Unbeknownst to many, Long Island is home to several companies who manufacture products families use throughout the country. So when families in Long Island purchase products from these businesses, they’re also supporting the local economy. We’ve found many products for families made on Long Island, from flowers and cookies to baby products and electronics.
1-800-Flowers – Carle Place, NY
Everyone has heard of 1-800-Flowers, but how did this local business come to fruition? In 1984, Jim McCann partnered with his brother Chris to create 1-800-Flowers to deliver fresh bouquets through phone deliveries. Over time, they expanded to online deliveries as well. Consumers were able to order flower arrangements for delivery almost anywhere from the comfort of their homes. Consumers can also pick up flowers at the many retail stores throughout the country. In addition, numerous companies associated with 1-800-Flowers include The Popcorn Factory, 1-800-Baskets, Celebrations Party Ideas, Fruitbouquets.com, and many more.
Apple & Eve Juices – Port Washington, NY
Families all over the country enjoy drinking Apple & Eve juices manufactured here in Nassau County. Apple & Eve Juices has been a family owned and operated business for more than 35 years. They have more than 100 products in different sizes and packaging. Families with little ones will recognize their Sesame Street-themed juice boxes. They offer many flavor choices for all ages and members of families to enjoy.
Babyganics – Hicksville, NY
Looking for pure, non-toxic baby care products? Founded by two fathers, BabyGanics is a line of all natural products that includes laundry detergents, personal care products, and home cleaning products. Babyganics strives to provide families with an environmentally safe yet effective alternative to mainstream products.
Canon U.S.A. – Lake Success, NY
Canon U.S.A. is a top rated provider of cameras around the world. The manufacturer is also the makers of binoculars, camcorders, printers, scanners, calculators, as well as other products for home consumers and businesses. Canon U.S.A. will be relocating to a new headquarters in Melville, NY (still on Long Island!) in 2013. The new facility will have amenities for employees such as a walking trail, fitness center, and a state of the art learning center for training purposes. With the addition of new jobs at both the current and new sites, Canon U.S.A. will be helping to provide a much needed boost to the local economy.
Hain Celestial Group, Melville, NY
The Hain Celestial Group produces some of the leading natural and organic foods and personal care products in the United States. The company manufacturers brands such as Earth’s Best (baby/toddler foods and personal care), Rice Dream drinks, Celestial Seasonings teas, Arrowhead Mills baking products, DeBoles pasta, Health Valley natural products, Terra Chips, and more. Hain Celestial products are some of the most recognizable products for families striving to live a healthy lifestyle.
Kozy Shack – Hicksville, NY
Since 1967, Kozy Shack has been providing families with delicious puddings such as Original (European) Rice, Chocolate (both regular and low fat), Tapioca, Chocolate Rice and Cinnamon Raisin Rice. They provide a delicious snack or dessert for all family members.
Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs – Jericho, NY
For almost 100 years, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs have been providing families with a delicious fast food option. Known for its annual hot dog eating contest in Coney Island, NY, Nathan’s Famous Hot Dogs is one of the strongest brands in the hot dog industry. Available throughout the United States as well as in six foreign countries, over 425 million of its Beef Hot Dogs were sold. Not bad for a local company!
Nikon Americas, Inc. – Melville, NY
Nikon Americas, Inc. has been providing products such as film and digital cameras since 1981. Its cameras range from a simple user-friendly COOLPIX to a more complex and more professional D-SLR. Nikon offers users of all skill levels a camera they can capture moments to remember. The company also offers customers other products such as binoculars, microscopes and scanners.
Sbarro – Melville, NY
Started as an Italian grocery store, Sbarro has been in business since 1956. While the original concept has changed over the years to now run as pizza and pasta franchised restaurants, the Sbarro family still holds on to one of their main beliefs – customer service is a top priority. Today Sbarro’s mall-based restaurants serve fresh and authentic Italian food in a quick yet delicious manner that all family members can enjoy throughout the country.
Walkers Shortbread Co. – Hauppauge, NY
Founded over 110 years ago, Joe Walker established Walkers Shortbread Company in 1898. Today his great grandchildren are in charge of baking the same shortbreads as he did. Walkers Shortbread Co. is one of the premiere shortbread cookie brands in the United States.
By Pamela Boccia