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    List of eyewear companies with manufacturing facilities in USA

    Anyone have such a list or know where to find one?
    Looking for both regular eyewear and safety eyewear.
    Thanks in advance!
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    Its a pretty short list. Kala Eyewear, Thema, Randolph Engineering, Artcraft, State Optical, NW 77th are the ones I know and probably over half of the entire list.

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    Hopefully there will soon be a resurgence in domestic manufacturing of both ophthalmic frames and lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbaker View Post
    Hopefully there will soon be a resurgence in domestic manufacturing of both ophthalmic frames and lenses.
    What he said!

    People LOVE 'Made in the USA' but most are too cheap to pay for it. Hope that more manufacturing drives the prices down a little and hopefully people realize spending a few extra bucks for Made In USA gets them a much better product.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quig View Post
    What he said!

    People LOVE 'Made in the USA' but most are too cheap to pay for it.
    Don't assume "Made in USA" products are more expensive. Don't assume that consumers will not be looking for "Made in USA" products.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbaker View Post
    Don't assume "Made in USA" products are more expensive. Don't assume that consumers will not be looking for "Made in USA" products.
    Are we speaking the same language? I just said customers LOVE 'Made in the USA"! And I LOVE pointing out that there is product made in the USA and it's GREAT stuff.

    I think you've being foolish to suggest it's not more expensive. Quality American Made eyewear is NOT the 'budget friendly' (cheap!) stuff people are looking for. If there's honest to goodness QUALITY American Made eyewear out there that's competitively priced with the imported stuff I'd love to know what it is.

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    I think "Made In The USA" might gain a little caché in the short-term for people who have become reactive to the word "China". Hard to say if its a good business move. My instinct says "No"

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    Quote Originally Posted by rbaker View Post
    Don't assume "Made in USA" products are more expensive. Don't assume that consumers will not be looking for "Made in USA" products.
    Sure, besides the higher labor cost, most components need to purchase oversea.

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    I quit buying NA frames in favor of Italian made frames but the reason was not price, as I paid more to buy Italian product than I was paying for North American. Likewise it was necessary to raise my price to the consumer.

    At the time, I switched because NA frames were of poor quality, poor styles, poor color and poor fashion sense, in my opinion. At that time Italian made frames were a welcome relief, and well accepted in the market place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idispense View Post
    I quit buying NA frames in favor of Italian made frames but the reason was not price, as I paid more to buy Italian product than I was paying for North American. Likewise it was necessary to raise my price to the consumer.

    At the time, I switched because NA frames were of poor quality, poor styles, poor color and poor fashion sense, in my opinion. At that time Italian made frames were a welcome relief, and well accepted in the market place.
    I'm curious, who are these 'NA' companies that are so poor? Hell, I only know a few USA made manufacturers... State, I've never used but I've seen their product and like it. Randolph, I love their product but the company is miserable to deal with. Art-Craft? Meh... Very decent product but don't love the selection.

    I'd LOVE to carry more "Made In The USA". Any suggestions?
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    ArtCraft...still made in Rochester, NY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quig View Post
    I'm curious, who are these 'NA' companies that are so poor? Hell, I only know a few USA made manufacturers... State, I've never used but I've seen their product and like it. Randolph, I love their product but the company is miserable to deal with. Art-Craft? Meh... Very decent product but don't love the selection.

    I'd LOVE to carry more "Made In The USA". Any suggestions?
    I have some Randolph frames that say "Made in Italy".

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    Doesn't Shuron manufacture on-site in the Carolinas?

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