Celebrating American Manufacturing

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Exactly 236 years ago today, the 56 delegates of the second Continental Congress assembled at the Pennsylvania State House to adopt the Declaration of Independence and officially declare separation from Great Britain. In this declaration, the United States defined three core American rights that still ring true today—the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

For me, this third right speaks to the heart of manufacturing, innovation and product design.

Case in point: when I talk with Arena customers, from the startups and garage innovators to the well established and international companies, I hear one common theme over and again—they are each passionate about what they do. For great manufacturers, engineers and innovators, making great products is their pursuit of happiness. And helping motivated companies bring their products successfully to market is ours.

What better way to celebrate America’s independence than by highlighting some great products that are 100% made in the USA!

5 awesome products made in the USA

Rucksacks by GoRuck


Built with military-grade, highly water resistant materials, the rucksacks by GoRuck are ideal for almost any kind of outdoor activity. High stress points on each backpack are tested at over 400 lbs, and the GR Echo bag even includes an extra-reinforced slot for protecting a laptop or hydration bladder. If you’re facing the elements, GoRuck racksacks will protect your stuff.

Multi-tools by Leatherman


This original super-duty Leatherman tool has won awards for being one of the most useful, innovative handy man tools on the market today. Made in Portland, Oregon, this tool incorporates 19 different functionalities including a wine stripper and bottle opener to a set of pliers, a wire cutter, three varying sizes of screwdrivers and a ruler. When closed, the tool is 4.5 inches long, and weighs about 9 ounces.

Nexus Q by Google

Google Nexus Q

Called the ‘first social streaming player,’ the new Google Nexus Q is a home server that can be used as an amp to power speakers and connect to the TV. Connecting your home electronic devices to the Nexus Q lets you seamlessly transition from one device to another, like from your tablet to your Android phone or even to your TV. Besides the processor, the Nexus Q has 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of flash storage and is only 4.6 inches wide and 2 lbs. A cool side feature—volume can be adjusted by twisting the top half of the sphere in either direction. 

The Wave Glider by Liquid Robotics

Wave Glider

The Wave Glider is an innovative configurable platform by Liquid Robotics (an Arena customer) that supports a wide variety of sensor payloads, meaning scientists can collect ocean data never before possible. A unique two-part architecture and wing system enables the Glider to self-propel, and solar panels provide electricity for the sensors. Because it moves without fuel, it doesn’t need to refuel and can perform longer voyages between returning to land. Several Wave Gliders are currently on a 5,000 nautical mile voyage from Hawaii to Australia and Japan—you can learn more about the journey here

Nalgene Bottles


Nalgene, based in Rochester, New York, manufacturers dozens of water bottle shapes and styles that are engineered to stand the test of time. Each Nalgene bottle and cap features continuous, straight shouldered semi-buttress threads that allow the bottle to be tightened to the max without stripping threads. All bottles are also BPA free, molded from 100% virgin resin and incorporate FDA compliant colors. Plus they’re undeniably stylish!

If you’re curious about other cool products made in the U.S.A—check out this awesome cheatsheet on products from clothing and electronics to camping equipment and more still manufactured onshore.

Happy Independence Day! 

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About the Author

Alyssa Sittig
Alyssa played an instrumental role in the development of the Arena Blog and social media channels from 2011 to 2012. Joining the team with a background in public policy, Alyssa ... Read More 

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