As of 2021, the range of Elmer’s glue products appears to be made in both the USA and China.

The Elmer’s brand was sold in 2015 to Newell Brands and one of their first moves after purchasing Elmer’s was to shut down some USA based operations, which is an indicator that production may continue to be shifted overseas.

Which Elmer’s Glue Products Are Made in the USA or China?

It appears that Elmer’s liquid glue is made in both the USA and China, whilst Elmer’s glue sticks are now all made in China.

We have based this on customer testimony, by researching Elmer’s manufacturing locations, as well as by manually checking the products for their country of origin statement (often found on the rear of the bottle).

List of Elmer’s Products That Are Only Made in China

As mentioned previously, all Elmer’s glue sticks are now made in China.

  • Elmer’s School Glue Sticks (such as Elmer’s Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks)
  • Elmer’s Home & Office Glue Sticks (such as Elmer’s Extra Strength Glue Sticks)
  • Elmer’s Crafting Glue Sticks (such as Elmer’s CraftBond Extra Strength Glue Sticks)

List of Elmer’s Products That Are Made in the USA and China

The products below are manufactured in both the USA and China. You’ll need to check the country of origin statement on the product to confirm where it has come from.

  • Elmer’s White School Glue
  • Elmer’s Clear School Glue
  • Elmer’s Glue-All

Please note that some products may state that they are assembled in the USA. This does not mean that they have been made in the USA, it could simply mean the glue was put into bottles in the USA. The actual glue and the bottles themselves may have been made overseas.

Is Chinese Made Elmer’s Glue Safe?

Chinese factories are not held to the same standard as USA based ones, so it’s understandable to worry about the safety of a product that you and/or your children might use.

Quality control issues are something that can affect a brand as large as Elmer’s. Whilst there have been no reported quality control issues with made in China Elmer’s products, it could still happen.

Take Mattel for instance, a multi billion dollar valued company, that faced a recall in 2007 because their Chinese manufacturer had used lead paint as the finish for their toy cars.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Made in the USA vs Assembled in the USA. What’s the Difference?

Made in the USA indicates that the product is “all or virtually all” domestically produced, manufactured and assembled within the USA.

Assembled in the USA is a very vague term and only refers to the final stage of manufacturing and does not require a company to explain where its parts come from.

Where Was Elmer’s Glue Made Previously?

It depends how far you go back. Originally, all Elmer’s glue was made in the USA.

Does Elmer’s Manufacture Glue Outside of the USA or China?

As of July 2021 we have not discovered any products that are made outside of the USA or China.

Update in 2023: A couple of their products are made in Japan.

How Can I Found Out the Country of Origin for a Product I Have Ordered?

The easiest method before purchasing is to ask the supplier. If you need to check after you have received the product then the country of origin will most likely be on the rear of the product (see examples below).