CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Wheeling native Mark Reasbeck remembers trying to get a porch swing for his and his brother's cabin in southern Utah.
"We went to Kohl's, Home Depot, Ace and a local lumberyard, said Reasbeck, who has become a major advocate for "made in America" products. "All of them had Chinese swings, in different packages. I got tired of all these big-box stores telling us our only choice was to buy something made in China.
"I ended up paying $40 more for my porch swing. But it is a work of art," he said. "We bought it from a local shop that builds swings and yard furniture."
The shop -- Louisiana Cypress in Pollock, La. -- has nine family members working there, Reasbeck said.
"I ordered it from them, because I knew where it came from. My money went to the little business owned by Alice Brooks," Reasbeck said.
Born in Wheeling in 1952, Reasbeck lived in Las Vegas for 50 years before recently moving back east to Fall Branch, Tenn., a little town between Kingsport and Johnson City.
Today, he works on his website -- www.usaonly.us -- which promotes 1,225 American businesses that employ 58,137 American workers.
The website provides a map where people can click on states to find local businesses operating there.
It lists seven companies in West Virginia:
* Linn Pottery Studio and Gallery in Wheeling.
* Fenton Art Glass in Williamstown.
* Christmas Ornament Co. in Evans.
* Masterpiece Crystal in Jane Lew.
* Eagle Manufacturing Co. in Wellsburg.
* Up the Creek LLC in Montgomery.
* West Virginia Fruit and Berry LLC in Bridgeport.
Most businesses on the USAonly website sell products to individual consumers, including furniture, jewelry, glassware, clothing, sporting goods, pets, household tools, cars, fruits and vegetables.
During a telephone interview Friday, Reasbeck said he launched the site July 2, 2010, and spent the first year finding stores that sell goods made in America.