Can you believe that there are products still made in the USA today, that were made here before the United States of America even existed? The oldest American made products are treasures of our manufacturing history and a testament to American made quality. The editors at USA Love List went on the hunt for companies that have manufactured their products in America for over one hundred years. Some have been around even longer!
The Oldest American Made Products
Crane & Co, a manufacturer of fine stationery, was founded in 1770. Since 1879 Crane & Co. has supplied the United States Treasury with its currency paper.
Laird & Company became the first licensed distillery in America in 1780. Abraham Lincoln served Applejacks ‘cider spirits' at a tavern he co-owned in Illinois.
King Arthur Flour, known today for its flours and baking mixes, was founded in 1790.
Jacob Bromwell was founded in 1818 as a manufacturer of brushes, and wire-goods. Today Jacob Bromwell is located in Indiana and still going strong.
Libbey Glass Company was originally founded in 1818 under the name ‘New England Glass Company'. In 1888 the founder's son moved the company to Toledo, Ohio (where it remains today) and changed the name to Libbey Glass Company.
Brinly-Hardy has been manufacturing high quality lawn care products in Indiana since 1839.
Annin Flagmakers, the oldest flag maker in the United States, has been in business since 1847. According to law, a new American flag was issued on the July 4th after a state joined the Union. In 1847 there were 29 states.
Arm & Hammer baking soda products have been owned by the same company, Church & Dwight, since 1867.
H.J. Heinz Company, known better as simply Heinz, was founded in 1869 as a maker of sauces and pickles. Today Heinz manufactures thousands of food products, but not all of these products are manufactured in the US.
Homer Laughlin China Co. was started in 1873 by two brothers, Homer and Shakespeare Laughlin. Today, Homer Laughlin China Co manufactures the timeless Fiesta dinnerware collection in West Virginia where you can even tour the factory.
Hendrick Manufacturing, founded in 1876, is a leading manufacturer of perforated and fabricated metal products for commercial and industrial uses.
Palmer Candy Company began in 1878 as a wholesale grocery and fruit company. In the early 1900, the Palmers started making bulk and hard candy. Today, Palmer's Candies chocolate and holiday confections are still an American favorite.
Hickey Freeman. Founded in Rochester, NY in 1899, Hickey Freeman has been making fine menswear and suits for over 120 years. The company supports returning American veterans through a paid internship and job training program.
Hardwick Clothing, founded in 1880, is the oldest, privately held apparel manufacturer in America.
Council Tool has been manufacturing high quality hand tools in the USA since 1886. The steel and hickory used to make these hand tools are both sourced in the US.
1888 Mills is still making towels in America since it was founded in, well, 1888. Some 1888 towels are made from cotton sourced from other countries, but all of the towels are woven in the USA.
Narragansett Beer was the number one beer in New England from it's founding in 1890 to the 1970s. Today, Narragansett Beer is still American made and is working hard to get that top spot back. The Del's Shandy is mighty tasty!
20 Mule Team Borax, a brand of natural laundry booster, was founded in 1891.
Goetze's Candy Company, maker of Cow Tales and Caramel Creams (formerly know as Bull's Eyes) candies, has been making sweet treats in Baltimore, Maryland since 1895.
Rosebud Perfume Co. was founded in 1895 and still manufactures balms and salves in Maryland from original recipes, like the world famous Smith's Rosebud Salve.
Libman Company, know today for it's mops and cleaning tools, is still family owned and has been manufacturing traditional corn brooms in the USA since 1896.
Lodge is the oldest continuous manufacturer of cookware in America. Founded in 1896, Lodge has proven that cast iron cookware is timeless.
Gimbals has been fine making gourmet candies in San Francisco since 1898.
Idaho Candy Co. was founded in 1901 and is still making classic candy in the factory that was built in 1909.
Warther Cutlery 100% American made knives have been handcrafted in Dover, Ohio since 1902.
Stormy Kromer hats have been handcrafted in the USA since 1903.
Moore Push Pin Co. was incorporated in 1904 as a manufacturer of push pins, map tacks and wall tacks.
Anchor Hocking Company glassware products have been manufactured in the USA since 1905.
ACME Smoked Fish has been offering smoked fish and herring, made in Brooklyn, since 1906.
Madame C.J. Walker Mfg. Co. was incorporated in 1911 as a manufacturer of scalp and hair care products for African American women. Company founder and product inventor Sarah Breedlove, also known as Madame C.J. Walker, became the first female self made millionairess in America.
L.C. King Manufacturing Co., maker of Pointer Brand work wear, has been around since 1913 and is the oldest family owned cut & sew factory in the USA.
American Popcorn Company, founded in 1914, is the oldest popcorn company in America. You have probably heard of their only brand before, it's Jolly Time.
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