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Iconic U.S. Brands That Aren't Made in America

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Born in the USA, Reproduced Elsewhere

The declining state of manufacturing in the United States has been a reliably hot-button political issue. Although industries such as finance and real estate have gradually grown to employ more people in the manufacturing industry’s place, it’s still difficult for many to grasp just how many products are no longer American-made.  Here are some of the most well-known American companies that have moved the bulk (or all) of their manufacturing overseas — from clothing brands to automakers. 

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Ray Ban
Ray Ban


What could be more American looking than sunglasses that have been worn by the likes of JFK, Jack Nicholson, and Tom Cruise? The image may still be all American, but these shades are hardly American-made. In 1999, eye-care giant Bausch & Lomb sold the brand to Italy’s Luxottica, and the stylish shades have since been made there and in China.  

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Hush Puppies
Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies

These iconic casual shoes have been around for more than 60 years after getting their start in Michigan. The company that claims “we invented casual” has supplemented its original humble, brushed suede-styles that have been sported by A-list celebs such as Tom Hanks and David Bowie with a rainbow of colors and finishes. It also has shifted production to countries including China and Vietnam.

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Arrow Shirts

Arrow Shirts

Arrow shirts have a heritage dating back to the mid-1800s with origins in Chicago and Troy, New York. Today the company highlights those roots with a line of stylish and popular shirts called Arrow USA 1851. But as with much of the apparel industry, the production isn’t in the U.S. One tag on the shirts may say Arrow USA 1851, but another tag may say the shirt was made in Cambodia, China, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, or Kenya. 

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Woolrich Camp Wool Blanket


A legendary company that dates back to 1830 and supplied uniforms to Union troops in the Civil War, Woolrich can no longer boast “Made in USA.” The company known for its cozy woolen products and the distinctive red-black Buffalo Check pattern produced goods for other companies like L.L. Bean and Eddie Bauer in addition to its own line of goods. Eventually production started moving overseas to China, Vietnam, and other countries. In late 2018, the company announced the closure of its Pennsylvania plant. 

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Gillette Razors Made in Brazil


The razor company Gillette certainly has a well-known name in American business. Aside from its products, there’s even a Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts where the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots play. But according to an advertising watchdog group, the company overhyped its connection to Beantown when its advertising spotlighted the company’s Boston headquarters. According to, the company makes its products in several other countries, such as China, Mexico, and Brazil, and shouldn’t be implying broad “Made in USA” cred.



A major figure in the lives of so many young girls, the all-American Barbie doll is one of the most iconic products made by multinational toy manufacturer Mattel. The company is based in California but closed its last U.S factory in 2002, outsourcing all production to China. 

Huffy cruiser


Huffy’s bicycles came with a U.S. flag emblazoned somewhere on the frame until 1999, when it was hit by financial struggles and a drop in bike prices dictated by high-volume retailers such as Walmart. The company laid off its hundreds of plant employees in Ohio, Missouri, and Mississippi as it moved manufacturing operations to Mexico and China. 

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Fisher Price children's toy phones
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Founded in New York in 1930, Fisher-Price has been making reliable children’s toys for nearly a century now, having helped popularize the use of plastic for toy making in the 1950s. The company’s shift to international manufacturing began in 1993, when it was acquired by Mattel, and led to a massive recall of nearly a million China-made toys in 2007 due to concerns about lead paint.

American flag styled Chuck Taylor Converse All Stars


One of America’s most easily recognizable footwear companies is Converse, particularly for its long-running Chuck Taylor All-Stars. The brand struggled for several decades before filing for bankruptcy repeatedly and selling to Nike, which helped the shoes enjoy a resurgence but also moved manufacturing completely from the United States to Indonesia and other countries in Asia.

Nike store logo Beijing


The Nike swoosh is among the world’s most recognizable brand logos, bringing to mind the company’s athletic footwear and scores of endorsements by American athletes. Though founded in Oregon, the company has been making shoes in international plants since at least the 1970s, when new protective labor laws in South Korea and Taiwan drove manufacturing to less prohibitive markets in China and Vietnam. But as wages have increased in China, Nike has shifted more production to Vietnam and other countries in Asia. In 2019, the company said it would be spending $184 million to expand its third U.S. “Air Manufacturing Innovation facility." The coronavirus pandemic killed that idea.

Levi's Denim Jeans


An American brand that’s survived since its founding during California’s gold rush, Levi’s is inseparable from the blue denim jeans it brought into fashion. But today most if not all of the iconic garment-maker’s products are made in plants in China, Vietnam, and elsewhere around the world. 

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Schwinn Volare Hybrid Bike


Still one of the most visible bicycle brands, Schwinn produced and sold lightweight American-made bikes from a facility in Chicago until 1991, when cheap international competitors prompted the company to send its manufacturing overseas. The company has since been sold to Pacific Cycle, owned by the multinational conglomerate Dorel Industries, meaning its current China- and Taiwan-made models have little in common with classic Schwinns — but last year Detroit Bike said it would once again make Schwinn’s classic Collegiate cruiser stateside.

Rawlings baseball
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Is baseball still America’s pastime when the balls used to play it aren’t even made here anymore? The company was founded in St. Louis and used to manufacture baseballs in Puerto Rico, but it had already moved production to Haiti by the time it became an official Major League Baseball supplier. The balls are now produced in Costa Rica and China.

Radio Flyer Red Wagon

Radio Flyer

The red toy wagon produced by Chicago-based Radio Flyer has been a prominent fixture of so many American childhoods since its invention in 1917. The Chicago plant previously made the wagon, as well as other products such as scooters and tricycles, until maintenance costs forced the company to move the bulk of its production to China. 

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Etch A Sketch

Etch A Sketch

Another toy most children in America grew up with, the Etch A Sketch was invented in France and bought by Ohio Art Co. The U.S.-based company brought the toy to international prominence and manufactured it in Ohio until 2000, when production was exported to China to save money.



Founded in Denver, Samsonite has grown from a small retailer of travel bags into one of the world’s foremost luggage manufacturing companies. The headquarters moved to Massachusetts after a change of ownership in 2005, but the company’s main branch is now in Europe, along with a small portion of its manufacturing. Most, however, is in Asia, with at least 40% of inventory coming from the company’s factory in India.

Brach's candy


Brach’s, founded in 1904, became inescapable with sweets such as Candy Corn and Conversation Hearts, particularly around holidays. These confections were made in Chicago until 2001, when new regulations on sugar in the United States drove up the cost of production and prompted the company to move manufacturing to Mexico.

Fender Stratocaster guitar
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Fender Stratocaster

The Fender Stratocaster is an influential guitar strongly associated with several icons of American music, including Buddy Holly and Jimi Hendrix. The recognizable six-string is still popular among musicians even though many of them are now made in Mexico. American-made models are still produced, but for roughly double the price.



Texas-based Dell made its way to the forefront of the tech industry selling computers and related products. Unlike many competitors, it kept manufacturing facilities in the United States until 2010, when it closed a North Carolina plant that had received $280 million from the state. Production of Dell computers moved largely to Asia and Mexico.

G.I. Joe Action Figures

G.I. Joe

G.I. Joe, the original action figure, was billed as a morally upstanding hero from various branches of the U.S. armed forces, but the Hasbro-made toy is no longer as all-American as its marketing suggests. As one of the world’s largest toy companies, Hasbro relies primarily on factories throughout Asia to produce its toys, and G.I. Joe is no exception.

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Monopoly is an enduringly popular American board game invented to help players understand capitalist economics. The game originated in 1903 and was owned by Parker Bros. until 1991 when the company was acquired by Hasbro. Today, the plastic houses and hotels that go into each Monopoly box are manufactured in Ireland.

Black & Decker jigsaw

Black & Decker

The portable electric drill is an American invention, first made in 1917 by Black & Decker, which was then based in a small Baltimore machine shop. Now owned by Stanley Works, the company still has roots in Baltimore and a few production facilities in North America — in fact, in 2020 it closed a 25-year-old plant in China and announced a $90 million outlay for manufacturing in Fort Worth, Texas — but the vast majority of its manufacturing continues to be conducted in China.

Craftsman Drill/Driver Kit


Once named America’s most trusted brand, Craftsman was created by Sears to market hardware products acquired from other manufacturers. The brand advertised its “Made in the USA” pedigree until 2004, when a lawsuit accused Craftsman — now part of the merged Stanley Black & Decker — of misleading consumers about tools made with metal parts manufactured abroad. Today, a select few Craftsmen products labeled as industrial are still made in America, while the remainder are manufactured overseas.

Ford Edge


Founded by entrepreneurial icon Henry Ford and closely associated with the Motor City of Detroit, Ford is a quintessentially American car manufacturer. It still has some unionized plants operating domestically, but like other automakers, Ford makes none of its vehicles exclusively from American parts. The Ford Edge, for example, comes from Canada, and the Fusion is made in Mexico. 

Chevrolet Equinox


Now owned by General Motors, Chevrolet is another all-American car manufacturer based in Detroit, and managed to overtake Ford as the nation’s bestselling car in the 1920s. Although its advertisements often feature patriotic music and themes, many of its most popular models, such as the Blazer and Equinox, are produced at least partially in Mexico or Canada. (Still, it's proud say that it “makes more models with the highest amounts of American-produced components than any other automaker.”)

American Girl storefront

American Girl

The American Girl brand certainly seems expensive enough to be manufactured in the United States, with each 18-inch doll priced around $115. But despite the company’s name and original focus on aspects of American history, American Girl dolls have been manufactured in Germany since the mid-1980s, even before it was acquired by Mattel, which moved production to China.

Gerber rice cereal


Millions of Americans were raised on Gerber baby food, a Michigan brand that today ranks as the world’s largest supplier of baby products. Now owned by the Swiss conglomerate Nestle, Gerber’s products have been manufactured overseas since its first merger with Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis in 1994. But it announced plans in 2020 for a $30 million expansion at its Fort Smith, Arkansas, plant.

Under Armour storefront in mall

Under Armour

Who can forget when Under Armour burst onto the scene with its string of “Protect This House” commercials. But for an apparel brand so often clad in stars and bars, Under Armour has strayed from its Maryland roots to produce athletic gear in Asia, Central and South America, and Mexico.

Opened can of sardines


Sardine canning became a major American industry on both coasts in the 1950s, strongly associated with historic communities such as Cannery Row in Monterey, California. The industry as a whole has been in steep decline ever since — save for some panic buying at the start of the coronavirus lockdown — forcing the nation’s final sardine cannery, the Stinson Seafood plant in Maine, to close its doors in 2010.

Donald J. Trump Collection

Donald J. Trump Collection

Donald Trump has for years railed against U.S. companies moving manufacturing facilities elsewhere, often pressuring companies such as Ford and GM to keep production stateside. But his own product lines are rarely made domestically. His “Make America Great Again” hats were, but a quick survey of his other branded merchandise reveals that much of it is produced overseas in China, Bangladesh, or Vietnam.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro mobile phone with triple-lens camera


Apple is one of the most recognizable American companies in the world, and yet the tech giant relies on plants in China and Taiwan for the bulk of its production. The company has come under fire multiple times for its labor and human rights violations, including hiring underage workers. However, the multibillion dollar company does produce some of its components domestically.

Gap store entrance
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Gap has come a long way since its beginnings as a San Francisco jeans and record store in 1969. Today, the global clothing company controls seven brands, including well-known American giants like Old Navy and Banana Republic. Despite its American origins, the corporation produces most of its clothes in the Global South in countries like Bangladesh, Cambodia, and China.

Wrangler jeans closeup detail


"Wrangler is enduring American freedom," according to the company's website. Despite that patriotic image, the VF Corporation-owned brand exports much of its labor to factories overseas, some of which are unsafe. Wrangle hasn't entirely strayed from its generations-old past as an American company, as it continues to produce its "Roots" line stateside.