Garments Can Be Made in USA Safely, with Profit

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The recent Bangladesh collapse has raised an overall awareness on the safety being taken when manufacturers produce garments overseas. The All American Clothing Co, a USA made jean manufacturer is proving it can be done with safety and profit.

After 11 years in the business, the All American Clothing Co. has gone from a small closet in warehouse space to 45,000 square feet of warehouse and main offices. The company is now operating a cut and sew factory in El Paso, Texas

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El Paso, Texas was once considered the blue jeans capital of the world. According to the San Antonio Express, it produced an estimated 2 million pairs of America’s favorite pants a week in the 1980s. Over the past few decades American jean giants have moved production to places such as Bangladesh, Mexico and China. Many Americans have lost jobs, buildings have become vacant, and the American garment industry is on the brink of extinction. It has lost 84% of its labor force since 1990, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why did the garment industry leave El Paso?

In 2002 the World Trade Organization allowed foreign made products to be imported in the U.S. without tariffs. This allowed low dollar garments to be sold in the U.S. at lower prices than what most American manufacturers could compete with. Many American manufacturers left and when they went, so did the blue jean capitol of the world.

At around 2002, a man named Lawson Nickol had been working for a USA made jeans manufacturer who decided to leave the U.S. and manufacture its items in Mexico. Nickol could not bear the decision as he was a passionate USA made supporter who felt a strong responsibility to support American workers. He soon resigned and started a USA made jean manufacturer of his own with the help of his son BJ – the All American Clothing Co.

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The All American Clothing Co. struggled at first, surviving on family savings, financial risks, and working long hours. Yet each year, the USA jean company continued to grow. After 11 years in the business, the All American Clothing Co. has gone from a small closet in warehouse space to 45,000 square feet of warehouse and main offices. The company is now operating a cut and sew factory in El Paso, Texas attempting to create jobs and bring back the once blue jean capitol of the world.

If their success continues, rebirthing the American denim industry will be the All American Clothing Company`s legacy. Together with it`s leadership, employees, patrons, and supporters they will continue to spread the word, help to fill empty buildings with employees, and create American jobs. It`s an All American thing.

To learn more about the growth and safety measures the All American Clothing Co. is pursuing, please visit http://www.allamericanclothing.com or call 999.937.8009.

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All American Clothing Co. was recently named as one of Apparel Magazine’s Top 40 Innovators. The national publication recognized the USA made clothing company as one that utilizes a creative spark by looking at business in new ways. Most notably, Apparel Magazine recognized the Traceability Technology that All American uses. The All American Clothing Co. joined a well recognized list that featured companies like Bonobos, Life is Good, Under Armour, and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts – Creative Entertainment.

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The Importance of American Manufacturing:

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Quabaug CEO & Owner Kevin Donahue

Meet Kevin Donahue. Kevin is the CEO and Owner of Quabaug Corporation, a manufacturer of rubber products for outdoor lifestyles.

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am the CEO and owner of Quabaug Corporation in North Brookfield, Ma. We are North America’s leading supplier of Vibram soles and golf discs.  I began working at Quabaug in 1980 as a result of answering an ad in the newspaper for a sales position.  Today I work with 270 people in a great manufacturing team environment.

2. Why is American manufacturing important to you?

I grew up in Central Falls, R.I. where most of my family worked in the textile and cable industries.  I watched those jobs disappear.  I think it is a great challenge to continue the legacy of Quabaug which started in 1916 and I look forward to continuing it every day.

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Vibram soles are proudly made in America.

3. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

It began doing a science project in grammar school.  I focused on the Wire and Cable process of manufacturing. My father operated a continuous vulcanization machine that jacketed copper wire with rubber.  I was fascinated that the cable was used for international communication.

4. How have you and/or your company expressed that passion throughout history?

We are most proud of our ability to serve the U.S. Service men and women with the best soles available for their safety and performance.  Quabaug won the Navy “E” for excellence award during WWII.  Today we provide Vibram soles to every branch of the military.  Many of our associates are veterans as well.

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Today Vibram soles are provided to every branch of the military.

5. If you could choose one word to describe America, what would it be?

Adaptive.

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I must say that it was a great pleasure to have Mr. Donahue on for this segment. I learned a few new things and it was also a great feeling to take a look at the bottom of my USA made boot and see the Vibram logo after I read and published Mr. Donahue`s responses. There is much history behind Quabaug and its made in America ideals. Thank you Mr. Donahue for sharing your story.

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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Brought to you by the folks at All American Clothing Co.

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In The Media

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All American Clothing Co. mentioned in Inc. blog by Bill Murphy Jr. explaining how we met our friend Logan Beam.
 
From the article “5 Reasons Great Entrepreneurs Always Go to Reunions”

4. New career opportunities.

You’ll realize that you can help other people as well.

Logan Beam’s story is a bit different. His mother graduated from high school in 1986, but she couldn’t go to her 25th reunion two years ago because she and his father had just moved to Florida. So Beam, who was studying marketing and playing football at Wittenberg University at the time, went in her place.

“I wore a nametag with her maiden/high school name,” he explained, and met many of her classmates.

Among them was Elizabeth Nickol, whose father and brother had founded All-American Clothing, an Ohio company specializing in 100-percent American-made goods. The conversation led to an interview, then an internship, and eventually a  job. Beam is now the company’s director of marketing and communications.

“Working for and supporting ‘USA-made’ companies helps keep and create jobs right here in America. My job is to ultimately create American jobs. I really enjoy having that responsibility,” he said.

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5 Ways YOU Can Get Involved with the All American Clothing Co.

The All American Clothing Co. loves to hear from our made in America supporters. It is a goal of ours to maintain a good connection and relationship with you. The more we can connect together, the more we can support and create American jobs.  Here are 5 ways we can do just that…

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1. Subscribe to the All American Newsletter

The All American Clothing Co. sends out exclusive discounts, giveaways, and news events in the All American Newsletter (located right hand side on home page). Perhaps you will love the many exclusive offers we put together for our made in America supporters. Subscribe for all things All American today!

2. Follow All American Clothing Co. on Facebook

Follow us on Facebook, but don’t stop there! We love to connect with our fans. Please send us a photo, tell us about the last item you ordered, or just comment on something we posted. Chances are, we will respond to whatever you say!

3. Give a Product Review

This is one of the most important ways you can get involved with the All American Clothing Co. We are one of the few companies who allow our fans to rate the product and help us make adjustments to the design and pattern of our USA made clothing items. This allows you to make suggestions for the next production line of USA made clothing. The best part is that we really do listen!

4. Follow us on Twitter

Twitter is another social media platform. We also love to hear from our fans on this medium. If you are on twitter please give us a follow and let`s connect!

5. Pin with All American Clothing Co.

Check out our Pinterest board and start pinning the many All American Clothing Co. photos that are available. The more we pin American made items, the more jobs we can create!

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We hope to hear from you in the many places we can connect with our made in America supporters. You can also send us an email at [email protected] if you would like to tell us how your clothing items are holding up. Thank you for your support!

Logan

The Importance of American Manufacturing:

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This Week On The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Enrique Santacana. Enrique is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Inc. (“ABB”) and the Region Manager of ABB North America.

Q.  Please tell us a little about yourself.

A.  I’m Enrique Santacana, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Inc. (“ABB”) and the Region Manager of ABB North America. ABB is the global leader in power and automation technologies that improve energy efficiency, performance and sustainability.  I joined ABB in 1977 and have held a variety of management positions including Region Division Manager for Power Products in North America. Prior to that, I was Vice President and General Manager of the Medium Voltage Products business unit of ABB’s Power Technologies division in North America. I earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico; an M.S. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and an MBA from Duke University. I sit on the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and am also a member of the Business Roundtable where I am Vice Chair of their Sustainable Growth Initiative.  I have served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee where I helped the Department of Energy meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Q.  Why is American Manufacturing important to you?
A.  The US is ABB’s largest growth market, so there is significant value in locating manufacturing here to serve the North America region. For example, many of the products we make must meet ANSI standards (vs. IEC) to be of interest for US customers, so it makes sense to build them here. Also, we have found that in a number of cases the time savings realized by having manufacturing located in the US outweighs the cost savings of producing products in lower cost countries in terms of value to our customers. When a utility is trying to recover from a hurricane, for example, the ability to receive replacement equipment within days or even hours is vital.
Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?
A.  ABB has invested in US manufacturing since the company as it exists today was created in 1988. This has included acquisitions such as Westinghouse’s transmission and distribution business in 1989 as well as greenfield investments like our high-voltage cable factory in Huntersville, NC, which opened in 2012.
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Q. How have you/your company expressed that passion throughout your life?
A.  ABB has grown its US manufacturing footprint since the formation of the company, but in the past few years it has accelerated thanks to some key acquisitions. With the addition of Baldor Electric (motors, drives, mechanical power transmission) in 2010 and Thomas & Betts (low-voltage products) in 2012, we now have more manufacturing operations in the US than ever before.
Our high-voltage circuit breaker factory in Mt. Pleasant, PA is a great example of this growth, too. It was constructed in 2003 to replace an aging facility the business had long outgrown and features streamlined logistics, bright, clean work areas and advanced materials handling equipment (e.g., a gas handling system to manage the SF6 gas used in HV breakers). Our high-voltage cable plant was located in Huntersville, NC after an exhaustive search that included not on the US but sites in Canada and Mexico as well. One of the key reasons for choosing Huntersville was access to top-notch talent, both in engineering and in production.
Q. If you could choose one word to describe American manufacturing, what would it be?
A. Innovation.