10 Things We Love, Made In Massachusetts

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This great state of Massachusetts has a colorful history of manufacturing. There are so many wonderful products made in Massachusetts. From huge textile mills to vibrant shoe factories, many useful products have been manufactured here over the last 250 years. Here are 10 great companies currently making products in the ‘Bay State’ –  all have compelling products.

Made in Massachusetts

Harpoon Brewery  – As a big fan of IPA (India Pale Ale), Harpoon gets a three thumbs up from me for their selection of six (6!) varieties of this classic beer. The brewery also sponsors a great bicycle ride in June, the B2B, 148 miles for a Harpoon beer. Widely distributed in New England, their mantra is – Love Beer, Love life – Harpoon.

Taza Chocolate – Stone ground chocolate that is delicious, Direct Trade Certified and made just down the road from us in Somerville, MA. Using organic ingredients, Taza concocts all kinds of delicious chocolate treats. Factory tours available.

Taza Chocolate | Made in Massachusetts Cuppow-  Made entirely in Massachusetts, cuppow lids turn any canning jar into a travel mug. Definitely a conversation starter, cuppow lids are easy to use, leak free, and BPA free.

Turn any canning jar into a travel mug with cuppow lids | Made in USA | BPA free

Bully Boy Distillers – Made in small batches with premium ingredients, Bully Boy offers American and White Whiskeys, Boston and White Rums and Vodka. Using organic ingredients in much of their offering, Will and Dave Willis are reviving a traditional Boston industry, one bottle at a time.

New Balance  – With 5 domestic factories (2 in Massachusetts), New Balance manufactures 25% of their footwear domestically and is the only major running shoe company to do so. Running shoes are traditionally labor intensive, with many sewing and assembly steps. New balance has re-engineered many of the US made shoes to deliver innovation with fewer labor inputs – a worthy achievement. Don’t miss our source list for American made shoes

Zildjian Cymbals – Few companies have celebrated their 350th anniversary, Zildjian has. Started in 1623 and located in Massachusetts since 1929, Zildjian makes superlative cymbals. Across all genres, the list of musicians using Zildjian cymbals reads like a who’s-who of the percussion world.

Zildjiar cymbals | Made in Massachusetts | Made in USA for over 350 years

Alden of New England – Family owned since 1884, Alden turns out beautiful men’s shoes of the highest quality. Incredible detailing and a very broad size offering characterize this traditional company. Don’t expect a fancy website, but the shoes will last for years and can be repaired and refurbished time after time. A great investment for your feet. Don’t miss our source list for American made men’s dress shoes

Alden shoes Made in Massachusetts

NECCO Wafers–  NECCO Wafer candy has been made in the USA for 168 years. Amazingly, the NECCO Wafer recipe has barely changed over time. Today, NECCO Wafers are made in Revere, Massachusetts. NECCO manufactures other classic candies as well, including Mary Jane, Candy Buttons, Sky Bar, and Sweethearts. Don’t miss our source list for American made candy. 

NECCO Wafers | Made in Massachusetts

Seven Cycles – Combining high tech materials (carbon, titanium and steel) with custom geometry creates bikes that fit and ride remarkably well. Known for their high quality and long life Seven bicycles can be seen and purchased at the Ride Studio Café in Lexington, MA. Don’t miss our source list for made in USA bicycles

ReFleece – Recycling old fleece garments with a low energy process, Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller create durable molded cases for ipads, kindles and other electronic gadgets. Get one of their durable cases and enjoy the fact that the fleece in your case has probably had a ton of fun before its current incarnation.

Refleece Upcycled tech accessories | Made in Masschusetts

Made in Massachusetts 10 Things We Love

Mark Paigen is the founder of Osmium, which was a purveyor of uncommon and enduring clothing for men made from compelling fabrics and built with functional details. We regret to report that Osmium is no longer in business.

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  1. Great list! Also Beehive Kitchenware, Necco wafers, & Crane stationery might still be.
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  2. I had no idea that New Balance was made in the USA. Now I like them even more!
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  3. Can’t wait to buy some Newbalance shoes now that I know they are USA made!

  4. Jill Homiak says:

    Thank you for the tips, Amy! Keep in mind that not all New Balance sneakers are made in the USA!

  5. jamie braun says:

    didnt know thats were new balance is made! ive always wanted to go to that part of the country

  6. Karen D says:

    Nice list of products…My Grandma’s of New England is another good one!

  7. md kennedy says:

    As a Mass-grown girl, I am glad there are even more than your list made int the USA!

  8. All of Thread Honcho’s leather goods are made in MA too!

  9. Tuff Kookooshka (www.kookooshka.com) children’s clothing is made in Massachusetts from fabric produced in Massachusetts. We are very proud of the fact that so far we have been able to keep our production and sourcing local. We try to live every day by the motto “Shop Small, Shop Local”. PS: Love Taza Chocolates, Harpoon IPA, and Mary Janes made by NECCO.

  10. Does anyone know if Brahmin still manufactures handbags in Mass. or anywhere else in the U.S.?

  11. Doves and Figs hand-makes jams, chutneys, and fruit mustards in our Massachusetts kitchen from Massachusetts-grown fresh fruit. http://www.dovesandfigs.com We love Taza Chocolate and use it in several of our yummy jams!

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