The Manufacturing Report

The Made in USA Story Behind "It's a Wonderful Life" with Bevin Bells

Episode Summary

Bevin Bells, the only dedicated bell manufacturer in America, has been making bells in "Bell Town" East Hampton, Conn., since 1832. The family-owned company made the iconic bell featured in "It's a Wonderful Life" and its bells can still be found around the country today. Listen in for how the company, now in its sixth generation, has navigated the tidal wave of offshoring in the 1970s, a catastrophic factory fire in 2012, and recruiting the next generation of workers. Photo courtesy of Bevin Bells