The 2017 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here – and the Alliance for American Manufacturing is excited to release our 2017 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide! 

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This year’s list is filled with ideas from every state and the nation’s capital. We included picks at every price point and for a variety of people on your list, and we also aimed to include a number of American-made ideas that haven’t made the list before. We also shined the spotlight on makers who took part in our 10th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 14, and included several suggestions from readers like you. 

But we have more exciting Made in America news!

We’re also unveiling our new Made in America Directory, which shines a spotlight on companies that manufacture their products in the United States. So, if you can’t find the gift you are looking for on this list, head over to the directory for even more great gift-giving ideas!

—Team AAM

Alabama

Exxel Outdoors and its 95 employees make 2 million sleeping bags at a factory in Haleyville every year. It wasn’t always this way; the Haleyville factory was on the brink of closing when Exxel bought it in 2000. But the company bet on Made in America, upgraded the factory – and found success. AAM 10th Anniversary Celebration Maker

Bonus: Veteran owned and operated, Redline Steel manufacturers custom home décor products at its shop in Huntsville. Popular items include family monograms and American flags. Reader Pick

Alaska

Artist and entrepreneur Paul Heflinger’s eco-friendly jewelry and artwork company, The Winking Moose, is inspired by the Alaska wilderness. The company is so committed to the environment that it uses as many recycled materials as possible when shipping its products.

Bonus: The Alaska Rug Company, which made our 2016 list, makes its unique household décor using recycled fishing line and rope. AAM 10th Anniversary Celebration Maker

Arizona 

All of the bags, wallets, belts and other accessories produced by Lifetime Leather Co. are handcrafted at the company’s workshop. Reflecting its moniker, the company’s products are designed to last a lifetime.

Bonus: Stuffed toy Trouble the Dog has brought comfort and hope to kids going through a hard time, from youngsters stricken with cancer to children impacted by tragic events like the Boston Marathon bombing and Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. The sweet toys are made at the Stuffington Bear Factory in Phoenix.

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Union Matters

Get to Know AFL-CIO's Affiliates: National Association of Letter Carriers

From the AFL-CIO

Next up in our series that takes a deeper look at each of our affiliates is the National Association of Letter Carriers.

Name of Union: National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)

Mission: To unite fraternally all city letter carriers employed by the U.S. Postal Service for their mutual benefit; to obtain and secure rights as employees of the USPS and to strive at all times to promote the safety and the welfare of every member; to strive for the constant improvement of the Postal Service; and for other purposes. NALC is a single-craft union and is the sole collective-bargaining agent for city letter carriers.

Current Leadership of Union: Fredric V. Rolando serves as president of NALC, after being sworn in as the union's 18th president in 2009. Rolando began his career as a letter carrier in 1978 in South Miami before moving to Sarasota in 1984. He was elected president of Branch 2148 in 1988 and served in that role until 1999. In the ensuing years, he worked in various roles for NALC before winning his election as a national officer in 2002, when he was elected director of city delivery. In 2006, he won election as executive vice president. Rolando was re-elected as NALC president in 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Brian Renfroe serves as executive vice president, Lew Drass as vice president, Nicole Rhine as secretary-treasurer, Paul Barner as assistant secretary-treasurer, Christopher Jackson as director of city delivery, Manuel L. Peralta Jr. as director of safety and health, Dan Toth as director of retired members, Stephanie Stewart as director of the Health Benefit Plan and James W. “Jim” Yates as director of life insurance.

Number of Members: 291,000 active and retired letter carriers.

Members Work As: City letter carriers.

Industries Represented: The United States Postal Service.

History: In 1794, the first letter carriers were appointed by Congress as the implementation of the new U.S. Constitution was being put into effect. By the time of the Civil War, free delivery of city mail was established and letter carriers successfully concluded a campaign for the eight-hour workday in 1888. The next year, letter carriers came together in Milwaukee and the National Association of Letter Carriers was formed.

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