10 Items You Didn't Know Were Made in America

More is made here than you might think. kozumel/Flickr

If you ever glance at product labels, you’re aware of how much more common it is to find "Made in China" than "Made in USA."

Employment in American manufacturing has experienced a decline in recent years. In fact, America lost 33 percent of its manufacturing jobs between 2000-2010, according to the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, and many of those jobs went to China.

This year, American Made Matters, an organization that educates consumers on U.S.-made products, has declared Nov. 19 American Made Matters Day. The group hopes consumers will observe the day by purchasing at least one American-made product.

American Made Matters has two criteria for allowing companies to use its label on goods: at least 50 percent of the product's cost must be incurred in the U.S., and its final assembly or transformation must take place in the country.

If you want to support U.S. manufacturers, here's a look at some surprising items that are made in America.

Crayola crayons

Every color of Crayola's regular-size crayons — from 8-count boxes to 150-crayon towers — is made in Easton, Pennsylvania. The factory has a 1,200-strong workforce that produces millions of boxes of crayons every year.

Duraflame logs

California Cedar Products Company discovered in 1968 that it could recycle the sawdust left from pencil production by mixing it with petroleum wax and creating fire logs. By 1986, Duraflame was an independently owned company employing more than 200 Americans in its Stockton, Calif., office as well as in its California and Kentucky factories.

Gibson guitars

Gibson Guitar
Gibson Guitars are made in the United States. mckgamer/Shutterstock

Much of the work involved in building Les Pauls, Flying Vs and other guitar models each week is done by hand in Nashville, Tenn. Although there are automated processes involved in the making of the instruments — such as cutting wood into the shape of guitar bodies — the machinery is operated and overseen by nearly 500 factory workers.

Harley Davidson motorcycles

This American motorcycle company has plenty of competition from brands like Honda and Yamaha, but it continues to performs well while building its bikes within the U.S. It has four major factories, which are located in Wisconsin, Missouri and Pennsylvania.

Intel chips

The world's largest semiconductor chip maker produces more than 75 percent of its microprocessors in the U.S., even though international purchases account for 75 percent of its sales. This year the company opened a state-of-the-art production plant in Arizona.

KitchenAid mixers

The famous appliance maker manufactures several of its products in the U.S., including its popular mixer, which is made at a production plant in Greenville, Ohio.


K'NEX toys

All of the bricks, rods and connectors found in K'NEX toy sets are manufactured at The Rodon Group, a family-owned factory in Hatfield, Penn. The factory also uses only raw materials from U.S. manufacturers.

Post-it notes

All 3M Post-it notes sold in America are made in the U.S.A. The product — which is made from recycled paper — has been manufactured in Cynthiana, Ky., since 1985. The plant employs more than 500 Kentucky residents.

Spanx garments

Most of the products manufactured by Spanx, are made in the U.S. The company, which made founder Sarah Blakely a billionaire, has a line of hundreds of products that range from slimming undergarments to workout wear, and its employees produce almost 40,000 Spanx items every day.

Tesla Model S

Tesla Model S

The electric sedan was designed in California and is manufactured there as well. The company says about 20,000 cars will be produced in the state this year.

Photo (K'NEX): Tjflex2/Flickr

Photo (Tesla Model S): Bloomberg/Getty Images