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    12 Pens of Christmas | Fisher Space Pen | Giveaway

    12 Pens of Christmas | Fisher Space Pen | Giveaway


    Fisher Space Pen, the maker of the iconic Astronaut Pen, is offering a 25% savings on these 12 Pens of Christmas. A new pen will be featured on social media each day beginning November 27. + You can enter below for a chance to win one of their Backpacker Pens!


    Act now, this offer ends January 6! Practically every Fisher Space Pen is available for personalized engraving, gift cards, as well as gift wrapping! The Fisher Space Pen writes upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees F (-35 to +121 Celsius), over almost any surface and three times longer than the average pen.

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    The company was recently featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir’s “Made in America” series. Watch below! 

    Fisher Space Pen | Made in USA | Celebrating 50 Years in Space

    Fisher Space Pen | Made in USA | Celebrating 50 Years in Space


    Fisher Space Pen celebrates Fifty Years in Space with a new Limited Edition – AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen and Coin Set.

    When it comes to American innovation and technology, it doesn’t get much better than Fisher Space Pen Co.  The company was founded in 1948 by inventor and pen manufacturer Paul C. Fisher and by 1953, Fisher had invented a Universal Refill Cartridge – a standard size cartridge that could fit most brand name pens. In the early 1960s, when President Kennedy announced the U.S. Space Program, Paul Fisher started thinking how ordinary ballpoint pens would have trouble writing in space, but if a pen could be sealed and pressurized, it would keep the solvents from evaporating in the gravity-free vacuum of space.


    When manned space missions began, astronauts had a problem writing in the vacuum of space. The ink in regular ball-point pens wouldn’t flow in zero gravity. Many people have asked and continue to ask even now: “Why not just use a pencil?” Well, it turns out, a pencil’s graphite lead point could break and float into electrical instruments aboard a spacecraft and become a fire hazard. 

    Fisher came up with the idea that if resin could be added to the ink, it would not dissolve in the vacuum of space, nor depend on gravity to flow. In 1966, After spending over $1 million dollars of his own money and years of research, Fisher finally developed his patented pressurized ink cartridge. The Fisher Space Pen writes upside down, under water, in extreme temperatures from -30 to +250 degrees F (-35 to +121 Celsius), over almost any surface and three times longer than the average pen. Watch "How It's Made" video.


    Fisher sent samples of his prototype to Dr. Robert Gilruth, Director of the Houston Space Center. The prototypes were thoroughly tested by NASA and passed all tests. NASA astronauts began using the Fisher AG-7 Anti-Gravity Space Pen aboard the Apollo 7 Mission and Fisher Space Pen has been used on all manned space flights since, including NASA’s Space Shuttle Program missions, the Mir Space Station and the International Space Station as well as the Russian and Chinese space programs.

    The Fisher Space Pen brand has become an iconic symbol of American technology and design. Its popular Bullet Space Pen is in the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art for its bold, futuristic look. Fisher Space Pen has also become part of American pop culture. It is not only used and enjoyed by millions around the world, it is also the subject of hundreds of fan videos and has been featured on several TV programs including an episode of the hit series “Seinfeld” entitled "The Pen."

    Today, Fisher Space Pen Co.is still a family-owned company run by Paul Fisher’s son Cary and grandson Matt, based in Boulder City, Nevada, manufacturing Made in America products, This year, they celebrate the 50thAnniversary of the maiden flight of its iconic AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen aboard NASA’s Apollo 7 Mission on October 11, 1968. The anniversary was recently featured on ABC World News Tonight with David Muir’s “Made in America” series. Watch video.

    To commemorate this historic occasion, Fisher Space Pen has issued a Limited Edition - AG7 Original Astronaut Space Pen and Coin Set. The pen’s barrel is made of brass with gold titanium nitride plating and an engraved design featuring a constellation and the Apollo 7 capsule. The set is accompanied by a beautifully-designed coin featuring the Apollo 7 capsule on one side and the Fisher Space Pen “50” logo on the other. The set is complemented by a plaque engraved with a quote from Walter Cunningham, Lunar Module Pilot on the Apollo 7 Mission: “50 years ago, I flew with the first flown Space Pen on Apollo 7. I relied on it then, and it’s still the only pen I rely on here on Earth.” Click to purchase your Limited Edition Fisher Space Pen and Coin Set.

    “We are extremely proud to be celebrating fifty years in space,” says Cary Fisher, President of Fisher Space Pen. “My father Paul Fisher was a visionary who personified American entrepreneurship and innovation. Our products are sold all over the world but we are still a family business manufacturing high-quality, state-of-the-art writing instruments, proudly Made in the USA.”

    The Apollo 7 Mission is a historic firstin many respects: It was the first manned space flight of NASA’s Apollo Program; the first time a Saturn IB vehicle flew into space; the first three-person American space mission; the first space mission to include a live TV broadcast from an American spacecraft; and the first time astronauts began using the newly-developed Fisher AG7 Anti-Gravity Space Pen.

    Please join us in supporting this Made in USA company! One of their pens would make a quality gift for a friend or loved one this Christmas.

    Liberty Tabletop | America's Last Flatware Manufacturer

    Liberty Tabletop | America's Last Flatware Manufacturer


    Coming in as our latest American Makers feature and Sponsor of the Month is Liberty Tabletop! A brand of Sherrill Manufacturing, Liberty Tabletop is a family owned and operated business co-owned by Matt Roberts and Greg Owens. Created with pride, their Sherrill, N.Y. factory has been producing high quality flatware for more than a century. Founded in 2005, the company took over the sprawling one million square-foot facility from Oneida Limited and is now the ONLY flatware maker left in the U.S.A. That being said, they need all of our support to keep their employees working!


    Liberty Tabletop manufactures high quality, 18-10 chromium/nickel stainless steel flatware. They offer a variety of patterns, 29 to be exact! From traditional to modern to niche, there is something for everyone and every size budget. They also partner with other Made in U.S.A. businesses to offer American Made kitchenware items for your tabletop including bakeware, cookware, chests, cutting boards, dishware and more.


    At Liberty Tabletop, their mission has always been to preserve American jobs. When Sherrill Manufacturing began, their mission was to save the American flatware industry by purchasing the factory and preserving the jobs that were lost when Oneida Limited moved their production overseas. Now they can say that they accomplished that. Currently 50 people are employed at Liberty Tabletop/Sherrill Manufacturing and they plan to continue to grow and preserve the craft of flatware manufacturing and tool making here in the United States.

    Please support our friends at Liberty Tabletop and purchase a set of their Made in USA flatware in time for Thanksgiving. Use code: TURKEY18 during checkout for 10% + get Free Shipping on orders $99+


    Celebrating Gordon Brush Manufacturing

    Celebrating Gordon Brush Manufacturing


    written by Bill Bregar, with Plastic News. Read original article here.

    Heavy Metal, the journalist, tries to stay as objective as possible when it comes to international business. You won't get fake news about plastics from Heavy Metal!

    But in my personal life, I try to buy American-made products whenever possible. I look at labels. Study those country-of-origin numbers listed on the stickers of new cars. Heavy Metal buys U.S.-made shoes, except for those cheap tennis shoes for cutting the grass. Heavy Metal tries — sadly, now mostly in vain — to purchase U.S.-made underwear. (OK, maybe this is TMI.)

    That's why this edition of Heavy Metal is pleased to take you to Gordon Brush Manufacturing Co. Inc. in City of Industry, Calif. On June 28, the company became the 2018 winner of the Made: In America Award from the Washington-based group of the same name.

    The nonprofit group tries to increase public awareness and educate Americans about the importance of a strong U.S. manufacturing base.

    Gordon Brush President and CEO Ken Rakusin called winning the award "an amazing honor and accomplishment" for the company.

    "Even under competitive threats, the company has been steadfast in its philosophy and commitment to manufacturing in the United States," Rakusin said. "In spite of many issues, I was determined to build and grow my business in the United States by reinvesting profits into the purchase of millions of dollars in manufacturing equipment and machinery. Pride in contributing to the American economy is near and dear to my heart."

    Another honor came on Aug. 30 when U.S. Rep. Grace Napolitano presented Rakusin and employees of Gordon Brush a Certificate of Congressional Recognition at a ceremony at the company's 183,000-square-foot headquarters plant.

    Gordon Brush, founded in 1951, is a major manufacturer of all kinds of brushes and mops for markets such as janitorial, medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, art, aerospace and pharmaceutical. Think brushes are mundane? Gordon Brush has made brushes for the U.S. Army to clear the main gun on Abrams tanks!

    It makes more than 17,000 brushes and brooms. And it can design specialty brushes. Metal. Wood. And yes plastic, including structural foam and injection brush blocks and handles. Plastics applications include antistatic brushes, bore brushes, and brushes for clean room use.

    According to the company's website, Gordon Brush was founded by Don Gordon. In 1973, aerospace engineer William Loitz bought the company. In 1990, Rakusin left a career at Xerox to run Gordon Brush, and he later bought into the company. Rakusin bought Loitz's interest in the brush manufacturer in 2010.

    Gordon Brush has grown organically and made a series of acquisitions over the years, steadily expanding its reach into new markets. A notable one for the plastics industry came earlier this year when Gordon Brush bought Easy Reach Supply LLC, in Hattiesburg, Miss., an American manufacturer of wash brushes, extension handles, injection and foam molded brush blocks and other janitorial products.

    Alan Schechter, vice president of sales and marketing, said the Hattiesburg plant brought injection molding to Gordon Brush. Before buying Easy Reach, the company used U.S. customer molders — and still does for some products, he said.

    The Made: In America Award is front and center on Gordon Brush's website. "We promote very heavily our American heritage," Schechter said.

    Heavy Metal salutes Gordon Brush. May your brushes always be American-made!

    Maybe in a future blog I will tell the story of trying to buy an American flag but only finding U.S. flags made in China. There was a loud rant, right in the store. Of course, there needs to be a plastics angle to merit a blog in Plastics News. Even if your name is … Heavy Metal.

    Gordon Brush Mfg. is proud to be an AMERICAN manufacturer!

    Wellborn Cabinets | Made in USA Since 1961

    Wellborn Cabinets | Made in USA Since 1961


    Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. has been manufacturing quality kitchen and bath cabinetry in in the USA since 1961! They manufacture their cabinets from start to finish at their 2,000,000 square foot facility in Ashland, AL. Ask your local Wellborn dealer about the 15% OFF #BuyAmericanDay offer now through 12/29/2018.

    Founded by Paul and Doug Wellborn, the company started out in a 3,200 square foot facility manufacturing low-cost kitchen and bath cabinets and specializing in kitchen and bath cabinet contract sales for government-financed housing. In 1986, Paul Wellborn purchased the company, became sole owner, and changed the company’s customer base largely to residential kitchen and bath dealers. Since then, Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., has increased vastly in both size and product selection, to include 7 product lines, that offer framed and frameless cabinetry for your whole home solution. Check out their beautiful cabinets below!

    If you're in the market for new cabinets you can find your local Wellborn dealer here. Each purchase supports over 1,500 jobs in the USA! Now through 12/29//2018 you can take up to 15% off select cabinets. Ask your dealer for details.