The evolution of American Manufacturing has been very unique. 1785 was the the date of a Modern Bulk Material Handling. An automatic flour mill built by Oliver Evans that used a leather belt bucket elevator, screw conveyors, belt conveyors, and other devices. See more of the American Manufacturing history timeline.
Wahl Celebrates 100 Years of History
Since 1919, Wahl has been at the forefront of firsts — starting when founder Leo J. Wahl invented the first hair clipper. Further innovations included the first cordless facial hair trimmer and the first men’s grooming tools to harness the power of lithium-ion. Today, it’s no surprise Wahl is the number one hair clipper and trimmer manufacturer.
After 100 years of innovation, however, one thing has remained steadfast — the family-owned company’s commitment to keeping their products made in America. This is one of the reasons Wahl is proud to come together with like-minded manufacturers at Made in America 2019. Wahl is also excited to offer attendees a truly interactive experience with free beard trims at their mobile barbershop.
“Wahl products may evolve, but the company’s integrity and values will always remain constant,” says vice president of marketing for the North American Consumer Division Steven Yde. “Made in the USA is not a tagline at Wahl, it’s a commitment to our customers and 1,200 U.S. employees.”
Cutco Celebrates 70 Years
Cutco Cutlery, located in Olean, NY, recently celebrated their 70th anniversary and will be showcasing at Made In America 2019.
In 1982, the company was purchased from ALCOA in a management buyout led by its president Erick Laine. Among that management group was James E. Stitt, who has led the company since Mr. Laine’s retirement in 2008. Mr. Stitt recently passed down the role of president and CEO to his son, James M. Stitt.
“There was a time when hand-craftsmanship was everything in knife making, but now we say it’s hand craftsmanship blended with innovative technology in today’s world,” says Jim Stitt. “We have about 850 total employees and 400 are tied to our manufacturing operations.”
Maple Landmark has a 40 Year Old Story
Mike Rainville first came to woodworking as a hobby in the 1970’s while he was in school. Working out of his parents’ basement with scraps from his grandfather’s carpentry projects, he duplicated household items, things like spool holders and cribbage boards. Before long friends and neighbors were asking Mike to make things and by 1979, he started selling wholesale. Local craft fairs also provided income and experience.
At age 15, getting lumber wasn’t just a matter of borrowing a truck but a driver as well. At the time, the best selling items were cribbage and tic-tac-toe games.
After graduating Clarkson University in 1984, Mike went to work constructing a new woodshop of ample size for his now full-time business, now known as Maple Landmark Woodcraft. The choice “Maple Landmark” as the name for the business was a natural extension of the name Mike’s family used for their maple sugaring business and dairy farm, Maple Landmark Homestead. His grandfather, Fletcher Brown made maple syrup for over 65 years and was always available to lend a hand.
In 1987, Mike acquired the Troll’s Toy Workshop, formerly of Barnet, VT. This addition brought in many products based on the alphabet including letter cars, blocks, and signage letters. The company quickly went from Mike plus some part-time help to several full-time employees. Read More
Made In The USA Trade Show Event
MADE IN AMERICA 2019 will come alive at the Indiana Convention Center on October 3rd-6th, 2019. This is an American Made celebration and the start of a Made in the USA movement. There will be manufacturers from across the country showcasing U.S. made machines and products.
There will be American Made brands at Made In America 2019 who have been making machines and products in the U.S. dating back to the late 1800’s. New inventions will also be featured at Made in America 2019 with a pitch panel of experts. We will see you in INDY Oct 3-6! Sign Up To Attend