Making White House Ornaments
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Making White House Ornaments

December 1, 2019 | 1:19

It’s a tradition started by former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and continues to this day! Each year the White House celebrates its history with a unique Christmas ornament, and they’re made in the USA. Our team traveled to Rhode Island to tour Beacon Design by ChemArt, a small manufacturer founded by an Army Veteran and long-time partner of The White House Historical Association.

Typically the ornament business is probably 99.9% Made in China.

Our niche is custom-designed ornaments, made in the U.S., with U.S. pride, U.S. workers.

Just be able to have something to say that this was made here and it was designed here and sold here.

I think that kind of matters.

As an American manufacturer, it’s something we’re very proud of.

The very first design was for George Washington.

It’s evolved from something that was very simple and ornate to an actual 3D ornament that we’re doing this year for the White House itself, a helicopter.

The 2019 ornament represents Dwight Eisenhower, and he was the first president to fly in a helicopter.

These are all work of arts and we have 11 designers and they put their heart and soul into designing it.

So it’s kind of cool to be able to say that yeah, I’m part of that and part of that that history of making these ornaments.


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