the USA: Hanky Panky Lingerie
Hanky Panky is a lingerie brand that makes beautiful, high-quality lingerie. Every pattern is designer-made and extremely durable and made 100 percent in the U.S.A. It all started with Parsons School student Gale Epstein back in 1977. Gale wanted to design something special for a friend and had the idea of using handkerchief fabric to create a one-of-a-kind lingerie set.
Her friend loved the gift so much that she suggested they start a brand, and shortly after, Hanky Panky Lingerie was established. The thing about Hanky Panky that makes it such a special brand of lingerie is the use of extra stitches and threads that makes for comfortable and durable wear.
Made in the USA: Wiffle Balls
A lighter version of baseball, Wiffle ball has been a popular American sport for decades and the preferred game of choice for anyone with kids and a backyard. The origins of the Wiffle ball go back to 1953 when a former pro baseball player came up with an idea for his son to practice the sport while avoiding any injuries.
So, he came up with the Wiffle ball – a variation of baseball with a much lighter ball designed to play in confined spaces, making it perfect for a small backyard. Created in Shelton, Connecticut, the Wiffle ball has stayed the same for over six decades, with every single material sourced in the U.S. To this day, its manufacturing headquarters are still in Connecticut.