Buy Made in America

Last week they had a story on ABC on a couple who wanted only Made in the USA for their home. Not an easy task and certainly a more expensive endeavor. But a worthwhile assignment.

Typically cheaper goods are made over seas………and that is because U.S. labor does cost much more than in countries where they don’t have the same rights, freedoms and basic same labor laws. There are many furniture manufacturers who tried manufacturing overseas but the quality just wasn’t there. Those companies who tried to make a go of it in China, India, have returned and are back on the East Coast.  And its true. You can see the difference if you are an experience buyer of quality goods as I am. The handcrafted furniture such as lines like David Iatesta are second to none when compared to lines from Europe and especially China or India.

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago is full of stylish boutique lines where the artisans make the goods right here in the USA.

Appliances &  Plumbing Fixtures

1. Blue Star Ranges: My personal favorite!  Made in PN. Like way more than my Wolf Range.

2. Wolf

3. Subzero: WI

4. Thermodor

5. Jenn Aire

6. Delta: Not all parts are made in America but they are still manufactured in Indiana.

7. Newport Brass: Made in California

6. Kallista (a higher end division of Kohler for plumbing fixtures):  Gorgeous!

7. Kohler

8. Just Sinks: Great stainless steel sinks made here in IL    (http://www.justmfg.com)

9. Maytag & Whirlpool : Still manufactured here (yet many parts are now made overseas and a certain percentage of goods)

High End Lighting:

1. David Iatesta   (most stunning chandeliers)  http://www.davidiatesta.com

2. Urban Electric Co :   http://www.urbanelectricco.com

3. Remains Lighting:   Made in Brooklyn   http://www.remainslighting.com

4. Niermann Weeks:  Made in Millerville Maryland   http://www.niermannweeks.com

5. Urban Archeology: NY   http://www.urbanarcheology.com

6. Nancy Corzine lighting:  Made in Carson California   http://www.nancycorzine.com

Custom Cabinetry & Custom Crown:

1. Janik Custom Millwork: Hodkins IL (off I55) Refurbish old bars, fix &  repair larger projects, and can make custom Crown Molding. They don’t take on kitchens

2. Woodmode:  Cabinets Made in Pennsylvania

3. Romar Cabinetry :  IL      Many a Hinsdale house does have Romar cabinetry and buying here in IL creates revenue-which makes your taxes cheaper!

4. Star Moulding & Trim Co: Chicago, IL   Company makes any size custom mouldings and can duplicate if you need to copy something for an older home

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