The Importance of American Manufacturing – Derek Singleton

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Derek Singleton of Software Advice

This Week on The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Derek Singleton. Derek is the Manufacturing Analyst at Software Advice. He is also the editor of the Manufacturing Blog at Software Advice.

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Q. Please tell us a little about yourself and your company?

A. I’m the Manufacturing Analyst at Software Advice, an Austin-based research firm that reports on technologies and trends in the manufacturing industry. I’m also the Managing Editor of the Manufacturing Blog at Software Advice where I often write in support of American manufacturing and cover the trend of “reshoring” manufacturing from low-cost foreign production back to the United States. However, I do so with the realization that some manufacturing is unlikely to come back to the United States at all so I look for industry opportunities.

Q. When were you first inspired to support manufacturing in America?

A. I’ve always had a lot of respect for the ingenuity that it takes to create something but I first started to really support American manufacturing when I was in college getting my Political Science degree. While I was working toward my degree, I started to become very interested in the economics of manufacturing and felt like the decline of our middle class could be partially attributed to the decline of American manufacturing.

Beyond that, I felt it was important to support American manufacturing because of the multiplier effect manufacturing has on the economy at large. Studies have found that for each dollar the manufacturing industry produces, an additional $1.43 is added to the overall economy. Meanwhile, the service sector only adds $0.70 to the economy for each dollar it produces. So I think it’s important to the overall health of our economy and the trade balance in the U.S.

 

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. Manufacturing is important to me for reasons beyond economics, however. I think that in some ways we’ve lost touch with what it means to create a physical product. And I think that can have negative impacts for encouraging the kind of critical thinking that goes into building something from concept to finished product. I’d like to see more emphasis on learning how to create products in our schools, and I think that giving more support to American manufacturing is one way to do that.

Q. How have you or your company supported American manufacturing throughout the years?

A. At Software Advice, we talk to American manufacturers of every size each day and they’re all looking for a way to improve their level of efficiency at their plants. While there are many paths to improving efficiency, the modern manufacturing plant drives a lot of efficiencies through software.

We help these companies figure out the best systems for their needs. Deploying the right technology can help them operate at a level of efficiency to remain competitive with low-wage manufacturing countries overseas. It’s a small contribution, but we can save them a lot of time and effort figuring out a complex market. Meanwhile, I always try to provide actionable tips for improving plant operations in my writing on the Software Advice Manufacturing Blog.

Q. Favorite quote?

A. Whether or not you think you can do something, you’re right.

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It was a great pleasure to have Derek join us this week.  His insights made some really great points in regards to manufacturing. Thank you all for reading!

Join us next week  for another segment of ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being interviewed on the Importance of American Manufacturing, please send inquiries to Logan Beam at [email protected]

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As seen in ‘The Made in America Movement’ and the ‘Darke Journal.’

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The Importance of American Manufacturing – Josh Miller

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Josh Miller of “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”

This Week on The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Josh Miller. Josh is the Producer of the upcoming documentary film “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.” In the film, he will be traveling America in search of finding what it means to be “Made in the USA.”

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.

A. My name is Josh Miller, I am the Creator/Producer of “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”.  While my film is currently in post production, I work as a Records Management Specialist for the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office.  However, after this film has been completed I would like to take on filmmaking full-time if fiscally possible.  Family always comes first, so as long as I can take care of my wife and family, I’ll keep making films.

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. I think American Manufacturing, along with the workers manufacturing employs is the lifeblood of America.  The ability to create and innovate in America is vital, but if the creators and innovators lose the backbone of our country I think we fall apart as you have seen lately.  Once we have a strong diverse mix of jobs in this country I believe we will regain the misstep we have recently taken over the past few decades.  We must have a strong manufacturing sector along with a thriving service sector to get our country back on track.  We must encourage entrepreneurs.

Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

A. When you watch major facilities leave your town in the dust, it really wakes you up.  When Century Aluminum laid off over 650 people, including my father in law David Nelson, in my hometown of Ravenswood, WV I think it woke me up to the importance of these types of jobs here in our great country.

Q. Have you expressed that passion throughout your life?

A. Unfortunately no, I was like every young kid in middle school and high school.  I had to have the Nike Clothes, Under Armour, American Eagle, etc.  This is the tricky part, kids that age do not think or really care about where these things are made generally, so to entice that age group, you need to create a brand that these kids and young adults will desire.  Me, being 27 now, I do pay more attention to what I buy in regards to where it is made because I know that will impact the future of our country and  my family, but we can’t expect a 10 year old to grasp that concept entirely, so when I speak to the apparel industry directly I tell them they need to make their product “cool” if they want the younger generation to buy it.  That’s just being flat out honest.  I think that is one thing that will take this movement to the next level, is not pretending that people will gladly buy something just because it says “Made in USA”, the product also needs to meet quality demands.  We must outcompete the world and that has been my message that I believe that message needs to be thoroughly expressed to our Congress and our President.  They must use their power as policy makers to be a catalyst in this movement.  We can’t help the world if we can’t take care of things at home first.

Q. What is your favorite quote?

A. “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” ~ Alexander the Great

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It was a great pleasure to have Josh Miller join us this week.  I know many folks who just cannot wait to watch his upcoming documentary. Thank you all for reading! Join us next week  for another segment of ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’
If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being interviewed on the Importance of American Manufacturing, please send inquiries to Logan Beam at [email protected]

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As seen in ‘The Made in America Movement’ and the ‘Darke Journal.’

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The Importance Of American Manufacturing – Ryan DeArment

Ryan DeArment of Channellock Inc.

Ryan DeArment of Channellock Inc.

This Week on The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Ryan DeArment. Ryan is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Channellock Inc, a family owned manufacturer of USA Made tools since 1886. That`s 125 years plus of manufacturing in the United States!

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself/your company?

A. My name is Ryan DeArment, and I am the vice president of sales and marketing for Meadville, Pa.-based plier manufacturer Channellock Inc., a fifth-generation, family-owned-and-operated company. If you don’t know the CHANNELLOCK® name, you know the tool. Open nearly any tool box in the country or around the world and you’ll find a pair of blue-gripped, multi-position, tongue-and-groove pliers with the name CHANNELLOCK® stamped on it. It’s an iconic product and brand, especially among those who seek out American-made tools.

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Channellock Inc. has been creating jobs and tools in the U.S. since 1886!

Q. When were you/your company first inspired to support manufacturing in America?

A. CHANNELLOCK® started out as a small operation making hand-forged farrier’s tools (horseshoe and blacksmith tools). My great-great grandfather, George B. DeArment, founded it back in 1886 and literally sold his first inventory out of the back of a horse-drawn wagon. He would forge the tools in the winter and then travel across Pennsylvania and the Eastern U.S.until he was out of stock. He would sell the horse and wagon and then take the train home. We like to say that when we started making pliers, the Wright Brothers hadn’t even made the first airplane. So, from the beginning, we’ve always supported American manufacturing.

 

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you/your company?

A. We believe that American manufacturing is the backbone of the U.S. economy. The best designed and crafted products in the world, like CHANNELLOCK® pliers, come from the United States. American manufacturing employs workers and supports families. Channellock Inc. employs about 400 people and is one of our region’s largest employers. That’s something we are very proud of.

Q. How have you/your company supported American manufacturing throughout your life?

A. CHANNELLOCK® has always manufactured its core product line, pliers, in the United States, and that is something we haven’t compromised. At the same time, we’re a business, so we do make decisions based on financial realities. When possible though, we manufacture everything we can, or contract out everything we can, domestically. For example, last year we moved grip production for our CODE BLUE® line from overseas to a fellow Meadville-based company. Not only did it make financial sense because we weren’t shipping product halfway around the world, but every CODE BLUE® plier is now entirely made – from grips to steel to packaging – in the U.S.A. by American workers, which is always a good thing.

Q. Favorite quote?

A. I guess my favorite quote would be one of the guiding principles of my great-great grandfather, which is posted around the office and plant: “Dedication to excellence is the surest way to surmount adversity and to prosper.”

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It was a great pleasure to have interviewed Ryan DeArment this week. I must say thank you to the DeArment family. Keeping it Made in USA for 125 years plus is quite a feat! People like the DeArment family do not only share ‘the importance of manufacturing’ with us, they live it. The DeArment family has been supplying American citizens with high quality tools and jobs for decades. You can find them and their USA Made tools at http://www.channellock.com/. Thank you all for reading another week of ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’

Join us next week on Monday for another segment of “The Importance of American Manufacturing”

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being interviewed on the Importance of American Manufacturing, please send inquiries to Logan Beam at [email protected]

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5 Ways You Can Support Made in America, Create Jobs in 2013:

Make 2013 the year to support Made in USA!

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2013 is the year to buy American! Start today at www.allamericanclothing.com

1. Check the tag or label.

This is simple. When shopping, check the tag on the item you are about to purchase to see if it`s made in USA. If you are comparing between two or more items, knowing you will create jobs by selecting one product over another will make your decision easier.

2. Attain groceries from the farmer`s market and check groceries in stores for made in USA label.

If you are like us, many of you are constantly loading up on groceries for your families. If that’s the case, you can enjoy a family meal or two through supporting local farmers markets and searching labels in the grocery store that say made in USA. The American farmer is one of the most dedicated and hardworking people in our country. The saying “If you had a good meal today, thank a farmer” holds a lot of truth to it. We also have a lot of farmers to thank for growing the cotton used in our USA Made jeans! You can thank a farmer today by visiting the farmer`s market!

3. Raise Awareness when shopping with a friend.

Shoppers often go shopping together. This makes an ideal time to raise awareness to a friend or family member. You do not even have to say anything to them while shopping. Just raise awareness in setting an example through your actions. Show a friend how it`s done!

4. Support local business.

Go local and support small businesses!

5. When online shopping, search for Made in USA companies or businesses.

Like us, there are many distributors of Made in USA merchandise online. All you have to do is search ‘Made in USA products’ on a search engine. You may be surprised with the number of companies who, like us are USA Made!

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As a closing remark, we encourage and CHALLENGE you to take these 5 steps towards making a difference. Following these steps can go a long way in creating new jobs. We also CHALLENGE you to support ANY American Made cause throughout 2013. You can make a difference if you have not already.

Start today!

Logan

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This Week On The Importance Of American Manufacturing

Makers Row

Meet the Makers Row team. Their mission is to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access. From large corporations to first time designers, they provide unparalleled access to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the United States.

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself/your company?
A. Matthew Burnett- I am a Detroit native that has been living in New York for several years. My grandfather inspired my interest in small shop manufacturing as he was a watchmaker by trade. He built a miniature workshop desk for all my brothers to play with craft tools beside him. Later, I received a BFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I began my professional career designing watches for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and Diesel, later becoming senior watch designer for Izod. After working in the watch industry for some time, I decided to start my own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Manufacturing as a small independent company overseas eventually became so frustrating and expensive that I decided to start manufacturing goods in the United States and founded The Brooklyn Bakery. Tanya and I met during this period and unified our complimentary skill sets to tackle the fashion industry. While sourcing here in the United States we encountered many obstacles in finding the right manufacturer. From there, the idea of making domestic sourcing more accessible was created.

Tanya Menendez - I’m from California and a sociologist by training. I’m most interested in the intersection of technology and society, and early in my career I focused on researching technology in rural areas with Tricia Wang. During college I also interned for Google in Mtn. View and some think-tanks in DC, but I ultimately decided to move to NYC to accept an offer from Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman, I was working on automation projects but I was also working with Matthew part-time on weekends and late nights, and really enjoyed the work: I loved how his company was supporting a network of local factories and other small businesses. He asked me to come on full-time as a co-owner and I quit my job at Goldman. As we were trying to expand the business, we realized that there was a huge lack of transparency and community within the industry. It would take us months to find the right factory, so we decided to create Maker’s Row to solve this problem. We applied for the Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp to help accelerate the process of creating a tech company, and that is where we found Scott via Collabfinder.com

Scott Weiner – Scott has been designing and developing websites since the age of 13. Growing up on Long Island, he created his first website – a Simpsons fan page. After getting a BFA in Communications Design at Syracuse University, he held Art Director positions at design firms and ad agencies in the tri-state area. He started up Brandwagon in 2009 — a design shop that catered to clients, including: Comedy Central, Sesame Street, Blip.tv, DailyWorth.com, as well as several ad agencies. Branding, websites, and online ads were his niche. He also started to develop his own iPhone apps as a hobby and enjoyed having control of a product from concept to execution. That led him to venture out into the tech startup scene this year — going to meetups and applying to Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp, where he ultimately met Tanya and Matthew on CollabFinder.com.

Maker’s Row is an online marketplace for American manufacturers and designers. Our mission is to make American manufacturing easy to access and simple to understand. We are a resource to the established businesses, and by equal importance, we are inspiring the next generation of American businesses to think domestic first.

Q. When were you/your company first inspired to support manufacturing in America?

A. The inspiration for Maker’s Row arose from our own need, and realizing that other entrepreneurs had the same need. Two of the co-founders (Matthew and Tanya) were running The Brooklyn Bakery together we were really frustrated at how difficult it was for us to find the proper manufacturer. It would take us months to find the right factories and materials, which really slowed our growth. Whenever we would go to events for product-based entrepreneurs, sourcing would always come up as an issue.

Before we created Maker’s Row, we saw that sourcing was a multi-faceted problem: there is no comprehensive resource, little community, and very little transparency. This made it so that it would take a very long time to find a manufacturer and supplier, and if you are a small company, that takes away from the time you can spend designing, marketing and selling. Makers Row is making manufacturing accessible and what might have taken a designer months to find with multiple specialty resources, is now accessible in one comprehensive platform.

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you/your company?

A. American Manufacturing is important to us because of the enormous effect it has on everyone, whether you small rural communities, or big cities. The importance of domestic manufacturing has been underplayed for decades in the United States and we have seen the negative effects that has had in cities nationwide. The manufacturing community is extremely fragmented and we saw an amazing opportunity in which we could serve as a platform to unite factories and product based businesses here in the US.

Q. How have you/your company supported American manufacturing throughout your life?

A. Matthew: As soon as I was of age to work held summer jobs in a number of craftsman studios from frame shops to local artisan markets. I have had a number of years working with small and medium sized businesses that relied primarily on American manufacturing. My grandfather was a horologist and owned his own watch shop in Detroit MI, and has always been an inspiration to me in seeing what impact small businesses have in their communities.

Q. Favorite quote? (Can be fun, motivational, etc. etc)

A. “We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
- Bill Clinton

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It was a great pleasure to have interviewed the Makers Row team this week. If you are a manufacturer or anyone who is in need of supplies for making things in America, MakersRow.Com is your place for many resources!  Thank you all for reading another week of ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’

Join us next week on Monday for another segment of “The Importance of American Manufacturing”

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being interviewed on the Importance of American Manufacturing, please send inquiries to Logan Beam at [email protected]

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A Morning to Remember…

While driving to work, I saw a man raising the American flag. He had a hat on with his war medals attached. I knew right away that he was a veteran.
 
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Just the sight of him left me speechless. I stopped to share a conversation. His name is Glenn Eley. He is a proud WW2 veteran who served in Europe under the 12th Armor Division. He raises the American flag every morning he gets to work at the local hardware store in Arcanum, OH.
 

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It`s a rare moment when you see the true meaning beneath the surface of one`s actions. This was one of those moments. He wasn’t raising the flag because he had to, or someone told him to do it. He was raising the flag because he was proud. He wanted to raise that flag. That flag holds meaning to him. He defended it. He fought for it. And now he raises that flag every morning out of love for his country.

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To Mr. Eley and the brave Veterans like him. Thank you.

Logan

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All American Clothing Co. Finishes Record Setting Year In 2012:

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The All American Clothing Co. has survived a clothing industry that has lost -84% of its labor force since 1995 as according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The All American Clothing Co. announced today that the company has experienced another record year. In 2012 the USA made clothing company’s annual revenue increased 20% as compared to 2011. This marks the company’s tenth straight year of solid growth. A great sign for American manufacturers in today’s economy.

Due to its success the All American Clothing Co. has moved from a 5,000 square foot facility to a 55,000 square foot facility, doubled the amount of its inventory, and has created many new jobs at their headquarters. The American made clothing company now looks forward to a new year full of surprises in 2013 as they continue to grow and create jobs for American citizens.

About All American Clothing Co.

Lawson Nickol founded the USA Made clothing company in 2002 with a goal to make a difference. His dream was to support USA families and jobs by producing high-quality clothing in the USA at an affordable price. He founded the company with the help of his son BJ and wife Mary Ann Nickol. Together, the Nickol family started their company in the USA to provide jobs and a tax base that ultimately supports communities across the United States.

The All American Clothing Co. has overcome many obstacles to chase the American Dream. The All American Clothing Co. has survived a clothing industry that has lost -84% of its labor force since 1995 as according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The trend of outsourcing has made it tough on the company to compete with companies like them. The recession has kept consumers tight to their wallets and the American economy has been weak. These factors had the odds stacked against the success of the All American Clothing Co. But, with the help of many American Made supporters the has company pushed on.

Today, the Nickol family’s dream holds true. The All American Clothing Co. continues to grow and succeed by selling quality USA made clothing at an affordable price. The company and its supporters continue to create jobs and make a difference. Visit http://www.allamericanclothing.com or follow them on Facebook to help make a difference.

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