Made in USA - For now

Despite the odds, these businesses have managed to stay truly all-American. But for how long?

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Aegis Bicycles
Aegis Bicycles
Pete Orne
Headquarters: Camden, Maine
Products: High-end bicycles
"Made in USA still matters." That is, and will remain Aegis' motto, even if it ultimately becomes the death knell for the company, promised owner Pete Orne.

Orne bought the business in 2004 and like so many domestic businesses, it's hanging on by a thread.

Three years ago, Aegis was selling about 800 frames a year for between $3,000 to $4,000 each, making as much as $3 million a year. Then the recession hit.

"The economy took us by surprise," said Orne. "I had so much product sitting on the walls. Two years ago the money dried up. A year and a half ago, we started shutting down our manufacturing. It's been a struggle to compete with the sizzle of cheaper Asian brands."

The factory in Van Buren, Maine is currently mothballed. "It is ready to go if we can get financing again," Orne said. Until then, he keeps the business alive online and through discounts. "I'm selling my inventory at almost 60% off," he said.

Orne hopes to revive the brand. "It depends on the economy," he said. One thing he vows -- the business will remain in America.

By Parija Kavilanz, senior writer

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