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Buffalo, New York native Tim Ingle and entrepreneur Don Buckner of Made in teamed up with Red Gold to create an “All-American” premium custom tomato ketchup that supports


“Never before has it been so important to help consumers understand why they should become Patriotic Spenders. When we buy American-Made products, we have to understand that some of those dollars will return to us. Buying American made products benefits us all and only makes this country stronger. Many only consider price or brand name when making a purchase. Made in will educate consumers on why they must also consider the country of origin and purchase America made products whenever possible”, says Don Buckner, CEO and founder of the Made in America movement.


“Nickel City Ketchup is a custom label tomato ketchup manufactured by Red Gold, who is proudly American Owned, Grown and Made,” says Tim Ingle.


 Tim created the Nickel City Brand to represent the pride and passion of the hardworking blue-collar Americans who were responsible for the flourishing of industrial manufacturing along the Great Lakes waterways and making American manufacturing and ingenuity the envy of the world. 

This region in the late 1800s had an abundance of paved roads, water canals, and railroads. Transportation infrastructure than developed west to source the iron ore found in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin and Upper Michigan with the coal mined from the Appalachian Mountains, the Steel Belt was born, which soon developed into the Factory Belt with its great American manufacturing cities of Buffalo, Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Cincinnati, Toledo, Cleveland, Rochester, St. Louis and Pittsburgh among others. The linking of the former Northwest Territory with the once-rapidly industrializing East Coast was affected through several large-scale infrastructural projects, most notably the Erie Canal in 1825, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad in 1830, the Allegheny Portage Railroad in 1834, and the consolidation of the New York Central after the American Civil War.

The Great Lakes region for decades served as a magnet for immigrants, industry, innovation, architecture and arts, and even a melting pot for culinary cuisine. Coal, iron ore, and other raw materials were shipped in from surrounding regions, which emerged as major ports on the Great Lakes and served as transportation hubs for the region with proximity to railroad lines. Coming in the other direction where millions of European immigrants, who populated the cities along the Great Lakes shores with then-unprecedented speed. Chicago, famously, was a rural trading post in the 1840s but grew to be as big as Paris was by 1893. 

In 1901, Buffalo, NY, then the 8th largest city in America was chosen to host the Pan American Exposition; and Thomas Edison displayed the region as the first “city of lights” powered by electricity from nearby Niagara Falls.

In the 20th century, local economies in these cities and states specialized in large-scale manufacturing of finished medium to heavy industrial and consumer products, as well as the transportation and processing of the raw materials required for heavy industry. The area was referred to as the Manufacturing Belt, Factory Belt, or Steel Belt as distinct from the agricultural Midwestern states forming the so-called Corn Belt and Great Plains states that are often called the “breadbasket of America”. This entire region developed skilled trades and generations vocational workers that fueled a strong economy and a dominance of the USA in global trade.  It was roughly sixty years ago that the USA began investing its manufacturing outside of the country to take advantage of cheap labor and fewer government regulations.

Since the 1960s, the expansion of worldwide free trade agreements has been less favorable to U.S. workers. Imported goods such as steel cost much less to produce in Third World countries with cheap foreign labor with disregard for fair labor laws or environmental protection or other social issues. Beginning with the recession of 1970–71, a new pattern of deindustrializing economy emerged. Competitive devaluation combined with each successive downturn saw traditional U.S. manufacturing workers experiencing lay-offs. In general, in the Factory Belt employment in the manufacturing sector declined by 32.9 percent between 1969 and 1996.

Deteriorating U.S. net international investment position has caused concern among economists over the effects of outsourcing and high U.S. trade deficits over the long run.

Outsourcing of manufacturing jobs in tradeable goods has been an important issue in the region and America overall. One source has been globalization and the expansion of worldwide free trade agreements. Anti-globalization groups argue that trade with developing countries has resulted in stiff competition from countries such as China, which pegs its currency to the dollar and has much lower prevailing wages, forcing domestic wages to drift downward. Some economists are concerned that long-run effects of high trade deficits and outsourcing are a cause of economic problems in the U.S. with high external debt (amount owed to foreign lenders) and a serious deterioration in the United States net international investment position.

A gradual expansion of the U.S. trade deficit with China began in 1985. In the ensuing years, the U.S. developed a massive trade deficit with the East Asian nations of China, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea. As a result, the traditional manufacturing workers in the region have experienced economic upheaval. This effect has devastated government budgets across the U.S.

Problems associated with the Rust Belt persist even today, particularly around the eastern Great Lakes states, and many once-booming manufacturing metropolises dramatically slowed down. From 1970 to 2006, Cleveland, Detroit, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh lost about 45 percent of their population and median household incomes fell in Cleveland and Detroit by about 30 percent, in Buffalo by 20 percent and Pittsburgh by 10 percent.

Some economists contend that the U.S. is borrowing to fund consumption of imports while accumulating unsustainable amounts of debt. On June 26, 2009, the CEO of General Electric, called for the United States to increase its manufacturing base employment to 20 percent of the workforce, commenting that the U.S. has outsourced too much in some areas and can no longer rely on the financial sector and consumer spending to drive demand.

Since that time, General Electric has continued to deteriorate, as had the role of American Manufacturing in its role of the US economy. By 2019, over 85 percent of all pharmaceuticals now come from China, while a majority of other US technology and consumer staples are imported from China or other countries.  Food companies such as Kraft/Heinz boast that they have food manufacturing in over 39 countries outside of the USA, while it becomes more difficult to source USA made apparel and numerous other consumer products. The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shed light on the fact that critical PPE equipment is also predominately manufactured in China. 

It has become ever apparent to all Americans regardless of politics, that American-Made is good for our economy, communities, and future generations.  

Today, Nickel City stands for made in the USA, as America sees a rebirth in American Manufacturing and ensuring that our essential items are produced right here in the USA as a matter of national security, safety, and sustainability.  Nickel City Ketchup allows consumers to have the power of change in their pockets.  By purchasing Nickel City Ketchup, a portion of proceeds will go toward funding Made in and accelerating the movement to bring jobs back to America in all areas of manufacturing. Nickel City Ketchup and Made in America believe in the American dream, the American worker and support vocational trades and increasing America’s role once again in manufacturing. This is the time to make sure to take the time to really know where your products come from and the ripple effect to jobs, community, schools, and small businesses.  Kraft/Heinz is largely Brazilian-owned and invests in manufacturing plants all over the world. Del Monte is Philippine owned, and several other National brands are co-manufactured in Canada, Mexico or other countries.

Nickel City Ketchup and Red Gold is 100 percent domestically sourced and is American-Owned, Grown, and Made.  Nickel City Ketchup is proud to help in raising awareness of the Made in America movement and affiliated with Made in, the Made in America store, and in supporting All-American values.

Please consider supporting Nickel City Ketchup and be a part of the movement.

Nickel City Ketchup can already be found online at the Made in America stores, Top’s Friendly Markets in WNY, Latina Boulevard Foods, US Foods Buffalo, and other select retailers or Foodservice distributors and the finest restaurants.

The Diminishing Effect of Buying Imports VS Investing in U.S. Made

Every dollar spent on American Manufacturing returns at least $1.89. If that dollar circulates and is used again on Made in USA products, the dollar continues to compound for the good of the community. The opposite can diminish a dollar offshore.

“While fair trade with friendly countries is important to businesses and consumers, this data shows that continued investment in domestic production will create millions of jobs and opportunity for growth.  A modern infrastructure upgrade is needed in the U.S. that integrates the coming technologies of the 4th industrial revolution, including 5G, AI, and IoT. That’s where massive resources should be used – with an emphasis on the return of the costs to local communities & manufacturers,” said Jason Blount, Chief Information Officer of Made in America.

Figure 2 summarizes how expenditures on imports are distributed between the local content that stays in this country, imported content that goes overseas to our major trade partners, and overall (last bar). For example, of all consumer expenditures in goods that are made in China, more than half stays in the United States as payment for local content. For the United States as a whole, the overall share of local content of imports in the U.S. is about 43%. So the .55 cents shown in the graphic above only applies to China.

Importance of Manufacturing in the U.S. Economy

Manufacturing is an essential component of gross domestic product, which was $2.33 trillion in 2018, and drove 11.6% of U.S. economic output, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Manufactured goods comprise half of U.S. exports.

Manufacturing adds a lot of value to the power of the U.S. economy. Every dollar spent in manufacturing adds $1.89 in business growth in other supporting sectors, including retailing, transportation, and business services.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the United States has 12.85 million manufacturing jobs, which employs 8.5% of the workforce, and pays 12% more than other jobs. Yet, 89% of manufacturers are leaving jobs unfilled because they can’t find qualified applicants, according to a 2018 Deloitte Institute report. The skills gap could leave 2.4 million vacant between 2018 and 2028. That could cost the industry $454 billion in 2028.


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What’s the Return of a Dollar When You Spend it on American Made?

Many Americans prefer to buy domestic products to benefit from higher quality and durability. What many don’t know, however, is that when they spend money on American made products, they’re contributing to a much greater cause.

Among the many reasons to buy local is the certainty that you’re helping your local economy. Whenever $1.00 is spent in manufacturing, another $1.82 is added into the economy.

The multiplier effect in manufacturing is higher than any other U.S. sector.

So, what is the multiplier effect? When you buy an American made product, it doesn’t just benefit the manufacturer. Because manufacturing has such a large supply chain and demand, its success can stimulate economic activity across a number of other essential sectors. When factories are producing more goods, they require more materials and services from suppliers, generating income and creating jobs in all sectors involved, such as transportation, communication, retail, construction, and so many others. This is called backward linkage.

For example, a car from your local dealership would have backward linkage to companies in the glass, steel and rubber industries. You can rest assured that your purchase is supporting jobs in these areas.

On the other hand, manufacturing also has a high forward linkage because of how many people are directly and indirectly employed within the sector. Forward linkage happens when manufacturing and supply chain employees spend their hard-earned money, putting it back into the local economy.

In other words, buying local recirculates more money into your local economy than buying from an absentee-owned business or foreign franchise. Thus, bringing more income and jobs into your area.

When consumers take the alternative route and spend money on foreign goods, they are not contributing to the multiplier effect–however, they are not throwing away all of their money as some people might think. A study by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco found that, although Chinese-made products make up 2.7% of U.S. consumer spending, only 1.2% actually reflects the cost of the imported goods. On average, of every dollar spent on an item labeled “Made in China,” 55 cents go to services produced in the United States–but 45 cents is still taken out of U.S. circulation.

This is the diminishing effect of buying outsourced products. Every time you buy a product from China, an average of 45 cents is lost to Chinese manufacturers. Instead of creating money within the local economy, you take money out of local circulation and overseas.

So, the choice is clear if you care about our country. Buy local when possible to support domestic workers and help our economy grow stronger.

The power of change is in your pocket.

Should Congress Pass $2 Trillion Infrastructure Bill This Summer to Help American Manufacturing with New Stimulus?

If by this summer, the U.S. manufacturing community has helped rebuild the medical supply chain to slow the COVID-19 outbreak drastically, then congress should pass the massive infrastructure bill that was being negotiated and died last year.

It should also have a Buy American clause to make sure the money is put directly into American workers hands to revitalize the economy and infrastructure of the United States. Highlighting the importance and a strategy for growing and connecting the domestic supply chain has to be a part of this bill as well.

The House is eyeing new funding for water, broadband, schools and other infrastructure systems that have proven insufficient, they said, in the face of the current coronavirus crisis.

“There are infrastructure needs that our country has that directly relate to how we are proceeding with the coronavirus,” Pelosi said on a conference call with reporters. “And we would like to see in what comes next something that has always been nonpartisan, bipartisan, and that is an infrastructure piece that takes us into the future.”

Pelosi, however, noted that President Trump had won the White House campaigning on a massive infrastructure program, saying the coronavirus has provided Washington policymakers with an “opportunity” to unite and get it done.

This will instill security for a lot of the manufacturers that have uncertainty today. There really should be Industrial Policy that is developed as part of this legislation that recognizes the importance of manufacturing for developing new infrastructure. Invest enough time and money so that not only does the manufacturing industry survive this decade but that it thrives with advancements.

Got Milk…From Where?

Our team was on a call with the Indiana Grown and learned about a really cool tool available online.  It will show you the exact farm your milk came from based on a code on the side of your jug of milk.

How it works…
From the cow to your mouth…
In five easy steps…
Udder to pail. Pail to dairy. Dairy to grocery store. Grocery store to fridge. Fridge to mouth. We’ll let you take it from there.

So where is your milk from?

Locate the code on your carton or container, enter it on this site and click Find It. You’ll instantly know which dairy your milk came from! The same goes for your yogurt, chocolate milk, soy or organic milk, coffee creamer, cottage cheese, ice cream, and more!

Go here to check it out!

Convenient Store Shopping and Buying American

Let’s take a walk through a convenient store, while stopping to get fuel.

The next time you stop and get a drink and a snack while our significant other is pumping gas. 

With every purchase we make, we actively choose where our money goes and who’s economy we are supporting. We are going to take a look at our labels and find out the origin of the snack we will walk out of here with. 

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Gummy Bears – Haribo Gummies, Company name is Haribo of America, Inc. 

They are shown here Made in Turkey, UK and Germany. This one is a little deceiving. 

Albanese gummies are proudly Made in the USA.

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Chocolate- Hershey’s can you please reshore the Reese’s?? They laid off a tremendous number of employees(about 1500) and moved manufacturing to Mexico. This hurts our chocolate and our economy! So now, what is my US alternative? Boyer manufactures their chocolate right here in the USA! Nestle’s Butterfinger Peanut Butter cups are made here in the USA too! 

Drinks- Thankfully we still have most of our favorite brands of drinks that are still manufactured here, let’s see what the research says just to make sure. 

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Coca-cola was originally manufactured in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. But now they have bottling plants all over the world, so most likely the bottle of Coke you are enjoying was produced not far from where you live.

 Pepsi, PepsiCo Beverages North America; Frito-Lay North America; Quaker Foods North America; Latin America; Europe Sub-Saharan Africa; and Asia, Middle East and North Africa. Chances are you Pepsi was made close by as well.

Buying Local

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 When you walk into a convenient store, make sure to take a peak at some healthy local options. You will find locally sourced fresh fruit, coffee, boiled peanuts this is an easy way to support local businesses.

Until next time……

What is your favorite local sourced purchase and/or American Made brand that you would like to see featured? Where can we find it?

U.S. Chamber opposes ‘Buy American’ bill for Medical Supply Chain Investments

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday that President Donald Trump will sign an executive order this week that would help bring pharmaceutical and medical supply chains back to the U.S., in part by placing new “Buy American” requirements on certain government agencies. And White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow added Monday the Trump administration is considering cutting taxes for companies that relocate their supply chains to the U.S.

Neil Bradley, the chief policy officer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, said a renewed emphasis on Buy American could hurt the international flow of medicine and medical supply chains.

This is not new news that the U.S. Chamber opposes Buy American bills.

Here are headlines the U.S. Chamber has released in the last 10 years.

January 2009 U.S. Chamber Opposes Counterproductive ‘Buy American’ Provisions

January 2010 The Cost of Buy American Mandates on American Jobs

June 2016 Reject the Expansion of “Buy Local” Rules

July 2017 The Illusion of ‘Buy American’ Policy

The above quotes from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce don’t align with our goals. “The Coronavirus has had a negative effect on the US economy and set fear into most Americans. The positive effect it has had is a renewed awakening on the leverage China has on our Medications and the supply chain on most of our products. It is unfortunate that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has taken this stance.” – Don Buckner, Founder,

While we believe in fair trade with countries to help maintain the supply of medical equipment and pharmaceuticals, we also believe it’s a national security risk to depend on an adversary for the majority of medications and medical equipment our country needs. It is smart to bring back domestic production of this industry to balance dependency during a crisis.

China RX

Using Medicines as Leverage for Global Power

The country that controls medicines controls the world.

If China stopped exporting ingredients to the US, within three months all the pharmacies would be empty.

Guy Villax CEO Hovione

U.S. has virtually no manufacturing capacity to make generic antibiotics

Because China makes the key ingredients, the U.S. can’t make generics antibiotics for:

  •   Anthrax exposure
  •   Strep throat
  •   Ear infections
  •   Urinary tract infections
  •   Pneumonia
  •   Lyme disease
  •   Tooth infections
  •   STDs
  •   Superbugs
  •   And much more

China Controls 80% of the Key Ingredients in World’s Medicines

China makes about 80% of the world’s active pharmaceutical ingredients, chemical intermediates and raw material for medicines.

United States Doesn’t Make


The last U.S. penicillin plant closed in 2004.

Vitamin C

Chinese companies are required by law to fix prices and control supply to the U.S.

Here is how we lost our manufacturing of Vitamin C

There has been an ongoing court case that went to the supreme court. A handful of Chinese companies came in and, once again, dumped really cheap ingredients to make ascorbic acid. This drove out all the producers in the United States and around the world. There were a handful of companies that challenged this, saying this is antitrust, against our laws. So in a federal court in Brooklyn, a jury saw this for what it was. There was unequivocal evidence. There was no dispute that the Chinese companies fixed prices and controlled supply of vitamin C to the U.S. There was a settlement that the Chinese companies had to pay. That was not the end of it. The Chinese companies appealed in federal court. Here was their argument — and the Chinese government actually came to U.S. federal court to put in a brief, and said we required our companies, as a matter of Chinese law, to fix prices and control the supply of ascorbic acid and vitamin C to the U.S.

Here is what members of congress can do

First, they need to have accurate information. They should ask why is that chemotherapy drugs are in shortage? They need to get the real deal. Not just that we are having trouble with our suppliers. If the product was banned by the FDA because it had huge issues of integrity of their product, members of congress should know that. There was a plant in China that exploded, and it exploded because the workers were not handling the chemicals right and that triggered a global shortage of an antibiotic to treat a life-threatening infection called sepsis. Members of congress should know that. We have a shortage of heparin, a blood thinner. We get so much of the raw material to make heparin from China.

The second thing that needs to be done is let’s get rid of the red tape. Make it much easier for the department of defense, our military, and the VA to find alternative suppliers, trustworthy customers — companies, who want to make quality medicines for our military at a fair price and sign long-term contracts for that, so our military and veterans do not have to go without. and that will support manufacturing to come back home, revitalize communities, and bring jobs back. – Rosemary Gibson, Senior Advisor to the Hastings Center

“The national security risks of increased Chinese dominance of the global active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) market cannot be overstated.”

– Christopher Priset, Department of Defense

It is a huge national security issue

Think of what you could do with medicines in a geopolitical context. If you control the supply of penicillin, if you are the dominant use of antibiotics, you can withhold those. You can contaminate them. You can make them look like medicine and have nothing in them. If you want to destabilize a country and demoralize a population really quickly, all you have to do is withhold medicine.

“My blood-pressure medications were contaminated with rocket fuel. I imagine active people have the same problem. This affects the readiness of our troops.” – Dr. Larry Wortzel, Retired Army Colonel

“Part of my mission on this issue is to make sure that these supply chains are delivering what we need and the epiphany I’ve had is that far too many of our pharmaceuticals, medical equipment and supplies have been offshored. Advanced manufacturing will allow us to bring domestic production back and lower the cost.” – Peter Navarro, Trade Advisor to White House

READ CHINA RX By:Rosemary Gibson

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