An American-made Memorial Day

By Jesús Espinoza
May 24 2019 |
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The list you need this Memorial Day weekend.

Whether you’ll be barbequing, heading to the beach or spending time outdoors, every family has its own special way of honoring Memorial Day. There are few days as important as this one for our country. One easy way to acknowledge this important holiday is supporting American-made goods and the jobs they create.

Whatever your plans are this upcoming Memorial Day weekend, check out some of these American-made goods that could come in handy:

50 Strong Water Bottles: In 2012, husband and wife Ashley and Brendan Thompson founded 50 Strong to prove that American manufacturing matters. The Thompson’s family-owned factory produces competitively-priced water bottles entirely Made in America. Additionally, 50 Strong donates 10 percent of every sale to the 50 Strong Foundation, the non-profit that the company founded to provide education and training in advanced manufacturing.

Annin Flagmakers: Six generations of the Annin family have worked to produce flags since 1847. With a rich heritage that encompasses much of America’s history, Annin is proud to produce all its flags in America, using only the best materials. Committed to continually expanding and upgrading its manufacturing and distribution capabilities, Annin employs over 500 Americans and utilizes advanced production techniques.

Applewood Smokers: A family-owned and operated business, Applewood Smokers, offers the ingredients of a truly extraordinary barbeque–a delicious meat rub, known as the "Chub Rub", a time-tested smoker, and a fire pit that will be part of your fondest memories for years to come. If you're the ultimate fan of barbeque or the resident pitmaster of your family, it may be time to consider the company's custom smokers.

Bedrock Sandals: Among its employees count trail runners, ultra-marathoners, long-distance travelers, fly fishermen, and rock climbers, so you can be sure that Bedrock Sandals is serious when it comes to making outdoor sandals that can go the distance. Bedrock's sandals are designed to harness natural movement with Vibram outsoles and an adjustable strap system that ensures customizability and performance.

BIC Lighter: For everything from firing up the barbecue to lighting some romantic candles, BIC lighters have been a trustworthy choice for consumers since the first BIC lighter was produced in 1973. Every part of the BIC lighter is made by United Steelworkers employees.

Exxel Outdoors and American Recreation Products: Exxel Outdoors sells all the equipment you might need for your next outdoor adventure. Running the largest sleeping bag factory in the nation, Exxel is a significant contributor to the economy of Haleyville, Ala., where the factory is located.

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