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Horseshoes, Spacesuits, Crab Pots: White House Hosts ‘Made in America’ Showcase

Manufacturing in this country 'is coming back bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before'

Products from every one of the 50 states — including baseball bats, horseshoes, electromagnets, and spacesuits — were on display at the White House on Monday for the “Made in America Product Showcase.”

President Donald Trump declared last week (July 15-21) the second annual “Made in America Week” to celebrate U.S. innovators, manufacturers, producers and more.

“We’re here to celebrate the greatest products in the world, products made with American heart, American sweat, and American pride,” the president said at the White House Monday, flanked by rows of products made in the U.S. “We’re thrilled to showcase incredible American-made goods from all 50 states.”

(See the president’s full comments in the video below.)

The White House said this year’s event will provide an opportunity to highlight the Trump administration’s commitment to ensuring more products are made in America, reported WDTN.com.

“After many years of decline, American manufacturing is coming back bigger, and better, and stronger than ever before,” said Trump. “We are in the midst of a great economic revival in the United States … Remember during the campaign they said, ‘You’re not going to add manufacturing jobs — that’s obsolete,’ they would say. That’s obsolete?” the president continued. “To make things is obsolete?”

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The White House is also celebrating each individual state’s commitment to American-made products with the showcase, and will allow participating companies access to senior administration officials, including the president, vice president, members of the Cabinet, and senior staff, according to The Business Journal.

“We’re a small company doing something that very few people are doing, and this is just a great opportunity to showcase what talent we have in the [Ohio] Valley,” said John Strachan, account manager for Youngstown, Ohio’s City Machine Technologies.

That company rebuilds and manufactures electromagnets for steel mills and scrap yards, and also provides electrical, mechanical, and field services to companies throughout the U.S.

Some of the companies invited to showcase products inside the White House say they were both surprised and honored to have been asked to participate, as Voice of America (VOA) News noted.

Products on display included such iconic American brands as Campbell Soup and Lockheed-Martin — which had a model F-35 fighter jet on the White House lawn — plus manufacturers who make everyday products like wine, brooms, horseshoes, and animal feed, according to VOA.

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Trump has promised to protect U.S. workers and industries after threatening another $500 billion in tariffs on Chinese exports, a move expected to bring more Chinese retaliation against U.S. goods, said VOA.

The product selection criteria for the showcase included the rule, “The product should contain no — or negligible — foreign content. The product’s final assembly or processing must take place in the U.S.,” noted WDTN.

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