I was inspired by fellow Global Voice author, Sarah from Pennsylvania, to seek out some well-known and maybe not so well-known companies that manufacture their products in Massachusetts. There were other companies on my original list, but I narrowed it down to the ones who kept their “roots” in America. The companies on this list still have manufacturing plants in Massachusetts, but through growth have sought other areas within the United States to broaden their operations.
Crane and Co. This stationery company has been operating since 1770. Not only can you find beautiful stationery products, it has been manufacturing currency and security paper for the past 130 years. It is the only place in the United States where paper is manufactured for our currency.
Necco (New England Confectionery Candy Company) This candy company was founded in 1847. It is the oldest multi lined candy company in the United States, manufactured in Revere, MA. Necco is best known for their Sweethearts® Conversation hearts, but also produce Thin Mints and Candy buttons.
Dexter Russell Cutlery Dexter-Russell is the largest manufacturer of professional cutlery in the United States. In 1933 two men, Henry Harrington and John Russell converged their expertise, resources and individual businesses to form a new company. Its original name was the Russell Harrington Cutlery Company and is located in my neighboring town of Southbridge, MA. In 2004, the company changed its name to Dexter-Russell Inc., to reflect the company’s history. Each product is still manufactured with pride in Southbridge, MA.
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. This company began in 1939 by three cranberry growers; it is still headquartered in Lakeville-Middleboro, MA. Since then, the Ocean Spray cooperative has grown to more than 600 grower families across North America. They have a vast selection of products including their popular Cranberry Juice Cocktail. Other juice products include grapefruits grown in Florida. You can find a variety of dried fruits, my favorite being Craisins®. They also sell fresh fruits and fruit flavored snacks.
The Boston Beer Company Jim Koch, founder of The Boston Beer Company, carried on the brewing tradition from his great-great grandfather, and is still using the same recipe from the 1800’s. Known for their famous Sam Adams Boston Larger®, which Jim named after the Boston patriot and father of the American Revolution who was also a brewer that learned the craft from his own father. Over the years, big brewing companies have offered large amounts of money to buy his company, but Jim chooses independence so he would never have to compromise on his beers. Their main brewery can still be found in Boston, MA but they also have operations in Ohio and Pennsylvania. When in Boston you can “…quench your thirst for knowledge.” by participating in a Samuel Adams Boston Brewery Tour.
Cape Cod Potato Chips Cape Cod Potato Chips are a crunchy, perfectly salted chip made on Cape Cod. On July 4, 1980 two business owners set up shop in a small storefront on Hyannis selling their salty snack. It soon became a favorite among locals and has expanded worldwide. The popularity of the chip made it difficult for the original owners to manage. They sold the chip company to a North Carolina snack manufacturer who provided them with the means of distributing this Cape Cod Chip to all corners of the globe. These tasty chips are still manufactured on Cape Cod, and they have opened the factory doors to the public since 1985. It is one of the Cape’s largest tourist attractions.
Preserve Preserve makes high performance eco-friendly products for your home. Eric Hudson founded Preserve in 1996. He saw the need to preserve the earth by re-using material as well as reducing the impact manufacturing can have on the environment. These principles guided him to have his products Made in the USA.
Are any of the products on this list favorites of yours?