It’s hard to miss Mark Reasbeck driving down the streets of Pahrump, Nevada, and there is no mistaking where he stands on the issue of buying American.
“I got up in the morning and called
companies I had found and wanted to
recruit,” he says. “I called the East Coast
in the morning and then the West Coast
in the afternoons.”
Mark’s goal was to sign up 40 to 50
companies each week.
Last March, a friend sent Mark a link
to the “Made in America” series by ABC
News. After following link after link on
the network’s website, he finally made
contact with the correspondent’s assistant. Even though the network did not
do a story about his website, it appeared
at the top of the “Made in USA” series
resource links for people interested in
Mark added 120 companies and
generated more than 90,000 hits on his
website following the listing. By July,
his site featured 486 companies, which
employed more than 14,400 Americans.
He says he can always tell when
someone runs another story about his
“I had a day in December when 25
companies signed up and 10 the next
because they were doing ‘Made in
America: Christmas,’” he says. “I had
close to 130 new vendors in December
Today, the website lists more than
1,000 companies. Each listing features
a company bio, what it sells and—if a
company wants to include them—the
owner’s sentiments about America.
The website is user friendly. All of
the pages are the same size, and it’s free
to sign up. Companies can be accessed
by category, state, alphabetically, and by
Mark is hands-on with all of the
companies. After a business signs up, he
makes a phone call to welcome them to
“They’re all surprised,” he says, not-
ing, “I’ve had some great conversations
with these people.”
Mark encourages each company to
post a picture of the owner and their
employees to give a face to the business.
Vendors have registered to be on
Mark’s website and then found other
companies on the site to buy from.