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American-Made Leather Products, Furniture, Pet Supplies and Pool Tables!
Our Buy American Mention of the Week!
by Roger Simmermaker
January 24, 2008

Fox Creek Leather is a small family run company in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia that takes pride in offering high quality American-made motorcycle leathers at reasonable prices. All of their jackets, vests, and chaps are covered by a lifetime guarantee.

At Fox Creek Leather, you'll find American-made motorcycle jackets, leather vests, leather belts, motorcycle chaps, motorcycle gloves, leather purses & wallets, saddlebags, trunk bags, tool bags, sissy bar bags, travel & roll bags, and leather head gear. They even offer American-made Chippewa and Double-H Boots.

Looking for American-made sunglasses? I used to buy Oakley sunglasses, which continue to be made in California (for now, anyway). But Oakley was recently bought by Italian-owned Luxottica Group, who owns LensCrafters, Pearle Vision, and many other optical outlets. So I was happy to discover American-made Gatorz sunglasses through Fox Creek Leather. Gatorz sunglasses are machined from high grade aircraft aluminum in the USA. Sure, you can support American workers by buying either Oakleys or Gatorz. But wouldn't you rather support American workers who work for a smaller American company rather than a large Italian-owned conglomerate who has a near-monopoly on the American eyewear industry?

Fox Creek Leather and their domestic manufacturing gives them the flexibility to custom make a garment when someone's measurements fall outside our stock sizes. Moving manufacturing overseas would force them to discontinue custom sizing and many other options. And using an overseas manufacturer would not allow them to cover their products with a lifetime guarantee. And as a small company it would be difficult to impossible to ensure that fair labor practices were being followed in a factory thousands of miles away. The quest of Fox Creek Leather is to make high-quality American-made products, not for cheap labor.

East Central Florida is the home of Home Furniture. Their 10,000 square foot store is filled with Traditional, Casual, Shaker and what some describe as Country Elegance home furnishings from proud American companies like Temple Furniture and Wisconsin Custom Shoppe that make 100% of their furniture in the USA. You won't find any foreign-made furniture at Home Furniture, where their focus is on furniture in the mid to upper price range. Their Showroom contains formal groupings of furniture for living room, bedroom, dining room, home office and entertainment. Also featured are distinctive items such as occasional chairs, recliners, bedding, clocks, lamps and other outstanding accessories. At Home Furniture, you'll find all American-made furniture and you won't find any cheap components like particle board.

Home Furniture offers a very special shopping experience as the uniqueness and comfort of this showcase is unsurpassed in East Central Florida. They have fulfilled their customer's love affair with solid wood furniture by offering it in all departments using selected Maple, Cherry and Oak woods.

Home Furniture does not employ commissioned sales people so their selling style is not aggressive but more informational and helpful. The store atmosphere is serene, comfortable and very homey. You can browse their beautiful store as leisurely as you are browsing their web site.

At Key West Pets you'll find pet products with a tropical flair. We want you to feel secure in buying any of our products because we have your dog and or cat foremost in our thoughts. That is why they make their products using only the best quality materials available. The safety of your pet is very important, and they use fabric to cover the nylon webbing because it is softer for the pet and also there are pets that are allergic to the webbing itself. Their mesh harness is simple to use, very stylish, and comes in a choice of 3 cotton fabrics.

Although their name suggests they are from Key West they are actually located in Daytona Beach, Florida, where all their products are made. You can choose from a variety of pet products like leashes, toys, adjustable collars, and easy-fit harnesses. Even their colorful pooper bags are made in USA.

The name "Key West" was used because when friends and family saw the brightly colored collars, harnesses and leashes they all thought of bright and sunny "Key West" - hence the name!

Key West Pets is also helping to support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through sales of their "Loofa Dog" toy, so while your dog loves playing with it, you will know that at the same time you are helping to support valuable research.

Golden West Billiards is a family owned and operated company which started manufacturing pool tables and accessories in the late 1960's. American made for 40 years, their products are sold worldwide, and the main reason for their success is the quality and control of their products through their own slate and lumber importation. They are the only pool table manufacturer that does all their own designing in-house and are the only pool table manufacturer that does all laminating, wood turning and carving in-house. And they are extremely proud of their detailed work and state-of-the-art finishing department.

Golden West Billiards equipment is truly in a class by itself because of their emphasis on detail. It is considered, by many billiard experts, to be the standard of excellence for the industry. Brunswick makes pool tables as well, but all their tables have been made in places like Vietnam and China for many years, so it's good that they don't set the standard.

And if you're ever in the Portland, Oregon area, Golden West Billiards is always happy to show to give you a tour of their factory and show you their manufacturing process, their employees, and their tables. Their factory tour gives their potential and past customers a first-hand look at the quality of their products. Just call them at 1-800-423-5702.

You can choose between several styles to find what suits your personal style, like the Classic Series, Designer Series, or Modern and Legend Series. Even their accessories like their wide variety of cue racks are made in USA. So if you're serious about pool and serious about buying American as well, Golden West Billiards deserves a serious look.

Roger Simmermaker is the author of How Americans Can Buy American: The Power of Consumer Patriotism. He also writes "Buy American Mention of the Week" articles for his website and is a member of the Machinists Union and National Writers Union. Roger has been a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN and MSNBC and has been quoted in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal and US News & World Report among many other publications.


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