Thursday, September 27, 2007

Keep It Made In America Town Meetings

This past Tuesday, on September 25th, a "Keep It Made in America" town hall style meeting was held in Manchester New Hampshire.

This was a first in a series of events traveling to seven cities in twelve weeks in the United States.

The Granite Grok followed the event live. John Ratzenberger, the host of the event, was interviewed here.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Made in California

Description of California
(from an economy, business, or manufacturing perspective)

- InfoPlease: California Economy

- Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy

- Public Policy Institute of California

- U.S. Dept. of Labor: California Economy At A Glance

- California Business Portal


- Made in California (Gourmet Foods, Unique Gifts & More)

- Golden State Products

Additional News & Blog Articles: California Issues

- Blog Articles, Re: California Economy

- News Articles, Re: California Economy

Made in Arkansas

Description of Arkansas
(from an economy, business, or manufacturing perspective)

- U.S. Department of Labor: Arkansas Economy At A Glance

- Arkansas Economic Development

- Infoplease: Arkansas Economy

- Arkansas Business Dot Com


- Arkansas Products

- Regalia Clothing

- Custom Western Bootmakers

Additional News & Blog Articles: Arizona Issues

- Blog Articles, Re: Arkansas Economy

- News Articles, Re: Arkansas Economy

Made in Arizona

Description of Arizona
(from an economy, business, or manufacturing perspective)

- Arizona's Economy (University of Arizona)

- Infoplease: Arizona's Economy

- U.S. Dept. of Labor Statistics: Arizona Economy At A Glance

- Arizona Department of Commerce


- Arizona Highways Magazine Store

- Arizona Gift Inc.

- Arizona Cap Company

- Flavors of Arizona

- Arizona Art Galleries

Additional News & Blog Articles: Arizona Issues

- Blog Articles, Re: Arizona Economy

- News Articles, Re: Arizona Economy

Saturday, September 22, 2007

"Made in USA" Hot Updates: TOYS

With the recent flurry of toy recalls, parents will be scrambling to find safe products for the Christmas holidays.

Since many of the "problem toys" originate in China (can you spell L E A D?) you might want to look at toys produced in the United States of America.

"Blogging Stocks" has produced a nice article called, "Made in the U.S.A.: What products are still American-made?" that lists several American toy companies. Also see the "USA Products For Sale" listings in the right column of this blog.

Other articles of interest follow.

- Blogging Stocks: "What's Under the tree this Christmas season?

- Made in USA: The Hot New Label for Toys (the daily green)

- K'Nex Toymaker Adds "Made in USA" to Label

Made in Alaska

Description of Alaska
(from an economy, business, or manufacturing perspective)

-Alaska Economy

-2007 Alaska Economic Trends

- Made in Alaska Program

-Alaska Economic and Economic Development

-Understanding Alaska: Economy


- Product Listings: Made in Alaska

- Alaska Guide Store

- Santa Claus House: Made in Alaska

Additional News & Blog Articles: Alaska Issues

- Blog Articles, Re: Alaska Economy

- News Articles, Re: Alaska Economy

Made in Alabama

Description of Alabama
(from an economic, business, or manufacturing perspective)

- Alabama Answers

- Alabama Economy

- Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries


- Alabama Marketplace

- Alabama Chanin

- Alabama Product Spotlight

Additional News & Blog Articles: Alabama Issues

- Blog Articles, Re: Alabama Economy

- News Articles, Re: Alabama Economy

Why Buy Made in the U.S.A?

Buying products and services made in the United States, and doing business with the
companies whose operations remain here, has finally become fashionable.

Our retail centers may still be full of outlets offering cheap, foreign-made goods. But no longer trendy, these stores may be facing their personal armageddon.

When was the last time you spoke with customer service rep who did not sound like a
foreigner? For quite a while there has been a huge sucking sound heard in the direction of
India, China and the Philippines, as American tech, telecommunications, and other services are now frequently outsourced there.

According to CIO magazine, "depending on whom you ask, anywhere from one-half to two-thirds of all Fortune 500 companies are already outsourcing to India."

Only Americans themselves have the ability to turn this horrifying trend around. If we are not willing to put our money where our mouth is, then our economy (and each of us) will experience the worst financial drought ever known to our citizens.

Whatever your reasons for making a change in your life, do it now. One caveat. Buyer Beware.


"Love It? Check the Label"

Gallup: "Half of Grocery Shoppers Seek 'Made in America' Label"

FTC: "Complying with the Made in the USA Standard"