From the shoes on our feet to the clothes on our backs to the appliances in our homes, many of the products in our lives tend to come from factories overseas. For many, there’s a desire to buy items that are made in America, but the problem is that those things are just too hard to come by. At Kennedy Wire Rope and Sling Company, we pride ourselves on offering American made products from our family-owned and operated company. It’s something that we’re passionate about because we know the value that comes along with a well-made product.
That’s why in today’s post, we’ll be sharing a little bit more about why American made goods are so important to us. There are plenty of things to consider, of course, and we’ll be breaking it all down below, so whether you’re fully on board with outfitting your construction or industrial site with made in USA items or you’re on the fence about the benefits, keep reading to learn more.
The Heyday of Made in USA
The United States is a country that built itself on American labor. Consider for a moment just how many iconic products have been made in our great country.
Take Levis, for example. Bavarian-born United States immigrant Levi Strauss came to America in mid 1800s, and by 1853, he had founded his dry goods store in San Francisco. Nearly two decades later, Strauss and his partner created the first “fastening pocket-openings” on their work pants, reinforcing them so that they’d stand up to a tough day of work.
Their blue jeans have evolved over the years, but there’s a good chance that anyone out there who is reading this has worn a pair of Levis 501s at some point over the years. They’re a tried-and-true pair of work pants that remains the gold standard for jeans. Every other pair of jeans, in some way or another, followed the template of what Strauss created nearly 150 years ago. Whether you’re working or relaxing, jeans are a part of everyday life in America, thanks to the hard work of an immigrant seeking to live the American dream. They’re timeless and cool, and they’re the perfect example of ingenuity and dedication paying off.
Today, few Levis products are made in the States.
Formed in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean in Freeport, Maine, L.L. Bean is another example of a classic American company. Although they were originally known for their Maine Hunting Shoe (now known as duck boots or Bean boots), their company evolved to offer comfortable flannel shirts, heavyweight jackets, and other outdoor gear aimed at hunters and fishermen.
The great thing about L.L. Bean, of course, is their unbeatable ironclad guarantee. Originally, Bean wanted his customers to know that they were buying a high quality product that would stand up to anything they could throw at it. The guarantee essentially stated that if there was any reason a customer was dissatisfied with one of his products, it could be returned, replaced, or repaired with no questions asked — it was as simple as that.
Today, Bean boots are still made in the United States in Freeport, but many other products have been outsourced overseas. Additionally, the lifetime guarantee has now been infamously changed; currently, products are guaranteed for one year from the time of purchase.
Known for the rugged quality of its products, Filson is another company that came into its own in the mid to late 1800s. An outfitter of loggers, stampeders, and other adventurous folks, Filson created workwear that was designed to hold up in the elements. Being based in Seattle, founder C.C. Filson came up against his fair share of challenges in creating items that would hold up against rough weather. Against all odds, he was successful, creating wool clothing and blankets, sturdy moccasins, and other outdoorsy gear that held up in even the toughest of conditions.
As the company evolved, it continued to make clothing for people who loved spending time outdoors. These included fishermen, hunters, explorers, miners, and more, and they were also backed by a slogan: “You might as well have the best.” In fact, the company, to this day, upholds its commitment to offering the best products, many of which are still made in America. A 1914 Filson catalog sums it up thusly: “The goods we quote must not be confounded with the cheap and vastly inferior grade with which the market is over-run. Such goods are not only useless for the purpose for which they are intended, but the person wearing them would be better off without them.” Filson also guarantees the lifetime of each item they make against failure or damage.
Like the other companies above, however, although they’re still dedicated to making the best products around, many have been outsourced to factories overseas.
Our Rigging Hardware Is Still Made in America
For many businesses that got their start by opening factories and producing goods in America, their stories are similar to the ones we’ve mentioned above. Unfortunately, profits and shareholders start to come before quality, and what was once made in the States goes overseas so that profit margins can increase.
At Kennedy Wire Rope and Sling Company, we’ve been offering American-made rigging solutions to our clients for nearly four decades. Feel free to take a look around our website, because no matter what you’re looking for, we think you’ll find that our products are second to none. From wire rope slings to synthetic slings to chain slings to fall protection to wire rope, we have all of the rigging hardware you need to stay safe on the job. We even offer safety seminars to share our knowledge and skills and proof testing so you can know what’s going to work safely. It doesn’t get much better than that.
Have a question for us? We’re here to help! Feel free to contact our team to get personal assistance and rest assured that we’ll take great care of you.
If you enjoyed this post, be sure to stay tuned for more. We’ll be breaking down more about what it means to be made in America, why we remain committed to American manufacturing, and what you can expect when you order from Kennedy Wire Rope and Sling Company. There’s nothing we love more than making sure our clients have all of the information necessary to make the best possible decision, so keep your eyes on our blog page for more helpful info and more commentary. We look forward to spending some time with you!