BE AMERICAN. BUY AMERICAN MADE.
There will also be a slate of cutting-edge educational sessions, high-level keynote addresses, and panel discussions featuring manufacturing specialists and professionals from key segments of the manufacturing community. Made In America 2019 will have an audience of consumers, media, industry professionals, government, advocates, all bringing together 800 manufacturers & brands.
MEET DON BUCKNER / Founder & CEO
Entrepreneur Don Buckner’s patriotic plan began in 1998, when he attempted to find several American-made products online, but was unable to do so. Frustrated, he took matters into his own hands, purchasing the Domain MadeintheUSA.com. The website served as a directory resource connecting patriotic consumers to more than 300,000 American-made manufacturers for several years. He also acquired the Domain MadeInAmerica.com.
Don is no stranger to success in business since he has been in the manufacturing industry for over 30 years. He started out as a mechanic and welder with no formal education. In 1997, he launched Vac-Tron Equipment, (VacTron.com) a company that was born in his garage. In 2000, Vac-Tron was listed on the INC 500 as the 13th fastest growing privately held company, growing 6500% in just 3 years. In the same year, he was awarded the 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida. Buckner is also in the Business Hall of Fame and Vac-Tron was Named Industry of the Year and Business of the Year. He donates heavily to local and global missions, lives on a cattle ranch with his 6 children and 3 grandchildren, and gives God the credit for all his blessings in life.
After the acquisition of Vac-Tron Equipment in 2018 by Vermeer Corporation, Don decided it was time to go all-in on the #AmericanMade plan and rent the Indianapolis Convention Center to hold the first-ever Made in America Trade show which is that jumping-off point.
“Don is a great example of how great patriots do not have to put a military uniform on but serve in other ways. So many people want to participate in this country and serve this country, and what Don is doing is creating the perfect opportunity for Americans to come together and make the choice to support American made products. That is the beauty of the seed that he’s planting in Indianapolis.” – Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor
Don donates heavily to local and global missions, lives on a cattle ranch with his 6 children and 3 grandchildren, and always gives God the credit for all his many blessings.
Made in America 2019 is the first-ever event of its kind to champion American-made products and manufacturing on a national level. This event has the goal to showcase the largest collection of U.S. made machines and products ever in one place.
Brad is the main point of contact for the Made In America 2019 show and event operations and is the co-founder of MadeinAmerica.com, “Education and apprenticeship programs are the missing links in closing the skilled worker’s gap. Our goal is to work with universities and companies, along with side legislators, to help with the advanced manufacturing era.”
Jason Blount | Chief Technology Officer
Jason is the host of American Made Stories and co-founder of MadeinAmerica.com, “We are in the infancy of the 4th industrial revolution, automation, IoT, AI, etc. and this will allow the United States to be the world’s number one manufacturer again. The latest technology is usually born in the U.S. and we want to see more of the hardware being made here.”
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