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Fire trucks, baseball bats, helicopters and...Tervis tumblers.

Those products, and more, took center stage at the White House July 17, at the kickoff of Made in America week. Each state nationwide was represented with a product and in Florida the choice were tumblers from Tervis, a Venice-based drinkware manufacturer.

“Honored for @tervis to represent the state of Florida at the White House today for Made in America products,” Tervis President Rogan Donelly posted on Facebook July 17. “The original, insulated tumbler is in the House! @Whitehouse.”

Made in America week is the Trump Administration's ode to the American work ethic. “President Trump has been fighting on behalf of American workers and families since the first day of his presidency,” states a release from the White House. “Unnecessary and burdensome regulations stifle economic growth and harm American workers. The president has repeatedly taken action to remove burdensome regulations so businesses can build in America.”

Companies that made it to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. made for an eclectic list. Fire trucks from Pierce Manufacturing represented Wisconsin. Connecticut-based Sikorsky brought helicopters and Louisiana-based Marucci Sports carried baseball bats. Other products included cowboy hats (Stetson Hats, Texas); maple syrup (Dubie Family Maple, Vermont); and golf clubs (Ping Golf, Arizona.) Delaware came with a decidedly Florida-themed product: NASA space suits made by ILC Dover LP.

For Tervis, the recognition was another accomplishment in a busy year. The company's products — permanently sealed, insulated double-wall cups that keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot — were featured in May in “Deals and Steals on Wheels” on ABC's “Good Morning America.” One of the largest employers in the Sarasota-Manatee region, with a payroll around 1,000 people, Tervis also launched a line of stainless steel products earlier this year. The stainless steel cups are the first non-plastic tumblers from the company, founded in 1946.


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