Gold Metal is assembled in the USA with foreign sourced parts(China). Paragon is 100% made in the USA with USA materials. Despite the country of origin, these are both great poppers, and both offer commercial series, that i strongly recommend. I would stay away from the aluminum kettle as they are hard to clean and keep clean, this rings true for the lazy among us who pop the corn and will clean up tomorrow, but tomorrow comes three days later. Yes i am in that group. Stainless steel kettles are much easier to clean and will last for years. I own a 6oz Professional Series Paragon that i purchased reconditioned years ago for $300. In January i had to replace the kettle, and that cost $115, word of advice, if you loan it to family members make sure they know how to use it!