Americans can proudly hold their heads high, and China can suck it . . . because there are still plenty of products made right here in the U.S.A.
Sure, we don’t produce as much as we used to. In the last few years, America’s last sardine cannery, coat hanger factory, and button-down shirt factory closed down. But here are some home-grown products that we can enjoy.
Bowling Balls: There are only 5,800 bowling alleys in the U.S., which is about half as many as there were in the 1960s, and several large ball makers have moved overseas.
But Ebonite and Hammer bowling balls are made in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, along with a lot of other bowling alley equipment.
Sparklers: China makes most of them. But Diamond Sparkler of Youngstown, Ohio refuses to shut down, saying that anything we use on July 4th has to be made in America.
Socks: Fort Payne, Alabama used to be called the “Sock Capital of the World.” They still make plenty, although not at the levels of previous years, where they sewed one in every eight pairs worn in America.
Ironing Boards: HPI Seymour of Indiana makes 720 boards an hour, selling them at Target and Wal-Mart.
Some other products made here are pencils, chopsticks, Steinway pianos, and Sony compact discs.