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.
Made in the USA: K’Nex Toys
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: 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: KettlePizza Ovens
You won’t find anything more American than pizza oven inserts for a charcoal grill. With the straightforward slogan “Pizzafy your oven!” KettlePizza Ovens manufactures insertable pizza ovens that fit in any common charcoal grill. The idea came to its creator, Al Contarino, when, as a grill enthusiast, he became fed up with the fact that in order to check his food, he had to open the grill lid and let some heat escape, therefore compromising the food.
After many designs and tries, Al Contarino and his friend and fellow inventor George Peters came up with the first prototype for the KettlePizza Oven in early 2010. The insertable ovens allow the grillmaster to check on his food without having to open the lid – and make insanely delicious pizzas! And it’s all made in Contrarino’s Massachusetts barn.
Made in the USA: Merle Norman Makeup
Before MAC and Bobbie Brown, there was Merle Norman Makeup – a true American company founded in 1931. One day in 1930, Merle Norman decided to experiment with different ingredients in her kitchen so she could make the perfect face cream; a mere year later, this amazing entrepreneur opened her makeup company.
True to her roots, Merle Norman founded her brand in Santa Monica, California, and that’s exactly where she’s stayed and manufactured her makeup for over 90 years. Even though the brand now has studios in Los Angeles and several other cities across the USA, the business remains owned by the Norman family. And its sales are better than ever.