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Duluth Brands

I’m from Milwaukee, and when I travel, there are usually some brands/products from my region around to remind me of home. If there are motorcycles, there’s a good chance there’s Harley. If people are drinking shabby beer, there’s probably Miller. If there are toilets, there’s probably Kohler (from Sheboygan). And of course, there are a lot of smaller ones too.

What are some Duluth brands, large/small/in between, that I could expect to find around the country/world? I’m looking for anything from the obvious to the obscure.

39 Comments

Paul Lundgren

about 3 years ago

Here's a few that spring to mind. There are many more.

Mr. Suzuki

about 3 years ago

Many Duluthians are unaware of it, but Aerostich motorcycle outfitters is based here. They manufacture high-quality protective motorcycle suits and jackets catering mostly to adventure/touring motorcyclists, and they sell them all over the world. It all happens from their building on 18th Ave West. If you see a motorcyclist wearing a debatably tacky-looking bright yellow motorcycle get-up, it's probably an Aerostich.

lee

about 3 years ago

For outdoor gear there's Duluth Pack, Empire Wool & Canvas, Frost River, and Granite Gear (in Two Harbors). All four companies make high-quality stuff.

TopOfTheHillMan

about 3 years ago

Does it have to be Duluth? How about Steger Mulucks? Or Windsong outterwear from Bayfield? Good quality products from both!

TimK

about 3 years ago

Daniel Larson Vihulea maker and gut string manufacturing- http://gamutmusic.squarespace.com/

Rae

about 3 years ago

I would also say: Field Logic hunting targets and products: http://www.fieldlogic.com/ Genesis Attachments is a world-wide company: http://www.genesisattachments.com Michelinas (frozen foods): http://www.michelinas.com Although not very recognizable to someone outside of the industries I would say Altec Highline and Ikonics.

Dorkus

about 3 years ago

Sven Saws are made right here in town. So were Diamond Tools and Horseshoes, you still find them everywhere. WiskeyJack paddles... though I am not sure how "Worldwide" they are.

Endion

about 3 years ago

1. Lake Superior Brewery 2. Thirsty Pagan Brewery 3. Fitger's Brewhouse Beer 4. Maurice's 5. Decent human kindness

DaVe

about 3 years ago

Cranesong Audio gear. Made in Superior. Used by many famous people all over the world. http://www.cranesong.com/ But that's Wisconsin.

tamara

about 3 years ago

Jaeckel Organs, world-famous builder of pipe organs: http://www.jaeckelorgans.com/index.html

Question

about 3 years ago

Wasn't that bucket buddy thing made here?

zra

about 3 years ago

Dorkus: Whiskeyjack is now located in Montana. they departed Duluth about two years ago. Is Ed Schaefer still making guitars locally?

s.swami

about 3 years ago

aerostich! http://www.aerostich.com/

TimK

about 3 years ago

Bucket Boss started in Duluth but was sold to Fiskars. Some of the original Bucket Boss folks started Duluth Trading Company, but I believe they actually operate out of Mt. Horab.

ElPete

about 3 years ago

http://www.dogbooties.com/

jj

about 3 years ago

Diamond match company in Cloquet.

udarnik

about 3 years ago

Granite Gear doesn't manufacture its stuff here.

Maroon Loon

about 3 years ago

Helstrom Instrument Stands: guitar stand banjo stand

nate

about 3 years ago

If you really stretch the definition of the 'metro area' you could count Jack Link's Beef Jerky headquartered in Minong.

zra

about 3 years ago

Jon Helstrom does amazing work with wood...he's also a fine and innovative architect.

Gretchen

about 3 years ago

Sota Clothing is run by a UMD student. http://sotaclothing.com/

brian

about 3 years ago

Michelena's, Jeno's

Dorkus

about 3 years ago

Both WiskeyJack and Bucket Boss are out of Duluth now? Bummer.

brian

about 3 years ago

It's not really a product for the general public, but there's Phrazer, a translation and medical diagnostic tool made by GeaCom. And Alotti Biscotti, I think they distribute beyond our borders.

Baci

about 3 years ago

That Jeno's commercial was made by Sterling Cooper Agency.

Bad Cat!

about 3 years ago

The founder of Oreck vacuums is from Duluth (I'm not sure if he founded the company here though).

Shane

about 3 years ago

Last I heard Ed Schafer moved to Texas. http://www.schaeferguitars.com/index.php

Hot Shot

about 3 years ago

New Vintage amplifiers.

TimK

about 3 years ago

Lotus Guitar FX Pedals!! http://www.lotuspedaldesigns.com/

zra

about 3 years ago

Ed moved *back* to Texas, then...he's from around my neck of the woods... Loll Designs (unless it's already been mentioned) and Empire Wool and Canvas Works is out East someplace, doing innovational wool and, well, canvas outdoor clothing and gear...

Zeito

about 3 years ago

Amsoil is a Superior based producer of synthetic motor oil: http://www.amsoil.com/ They also have a nutritional supplement division, Altrum: http://www.altrumonline.com/

Shane

about 3 years ago

Yes Ed did move back to Texas. I was being a bit P.C. with my initial comment. Dale still makes arch top guitars in Duluth www.nielsenguitars.com. Dale is a former student of the Ed Schafer Lutihier school.

Baci

about 3 years ago

Somewhere downtown there's evidence of the original Oreck's department store in the form of some terrazzo inlay on the floor of a entrance way .. I forget where.

Mike P.

about 3 years ago

Ikonics was brought up earlier... I know of a lot of people who think it's cool I live in the town Ikonics is in. Their products are really popular with glass sand carvers.

Barrett Chase

about 3 years ago

According to Wikipedia, David Oreck founded his company in New Orleans: "I flew down to New Orleans that day. The sun was out. It was beautiful. I was still in my heavy winter overcoat. I said to myself, 'Wow. I’m missing something here.’”

zra

about 3 years ago

I should have said, SO...Ed moved back to Texas. He's from Hillsboro, which is a spit from where I grew up.

crftygrl

about 3 years ago

How about Wintergreen Northernwear. Technically made in Ely, MN, but with a store representing here in Duluth. Nice and warm and locally made!

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