Marketplace and Consumer Trends
Locally made, quality products matter
- In a 2019 national survey on manufacturing, 55% of respondents said that U.S.-made products are of superior quality compared to products made in Asia or Central America.
- In April 2020, 64% of U.S. manufacturers reported that they are likely to bring manufacturing production and sourcing back to North America, up 10% from a March 2020 report.
- Nearly 72% of consumers say it’s important to support local businesses during the pandemic, according to a 2020 survey by Cotton Incorporated. 61% say they want to spend money in order to help reboot the economy.
- Consumers will be more mindful when shopping and spending during an unsure economy, which means “perceived value” in quality merchandise made locally will play an important role in driving purchases.
Born from a modest metalworking shop back in 1947, Igloo has been instrumental in redefining how we live, work and play. What began with bringing clean water to the worksite, quickly moved into super-functional, best-in-class ice chests.
Igloo is proud to call a 1.8 million square-foot, three-building facility in Katy, Texas home.
American Bench Craft is a team of brothers, family, and friends who have talked about owning a business together since high school. They now own a company where every day, they get to show up and be creative, solve problems, and work with their hands. They make products they need or want, and then put them to the test with everyday use.
Proudly made in Wilmington, Massachusetts and Veteran Owned.
The Faribault Woolen Mill endures as one of the last vertical woolen mills in America. Fifth generation craftspeople take raw wool and create blankets, throws, scarves and accessories of remarkable comfort and quality. Irreplaceable, century-old machinery stands side-by-side with modern technology in their “new” mill, which was built in 1892.
Handcrafted in Faribault, Minnesota.
Since 1946, Nordic Ware has been the leading manufacturer of high-quality and innovative kitchenware. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based manufacturing facilities provide jobs for more than 300 people in their local community.
Every tool that has been produced by GRACE USA since 1941 has had a Grace or Morrison hand print on it, insuring genuine quality and precision in every tool that you can trust, backed by their forever guarantee.
Made in Elk Rapids, Michigan.
Launched in 2010 by one adventurous teenager to make your gear lighter, stronger, and last longer.
Made in Maine from recycled materials and comes with a lifetime warranty.
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