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The 12 Best Products Made in America

Louisville Slugger baseball bats
Louisville Slugger baseball bats (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 03 July 2019 09:48 AM EDT

Many U.S. consumers want to buy products made in their home country to support job creation, fair wages, and more. But you don't have to buy U.S.-made products just for those reasons: Some of the best products in the world are made here at home.

From Crayola crayons to Jack Daniel's whiskey — there are dozens of top products made in the U.S., Cheapism.com took a look at some of those, and here are 12:

1. Louisville Slugger Series 3x Ash Bat. Price: $30, sold at Dick's Sporting Goods.

Roughly 60% of bats used in Major League Baseball are supplied by Louisville Slugger, which even has its own museum in Louisville.

2. The original metal slinky. Price: $5, sold on Amazon.

Demand for the unassuming metal slinky skyrocketed in 1945 when Naval engineer Richard James sold what was actually a failed attempt to make stabilizers for ships' instruments to a Philadelphia store. More than 300 million have been made since.

3. KitchenAid Classic Series Mixer. Price: $199, sold at Walmart.

Originally made toward the start of the 1900s, the KitchenAid brand caught on years later, in 1955, when it was produced in various colors. The range now includes 40 colors made at a Greenville, Ohio, factory.

4. Weber 22-inch Kettle Grill. Price: $109, sold at Home Depot.

The original charcoal kettle Weber is proudly produced in Palatine, Illinois.

5. Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection. Price: $13 for 152, sold on Amazon.

Crayola opened its doors in 1903 in Easton, Pennsylvania, and has since expanded to set up various Crayola Experience attractions across the country. The plants in Lehigh Valley continue to make the much-loved products today.

6. Igloo 48-quart Island Breeze Cooler. Price: $17, sold at Walmart.

Each day, more than 500 Igloo products are made in Katy, Texas, where over 1,000 workers produce the sturdy cooler in an expansive three-building facility.

7. Indian Scout Motorcycles. Price: $11,999, sold at a local Indian dealer.

Indian Motorcycle was originally founded in 1897 but the brand never took off. In 2006, it was revived and bikes began appearing at a facility in North Carolina. Production continues in Iowa and Minnesota.

8. Lodge Five-piece Cast Iron Cookware. Price: $70, sold at Walmart.

For 100 years, this Tennessee brand has been delivering its quality cast-iron cookware to the public — and its popularity continues to grow.

9. Mike and Ike. Price: $1, sold at Target.

This multinational company produces its entire confectionery line in Pennsylvania. An impressive feat.

10. Tom's of Maine Toothpaste. Price: $5, sold at Walmart.

For more than 45 years, Tom's of Maine has been producing its toothpaste, made from natural ingredients, in Sanford, Maine.

11. Stern Pinball Star Wars Pro Pinball Machine. Price: $5,799, sold at The Pinball Co.

On the cusp of dying, Stern Pinball helped revive the pinball craze with its games produced in Chicago. Originally founded 40 years ago, the company rebuilt itself to the local empire it is in 1999.

12. Pyrex Prepware 2-cup Glass Measuring Cup. Price: $6, sold on Amazon.

Corning began producing this sturdy piece of kitchenware in 1915. Pyrex was moved from New York to Pennsylvania when parent company World Kitchen took over the reins. Now the product can be found in about 80% of American households.

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Some of the best products on the consumer market are made in the United States. Here's a quick dozen to check out.
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