10 Iconic Products Still Made In America
Founder Wally Byam started the company by building trailers in his Los Angeles backyard during the 1920s. It occurred to him that making them less boxy would cut down on drag and help drivers save on gas. The chromed-out, space-age oddity of the American roads was born and eventually outgrew Los Angeles for bigger digs in Jackson Center, Ohio. Now owned by Thor Industries(THO) , Airstream still has the exterior design geeks love, but has filled the trailer with two-toned accents and tech toys that have made them the road vehicle of choice for companies such as Nintendo and Quicksilver.
Every once in a while, China needs some U.S. help.
When struck recently with a timber shortage, the Chinese market looked to Georgia Chopsticks, based in Americus, Ga., which began making 2 million sets a day out of native Georgia sweet gum and poplar trees. It's been such a successful export that Georgia has increased capacity to 10 million pairs a day. If that sounds impossible, consider that Chinese companies make about 63 billion chopsticks a year, while Japan burns through another 23 billion.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
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