Made in the USA

Morgan Tucker

Being made in America is more than a compelling story… In 2015, it’s smart business.

New York City is my home. Under the bright lights you can have anything your heart desires any time of the day or night. If you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere.

The Allied Buying Corporation Conference brought me to Memphis, Tennessee earlier this month and I was moved by the history of America: MLK, Elvis, and the soul of the Mississippi River.

I have friends that are family in Portland, Oregon who truly know how to enjoy America’s landscape. Hiking on the West side of the country, the views of Mount Saint Helens and Mount Hood are breathtaking.

Chicago welcomes our industry each May for The National Restaurant Association Show with Midwestern charm and a burgeoning foodie scene. One thing I have learned from the privilege of regularly traveling this country is that everything we need is already here. Since our restaurateurs and hoteliers are consumed with local influence on cuisine, isn’t it time this strategy permeated our procurement again?

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Selim Bassoul, CEO of The Middleby Corporation, is a global leader in supporting the ‘Made in America’ agenda with many of his heavy equipment factories. “Middleby has bucked a trend of outsourcing manufacturing overseas. Today, we employ around 2500 workers in 27 factories in the U.S. and we contribute jobs to 900 American suppliers. We provide a dignified living to our employees with decent wages and great benefits. Our factories are the bloodline for depressed communities such the Mississippi Delta, rural North Carolina, upstate farming Michigan, to name a few.”

Coveted by professional chefs worldwide, Vitamix is releasing their latest product this month. New color coded Advance containers made in Cleveland, OH, are available in Blue, Orange, Purple and Yellow, and designed to improve speed of service and promote food safety by reducing the potential for allergen cross-contact. Edlund is another manufacturer always on the cutting edge of kitchen equipment, and they have strategically chosen to manufacturer in Vermont. Searching for the highest quality baking equipment available? Univex Planetary Mixers have been made in Salem, NH for over sixty years. A planetary mixer is a kitchen’s most versatile piece of equipment, and these are built to deliver excellence every time.

Andrew Elliott, President of Drinique, a forward-thinking unbreakable Tritan drinkware company, explains that manufacturing in America has been a major key to their success.  “Being in control of the manufacturing process allows us to get product to our customers quickly, which is essential in an industry where customers want their orders yesterday.  With savings on overseas shipping and large inventory carrying costs, we can allocate more resources to research and development.  American entrepreneurs are known for innovation and quality.  Start up costs can be higher in the U.S., but so is the quality of products we make.”

Foodservice equipment and supplies manufacturing in America produces superior results. The Homer Laughlin China Company is a Genuine Manufacturer: They craft their own high-quality dinnerware products in West Virginia and have for generations.  Diversified Ceramics also manufacturers their ceramic cookware, ovenware, and tabletop accessories here in the states. Looking for bone china instead? Lenox is making every shape and size in their Kinston, North Carolina plant.

Want to dress the part in good threads? Ritz Foodservice has you covered with classic and traditional chef apparel to inspire both in and out of the kitchen.

Brands are constantly looking to connect with customers on a deeper level. What could be more important than home? Thinking globally is important, but acting locally is paramount. This summer, support our homeland and all the companies and people that keep manufacturing in America.

Morgan Tucker
Morgan Tucker is the Director of Business Development at Singer M. Tucker and founder of LMT. Ms. Tucker advises a wide diversity of acclaimed restaurateurs, celebrated chefs, and industry leaders across the U.S. LMT is a thoughtfully curated brand of hospitality provisions that can be sourced through the Singer family of companies. To consult with our team, please email