On Monday, July 17, 2017, 100% Made in the USA Bully Tools’ CEO and President Mark Gracy was invited to the first-ever Made in America Product Showcase hosted at the White House. This showcase brought manufacturing giants from all 50 states to Washington D.C. to meet with the President and discuss the importance of American-made goods. Gracy represented the state of Ohio, where the CEO moved his business in 2006.
Founded in 1994, Bully Tools started out the same way a lot of American Dream-type businesses do… with little funding and in a garage. He started with one product, a roof shingle remover, and with his small life’s savings and decades of blue-collar experience, Gracy was able to expand his business into a nationwide leader in hand tool manufacturing. Now, boasting a massive manufacturing plant with plans to build a new 60,000 square foot addition in 2021, 100% Made in the USA Bully Tools only has room to grow.
This company’s commitment to 100% Made in the USA is unwavering. While consumers may believe that American-made products are more expensive than imported goods – a reason why many choose to purchase the latter – sometimes they fail to realize all of the benefits that Made in the USA bring.
Sure, American-made products are great because the manufacturers use nothing but durable, American-made materials in their products, but the resurgence of American industry is helping to lead a path away from foreign dependence. As a result, American companies create jobs for hard-working Americans, boost the American economy, and are better for the environment.
It was with these pillars that President Trump decided to proclaim the third week of July as ‘Made in America Week’. Bully Tools was recommended as Ohio’s representative for the week by Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson, who along with the Eastern Ohio Development Alliance (EODA) dubbed Gracy’s company an “Excellence Award Recipient” in 2011.
Gracy and David Carroll, Bully Tools’ Plant Operations Manager, brought an array of hand tools to showcase in Washington D.C. and proudly represented Bully Tools, the state of Ohio, and the United States of America.
photos by Offical White House Photographers Evan Walker and Olivia Abboud