Thursday, October 23, 2008

Anyone want to make this?

I think that if I had the wherewithal to make a Google Maps mashup, I'd try to make a map that pinpoints locations where well-known products are made in the U.S. You know, like Tootsie Rolls, or Tazo Tea, or Chevy Tahoes. This idea comes from watching a few too many episodes of "Unwrapped" on the Food Network, a show that apparently tries to use the words "extruder" and "conveyor" at least 75 times per show (to say nothing of the onslaught of Marc Summers' corny puns), and also "How It's Made". Also, when we were in Salem a couple of weeks ago, our hotel was right down the street from Kettle Foods.

Since it seems like the only things that are still made in America are food products and cars (and Google Maps), it would be cool to have a map of where those products are actually made. It'd be a pride-in-America sort of thing, I suppose.

Somebody work on that, okay?

2 Talked Back:

At October 23, 2008 at 7:40:00 PM CDT, Blogger Jim said...

favorite part of Unwrapped: companies where food workers wear gloves and companies where they don't!


At October 24, 2008 at 9:28:00 PM CDT, Blogger Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Interesting that you mention Kettle Foods. They have an interesting history.

The fellow who started it was a committed Sikh when he founded the place. At the time he went by the name N.S. Khalsa (Khalsa being a name that all devout Sikhs assume as an outward token of faith, just as they wear a turban - these days he's a bit less devout (though probably still a good guy) and has gone back to his given name of Cameron Healy), and the place was called N.S. Khalsa Company. They started out roasting nuts to sell as snacks.

They're now amongst the US's largest snack food concerns. Mr Healy no longer owns the company, but the company's still based in Salem, which I think is cool


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