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On Tuesday, December 3, Judge Steven Rhodes granted the city of Detroit Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. If you have been following the fate of cities like Detroit, New Orleans, Chicago, Oakland, East Saint Louis, Camden and others that have fallen victim to staggering manufacturing facility losses, soaring unemployment, and increased crime, this may not come as a surprise.
Over the past 10 years, the U.S. has suffered a 33.1% loss of manufacturing jobs along with 56,000 manufacturing facilities being lost to bankruptcy or off-shore moves to developing nations such as China, India and Brazil to avoid crippling over-regulation and other out-of-control costs. The good news?
This gold mine of cheap labor, that manufacturers jumped ship for, has begun to lose its luster as wages continue to climb. Economic projections point to some of these manufacturers returning to U.S. soil. If so, this is very good news for the American labor force. It would give us a fighting chance of saving the middle class which has taken a beating over the past decade.
(David’s note: Don’t hold your breath on this. The EPA, OSHA, nAHA (Obamacare), and other bureaucratic snafus will do their best to keep making large manufacturing companies from being able to operate profitably in the US for the near future. If they’d simply get out of the way, we could bring all of our jobs home and have full employment. Small companies will be able to slip under the crushing regulation, but the system is currently geared to beat down and mercilessly punish success through regulation.)
But however the job market shapes up, it isn’t going to help those tens of thousands of Detroit’s retired civil servants who are facing the potential of losing over 80% of their retirement benefits with the verdict that was just handed down.
The following are excerpts as reported by David Shepardson in The Detroit News on December 3, 2013, Next up for Detroit: Plan of adjustment to settle debts
“The deal proposed giving unsecured creditors such as pensioners and bondholders a $2 billion note for $11.5 billion in estimated debts, or less than 18 cents for every dollar owed.”
The report went on to say, in part;
“Many questions will need to be answered in a plan of adjustment: including the size of cuts to pensions and other of the cities $18.5 billion debts, as well as whether the city will propose selling assets like the Detroit Institute of Arts and other city assets including the water department. “We have to be fair and equitable in our treatment. . . of all creditors,” Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr said Tuesday. “We have a long road ahead.”
This new reality should be on the forefront of our minds as we head into the Christmas holidays. The groundwork has been laid. Detroit’s having been granted Chapter 9 bankruptcy may lead other bankrupt cities to follow suit. The repercussions, should other major cities grab this out-clause, would negatively impact people across the board, no matter whether they are retired or not. Should an economic tsunami start in bankruptcy court for other major cities, the resulting ripples would impact businesses who are left holding the bag, and we would need to brace ourselves for higher unemployment rates.
Not everything is lost. Understanding the potential of what may come, ahead of time, gives us that extra push and time to check off those remaining items on our must-have list.
But it doesn’t necessarily have to stop there. What if those purchases were “Made In The USA” products? Buying imported products only fills the coffers of other nations. Buying American-made goods keep our manufacturers solvent and saves our jobs!
I’ll admit it’s getting harder to find U.S. made goods, but it’s not impossible. And many of the manufacturers that have stayed on American soil just happen to dovetail with preparedness–definitely a win-win!
Below is a list of American made goods that might still be on your must-have list. If not, they would make excellent Christmas gifts for loved ones. I’ve intentionally listed items that are preparedness-related, broken down first by online sites that promote “Made in the USA” goods, and then by the products themselves under the appropriate category. The list is not complete by any means, so if you have any favorites not mentioned here, please share!
Before moving on to the list of “Made in the USA” products, it needs to be noted that some of the companies listed outsource a portion of their manufacturing, but remain on U.S. soil.
Online Sites Who Offer Links to, or Sell, “Made In The USA” Products
Description: Here’s where you can chose from hundreds of categories to click on to see if what you’re looking for is made …you guessed it..in the USA.
Description: BuyDirectUSA.com offers a list of companies that sell products Made in the USA and/or manufacturer products in the USA. Shop for clothing, handbags, fitness equipment, health & beauty products, baby products, lawn & garden, camping gear, home decor, luggage and so much more.
Description: Made in USA Forever sells over 4,300 “Made in the USA” products. Here are their main categories: Stocking stuffer’s, organic/green gifts, clothing, furniture, toys/games, tools/automotive, lawn & garden, flags/patriotic, accessories for computers/tablets/smart phones, electronics, outdoor sportsman/hunting, pets, books/card, wallets, sports equipment, office, health products, firefighter bags, and more…
Description: Here’s where you can shop for many “Made in the USA” products, Prepper-style: Emergency food & disaster kits, lighting, flashlights, weapons, flags, electronics, camping & outdoor goods, knives, clothing, grills, lawn & garden products, tools and more.
Description: Type in “Made in the USA”, and you’ll be overwhelmed with over 5 million products! Just about anything you’d need can be found here, and in most cases, you won’t have to pay for shipping.
Description: Typing in the search words made in the USA will reward you with 42 pages of products like: compost toilets, wood and kerosene heat/cook stove, compost toilets, fun (and difficult to find) old-school toys, tools, garden tools, axes, knives, lanterns, manual well pumps, and one of my personal favorites; Lehman’s galvanized well bucket, and much more.
Description: Here’s a smaller site that sells “Made in the USA” tools, hand carts, garden tools, wood-working tools, knives, saws, a manual chain sharpener, candle lanterns, and children’s toys.
Products by Category
Ten Point Crossbow Technologies
Axes, Tomahawks & Knives
SOG–Knife & Tool Manufacturer < (David’s note: my daily carry knife is a SOG Pentagon Elite)
Cold Steel–Fixed Blade Hunting & Tactical Knives, Bowie Knives, Training Knives
Snow & Nealley–Axes & Mauls
Barco–Axes & Wood-Splitting Wedges
Council Tools–Axes, Sledgehammers, C-Clamps & Firefighting Tools
Council Velvicut Hudson Bay Ax
Ontario Knife–Knifes, Picks, Axes, Tomahawks
Gerber–Knives, Tools, Flashlight
Hibben–Fixed Blade & Throwing Knives & Axes
Condor Tool and Knife–Combat Axes, Swords, Machetes, Hatches
Thrower Supply–Hand Forged Tomahawks
Blind Horse Knives–Quality Working Knives
Randall’s Adventure & Training–Esee Field Knives
Pro Tool Knives
TOPS–Knife & Tool Manufacturer < (David’s note: I own and use more TOPS blades than any other blade manufacturer. They’ve got knives that range from “all show” to “all go” for the zombie crowd–which doesn’t do much for me–current operators, collectors, and everything in-between.) In case you ever wondered…the money they make with the “all show” knives that look sexy makes it possible for them to put out as many high quality working knives as they do at an affordable price.
Camp Gear & Related Clothing
Pole & Paddle Canoe–Reflector Oven (great for baking beside an open fire pit or fireplace)
Tarptent–Ultralight Tents & Shelters
Outdoor Research Gear–Ultralight Shelters, Bivy Sacks & Quality Hats, Jackets, Gloves, gaiters
Purcell Trench–Ultra Lightweight Camp Grills
American Outdoors–Soft-Sided Coolers in Many Styles
Camp Time–Lightweight Camp Furniture
Cascade Design–Quality Camp Gear From Sleeping Bags to Hydration Packs to Kyack Accessories
Equinox, Ltd–Ultralight Backpacking Gear; Tarps, Ground Cloth, Back Packs, Stuff Bags
E-Z Sales & Manufacturing–Hammocks, Camp Chairs, Cots & Canteens
Feathered Friends–Down Sleeping Bags, Outerwear, Comforters
Fuerte Cases–Waterproof Protection Cases for Laptops, Firearms and more
Nomadic Stove Company–Camp Stoves
Wiggy’s–Sleeping Bags, Back Packs, Shelters, Pack Boots/Footwear, Survival Kits, Clothing
Nanatak Gear–Sleeping Bags, Footwear, Clothing
Western Mountaineering–Sleeping Bags, Jackets, Vests, Booties, Flight Pants
Coleman–Extensive Line Of Camp Gear
North Face–Extensive Line Of Camp Gear & Clothing
Volcano Camp Stoves
PS Camp Stoves
Osprey Back Packs & Hydration Packs
Mystery Ranch–Back Packs & Medic Bags
Outdoor Products–Camping & Hiking Gear and More
Kavu–Backpacks, Clothing & Accessories
Stephenson’s Warmlight–Down-Filled Sleeping Bags
White Boots–Boots, Women’s Wear, Men’s Wear, Caps
Motorola–2-Way Radios, Landline & Cell Phones
LaCrosse–Emergency Radios; Solar Panel & Hand Crank
Midland–2-Way & Emergency Crank Radio
Uniden–2-Way & CB Radio
C Crane Emergency Radio
Cobra 2-Way Radio
Dakota Alert 2-Way Radio
Ten-Tec– Ham Radio
SGC, Inc. (sgcworld.com)–Ham Radio
eFoods Global–Survival & Trauma Kits
ParaPack–Compact Emergency & Survival System
Best Car Kits–Union Made Car Emergency Kits
Food: Bulk, Freeze-Dried, Dehydrated & MRE’s
Honeyville Grain–Great Source For Bulk & Freeze Dried, $5.00 Shipping, No Weight Restrictions
Wise Foods–Grab & Go and Long Term Food Kits, Freeze-Dried Fruits, Vegetables & Meats
eFoods Global–Low Heat Disaster Rations Grown & Produced in the USA
Mountain House Freeze Dried Food Pouches, #10 Cans, & Emergency Food Buckets
SHTFAntibiotics.com Pharmaceutical grade antibiotics (amoxycillin, ciprofloxin, etc.) for your fish.
Country Living Grain Mill
Orec Vacuum Cleaners
Sun Power Solar Cooker Oven
Lodge Cast Iron Cookware
Tattler Reusable Canning Lids
Ball & Kerr Canning Jars (manufactured by Jarden Home Brands)
Dura Flame Logs
Weber Grills–Gas & Charcoal BBQ Grills
Colorado Cylinder Stoves–Affordable, Collapsible Wood-Burning Heat & Cook Stove, Indoors & Tent
Vermont Casting–Wood-Burning Heat Stove
Alaska Stove Company–Coal-Burning Heat Stoves
Baker Stoves–Coal & Wood-Burning Heat Stoves, Wood-Burning Cook Stoves
Buck Stove –Wood-Burning Heat Stoves & Fireplace Inserts
Kume Stoves–Wood-Burning Heat Stoves & Fireplace Inserts
Madera Stoves–Wood-Burning Heat Stoves
Harman Stoves–Wood-burning Heat Stoves & Fireplace Inserts
Heartland Cook Stove–Wood-Burning & Gas Cook Stoves
Coleman–Portable Propane Stove & Oven
Firearms & Accessories
Smith and Wesson
Black Hills Ammunition
Lighting–Flashlights & Lamps
Pewter Oil Lamps
W.T. Kirkman Lanterns
Stanley Proto Tools
QPI Bully Tools
Thomas & Betts
Sawyer–Water Purification Systems
Berkey–Water Purification Systems
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So what are your favorite Made in the USA products? Did you find anything on the list that scored with your wish list? Please comment below!
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God bless and stay safe,
David Morris and Survival Diva