The Oregon Saw Chain company recently hosted the summer meeting of the American Loggers' Council, of which the association I work for is a charter member. So I went out to Portland, OR for the meeting and was treated to a tour of the place where they make all the chain and bars that we love so much. And I learned a couple of things in the process: 1.) All of the cutters are heat treated and chrome plated. 2.) The plant makes millions of rivets a day--from steel wire stock which is stamped and heat treated. 3.) The cutters are sharpened before the chain is assembled. 4.) Since 1947, the company has manufactured more than 550,000 miles of saw chain. 5.) The plant runs 24/7 at near capacity. 6.) All new saw models sold in the U.S. are tested for kickback at the factory with Oregon chain, and the results are reported back to the saw mfg. 7.) According to the CEO, all saw chain sold at Home Depot is made in China and guaranteed to break.