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eshop at Imperial Yarn's web store for American Made products
One of the products Imperial Yarn sells is American Made Yarns. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Once a year, we harvest the soft, white wool from the sheep and begin the process of transforming this naturally renewable resource into a wide selection of fibers and yarns. All of our wool is specially milled without harsh chemicals or extreme temperatures, leaving it comfortable, soft and pure. Custom colored to reflect the ranch's unique high-desert landscape, Imperial Stock Ranch yarns and fibers offer knitters, weavers and other fiber artists a naturally beautiful array of hues, textures and weights.

You won't find Imperial Stock Ranch wool in any other yarn on the market. We are a USA wool product. We take pride in this, and hope you will, too, as you peruse our yarns.

eshop at Johnson Woolen Mills's web store for American Made products
One of the products Johnson Woolen Mills sells is American Made Fabric Wool. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Located in the village of Johnson, just north of the skiing mecca of Stowe, the clothing company still makes the same woolen shirts, jackets and the famous iceman's pants that have been best sellers for nearly 50 years. The heavy, 28 ounce forest green pants were named for the men who wore them while cutting blocks of ice from frozen ponds and lakes. In spite of the fact that icemen no longer ply their trade on those frozen expanses, the Johnson mill is still selling plenty of the amazingly thick, warm pants and much more old-fashioned cold weather gear as well. The mill's early owners catered to fishermen working in winter camps in sub-zero temperatures. Today's fourth generation ownership sells its products to cross-country skiers, snowboarders,hunters, ice fishermen, winter runnersessentially to a new generation of outdoors, sports-minded people who refuse to stay in the house in bad weather. As Vermonters well know, in order to survive winter, you must find something that you like to do outside. It's really that simple. And although the character of the customer has changed, the pants and heavy coats, shirts and jackets, are still essentially the same as they have been for over a century and a half. You may now see our clothing in an ever-increasing number of urban centers across the country as the concept of made in America takes on a special significance with the American consumer.

Beginning in Johnson
Vermont native Stacy Barrows Manosh is the fourth generation owner of the mill, bought by her great-grandfather Delmer A. Barrows in 1908. The mill had its beginnings as one of many making fabrics from the wool of local sheep. The clapboards of the old mill are painted to read: Founded 1842. The company's manufacturing now goes on in a more modern building next door to the original mill, which is now a company store and popular tourist destination. Workers in the new mill do the cutting, sewing, piecing, serging, and finishing of traditionally patterned, checked, and plaid hunting clothes, all made of a material that is 80 to 85 percent wool. The company store displays all of the freshly made winter garmets in a welcoming atmosphere of deep reds and greens that stand out against pine boarded walls and polished floors.

Traditional Tailoring
On the production line in the new building, a garment starts at one end of a room the length of a football field and is passed up the line of workers, each at a work table specializing in a single tailoring operation. Pieces are first cut from patterns on an amazing, bowling alley-like cutting table over 50 feet long, made of maple and birch flooring which was put in before the building was completed. otherwise, it never would have fit through the doorway. We have our own way of cutting and sewing garmets, according to Del Barrows, third generation owner and father to Stacy. A lot of people would like to know exactly how we do it. It takes about a week from the time the cloth is cut from huge 40 foot bolts of wool to the moment the Johnson tag is sewn in a garment. Stacks of bright green and red collars, cuffs and sleeves are ready to be sewn together for Johnson jackets. Well-worn cardboard patterns hang on the wall, used for the cutting of the traditional clothing made at the mill. Some of them are 50 years old and the styles they represent go back a century and a half to the days when the mill was first established, using water power on the banks of the Gihon river. With true Yankee frugality and good business sense, nothing is wasted at the mill. From the discarded ends of materials, mittens can be made, some by cottage-industry workers who freelance for the mill from their homes. Other scraps are bagged and sent off to a specialized factory to be ground up and recycled, still others end up in wool rugs.

Century-Old Patterns
Many of the plaids and patterns have been traditional with the company for at least a century. One of the few changes in Johnson's wool has been the addition of some nylon for added strength. Another change has been the cutting back of the thickness of some of its garments. According to Mr. Barrows, some of the pants we used to make we don't make any more because they were so heavy. Today, instead of the heaviest pants, people wear insulated underwear with somewhat lighter-weight outer pants. Although Johnson Woolen Mills supplies such big names as L.L. Bean, there are numerous small mom & pop stores among Johnson's retail outlets. Company officials say that because of the relatively small size of Johnson Woolen Mills, they can do many things that larger companies simply can't or won't do. In addition to opening a new manufacturing facility in the mid 1980s, the main innovation at the mill has been the addition of a ladies' line and a childrens' line. Because of the addition of the new lines, a new color pallet made up of softer colors was introduced including light blues and violets.. .a real shocker for some of the company's traditional customers who were used to the traditional hunting patterns.

Barrows Famiy Ties
We're native Vermonters. We go back to the 1790s said Stacy Barrows Manosh. The family came over here from England and settled in Irasburg, VT. My great-great-grandfather is buried there. They were farmers and then my great-grandfather became a retailer and he owned a store in Woodsville, NH. About 1905, this great-grandfather bought a half interest in the Johnson mill from its owner I.L. Pearl, and in 1907 he bought Pearl out altogether and changed the name to Johnson Woolen Mills to better represent what the company did. And now, over a century and a half and four generations later, Johnson Woolen Mills continues making world famous products, integrating old world values with new world ideas, all with a very bright eye to the future.

eshop at Kokomo Opalescent Glass's web store for Made in the USA products
One of the products Kokomo Opalescent Glass sells is Made in the USA Art Glass. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Kokomo Opalescent Glass (KOG) has been in continuous operation at our current location of 1310 S. Market Street in Kokomo, Indiana since 1888.
The Gas Boom
The Gas Boom
To understand the inception of Kokomo Opalescent Glass you first must have knowledge of the events two years prior to the founding of the company. On October 6, 1886 in a corn field about one mile northwest of the glass plant a group of speculators drilling a well discovered natural gas at around a depth of 900 feet. The 20 foot flame lit up the dark sky that night.
Within a week here new gas companies were formed. Then next eight exploratory wells in the area were successful. By the end, on 1887 Indiana Natural Gas Company, one of the larger companies had over 23,000 acres leased and 475 gas producing wells. The news of the significant gas discoveries traveled quickly. It was thought that gas would last for 200 to 300 years but later that proved to be incorrect. This discovery of natural gas brought many entrepreneurs and developers to the Kokomo and Central Indiana area.
The Gas Boom

Starting Out

Early History
Charles Edward Henry was born in Paris France in 1846. Mr. Henry migrated to the United States in the early 1880's. He was a good glass chemist and he formed Henry Art Glass in New Rochelle New York in 1883. Henry Art Glass made glass buttons, novelties, and opalescent glass rods. While producing glass products Mr. Henry met many glass artists in the New York area including Louis Tiffany.
Mr. Henry heard about the gas boom in Central Indiana and returning to New York from a business trip to Chicago, IL he stopped in Kokomo. On April 27, 1888, the same day he arrived in Kokomo, he met with local officials about establishing a glass plant in Kokomo. Within 24 hours an agreement with local government officials was made and signed to provide Henry with a plant site and a natural gas supply.
After completing the agreement Mr. Henry returned to New York. Within 30 days he returned to Kokomo to purchase a home and to start building a glass production plant with a seven pot furnace. Actual production started at Opalescent Glass Works new plant on November 13, 1888. The primary product was sheet glass but electric insulators were made for Edison General Electric with the excess glass.
On November 16, 1888 on of the first shipments of sheet glass went to Louis Tiffany. The shipment included 600 pounds of blue and white opalescent glass.
By early 1889 Opalescent Glass Works employed over 50 people and was the only opalescent glass manufacturer west of the Appalachian Mountains. In early 1889 Henry sent 30 sheets of opalescent glass to Paris France for display at the Paris Exposition (Worlds Fair). On the Ocean journey to France 16 sheets were broken. The remaining 14 sheets that arrived was sufficient for him to win a Gold Medal for the glass and also obtain over $50,000 in sheet glass orders.
Mr. Henry's problems started upon his return from France. The original bill of $3,800 for the construction of the plant along with his trip to France and several other bills went unpaid. On January 10, 1890 the builder of the factory filed a lien on the plant for the amount of the unpaid balance. In a futile attempt to retain control of the plant on January 29, 1890 Mr. Henry sold the factory to the plant manager for $1.00. Three days later he married the 26 year old daughter of the plant manager. The wedding celebration was held at the plant and described as a gala affair.
On March 11, 1890 Opalescent Glass Works went into receivership due to unpaid bills. Later in the April 24, 1890 edition of the Kokomo Dispatch reported Mr. Henry was jailed due to violent behavior. The article also pointed out that Henry had developed a drinking problem. He also started writing bad checks.
On April 28, 1890 Charles Edward Henry was admitted to the Indianapolis Insane Asylum. He died there two years later at the age of 46.
New Beginning
New Beginnings
Opalescent Glass Works continued to be operated under the court receivership. In June 1891 the court started the process of selling the business. On August 28, 1891 three local businessmen Peter Hoss, William Blacklidge, and John Learner purchased Opalescent Glass Works for $5,310. These three partners were instrumental to KOG's early development, and their direct descendants have been closely involved in managing the company ever since, making the KOG a unique example of a successful, closely held, tri-family business enterprise.
Louis Tiffany continued to be one of the largest customers until the mid 1890's. In 1893 Louis Tiffany purchased over 10,000 pound of glass from Opalescent Glass Works.
On January 13, 1912 the name of Opalescent Glass Works was changed to Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company which remains operating at the same location in Kokomo, Indiana.
Tiffany Glass History
The Tiffany Years
Over the years KOG developed a reputation for product uniqueness, quality and customer satisfaction that was unsurpassed in the stained glass trade. Industry giants such as L.C. Tiffany, J&R Lamb, and LaFarge are among the prominent names that appear often on the company's early sales ledger. See The Tiffany Connection.
The OP Shop
The OP Shop
In 1973 KOG opened The OP Shop to provide customers with the opportunity to purchase suncatchers, sheet glass, and other custom glass KOG produced items to all those who came by or lived locally.
Today, The OP Shop operates our public and private tours, creates stained glass pieces, provides custom glass design services, restoration and repair services, and offers a wide selection of our sheet glass, cast glass, rondels and blown glass items for sale to the public. All items sold in The OP Shop are produced from KOG glass by local artisans.
Recent Hot Glass
The Hot Glass Studio was established in 1998 to produce a wide range of quality hand-blown and hand-cast glass using the world famous Kokomo Opalescent Glass. Our glass blowers create one of a kind and limited edition functional and sculptural glass objects and rondels.
The above photo depects CEO John O'Donnell and President Richard Elliott recieving the Governers Century Award from Governer Mitch Daniels and Lt. Governer Becky Skillman on November 4, 2009.
We continue to be a source for restoration glass and will create custom mix batches for our commercial customers. We still have and mix many of the same recipes that originally made us a premier glass manufacturer and continue to add exciting new colors and textures to meet the demand of an ever growing consumer audience.
We are happy to provide customers outside of our locality with an opportunity to purchase Kokomo Opalescent Glass art pieces via our Web Store. We continue to change with the times but always remember our rich heritage in the glass industry. We are America's Oldest Art Glass Company!

eshop at Lion Brand Yarns's web store for American Made products
One of the products Lion Brand Yarns sells is American Made Yarns. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

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Famous for Quality Since 1878
Founded in New York City, Lion Brand Yarn Company is a 135 year-old brand that has been family owned and operated for 5 generations. The company is devoted to inspiring and educating knitters and crocheters with yarns, patterns, how-tos and ideas that elevate their yarn crafting experience.

Year after year we drive innovation in the yarn business and pursue excellence in the quality of our products.

The history of hand-knitting in America can be written by the yarns we have introduced:
Lion Brand's wool yarn was the first yarn to receive the coveted Wool Mark for excellence,
Jamie Baby yarn was the first non-commodity baby yarn that offered the first free pattern and color image on the label,
Jiffy was the first non 4-ply fashion yarn for the mass market,
Homespun began the trend for novelty yarns in the mass market and is still a favorite American made yarn after more than 10 years.
Fun Fur ignited a craze and helped bring knitting back into popularity for a younger consumer.
Vanna's Choice is the first celebrity licensed yarn with a portion of the proceeds going to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
You can count on the fact that the next breakthrough in yarns will come from Lion Brand!

Lion Brand is renowned for its pattern support, which is a source of inspiration for yarn lovers. We offer patterns to the public through magazines, branded books with major publishers, as well as our web site, which offers 5,823 free knitting and crochet patterns, with more added every week.

Our publishing partnerships have included both magazine and book publishers. We were involved in launching Knit.1 with Soho Publishing -- the first knitting magazine to target the 20 to 35-year-old audience and it has sold out each issue -- an unprecedented result in magazine publishing. We also partner with Clarkson Potter, Leisure Arts, Random House, and Soho Publishing to produce books that are distributed to bookstores around the country, as well as craft shops and other key yarn retailers.

The Lion Brand web site is the most visited site on the Internet of those that feature yarn. Over 1 million weekly e-newsletter subscribers receive up-to-date information about new products, information about knit, crochet and craft techniques and special offers, as well as knitting stories, e-cards, and a popular comic called Lola.

Lion Brand yarns are available throughout the United States in craft chains, discount chains and internationally in 17 countries. You may also purchase our yarns directly from our web site.

eshop at Made in America Yarn's web store for American Made products
One of the products Made in America Yarn sells is American Made Yarns. A more complete list of their products is provided by Made in America Secrets, to review their list click here.

For more information about Made in America Yarn and its Made in the USA products see the following:

Made in America Yarns is not just a name ? it's a statement.

We know that making something by hand is about more than the finished item, it's about the love and time that go into making the item. Our goal is to provide high quality yarns with excellent customer service while helping communities throughout America. From designing the yarn to dyeing it, all of our yarns are proudly made right here in the United States. We can produce yarns in any color of the rainbow, but our favorite colors are red, white and blue.

Our Facilities

Made in America Yarns are produced and dyed exclusively by the Huntingdon Yarn Mill located in the heart of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Huntingdon Yarn Mill has been in continuous operation since 1940 and boasts a number of second and third generation employees as well as seasoned veterans of the yarn industry.

Whether they work for Made in America Yarns, or at Huntingdon Yarn Mill, our employees are the heart of the company. Our combined decades of experience and dedication to the craft of yarn making ensure the consistently high-quality yarns we've been producing -and will continue to produce- for generations.

Please visit Huntingdon Yarn Mill's website to take a look at our facilities.

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