The Great American Eclipse is Coming. Here’s How to Keep it Made in America.

Erica Maddox

Erica Maddox Social Media Intern, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Save the date: Aug. 21, 2017! 

That’s the day that a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast, and it’s being called the “Great American Eclipse.”

The once-in-a-lifetime event will see the sun go completely behind the moon, and the moon will cast a twilight here on earth. The moon and sun will appear to be the same size, even though the sun is much larger. 

The eclipse will be visible from the waterfront of Government Point, Ore., through Charleston, S.C. The eclipse will start at 10:16 a.m. in Oregon, and end in South Carolina at 2:41 p.m., and the total duration will be about an hour and a half. 

The Great American Eclipse will pass through 12 states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. If you live in one of those places, you won’t want to miss it! But even if you don't live in one of those places, you'll still be able to watch a partial eclipse — NASA has an interactive map that shows exactly what you can expect to see and when.

And as USA Today reports, you also need to take steps to protect yourself — special eclipse glasses must be worn to protect your eyes from the damaging rays of the sun, for example. We put together a list of American-made items you’ll need for the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Glasses: The one thing you definitely need if you plan on watching the eclipse are special glasses to protect your eyes, and American Paper Optics’ Eclipse Glasses are made in Barlett, Tenn. These glasses block out 100 percent of ultraviolet rays, 100 percent of infrared radiation, and 99.9 percent of visible light that can hurt your eyes. Made from black polymer material, American Paper Optics’ eclipse glasses allow you to see the natural phenomena without so much light, and are also tested and certified safe to use during the eclipse. The glasses are also easy to use — the company printed the instructions about how to wear them and reminders to keep them on during the duration of the eclipse right on the frames. The glasses can even be customized with a message or logo in order to make great promotional items.

Picnic Blanket: Manufactured in San Francisco, Eclogue’s Go-Blanket is a way to watch the solar eclipse in style. Not only can the blanket be used to watch the eclipse, the Go-Blanket is perfect as a picnic blanket and a stadium blanket. With breathable lining, high-quality light fleece, and a 100 percent waterproof coat, the blanket is lightweight, with durable nylon lining that is still soft and cozy.    

Sunglasses: While eclipse glasses are a must, if you’re going to be outside for the eclipse, you might as well pick up new shades for the rest of the day! Shwood makes wooden sunglasses that are stylish, trendy, eco-friendly and functional.  Made in Portland, Ore., Shwood’s manufacturing process puts skilled craftsmanship and technology together to form their one-of-a-kind sunglasses.  Every step from design, to lens cutting, to shaping and finishing the glasses are done right in the company’s Portland workshop. 

Sunscreen: If you plan on being outside while waiting for the eclipse to start, make sure to apply sunscreen. Coola Sun Care makes its sunscreen in San Diego, Calif., and manufactures all types of sun care from classic sunscreen to self-tanning products to protective lip balm and more.  Coola uses ingredients that are natural, organic, locally sourced, and sustainable. Coola believes that its products are “better for your skin, and better for the environment.”  

Lawn Chairs: Get comfortable as you wait for the big moment! Back in the USA sells a good old fashioned folding aluminum webbed lawn chair. From backyard BBQs to parades, these chairs are perfect for any outdoor event… like the eclipse!  With a selection of different colors, different options for higher backs, and drink holders, Back in the USA displays the great ways you can buy a backyard classic lawn chair.

Picnic Basket:  Do you want to make a nice day out of the solar eclipse? Bring some snacks and drinks, and pack them in an American-made picnic basket!  Peterboro Basket Company is the oldest continuous manufacturer of baskets in the United States, having been in business since 1854. Based in historic Peterborough, N.H., Peterboro Basket Company strives to bring its customers the highest quality and most useful baskets with long-lasting durability. Not only does the company make classic wooden woven baskets, it also makes insulated coolers that look like classic baskets as well.


Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Failing Bridges Hold Public Hostage

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities.

The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) gave the public just a few hours’ notice before closing a major bridge in March, citing significant safety concerns.

The West Seattle Bridge functioned as an essential component of  the city’s local and regional transportation network, carrying 125,000 travelers a day while serving Seattle’s critical maritime and freight industries. Closing it was a huge blow to the city and its citizens. 

Yet neither Seattle’s struggle with bridge maintenance nor the inconvenience now facing the city’s motorists is unusual. Decades of neglect left bridges across the country crumbling or near collapse, requiring a massive investment to keep traffic flowing safely.

When they opened it in 1984, officials predicted the West Seattle Bridge would last 75 years.

But in 2013, cracks started appearing in the center span’s box girders, the main horizontal support beams below the roadway. These cracks spread 2 feet in a little more than two weeks, prompting the bridge’s closure.

And it’s still at risk of falling.  

The city set up an emergency alert system so those in the “fall zone” could be quickly evacuated if the bridge deteriorates to the point of collapse.

More than one-third of U.S. bridges similarly need repair work or replacement, a reminder of America’s urgent need to invest in long-ignored infrastructure.

Fixing or replacing America’s bridges wouldn’t just keep Americans moving. It would also provide millions of family-supporting jobs for steel and cement workers, while also boosting the building trades and other industries.

With bridges across the country close to failure and millions unemployed, America needs a major infrastructure campaign now more than ever.


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