One man’s crusade to
remind people that high-quality products are still
made in this country
obtain parts, and perform the work on the
There’s not much to
see under the hood of
the electric Henry, but
Ken says it has enough
power to do the job of
a piston-driven ranch truck, along with
several additional benefits.
“Less noise, no pollution and there’s
really nothing to go wrong,” says Ken.
“No pistons and rings, no water pump
to replace. The only moving part is the
armitron on the motor.”
Ken says the Henry doesn’t even need
time to warm up on chilly winter morn-
ings. “You just hop in and go,” he says.
“There are three things on the ranch
that I wouldn’t want to do without: the
backhoe, the four-wheeler and the electric pickup,” says David. n
Above, Callie the dog bounds
from trailer to pickup, while
David and Ken feed cattle
remotely. Left, David drives
the electric pickup the old-fashioned way. Note the
control mechanism mounted
to the dash and steering
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Should he decide to take Henry down
the road, the vehicle will top out at about
The Henry is fitted with a power plug
that is magnetically attached to its headache rack so David can run power tools
without a negligible depletion in the
truck’s electric charge.
Ken says the batteries should last about
eight years before replacement. Although
lithium batteries would work well on the
feed truck, he doesn’t consider them an
affordable option, yet.
It took David and Ken about a year—
working in their spare time—to design,
The men have put together a manual that shows
how to convert a diesel or gas pickup to an electric with remote. For more information, contact
David at 541-519-3030 or Ken at 541-519-7658.
By Allison Hawkins
Mark Reasbeck’s motivation to launch
www.USAonly.US all started with a
Several years ago, Mark went to a
number of large retailers looking for a
porch swing. Everything he found was
made in China.
“They were all made of inferior
components,” he says. “I’m a big guy,
and I knew these weren’t going to hold
me, let alone another person.”
Frustrated, Mark turned to the
Internet. He ended up ordering a
custom-made porch swing from a
family-owned company in Louisiana.
“It is a work of art, and it was only
$40 more than the swings made in
China,” he says. “This swing will last
longer than the house.”
Mark owned a window supply
company in Pahrump, Nevada, at the
time, and he wrote an article about his
experience for a trade magazine. He
offered his views about why people
should buy American-made products.
After receiving positive feedback from
readers, he thought, “There’s some-
thing to this,” and he started research-
ing businesses that made products in
the United States.
On Independence Day 2010, he
launched his website. It features
companies that manufacture and sell
products made in America.
During the next nine months, he
recruited businesses to list on the site.