Don M. Buckner, Sr., Founder, and CEO
Entrepreneur Don Buckner’s patriotic plan began in 1998, when he attempted to find several American-made products online, but was unable to do so. Frustrated, he took matters into his own hands, purchasing the domain MadeintheUSA.com. The website served as a directory resource connecting patriotic consumers to more than 300,000 American-made manufacturers for several years. He also acquired the domain MadeInAmerica.org, a non-profit consumer education initiative, and MadeInAmerica.com , which showcases American manufacturers. Never before has it been so important to help consumers understand WHY they should become Patriotic Spenders.
Don is no stranger to success in business since he has been in the manufacturing industry for over 30 years. He started out as a mechanic and welder with no formal education. In 1997 he launched Vac-Tron Equipment (VacTron.com) a company that was born in his garage. In 2000, Vac-Tron was listed on the INC 500 as the 13th fastest growing privately held company growing 6500% in just 3 years. In the same year, he was awarded the 2000 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the State of Florida. Buckner is also in the Business Hall of Fame and Vac-Tron was named Industry of the Year and Business of the Year.
After the acquisition of Vac-Tron Equipment in 2018 by Vermeer Corporation, Don decided it was time to go all-in on the #AmericanMade plan and rent the Indianapolis Convention Center to hold the first-ever Made in America Trade Show which is that jumping-off point.
Founder & CEO of MadeinAmerica.com, Don Buckner, shares his vision
Major Dan Rooney, Folds of Honor has said “Don is a great example of how great patriots do not have to put a military uniform on but serve in other ways. So many people want to participate in this country and serve this country, and what Don is doing is creating the perfect opportunity for Americans to come together and make the choice to support American made products. That is the beauty of the seed that he’s planted in Indianapolis.”
Don donates heavily to local and global missions, lives on a cattle ranch with his wife Misty and their 6 children and 3 grandchildren and always gives God the credit for all his many blessings. His philosophy is It’s About Time for America .
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