Be Sure Puppy’s Food is Sourced in the USA

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Dogs in America continue to pay a heavy price for weaknesses in federal food-labeling laws. Thousands still get sick – some suffer violently, others die – when owners unknowingly feed them food containing tainted ingredients.

The problem is, U.S. law allows American pet-food makers to label products as made in America regardless of where ingredients come from.

Some manufacturers source all ingredients domestically. Others import poultry parts and “nutritional premix” from China and other unregulated offshore facilities. Then these manufacturers exploit labeling loopholes regarding origin of ingredients to mislead pet owners, who then put their pets at risk.

And the risk is substantial. Since the elusive doggie-treat epidemic began in 2007, well over 5,000 dogs have suffered intestinal, liver, kidney and even neurological damage. More than 1,000 have died from it, though many in the veterinarian community feel this figure is seriously understated.

The initial focus was on doggie jerky treats but now other pet foods are being scrutinized. Congress is considering strengthening the labeling laws that have put American pet owners at a disadvantage. Meanwhile, here are three ways to help protect your dog:

  1. When using commercial foods, avoid those with premixes.
  2. Avoid synthetic ingredients. Most chemical nutrients are from unregulated offshore facilities.
  3. Use products with table-grade ingredients, which means federally inspected for human consumption.

The key is to read the label on your pet’s food, and then look beyond the label. Do some personal research. Meanwhile, here are a few pet-food companies willing to protect your pet’s health by truly standing behind the Made in America label:

Buying Made in USA Helps Avoid 4 Biggest Hazards Hiding in Children’s Toys

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You’re in a store and you spot a toy that’s exactly what your child has been asking for. The price is right and, even better, it’s from a well-known brand. It might seem reassuring, but you need to look at the small print – flip the package over to see where it is really made.

You might be surprised.

Many well-known brands are manufacturing their toys in Asia, where compliance with safety regulations continues to be lax. The location of the manufacturer matters more than the brand. Toys made in America are known for meeting the world’s strictest child-safety requirements.

Case in point: Since 2008 the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) repeatedly found four California-based companies to be violating safety standards on toys they were importing from Asia, and issued several notices of non-compliance – which the companies consistently ignored.

Finally this year the CPSC sought help from the U.S. Department of Justice. And in June, a federal district judge ordered the companies to stop importing, selling and distributing the hazardous toys.

Even with ever-tightening toy-safety requirements in the U.S., Europe and China, the biggest hazards for children’s toys – several of them reflected in the toys the California companies were importing – continue to be:

  1. Lead, which can harm a child’s central nervous system. (A Captain America toy shield being sold in New York this year was found to have 29 times the amount of allowable lead.)
  2. Toxic chemicals that poison or otherwise harm a child. (A Ninja Turtles pencil case was taken off shelves this year for having 150 times the amount of allowable toxic chemicals.)
  3. Small parts that choke a child, especially toy foods children think they can ingest. (Also, children swallowing high-powered magnets resulted in nearly 2,000 hospitalizations in the past couple of years.)
  4. Noisy toys that damage a child’s hearing. (Federal limits are 65 decibels, but sales of a toy smartphone were halted recently because its sound exceeded 85 decibels when held close to the ear.)

Toys should be fun for kids and worry-free for their parents. The surest path to toy safety is to buy toys from companies that manufacture them in America.

Buying Made in USA Helps Avoid 4 Biggest Hazards Hiding in Children’s Toys

GirlPaintingSun

You’re in a store and you spot a toy that’s exactly what your child has been asking for. The price is right and, even better, it’s from a well-known brand. It might seem reassuring, but you need to look at the small print – flip the package over to see where it is really made.

You might be surprised.

Many well-known brands are manufacturing their toys in Asia, where compliance with safety regulations continues to be lax. The location of the manufacturer matters more than the brand. Toys made in America are known for meeting the world’s strictest child-safety requirements.

Case in point: Since 2008 the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) repeatedly found four California-based companies to be violating safety standards on toys they were importing from Asia, and issued several notices of non-compliance – which the companies consistently ignored.

Finally this year the CPSC sought help from the U.S. Department of Justice. And in June, a federal district judge ordered the companies to stop importing, selling and distributing the hazardous toys.

Even with ever-tightening toy-safety requirements in the U.S., Europe and China, the biggest hazards for children’s toys – several of them reflected in the toys the California companies were importing – continue to be:

  1. Lead, which can harm a child’s central nervous system. (A Captain America toy shield being sold in New York this year was found to have 29 times the amount of allowable lead.)
  2. Toxic chemicals that poison or otherwise harm a child. (A Ninja Turtles pencil case was taken off shelves this year for having 150 times the amount of allowable toxic chemicals.)
  3. Small parts that choke a child, especially toy foods children think they can ingest. (Also, children swallowing high-powered magnets resulted in nearly 2,000 hospitalizations in the past couple of years.)
  4. Noisy toys that damage a child’s hearing. (Federal limits are 65 decibels, but sales of a toy smartphone were halted recently because its sound exceeded 85 decibels when held close to the ear.)

Toys should be fun for kids and worry-free for their parents. The surest path to toy safety is to buy toys from companies that manufacture them in America.

Buying Made in USA Avoids 4 Biggest Hazards Hiding in Children’s Toys

GirlPaintingSun

You’re in a store and you spot a toy that’s exactly what your child has been asking for. The price is right and, even better, it’s from a well-known brand. It might seem reassuring, but you need to look at the small print – flip the package over to see where it is really made.

You might be surprised.

Many well-known brands are manufacturing their toys in Asia, where compliance with safety regulations continues to be lax. The location of the manufacturer matters more than the brand. Toys made in America are known for meeting the world’s strictest child-safety requirements.

Case in point: Since 2008 the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) repeatedly found four California-based companies to be violating safety standards on toys they were importing from Asia, and issued several notices of non-compliance – which the companies consistently ignored.

Finally this year the CPSC sought help from the U.S. Department of Justice. And in June, a federal district judge ordered the companies to stop importing, selling and distributing the hazardous toys.

Even with ever-tightening toy-safety requirements in the U.S., Europe and China, the biggest hazards for children’s toys – several of them reflected in the toys the California companies were importing – continue to be:

  1. Lead, which can harm a child’s central nervous system. (A Captain America toy shield being sold in New York this year was found to have 29 times the amount of allowable lead.)
  2. Toxic chemicals that poison or otherwise harm a child. (A Ninja Turtles pencil case was taken off shelves this year for having 150 times the amount of allowable toxic chemicals.)
  3. Small parts that choke a child, especially toy foods children think they can ingest. (Also, children swallowing high-powered magnets resulted in nearly 2,000 hospitalizations in the past couple of years.)
  4. Noisy toys that damage a child’s hearing. (Federal limits are 65 decibels, but sales of a toy smartphone were halted recently because its sound exceeded 85 decibels when held close to the ear.)

Toys should be fun for kids and worry-free for their parents. The surest path to toy safety is to buy toys from companies that manufacture them in America.

Manufacturing Multiplier Generates Job Growth

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If you think of the American economy as a neighborhood, there’s one family who helps out their neighbors more than anybody else. They’re not the richest family and they don’t live in the biggest house, but as their wealth increases, so does wealth across the neighborhood.

This good neighbor is American manufacturing. No other sector generates more economic growth across more sectors than does manufacturing. In fact, for every one American manufacturing job, four new American jobs that pay an above average wage are created.

This multiplier effect is the reason an American manufacturer is often the anchor of a community. When workers have a living-wage job in manufacturing, they spend money in other local businesses like hardware stores, restaurants and shops. Manufacturers also spend money locally building and maintaining their operations and facilities.

Some think this multiplier effect is greater, especially in the case of modern factories – or lower, in older factories. We believe that 4x is a solid average, just as the Boston Consulting Group uses 4x in predicting that up to 800,000 American manufacturing jobs will be added by 2015, creating another 2.4 million indirect jobs in the supply chain.

And even that multiplier is considered low in the case of industrial automation.

“As factories get ‘smarter’ and more advanced, the multiplier increases significantly,” according to Keith Nosbusch and John Bernaden, executives at Rockwell Automation, in their paper, The Multiplier Effect. “In some advanced manufacturing sectors – such as electronic computer manufacturing – the multiplier effect can be as high as 16x, meaning that every manufacturing job supports 15 other jobs.”

Now, that’s being a good neighbor.

 

These Boots Are Made in America

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Think of your favorite iconic American. Now think about their shoes. Whether you pictured George Washington crossing the Delaware, John Wayne astride his trusty steed, or Wonder Woman saving the day, there’s a good chance whoever you imagined is wearing a pair of boots.

Perhaps no footwear is as distinctly American as well-made, well-loved boots. Hardworking and rugged, they’ve shod the feet of explorers and pioneers, farmers and cowboys, builders and lumberjacks, fishermen and firefighters.

Luckily, for those of us who work in less adventurous professions, American-made boots are now as fashionable as they are functional, moving effortlessly from the hiking trail to happy hour. And they’re made to last. Crafted from high-quality materials, these boots will take you wherever you decide to explore, season after season.

Take a peek at a few of our favorite Made in USA boots for fall.

For Her

Kara Suede Boot

Our favorite booties of the season prove that stylish doesn’t mean painful. These luxe suede lace-ups were designed with comfort in mind and are a great replacement for heels on icy days. See more.

Jet Engineer Boot

Embrace the moto trend with these buckle-embellished leather boots. The durable sole and low heel make them the perfect choice for all-day wear in winter weather. See more.

Gretchen Boot

Riding boots are always in style and the texturized leather of this harness-inspired pair will just get better with age. See more.

See all Made in USA Women’s Boots

 

For Him

1000 Mile Whitepine Boot

Presenting the American work boot, updated for 2014. The beautiful craftsmanship and rugged canvas detail make these a classic. See more.

Monroe USA Boot

If you only like to shop every five years, these are the boots for you. Designed for durability and crafted with Horween® leather, they’ll last forever. See more.

Gokey Sauvage Hikers

Handcrafted by one of America’s oldest boot makers, these are made for serious hiking but work just as well for climbing corporate ladders. See more.

See All Made in USA Men’s Boots