I'm frequently surprised by some of the unusual products that are still made in America. Today's example: clothesline pulleys. Maybe it's because no one in my neighborhood has a clothesline, so I tend to forget that they're still around. But Portland, Conn.-based injection molder Penn Products still makes clothesline pulleys, and the company was recently featured in a Connecticut Post story about the business, "The humble clothesline gets a second look." It turns out that Penn Products is hoping the sustainability trend will spark a resurgence in the clothesline sector, and their line of Everlast Pulleys. According to an outfit called Project Laundry List, in just in the six New England states, the amount of money expended to dry clothes comes to $1 billion a year. But U.S. consumers aren't big on air-drying their clothes; only about 5 percent currently use clotheslines. Congratulations to Penn Products for continuing to serve this niche sector.
Made in America: clothesline pulleys
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