When Chris McMaster had the opportunity to make his hiking habit a profitable business by purchasing ULA, a small Utah business that made hiking backpacks, he jumped at the opportunity though he knew nothing of the production process other than that ULA backpacks were truly excellent.
Several years later, McMaster has expanded the business and sells ULA’s products internationally -- all while keeping the company’s manufacturing in Utah, earning it a place in the Alliance for American Manufacturing’s 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide. Here’s how McMaster did it.
*Photo courtesy of ULA.
These Companies Are Preserving Made in America Artisan Traditions for the Next Generation
The latest gadget or tech toy may get splashy headlines in the news, particularly around the holidays, but it's the goods that are lovingly handcrafted that remain in our memories and are passed down from generation to generation.
In this episode, host Scott Paul speaks with the owners of two companies featured in the Alliance for American Manufacturing's 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide, holiday ornament maker Hampshire Pewter, based in Somersworth, N.H., and wooden block maker Uncle Goose, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., to discuss how they came to master their crafts and how they've adapted decades-old production processes for today.
* Photo courtesy of Hampshire Pewter
Gearing Up For Holiday Shopping? Here Are Our Top Gift Picks!
With nearly 100 great options on the Alliance for American Manufacturing's 2018 Holiday Gift Guide, there's a present for everyone on your list! Nonetheless, we thought we'd make this hectic shopping season even easier by highlighting top gift picks from Team AAM and some very special guests to the podcast.
From Astrophysics to Manufacturing, One Woman’s Journey
Alice Globus began her career in astrophysics, then went on to work on Wall Street, and now leads Winky&Dutch, a jewelry and accessories manufacturing company in upstate New York. Learn what brought Globus to the factory and how she has applied her knowledge and experience in the new endeavor.
President Donald Trump made revising the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a key campaign promise, but has he fulfilled it with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA)? In this episode, host Scott Paul and the Alliance for American Manufacturing's Scott Boos discuss who will benefit from the USMCA and what happens next for the trade deal.
* Photo courtesy of The White House