40 American Products That Are No Longer Made in America

American icons that are made in China

American corporations have been abandoning their American factories for years. Many iconic American products aren’t made in America anymore and are assembled and produced in cheaper and more efficient factories in countries like China, Taiwan, and Indonesia. Here are 40 famous American products no longer made in America.


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  1. Barbie: Along with the rest of Mattel, Inc. products, is now produced in China, when Mattel’s last American factory closed in 2002.
  2. Fisher-Price: Americans were reminded that Fisher-Price is now longer made in America when a massive recall took place after Chinese factories were charged with using paint with lead to make toys. Owned by Mattel, Inc., Fisher-Price markets iconic American brands under its own name, including Sesame Street and Disney.
  3. Converse: Known as Chuck Taylors, this classic American shoe has featured the same design — with a few updated versions — for decades. Shoes are now made in Indonesia, though.
  4. Gap: If you own anything Gap — or from one of its other brands, like Banana Republic, you know that the tag reads Made in China, or other countries. But the San Francisco-based company had to apologize for manufacturing its charitable, anti-hunger FEED bags in China, though they were marketed as being made in the U.S.A.
  5. Levi’s: Levi Strauss & Co — another San Francisco-based jeans and clothing brand — was involved in a scandal in the early 1990s for manufacturing clothes in slave-like conditions in the Northern Mariana Islands, and in the U.S. by Chinese laborers who worked 12-hour shifts with poor living conditions. The company has cleaned up its act but still makes jeans overseas.
  6. Rawlings baseballs: The quintessential American baseball is not made in the U.S. — it’s been made in Costa Rica for years. Until 1969, the balls were made in Puerto Rico, but production moved to Haiti that year for cheaper labor. Rawlings moved to Costa Rica in 1986 after Jean-Claude Duvalier’s rule in Haiti ended.
  7. Etch A Sketch: In 2001, Etch A Sketch’s parent company Ohio Art moved to production to China.
  8. Black & Decker: Appliance and tool company Black & Decker is based in Maryland but actually makes its products in China.
  9. General Motors: GM has started bringing small cars that were made in China to the U.S. to sell.
  10. Radio Flyer: Radio Flyer wagons are still popular Christmas and birthday gifts for American kids, but in 2004, the company announced it would be laying off workers when it moved to China.
  11. Vending machines: The glowing, humming machine that dispenses your sugary drinks and snacks isn’t even made in the country it stuffs day after day.
  12. Sardines: The last sardine cannery in the U.S. closed in Maine in 2010.
  13. Cell phones: A report from The American Prospect estimated that over 1 billion cell phones were in use in 2009, but none were made in the U.S.
  14. Spoons and forks: Other countries certainly use forks and spoons besides America, but earlier this year, a factory — the last in existence in the U.S. — that had dated back to colonial times shut down, meaning those utensils are no longer made here.
  15. Boeing products: The iconic airplane company Boeing has had its ups and downs recently, and announced in 2003 that it was using Japanese manufacturers to make many of its parts, including wings.
  16. iPad: It’s too new to be considered iconic, but the iPad is such an American obsession and invention, it’s surprising that it’s already being made in China, along with the iPhone.
  17. Laptops: Where would American students, businessmen and even housewives be without their laptops? An American staple, laptops aren’t even produced here.
  18. Nike: Celebrity athletes serve as endorsers for Nike products, but the American sportswear brand chooses to operate in Indonesia and Malaysia.
  19. Samsonite: Hardly any luggage is made in America anymore, including the iconic brand Samsonite, which was started in Denver. Forty percent of luggage is now made in India.
  20. Dell computers: From Michael Dell’s Texas roots to that goofy Dell guy on the commercials, Dell was totally American. Until it moved in 2002 to China.
  21. TVs: Americans are obsessed with their TVs, but it is absolutely impossible to buy a TV made in America, unless your friend made it.
  22. Light bulbs: Invented by an America, light bulbs aren’t made in the U.S.A. anymore.
  23. General Electric: Partly founded by Thomas Edison in the 1890s, GE is now a global company that makes many products in China, but is now starting to move some production back to the U.S.
  24. Hershey’s: The Hershey Candy company is totally American, but in 2008, it moved some production to Monterey, Mexico.
  25. Ford Motor Company: A percentage of Ford cars are made in Mexico.
  26. Steel: Once an iconic American industry, steel jobs in this country are virtually nonexistent.
  27. Ethan Allen: There are three furniture plants left in the U.S., but all the rest have closed and production was moved to Mexico.
  28. Railroads: Railroads were once a boon for the economy in this country, but steel and other products used to make them are no longer made in the U.S.
  29. Craftsman and Stanley tools: Even though many tools made by these two brands boast that they are Made in the USA, that claim has been questioned by the government. Stanley was even fined by the Federal Trade Commission for branding tools as being made in America, though they fell short of federal guidelines that would allow them to to make that claim.
  30. Brach’s: The iconic candy brand, founded at the very beginning of the 20th century, was sold to a European company in 1987, but the Chicago brand came back under American ownership by the 90s. In 2001, however, manufacturing all moved to Mexico.
  31. Cannondale bikes: Another bike company that used to be made in the U.S. is now manufactured in Taiwan, after a Montreal-based company bought Cannondale.
  32. Fender Stratocaster: This legendary guitar was once a favorite of Buddy Holly, but the standard model is now made in Mexico. Premium American-made models are still made in California, but at an extra price.
  33. Candyland: As one of the most popular games in the U.S., Candyland now has special editions and online gaming. But the Hasbro-owned game is produced overseas.
  34. NBA uniforms: Adidas is the official uniform designer of the NBA and promised to let the uniforms continue to be manufactured in America. But in 2009, the company backed out of its contract, moving production to Thailand.
  35. Monopoly: Laborers in East Asia manufacture the board games that hail the golden years of American capitalism and railroad building.
  36. G.I. Joe: This Real American Hero’s toy isn’t even made in the country it’s designed to protect. Produced by Hasbro, G.I. Joes are now made in Asia.
  37. IBM Personal Computer: This computer appeared in 1981 but isn’t even made by IBM anymore. The Chinese company Lenovo bough the PC side of IBM’s business in 2004.
  38. My Little Pony: My Little Ponies were one of the most popular toys in the 1980s, and are still sold in stores, although they’re quite as cute as they once were. A product of Hasbro, these toys are also madden China.
  39. Huffy: Huffy bicycles were proudly produced in America — along with a U.S. flag image on every bike — until 1999, when falling bicycle prices in the U.S. forced the company to move production to China.
  40. Jeep: The classic american cars are mostly made at FCA plants in Italy, Brazil, and China

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