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Manufacture This

The blog of the Alliance for American Manufacturing

The Halloween candy has made its way to store shelves. It’s officially fall.

Though the temperatures on the East Coast have yet to comply, the fall weather will arrive shortly. And it seems almost the entire country is set for another frigid winter, according to the Farmers’ Almanac.

The winter of 2014–15 will see below-normal temperatures for about three-quarters of the nation. A large zone of very cold temperatures will be found from east of the Continental Divide east to the Appalachians. The most frigid temperatures will be found from the Northern Plains into the Great Lakes. 

So we’re bundling our families up with some American-made jackets and coats!

For the Outdoorsmen

Founded in 1856, Orvis sells a line of Made in America products for men, including jackets. Orvis is known for their fly rods that have been manufactured in Manchester, Vermont for over 150 years.

While not every product Orvis sells is made domestically, the lifestyle company values American manufacturing. Orvis spokesperson Daryl Kenny thinks that banner on the company’s Made in America page says it all:

There is still a place where rich tradition, craftsmanship, and uncompromising quality intersect. That place is America.

The jacket: Made in Union, New Jersey.

Carhartt, Inc., founded in Detroit, serves the American worker. Originally making work wear for railroad workers, Carhartt clothing is known for its durable and long-lasting clothing products. The brand is popular in the construction, landscaping, and farming industries. Tony Ambroza, senior vice president of marketing at Carhartt, says:

Carhartt celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. We have been, and always will be, a brand that builds gear for our nation’s hardest workers. The J140 Active Jac debuted in the 1960s. It is made from our longest lasting fabric – our iconic firm hand duck.  Since 1889, we’ve been making products like this one in the USA. In fact, we never stopped making our most popular styles in our Kentucky and Tennessee cutting and sewing facilities. We know it’s important to our customers to have the choice to purchase American made goods. And when it comes to durable apparel, no brand makes more rugged work wear in the U.S. than Carhartt.

The jacket: All the utility you need for your winters on the job or simply shoveling the sidewalk.

For the Rebel Hiding in Plain Sight

The Schott brothers started making raincoats in a basement at the beginning of the 20th century. During WWII when the U.S. government often commissioned manufacturers, the Schott brothers produced the “bomber jacket” for the U.S. Air Force.

Today, the company is still making their iconic Perfecto leather jacket in New York City.  And they continue to sell their jackets domestically and abroad “representing the heritage of America and the rebel inside everyone.”

The jacket: We’re feeling very Olivia Pope about this one.

For the American Girls (and Boys): American Apparel has several options.