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When I think American...

I think Schott, Martin Guitars, Levis(even though most of their jeans are made overseas now) Gibson Guitars, Chippewa boots, and Collings guitars(can you tell I like guitars) These companys to me are synonomous with the USA. Can you guys think of any other companys to add to the list?

crippe on 11/10/06 at 12:02 PM

Hows about Fender, Converse, Harley Davidson...and Schott of course :) 

HellboundGreaser on 11/10/06 at 12:19 PM

Good ones. It's a shame that Converse are no longer made in the USA. It's ironic that they cost less to make overseas but yet we pay the same if not more for em as we did when they were made here.

Paris7 on 11/10/06 at 01:44 PM

Yes, Globalisation.  Hire child labour on minimum wages, extra long hours and minimum health and safety regulations, no pensions, no holidays, no rights. Ship exact specifications to the Chinese/ Asian manufacturers, place an order check the excellent quality, let your own local staff go and import the goods.

However as there is no such thing as a free meal and there a couple of inevitable problems.

1) Do this and the factory next door will do the same (got to stay competitive). Fire your staff and you fire your customers. If people are out of work they are not going to buy your products are they?

2) Copyright.  The Chinese not only work very hard and improve the product, but many do not recognise international copyright law. The next thing you know the product is a better version and is being shipped and sold under a different label - they don't need you any more.

3) The boss doesn't care; he arrived with a negotiated golden parachute and walks away a rich man.

copsunited on 11/10/06 at 01:52 PM

Justin Boots, Acme Boots, Endicott-Johnson shoes, Woolrich Shirts, Winchester, Remington, Colt, Ruger,Smith and Wesson, Kodak, Stetson Luchases, Master Lock, Black and Decker, Sears and Roebuck (line of Goods such as Jeans etc),Xerox of course many now outsource but when you start thinking products and things associated with US of Archie..the List in HUGE. Like I said, I could go on and on but you get the drift. Schott is NOT at the bottom of the list, for sure and I just got my new one today. I'll take pics and let you know how it is after I have slept in it..laughing of course

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HellboundGreaser on 11/10/06 at 02:52 PM

Awesome! congrats on the new jacket.

kiwidave on 11/10/06 at 04:47 PM

carhartt workwear !!!!!!....... their stuff lasts forEVER da *thumpa-thumpa* Harley v-twin scooter Tony Lama cowboy boots (i got a nice "pointy-toe" pair) & you can't NOT think of Schott when thinking of quality (UNION !!!) companies.

Paris7 on 11/10/06 at 07:19 PM

I wonder about your list copsunited, I thought Black and Decker were a Canadian  company maybe I'm wrong? I am wrong it was founded in 1910 in Baltimore. Opened in Canada in the 1930's

Anyway the Black and Decker drill I purchased in Paris has "Made In England" prominantly on the side.

copsunited on 11/10/06 at 09:34 PM

Of course since the world has shrunk and huge franchises have been let you will see more and more American Institutions and brands throughtout the world. Mr. Black and Mr. Decker capitalized on the needs of US Government during WW II by making light weight but heavy duty drills for the aviation industry. Right after the war '47 and '48 as project 248 (Restoration of GI home loans etc) kicked in full gear , there was a new awaremness of tools and do-it-yourself products/projects. One of our neighbors an Army vet built his entire home from scratch using only the tools he had on hand plus some of the new innovative ones.

While it is hard to find such things as Woorich shirts anymore it is easy to find blankets still  made the the old fashioned way by loom. The loom NOT being an American invention. Diamond match company was the originator of the "lucifer" which was a sulfer tipped match of wood. It originally came in an entire block and you had to break each one off individually. Again between wars we made changes because matches were a staple of the war efforts. We as an American nation bought tons and tons of raw silk to be milled in the New England states. One such huge plant in 1928 was in Oswego, New York on the Ontario shores. It was still  to be  but a busted entity when WW II broke out and the mill/loom was brought back to life to make silk parachutes.

 

DuPont as American as  chemical gunpowder and Hamburgers (McDonalds thank you) DuPont found a way to make a synthetic material similar to silk and immediately sold the idea and the formulae. Parachutes would forever be made of nylon. Up until just a few years ago I had one of each but as with everythng wlse..they went bad with old age.

 

Today I was sorta reborn with the advent of a new Schott Jacket. Right now for the life of me I cannot tell you which model it is. i think it is the 118..but then not sure. Today as the temp was 63 degrees (that's warm to you Europeon's).. my wife and I were in the yard raking leaves. Up comes the UPS driver and I shuddered as I did not expect his arrival until sometime Monday. While I was inwardly delighted I just took the package and set it inside the garage. I was hoping my wife would not take too much notice..huh..not to be. She looked at the label and said "so, you did get a Schott jacket afterall". Hmmmm

 

Later in the evening she said..well if you had not taken my idea for a Christmas gift away from me I was going to get you a new Schott jacket. Crappola !!!! I explained to her that Gail and I had a hard time figuring out just which model would be the best anyhow.

 

I feel like I dodged a bullet today. Oh my. More to follow and pics..if anyone wants. Geno

swisspilot on 11/11/06 at 08:00 AM

Martin&Co guitars!!!

Gail on 11/13/06 at 11:02 AM

Hi Geno, Glad to here you recieved your jacket, tell how does it fit??? Just so you know it is the style 118 as the 613 would have not been a good fit on you too short in the back length. Let me know if you ever want the stars for the epaulets. Gail

HellboundGreaser on 11/13/06 at 02:00 PM

Yeah , how do you like the 118? I've got the 118.

copsunited on 11/13/06 at 06:40 PM

Well I was/am in awe of my jacket but I 've got to send it back cause I'm a tad fatter than I thought. While the lenght and all is wonderful it really constricts the shoulders and upper arem. So we are trading up to a larger size..effective immediately..I love it..I rellay do and am so disappointed that I crewed up. Gail told me originally to go with the 46 and not 44 but..

crippe on 11/13/06 at 07:09 PM

Pics Geno, when you get that size 46 ok :)

kiwidave on 11/13/06 at 07:29 PM

haha... hey geno...now you know.....NEVER doubt *THE gail* ;)

Brock on 11/13/06 at 11:06 PM

I think Indian motorcycles, Levi jeans, Woolrich hunting gear, Chippewa boots and Winchester M70 rifle...

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