Put Some Made in America Spring in Your Step This Easter and Passover

Whether you celebrate Easter or Passover or just enjoy the fun traditions that originate from these holidays, we’re sharing our favorite Made in America items for spring’s religious holidays from our archives.

EASTER

Easter is a traditional religious holiday in the Christian faith celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But it's also a holiday that includes a bit of fun — and much of that fun starts with Easter Eggs. 

Eco eggs are a great option for those who want to include treats in their eggs during Easter egg hunts. Not only are they Made in the USA, they also are eco-friendly, manufactured from 100 percent renewable content and are fully compostable. The eggs — made from non-toxic, durable, plant-based plastic — are available in two sizes and come in five assorted colors (pink, yellow, green, blue and purple). The company also manufactures eco grass to help fill out that Easter basket. Eco grass is made from 100 percent post recycled paper and is 100 percent recyclable after use, so you can easily dispose of it in your paper recycle bin. 

But if you are looking for a more formal egg, be sure to check out the selection offered by the White House Historical Association for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2019 White House Easter Egg collection is available now; you can buy a single egg or the entire set of five colors -- all Made in the United States. In 2017, Wells Wood Turning & Finishing of Maine supplied eggs for the White House's iconic event. 

Looking to dye your eggs? Check out Doc Hinkle Easter Egg Dye. Unlike ordinary dyes that must be diluted, Doc Hinkle's paint-on kit helps egg decorators create "beautiful, bright colors and patterns instead of dull single-colored eggs." Colors included in the kit include red, blue, yellow and purple, which can be combined to create new hues.  

You are going to need a place to put all those eggs, and Peterboro Basket Co. and Charleston Sweetgrass offer a variety of sizes, shapes and colors.

And don't forget about Easter candy! Jelly Belly jelly beans continue to be Made in America (the company also offers ready-made gift baskets, although it's unclear whether all of the items included are manufactured in the United States). Mike and Ike Easter Treats are also a solid pick, filled with flavors including grape, pineapple-banana, strawberry, lemon-lime and cherry. But get them before they're gone — the candy is available for a limited time. 

And have no fear! While the Washington Post might have canceled its annual Peeps contest (you can still view a decade’s worth of epicPeeps dioramas here), we are happy to report that Peeps continue to be manufactured by Just Born in the United States.

PASSOVER

The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, commemorating the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. It begins by the removal of leavened food products (called chametz), which includes anything with wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or their derivatives — so bread, pasta, cookies and most alcohol is out. Instead, celebrants eat matzah, an unleavened bread.

Passover is highlighted by the Seder meals, which take place on the first two nights of the holiday. The Seder includes four cups of wine, and celebrants dine on matzah and bitter herbs while retelling the story of the Exodus. Since the Seder is the most festive part of Passover, we'll focus on recommended wine (and grape juice) and other items for the meal. 

Of course, there are a slew of American-made wine options out there. The AFL-CIO recommends brands like Arbor Mist, C.K. Mondavi, Chateau Ste. Michelle, E&J Gallo and Turning Leaf, which are union-made and can likely be found at your local store. As for grape juice, Manischewitz and Welch's have teamed up to offer 100% Concord Grape Juice, which includes no artificial flavors, colors, preservatives or sugar. It's also sulfite free.

Manischewitz also continues to be a good option for finding processed kosher food products perfect for the Seder. The company also claims to be the No. 1 maker of matzo in the world.

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Steel for Wind Power

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. 

Siemens Gamesa last month laid off 130 workers at its turbine blade manufacturing plant in Iowa, just months after GE Renewable Energy decided to close an Arkansas factory and eliminate 470 jobs.

The companies reported shrinking demand for their products, even though U.S. consumption of wind energy increases every year.

America’s prosperity depends not only on harnessing this crucial energy source but also ensuring that highly skilled U.S. workers build the components with the cleanest technology available.

Right now, the nation relies on imported steel and turbine components from foreign manufacturers like China while America’s own steel industry—well equipped for this production—struggles because of dumping and other unfair trade practices.

Steel makes up the bulk of turbine hubs and the wind towers themselves. It’s also used to make the cranes and platforms necessary for installing the towers.

Yet the potential boon to America’s steel industry is just one reason to ramp up domestic production of wind energy infrastructure.

American steel production ranks among the cleanest in the world, while China has the highest carbon emissions of any steelmaking nation and flouts environmental regulations.

The nation’s highly-skilled steelmaking workforce must play an essential role in the deeply-needed revitalization and modernization of the nation’s failing infrastructure. Producing the components for harnessing wind energy domestically and cleanly is an important step that will put Americans to work and position the United States to be world leaders in this growing industry.

 

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