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July '18

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52 THE SHOP JULY 2018 I t's no surprise that accessories marketed as Made in America resonate so well with automotive aftermarket consumers. After all, these drivers have pride in their vehicles and are often seeking quality and value over the lowest price point. Manufacturers that build their products in the U.S. do so with that same pride and commitment to quality—often alongside family members and longtime employees who share their passion for the industry. For instance, it may have turned 80 years old last year, but EATON Detroit Spring remains dedicated to producing parts here in the United States. Founded during the Great Depression, the company manufactures leaf and coil springs and related attaching parts for the restoration and street rod markets. "My grandparents, Frank and Grace Eaton, started this company in 1937," says grandson Mike Eaton, who now leads the business with his daughter, Kim. "At a time when most of the country was stalled in fear, they only saw opportunity." That opportunity was in the form of the aftermarket division of Detroit Steel Products, which the Eatons pur- chased for $11,000. "With this risk, they started building their personal empire and picked themselves to win when others were too afraid to play," Mike notes. A few years later, when their original lease expired, the Eatons moved production to the corner of Michigan and Trumbull—across from the former home of the Detroit Tigers baseball team. The company is still there today, manufacturing springs and components for classic vehicles. EATON Detroit Spring now has more than 24,000 OEM spring blueprints for more than 166,000 vehicle applications and remains committed to U.S manufacturing. Read on to see offerings from EATON and more than 65 other companies proud to call their parts Made in the USA. U.S.-manufactured products connect with consumers. 52 THE SHOP JULY 2018

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