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#WeAreAmericanMade Contest Recap: Part 2

As promised in Part 1 of this post, here is Part 2 of the American made businesses we want to recognize for participating in our #WeAreAmericanMade contest. Like those mentioned in the first post, we were just as impressed with the quality and uniqueness of those listed below. From machinists to designers, across America people are making all types of things that make being an American manufacturer exciting and we are honored to be a part of what they do!

Here is a look at the other contest participants:

Diversified Machine Systems

Primary Location: Colorado

Years in Business: 33 Years

What They Do: Make 3 & 5 axis CNC routers and machine centers

Products/Services: Gantry, Overhead Gantry, Twin Table, and Moving Table CNC Machines


Onyx Industries

Primary Location: Minnesota

Years in Business: 7 Years

What They Do: Make industrial signal systems and controls

Products/Services: Industrial Indicator lights, LED lights, and Panel & Mounting accessories


Uzi HQ

Primary Location: Florida

Years in Business: 2 Years

What They Do: Make Uzi parts

Products/Services: Sights and Mounts, Receiver Parts, Bolt Parts, Barrels, Stocks, Grips, Forends, Top Covers, Magazines, and Grip Frame Parts


Belt Envy

Primary Location: Pennsylvania

Years in Business: 3 Years

What They Do: Design and make wearable accessories

Products/Services: Buckles, Belts, Cuffs, Straps, and Pendants


Ashley Harwood

Primary Location: South Carolina

Years in Business: 5 Years

What They Do: Hand-turned wood making

Products/Services: Bowls, Furniture Parts, Ornaments, Jewelry, and woodturning classes


NYC CNC Machine Shop (Grand Prize Winner!)

Primary Location: New York

Years in Business: 7 Years

What They Do: Metalworking, Machining, Fabrication, Prototyping and more.

Products/Services: Produce Machining and Prototype Tutorials

Again as with those mentioned in the first part of this blog post, we highly encourage you to check out all of the businesses listed above and share them with others whom may find them interesting as well.

We look forward to showcasing more American made businesses in the future!


Keep Innovating,


David Rehm | CEO

American Rotary

#WeAreAmericanMade Contest Recap: Part 1

As many of you know, in June we ended our first ever promotional contest. Having been in business for over 20 years we know there is an endless amount of incredible people and businesses out there who are just like us, doing what they love to do, which is making things! In addition, we also know that many of those people and businesses also believe what we believe, which is keeping what they make, made in America.

Despite the debate that whether remaining “American Made” really matters anymore in a global economy, there is one thing that is for certain when it comes to being made in America. American made products continue to be the highest quality products in the world. Whether big or small, cutting edge or original, we all put our best in the work we do with every piece, part, and product made and service delivered.

As a result, we wanted to take this 2-part blog series to briefly recognize those, who in effort to grow their business, participated in our first contest despite winning the grand prize.

Blake Jones Designs

Primary Location: Texas

Years in Business: 30+ Years

What They Do: Make and design canvas and leather products

Products/Services: Hunting Accessories, Luggage, Office Accessories, Bags


Globe Composite Solutions

Primary Location: Massachusetts

Years in Business: 100+ Years

What They Do: Design and tooling

Products/Services: Make custom non-metallic composite components, cast and molded products, fabrication, prototype products, extrusions and roll coverings


Palomar Technologies

Primary Location: California

Years in Business: 19 Years

What They Do: Provide packaging and assembly solutions

Products/Services: Die and wire bonders, semi-automated and manual bonders, bond testing equipment, plasma cleaners, laser interferometers, and refurbished systems


Partridge Knives

Primary Location: Florida

Years in Business: 7 Years

What They Do: Make custom designed knives

Products/Services: Mammoth Tooth, Exotic Woods, Sheeps/Rams Horn, Buffalo Horn, Giraffe Bone, The Purple Heart Knife, The Hog Series, and more


Hydrogen House Project

Primary Location: New Jersey

Years in Business: 3 Years

What They Do: Educate and conduct research & development projects on clean energy, renewable energy technologies

Products/Services: Solar panels, Home Appliances, Education Kits, Electrolyzers, and Fuel Cells


Steam Horse Dry Goods

Primary Location: Tennessee

Years in Business: 100+ Years

What They Do: Make Textiles and Apparel

Products/Services: Shirts, Pants, Work Vests, Jackets, Boots, and more

Though we could go into great detail on each of these, it goes without a doubt that each of these businesses are truly unique and special in their own way. Just the wide variety in industry and specialty alone goes to show the depth of American industry and the precision with which each good and service is produced.

We encourage you to check out all of the businesses listed above and take the time to share this with others. Last but not least, we want to again thank all of those who participated in our contest and we look forward to running more in the near future!

Look for Part 2 of this blog series in a couple of weeks to see more American Made businesses!


Keep Innovating,

David Rehm | CEO
American Rotary

The American Rotary Video Contest Winner is. . .

NYC CNC Machine Shop! Congratulations on an outstanding comeback!

First and foremost, we want to sincerely thank all of those who participated in our #WeAreAmericanMade contest. Back in March, we got the idea to do the contest as a way to showcase those who make America great through the things they build, make, create, and/or operate. We were truly impressed by the wide variety of submissions as a number of businesses and individuals tagged their photos and videos throughout April and May. So much so, that it only seemed right to allow the fans choose the winner!

An amazingly skilled knife maker at Partridge Knives jumped out to an early lead, but before long NYC CNC Machine Shop came back to take the lead and capture the contest with a relentless 118 votes and 50% of the total vote. We will be in contact with you shortly to acknowledge your victory and make plans to come out and see what your shop is all about!

NYC CNC was started in 2007 when John purchased a TAIG desktop CNC milling machine for his Manhattan apartment.  John had been trying to bring a product to market and struggled working with machine shops for one-off prototypes and tweaks.  He started a now-popular YouTube Channel documenting successes & failures while learning the many skillsets of machining and fabrication.  NYC CNC has since grown out of Manhattan to a proper shop with a Tormach PCNC 1100 CNC Mill, an Emco V13 lathe, a 4’x4′ CNC Plasma Cutter and various of machining and fabrication equipment.

John and NYC CNC will be relocating their operations this summer and we are excited to visit him and create a custom video featuring his #WeAreAmericanMade business.



From self-made machinists like NYC CNC Machine Shop, to innovative pioneers like the Hydrogen House Project, to independent craftsmen and craftswomen, such as Ashley Harwood, it is clear that we all play a substantial role in both the American economy and American quality of life. Without any of you we wouldn’t even have the ability to do what we do and we couldn’t appreciate all of you enough.

Thanks again to all our entries, including:

NYC CNC  – www.nyccnc.com

Blake Jones Design – http://blakejonesdesigns.com/

Palomar Technologies-  http://www.palomartechnologies.com/default.aspx

Globe Composite Solutions – http://www.globecomposite.com/

GCS Marine – https://www.gcsmarine.com/

Diversified Machine Systems – http://www.dmscncrouters.com/

Onyx Industries – http://www.onyx-industries.com

Partridge Knives – http://www.partridgeknives.com

Uzi HQ – http://www.uziparts.com

Belt Envy – www.beltenvy.com

Hydrogen House – http://hydrogenhouseproject.org/

Steam Horse Dry Goods – www.steamhorsedrygoods.com

Ashley Harwood – www.AshleyHarwood.net

To see our entire collection of #WeAreAmericanMade videos, please visit us on YouTube!  


Keep it American Made,

David Rehm

CEO | American Rotary



Win a Custom Video Contest – One Month Down, One to Go!

The first month of our #WeAreAmericanMade contest is complete which means there is only one month left to win a custom video documentary on your hobby or business!

If you haven’t yet, remember all you have to do is share a photo, video or article about any American Made product which you build, make, create or operate and tag it with #WeAreAmericanMade on any of our social media pages, including; YouTube,TwitterFacebookLinkedIn or Google+.

So far, we have heard from numerous American companies across the nation. They’ve sent us videos, stories, pictures and links to their social media sites that have allowed us to learn more about their great American Made products! Visit their websites below to learn more.

John Saunders – NYC CNC nyccnc.com
Blake Jones Design http://blakejonesdesigns.com/
Palomar Technologies http://www.palomartechnologies.com/default.aspx
Globe Composite Solutions http://www.globecomposite.com/
GCS Marne https://www.gcsmarine.com/
Diversified Machine Systems http://www.dmscncrouters.com/
Fat Wheels www.fatwheels.com
American Striping www.americanstriping.com

Here are a couple of the most recent video submissions:

We will share these throughout the month of May with our network and select a winner at the end of the month – See full details here.

We sincerely hope you take the opportunity to become a part of our honorary engineering department this year, and even if you don’t use our product, we would love to see what awesome projects you are working on!



David Rehm | CEO
American Rotary

Win a Custom Video Documentary on your American Business – From American Rotary

It was a long and cold winter but Spring is finally here! To kick off the season we are taking the months of April and May to showcase companies who make America great by building American made products!

We are excited to kick off our 2014 #WeAreAmericanMade campaign. Throughout the months of April and May, we encourage you to share a photo, video or article about any American Made product which you build, make, create or operate. Post it on any of our social media pages, including; YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn or Google+. We will share your submissions across our social media channels throughout the month, so the earlier you tag your entry the more exposure for your business!

Coming from the Aerospace industry, we are naturally hyper-focused on engineering, but we are also fortunate to be inspired and challenged by an exceptional customer base.

We also recognize that some of the most important engineering challenges are often inspired by our customers who use our products every day.  I am fortunate enough to go out a several times every year and visit with customers, learn what they do, how they use their equipment, how our phase converters work into their work-flow, and just keep that “engineering reality check” up-to-date.

One of the things that keeps American Rotary leading the phase converter industry is the effort we make to know our customers.  Just in 2012 and 2013, we visited and shot video for short documentaries with Bryan Ryan (cabinet maker), Maui Diving (scuba compressors), Jim Levrich (Grain Drying), Maule Aircraft (certified aircraft manufacturer), Wilderness Resort & Waterparks (large water pumps),  Pellet Masters (fuel pellet equipment), Henry Royer (Metal Artist) and many others as can be found on our YouTube channel at: www.youtube.com/americanrotary. These visits alone have driven engineering changes to our product that would just not be possible without those visits and being a part of the daily use and installation of our phase converters.

See our recent video with Henry Royer below:

I sincerely hope you take the opportunity to become a part of our honorary engineering department this year, and even if you don’t use our product, we would love to see what awesome projects you are working on.  I hope to see some of you this year for a video shoot about your product or project weather it be for a hobby or business.

Keep innovating, and remember… keep it “Made in America”


David Rehm
American Rotary