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IN THEIR WORDS: AMERICAN-MADE By Steph Koyfman A s the industry marches to the drumbeat of a slowly- improving economy and housing market recovery, the Made-in-USA movement marches alongside. The Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau and the Burea of Economic Analysis reported data recently from the spring of 2012, a year in which U.S. manufacturers sold $4.4 trillion of Made-in-USA goods. That’s a big number, and it’s set in a “We are an important part of the community, building pride and dedi- cation and producing high-quality products. Laroy Starrett established a legacy of giving back to the com- munity. … From his original land lease of $1.00 in 1914 for the Athol Public Library on Main Street, Athol, Massachusetts, to gifting additional land for a beautiful new expansion in 2014, The L.S. Starrett Company has helped enrich their communities. Starrett has been a cornerstone of its community since 1880. 18 • JUNE 2015 landscape of steady (but painstaking) gains in U.S. manufac- turing employment, with April’s seasonally adjusted employee count rising 1.5% since the previous year. Those numbers help dispel the myth of the all-import economy. And even more de- structive of that myth are the stories of the people on the front lines of domestic manufacturing in various forms. Here, in their own words, are several of the stories. “… Starrett continues to invest in manufacturing in the USA. The founder believed ‘that he could do no greater good than help create a business that would give people employment and a chance to earn an honest living.’ Manufacturing is still the backbone of America. Today Starrett is operating five manufacturing locations with close to 1,000 people in America.” — Hardy Hamann, The L.S. Starrett Company John Ames, circa 1774 HARDWARE + BUILDING SUPPLY DEALER “We’ve been doing business here for over 200 years. The Ames Com- panies is the third oldest continually operating business in America. This rich history is absolutely embedded in the company’s culture. Even when you look at our company logo, you see ‘established in 1774.’ “We love manufacturing here in America. It’s the heart and soul of our business. And from an operations (story continued on page 20) Maze’s first delivery truck cost $423.