SANTA MONICA, CA - Office furniture maker Herman Miller Inc., Google, the Chevy Volt, Channel Island Surfboards, Tito's Vodka and 15 other U.S. manufacturers were inducted into the Made in the USA Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Herman Miller of Zeeland, MI, was one of 20 winners chosen from 60 nominees by the Made in USA Foundation judges based on Quality, Competitiveness and Impact. Founded in 1905, the foundation noted that Herman Miller was "one of the first companies to produce modern 20th century furniture," including the Eames Lounge Chair, Noguchi table and Aeron chair. Plus, Herman Miller is credited with inventing the office cubicle.
Herman Miller is the second U.S. furniture maker to be inducted in the Made in USA Hall of Fame. Ethan Allen Interiors of Danbury, CT, was among the inaugural class of inductees last year.,
Joel Joseph, chairman of the foundation, said, "The Hall of Fame Awards were established two years ago to celebrate the best that America produces. I have heard many times that 'nothing is made here.' The Hall of Fame showcases exceptional U.S. manufacturers and demonstrates that many high-quality products are made in the United States. The U.S. is still the leading manufacturing nation in the world."
The full roster of 2012 Made in USA Hall of Fame winners, includes:
Herman Miller - Office Furniture
Channel Islands - Surfboards
Chevy Volt - Electric Auto
Zero Motorcycles - Electric Motorcycle
Viking - Gas Ranges/Cooktops
Armstrong - Hand Tools
Tito's Vodka - Vodka
McIntosh Amplifiers - Stereo Equipment
Beaulieu Vineyard - Wine
California Olive Ranch - Olive Oil
Solar World - Solar Panels
Google - Software
Worksman Bicycles - Bicycles
Kala Eyewear - Eyeglasses
Dodge Dart - Economy Cars
Boyd Lighting - Lighting
Zometool - Toys
Marin French Cheese Co. - Cheese
Master Lock - Welcome Back
Letarte Swimwear - Swimwear
The Made in the USA Foundation is a non-profit organization established in 1989 through matching grants from the United Auto Works and Ford Motor Company. The foundation is dedicated to promoting products made in the United States, developing legislation supporting U.S. businesses and industry, and pursuing litigation against those misusing the "Made in the USA" label. The Foundation championed the Country of Origin Labeling Act for food and the American Automobile Labeling Act. Both were passed into law.
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