How would you characterize the importance of making product in the USA,
both from the perspective of product quality and safety?
“We have the highest level of
safety excellence because of the
standards put forth through U.S.
regulations and by U.S. companies.
The standards for safety are like
no other country, sometimes very
overwhelming. However, quality
must be defined by each company
since that cannot be regulated.”—SHARON BIERMANN, SQF
practitioner—regulatory compliance specialist at TropiClean Pet
Products in Wentzville, Mo.
Giving back is at the core of many companies that manufacture their products in the USA—and it’s a trend that
consumers are noticing.
In fact, 87 percent of consumers would purchase a
product because a company advocated for an issue they
cared about, according to the 2017 Cone Communications
CSR Study, conducted by Boston-based media company
“It feels good to make a difference any way you can
and with every buying decision that you make,” said
Donna Bodell, vice president of Up Country in East Prov-
idence, R.I., adding that “made in the USA” has been the
company mantra since it was founded in 1984. “Why not
choose a product that will help your community in a wide
variety of ways, with a huge ripple effect? I think people
are realizing this more and more.”
Up Country is committed to giving back to a variety of
animal-related causes with a goal of not only funding de-
serving organizations, but also raising awareness for their
causes, Bodell said.
“For more than seven years, we have given a collar and
leash to every dog adopted from our neighbor the Rhode
Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
(RISPCA). Close to one thousand sets and going strong,”
she said. “Our partnership with the David Sheldrick Wild-
life Trust donates part of the proceeds from
our Leader of the Pach collar and lead to help
elephants orphaned by poachers. And our
No Bones About It collar and lead helps sup-
port the PetFinder Foundation, a champion
for adoptable pets.”
Brandly said giving back is the very rea-
son TropiClean exists.
“Giving to those in need and making
products that bring people and their pets
closer—that’s why TropiClean does what
we do,” he said. “A generous portion of
TropiClean’s revenue goes directly to sup-
porting the poor, widowed and orphaned in
countries like Guatemala, Haiti and Africa
through Gifts of Love International.”
TropiClean also donates to charities and
animal shelters each year through products,
gift baskets and monetary donations. In addi-
tion, the company supports the well-being and improve-
ment of shelter animals through programs such as Tropi-
Clean First Impressions, which officially launched in 2017.
“Partnering with animal shelters, we provide TropiClean pet products and resources for shelters to use on
their adoptable pets,” Brandly said. “The goal is for the
shelter to use TropiClean products prior to the adoptable
pet meeting their potential parent, helping provide the
best first impression.”
The passion for giving back is also engrained within
the company’s culture. TropiClean encourages employees
to donate time and resources to the community by giving
them five paid mission days to help organizations locally
Pura Naturals Pet supports the American Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and sponsors Karma Rescue’s Paws for Life Program.
“In this program, canines are pulled from high-kill
shelters and inmates in maximum state prisons train the
dogs,” Creed said. “Upon graduation, the dogs know 70-
plus commands and are gifted as a service dog to a U.S.
veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”
Additionally, as a manufacturer of pet wellness prod-
ucts, the company wanted its philanthropy efforts to fur-
ther its message and benefit animal safety and wellness.
“Our team aided Hurricane Harvey efforts, and our
involvement with the Paws for Life program has been
the donation of product, monetary and time,” Creed said.
“Knowing we are making a difference is invaluable. We
also actively promote these causes in our newsletters and
HTML campaigns and updates with a focus on how our
retailers can get involved. It all makes a difference.”
“Having product made and
sourced in the USA allows
for tight quality control to
ensure the products we make
are safe. Pura Naturals Pet
products are also Leaping
Bunny Certified (cruelty
free), and part of the Organic
commitments to our testing
and safety.”—JULIE CREED,
vice president of sales and
marketing for Pura Naturals
Pet in Ardsley, N.Y.
“We think it is very important! Manufacturing in the USA allows
us to have daily involvement with quality control, which is
interwoven with safety in our industry. If a lead snap or buckle is
faulty, our sewer, finisher or packer can let us know right away.
Our expert sewers make the same products all the time, so they
recognize any issues immediately.”—DONNA BODELL, vice
president of Up Country in East Providence, R.I.
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