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There's a lot to enjoy about this Midwestern State, including our favorite things made in Indiana.
Indiana, or The Hoosier State, is widely known for its sports. Indianapolis is known for the venerable Indianapolis 500, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Indiana Pacers. Of course, we HAVE to mention basketball, where you'll find hoops stories as sacred as The Bible.
While outsiders might know of Indiana for its sports, corn, and Amish, they may not know of our industries, both large and small. Many of our Mennonite and Amish communities who settled here in the 1800s started some of our smaller “cottage” industries that continue to this day. We attribute much of our larger businesses to the entrepreneurial spirit that runs deep in our veins. We offer everything from perfume to popcorn, home decor to furniture, motorcycles, and RVs. Oh, we have a lot of RVs!
Whether you're just passing through, or you've decided to spend some time with us, you'll discover a lot to explore. Keep reading to learn about a number of the things we love made in Indiana.
Things We Love Made in Indiana
Abbott's Candies is the oldest candy store in Indiana, opening its doors in 1890. They're best known for handcrafting their caramels and chocolates using family recipes from generations past.
Albanese Gummi Bears
Albanese makes the world's best 12 flavor gummi bears, and they have the awards to prove it. Buy them sweet, sour, natural, and sugar-free. "Look for the gummi with the 'A' on the tummy!"
Annie Oakley Perfumery & Studio
It almost seems too good to be true for a Midwestern business, but it IS true: Annie Oakley is the only perfumery that is 100% American. They create hand-blended fragrances, pure essential oils, and luxurious bath and body products for women and men. All their blends are all-natural and organic. Find them in the small Northern Indiana town of Ligonier.
B. Happy Peanut Butter
I picked up a container of B. Happy Peanut Butter at a local market, and since then, I've given probably two dozen more away as gifts. John Weed and his family started the business just so he could teach his kids what it was like to run a small business. As they say, the rest is history, as the small-batch gourmet peanut butter exploded. My personal favorite is peanut butter, coconut, dark chocolate, and almonds, with a close second being peanut butter, white chocolate, and pretzels.
With a long list of accomplishments in the design industry, Cinda Boomershine started her company when she couldn't find that perfect, everyday bag that was beautiful and functional. Driven by a vision and a desire to create American jobs, she launched cinda b. in 2009. Partnering with former a Vera Bradley executive (before that company moved its production overseas), cinda b handbags,travel bags, and more are designed and sewn with pride in Fort Wayne. The brand offers hundreds of styles and color combinations, and all are 100% made in the USA.
DeBrand Fine Chocolates
DeBrand Fine Chocolates, located in Fort Wayne, has been treating customers with exquisite chocolates for over 30 years. Everything is made from scratch, and the exterior packaging matches the interior delight.
eLuxury Supply Mattress Pads
eLuxury Supply is a United States veteran-owned and operated company in Evansville that specializes in making luxurious pillowtop mattress pads. The company carries bamboo mattress pads, pillowtop mattress pads, extra thick bamboo mattress pads, toddler mattress pads, and mattress toppers. Note: All other items eLuxury Supply sells are not made in the USA. Check labels and descriptions!
Grand Design RV
Grand Design RV makes travel trailers, fifth wheels, and towable toy haulers in the heart of Amish Country, Middlebury, Indiana. Their Reflection travel trailer is among the best-selling in North America, while the Transcend is a great, affordable starter RV. You'll find many RV manufacturers in Northern Indiana, but Grand Design RV really is one of the best.
For over 70 years, Holder Mattress has built mattresses in Kokomo, Indiana. The mattresses are two-sided and can be flipped to ensure long life without sagging, a quality not found in many mattress manufacturers today. Each item is 100% made in the USA, including the raw materials.
Howl + Hide
Howl + Hide, located in Indianapolis, hand makes leather and canvas goods. The owner has a generous warranty: it lasts a lifetime. If something manufacturing-related breaks, they fix it. If it's not fixable, they replace it. They do not cover normal wear and tear. You'll love the soft, supple feel of their leather bags and wallets.
With the name "Janus" referencing a mythological god who looked both to the past and the future, you'll find a similar nod with Janus Motorcycles. It has a classic style, yet it performs great for today's rider. Janus offers full disclosure on its website as to where the company sources every part that goes into making their motorcycles.
If you're looking for quality office furniture, look no further than Jasper Desk. The company has been around since the 1800s and makes both wooden and laminate case goods, along with conference tables, reception stations, and seating. Jasper Desk also makes custom office furniture.
Joyfully Said is one of the many Cinderella stories of Indiana businesses that began with a dream and a side hustle. Today, this retailer custom makes meaningful home decor and signs. While they're best known for their wooden designs, they also have a beautiful storefront in a historical, renovated grain mill. Note: Not everything Joyfully Said sells is made in the USA, but the owners do source many items from other artisans.
Poly-Wood Outdoor Furniture
Polywood began crafting outdoor furniture from recycled plastic before it was cool to recycle just about anything, making the company a forerunner in sustainable, eco-friendly products. Buy anything from rockers and Adirondacks to bar furniture and entire settee sets for your patio or porch.
Charmane Andrews Skillen founded s.a.l.t. sisters after researching the benefits of pure, unrefined mineral sea salt in the diet. She since has grown her line of gourmet seasonings to include an expansive 80+ selection of h.e.r.b.s, d.i.p.s, r.u.b.s, and more. They are non-GMO, gluten-free, and preservative-free. Skillen has received much recognition in the food industry for her offerings.
Sloane Jewelry Design
If you're looking for quality jewelry that's dainty and refined, Sloane Jewelry Design delivers. Sloane designs and makes jewelry from Argentium Sterling Silver, 14K Gold Filled and Rose Gold Filled wire, and sheet metal. You won’t have to worry about tarnishing or flaking. All of Sloane's jewelry is affordable and made to last forever. You can buy online or find her at maker events throughout the USA.
Smith Brothers Furniture
There's no need to trek to the Carolinas or Georgia for quality furniture manufacturers when you can come to the adorable Swiss town of Berne Indiana, home of Smith Brothers Furniture. Still in business after almost 100 years, This is a personal favorite when it comes to furniture. All the pieces are beautifully made to last forever.
Related: Made in USA Furniture: A Source List
Warm Glow Candle Company
Warm Glow Candles is a large but family-oriented candle company that makes around 15,000 candles per day. The candles are highly fragrant, long-lasting, clean-burning, and cost-effective. For years, people have enjoyed touring Warm Glow Candles' large store and attending their seasonal open houses.
Warner Christian Resources
Warner Christian Resources remains one of the few independently-owned book publishers and church supplies manufacturers in the country. While not everything they offer is made in the USA, their greeting cards, church bulletins, and books are designed in-house and made in America. The company has been around since 1881 and is the copyright owner of Warner Sallman artwork and Egermeier's Children's Bible Story Book.
If you own a quality wooden spoon, spatula, or French-style rolling pin, chances are it came from Whetstone Woodenware. Sold throughout the USA, these and other pieces are handmade from kiln-dried hard maple sourced primarily from a local lumber yard. These kitchen tools are built to last, but please hand wash them and, every so often, apply mineral oil. Food Network voted Whetstone's 19-inch wooden French rolling pin the best overall rolling pin, beating out the likes of Farberware, HelferX, and OXO,
With 1,700 acres to grow its popcorn, Yoder Popcorn is synonymous with great-tasting popcorn, popping oils, and seasonings. The storefront is located in Shipshewana, Indiana, home to the third-largest Amish community in the nation. Yoder Popcorn produces seven different kinds of popcorn, including the ever-popular Tiny Tenders, small but mighty in flavor.
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