Traveling American Style
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
June 9, 2003
If you have had trouble finding American-made luggage, briefcases
or laptop carriers like I have, look no further than Toughtraveler.com. This
fine American company based in upstate New York designs and manufactures all
their products in the USA, and they have been doing so since 1970.
Tough Traveler makes all kinds of bags and carriers for all kinds
of purposes. Some of the things you will find on their website at
www.toughtraveler.com are backpacks, duffel
bags, camera bags, briefcases, lightweight luggage and travel totes. Simply
put, no matter where you are going or what you are taking with you, Tough
Traveler has what you need. Their products can be found in certain specialty
retailer stores, but the best way to order is directly through their website
or by calling 1-800-GO TOUGH.
As you may have noticed, it's getting more and more difficult to
locate briefcases and backpacks made in the USA. I haven't even bought a
carrier bag for my laptop yet since I haven't found one made in USA! A few
years ago, I bought a Jantzen backpack that had "Made in USA" proudly
stitched right on the front under the brand name, but I've noticed that
wording is now gone and most likely hundreds of jobs with it.
In an era of globalization that seems to result in large and
sometimes even profitable companies moving production overseas, it is
increasingly important that we support smaller companies like Tough Traveler
that are swimming against the tide. Since these smaller companies don't
enjoy the shelf space at the big name retailers like the larger
multinational companies do, their growth often depends on word-of-mouth by
So help spread the word. Tough Traveler has been producing in
America for 33 years, and they don't plan on going anywhere, so let's make
sure they don't. If you're in the market for what they sell, why not reward
an American company who has been standing up for what is right and good
about America? Manufacturing is the key to a prosperous America, not the
guaranteed availability of cheap imports.