Maglite Flashlights Commitment to American Manufacturing

Flashlight company started 50 years ago in South Carolina refuses to go overseas.
2:22 | 09/17/14

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made in America. We've been to every corner of this country, and this even egg, a brighted in that's still creating jobs. They said the Chinese tried to steal it, but tonight, the factory owner who shined, you could say, his own spotlight on it. From Spartan burg, south Carolina, to that homemade sign welcoming us outside St. Louis, all the way to that neighborhood, everyone lined up in Seattle. Tonight, the made in America team pulling into Ontario, California, outside Los Angeles. You can tell we are in southern California here. Those mountains in the distance, and inside this factory, a mountain overcome. Tony! Tony, inventor of the mag lite. Remember that commercial? We could just hit it with a mack truck. Reporter: Running it right over. And still clicking back to life right after. Tony told us he came up with this bright inside behind this garage door, 60 years goal. So, this looks a lot different from 1955. Oh, yes. Reporter: Every flashlight here assembled, packaged and shipped from this factory in California. Every part labeled made in the usa. Mag lite, Ontario, California, usa. Tonight, sold in 85 countries around the world. 500 workers on the line right now making them. 25 new hires just this year. But many of the faces have been here for decades. 16? Yeah. Reporter: 16 years? Not bad. Just listen to what Gloria told me. Still selling after all these years. This is the best flashlight there is. Reporter: She's still saying that after how many years? 37. Reporter: 37 years. The company's had offers to make them elsewhere, but Tony's always said no. The biggest challenge for him came when Chinese factories, he says, began copying him. They were shipping them to America? Identical copy. Reporter: He sued and he did something else. Piling up all of those fakes and like that mack truck, he took them out. You fought it? I fought to the death. Reporter: Fighting, and tonight, thriving. The next generation of flashlights coming off the line. And every one of them, polished, with a little help from us. I don't see any fingerprints on mine. No. Reporter: We good? Yes. Reporter: I don't know who is going to get this one, but I hope they're happy. And tonight, that flashlight, made with those three words in

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