July 03, 2014

America, Aluminum, and Alligators

Did you know that alligators are native only to America and China? 

As for GatorDocks and GatorBridges, well, aside from the bauxite raw material, our end products are mostly native to America! We custom-design and fabricate all orders at our plants in Sanford, Florida, and Ball Ground, Georgia, using aluminum extrusions made from primary quality billet. The billet, made at American plants, is from approximately 75% recycled scrap and 25% primary aluminum. 

Gator takes pride in our 45-year heritage as an American manufacturer focused on building aluminum docks, piers, marinas and bridges. As we celebrate Independence Day, let’s look at the importance of American manufacturers to our economy. Did you know:

  • The U.S. makes about three-quarters of all the manufactured goods (including components) it consumes
  • Each manufacturing job creates at least five more jobs in other sectors of the economy
  • Manufacturing represents 11.2% of U.S. GDP—yet American manufacturers generate more than 66% of all private-sector R&D in the nation
  • U.S. manufacturers are the most productive workers in the world — twice as productive as workers in the next 10 leading manufacturing economies

Have fun on the 4th!  And celebrate the fact that 238 years ago, 56 members of the Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. This is the document that famously asserts “all Men are created equal.”



To get in the spirit, take our Fourth of July Trivia Quiz!

Click the question to see the answer.

Two signers died exactly 50 years after the signing-on July 4, 1826. Who were they?

John Adams (second President) and Thomas Jefferson (third President)

What city hosts the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in the United States?

Bristol, Rhode Island has held a Fourth of July parade since 1785

Which of these events associated with the Revolution probably did not happen?

  1. Boston Tea Party
  2. Paul Revere's ride
  3. Betsy Ross sewed the first flag

c. The flag story was made up in the 19th century by Betsy's descendents

One signer believed July 2nd was the correct date to celebrate the birth of American independence. Who was he?

John Adams. His prediction: July 2 "will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival" and that the celebration should include "Pomp and Parade... Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other."

Which president was born on the 4th of July?

Calvin Coolidge, the 30th president, in 1872

What pitcher threw a no hitter on the fourth of July?

Dave Righetti of the NY Yankees in 1983

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