Airstream on Fortune’s American-Made List
Editor’s Note: The following is a listing compiled by Fortune Magazine identifying the “13 Most American Companies,” which included iconic RV builder Airstream Inc.
Is Made in America just marketing spin? When Fortune set out to find companies that are diehard American, we expected a challenge since businesses today, large and small, stay competitive by relying heavily on the global marketplace for services, suppliers, and skilled labor. As we began digging, a number of companies were quickly ruled out because their global conglomerate parents had absorbed some operations post-acquisition — for example, Ben & Jerry’s by Unilever and Burt’s Bees by Clorox. Our guidelines: identify consumer products whose operations, manufacturing, and workforce are located entirely within the United States. Here are 13 companies that have remained, mostly, made in America.
Headquarters: Jackson Center, Ohio
Revenue: $50 million
Total employee headcount: 468
Airstream’s iconic silver bullet-shaped campers have been used for everything from transporting astronauts and celebrities to housing roadside shops. Founder Wally Byam built the first Airstream trailer in 1929, which was a tent on top of a Model T chassis. Thor Industries, which purchased the company in 1980, is one of the largest producers of recreational vehicles (it has eight subsidiaries including two in Canada). All of Airstream’s iconic silver trailers are manufactured in its Ohio factories, but according to a Thor spokesperson, materials are sourced globally.
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