June 30, 2013
President BJ Nickol & Director of Marketing Logan Beam joined Andrew Wilkow on SIRIUS XM Patriot for a ‘Made in America’ interview Friday June 30, 2013.
Recording to come soon…
From Top Line
After a manufacturing plant closed down in his hometown of Ravenswood, W.Va., resulting in 650 people losing their jobs, Josh Miller began to wonder what was really made in America anymore.
He decided to set out on a 30-day road trip across the United States in search of answers for how to revive American manufacturing – all the while trying to survive on only goods and products stamped with “Made in USA.”
“I really thought that I could take this opportunity to give the Made in America movement and these folks a voice,” said Miller, who documented his trip in a film, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”
Miller told Top Line that the Made in America movement isn’t so much about trying to get people to buy only American-made products that might be more expensive than foreign-made ones, but it’s about finding solutions to lower the prices of American-made products.
“I think there are a lot of policies that we can push to help allow our businesses here in America to help reduce costs and lower the prices,” Miller said. “We need to put policies in place that allow us to out compete the world, and that’s what this film was about.”
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Levi Strauss did it by designing the first riveted men’s work pants out of denim in 1873. These pants became known as the first blue jeans. Wrangler did it by designing a jean in the mid 1940s suitable for rodeo use. Both had created a successful product that consumers enjoyed as each helped to transform the denim industry into one of the most thriving in America. At one point El Paso, Texas (once considered the jean capitol of the world) was manufacturing 2 million pairs of jeans per week (source: San Antonio Express). Unfortunately, 97.7% of the clothes America purchases today are not USA made (source: WND).
A paradigm shift is a radical change in beliefs that replaces the former way of thinking with a different way of thinking. In 2002, a radical change in beliefs took place when the World Trade Organization allowed foreign made products to be imported into the United States without tax tariffs. This allowed low dollar garments to be shipped into America at a cheaper price. The different way of thinking put many USA clothing manufacturers in a bind as they could not compete with the lower priced clothing coming into the country. In order to survive, many of these manufacturers had to leave. As a result, shoppers enjoyed the cheaper prices, business owners enjoyed higher profit margins, and manufacturing overseas became a trend. This particular shift left manufacturing hubs like El Paso with many vacant buildings as jobs continued to be lost. To date, the American apparel industry has lost -84% of its jobs since 1990 (source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics) and the idea of manufacturing clothing in the United States seemed impossible.
In 2002, an American Made blue jean manufacturer was founded. The company was called the All American Clothing Co, a business that takes pride in manufacturing quality blue jeans in the United States. With the conditions brought upon by the American economy and the World Trade Organization, many experts thought that a USA made blue jeans manufacturer of this type was conditioned to fail. Many believed that manufacturing clothing in the United States was impossible. “It cannot be done,” they said.
How Jeans Are Made
At first, the experts were right. The All American Clothing Co. survived on its Founder`s family savings as the company made only $1,800 in year one of business. Their warehouse of clothing inventory never left a small 8 foot closet. It was clear that selling American made items in the 2002 American economy was going to be undoubtedly tough, but to the companies` Founders and employees it was not about the money. It was about a responsibility to support the American worker and future generations. The company continued to work hard, learn from their mistakes, and make something happen every day. Year by year, they made progress.
In 2010, the company encountered the spark they needed with a growth spurt of a 60% sales increase. For the next three years, the American blue jean manufacturer averaged the same 60% growth rate, proving that jeans can be made in USA. The company is creating new challenges and taking massive amounts of action in order to create American jobs. One of those challenges is the recent acquisition of a new warehouse facility. In the past decade, the USA made company has gone from a small closet of warehouse space to a 45,000 square foot warehouse. Another new challenge is the move into a cut and sew factory in El Paso, Texas. The company has begun producing many styles of USA jeans for sale in their Texas operation. They plan on adding up to 70 new positions in year one as they attempt to revive the old blue jeans capital of the world.
The American Dream is still achievable in the once thriving denim industry. The proof lies in companies like the All American Clothing Co. who genuinely have a passion to support USA families and jobs. The companies` goal 11 years ago was to do just that. By keeping their production made in the USA, the company has provided many jobs and a tax base that supports communities across America. Together, the All American Clothing Co. will continue to prove the experts wrong as they create American jobs and bring back the denim industry in America…It`s in their jeans.
All American Clothing Co.
Originnaly from PolicyMic.com by Hannah Loewentheil
Whether we are singing the National Anthem at a sporting event or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, Americans show loyalty and respect to the flag everyday. But June 14 is a national holiday, a day that honors the Star Spangled Banner. Here are nine things you never knew about the American flag and the development of its National Day.
In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand, a 19-year old Waubeka, Wisconsin teacher, proposed the idea of Flag Day ”to inspire not only his students but also all Americans in the real meaning and majesty of our flag.” Cigrand wrote hundreds of articles advocating to celebrate the day on June 14, the day the U.S originally adopted its national flag.
In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed the legislation making June 14 officially flag day. Sixty years later in 2004, Congress concluded that Flag Day had its origins in Waubeka, Wisc., home of Bernard Cigrand.
Most children are taught that Betsy Ross was the seamstress who sewed together the first flag, but in reality there is no historical evidence to prove it.
The Color Association of the U.S defined the official flag colors as “White,” “Old Glory Red” and “Old Glory Blue,” colors that are only able to be reproduced on cloth.
Though the United States became a nation far after many European countries, its national flag is the third oldest of the National Standards of the world behind only those of Denmark and Austria. The U.S flag is older than the Union Jack of Britain or the Tricolor of France.
Many hear about the man on the moon, but what about the flag on the moon? There are currently six U.S flags in outer space — Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17 put one on the moon each.
The flag’s nickname ”Old Glory,” actually refers to a specific flag owned by Captain William Driver. Old Glory accompanied the Captain on all of his voyages. After Driver died, the original Old Glory was sent to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, where it is currently preserved under glass.
In 1949, Congress issued a joint resolution stating that the president must issue a proclamation each year calling for the national observance of the flag, and that it must be displayed on all federal government buildings. On June 7, President Obama issued this year’s Presidential Proclamation of Flag Day and National Flag Week.
The flag shares its birthday with the U.S Army. The army was founded on June 14, 1775, two years before the flag was born.
Father`s Day is June 16th and Dad`s across the country are starting to drop a hint or two on what they`d like for the big day. We understand that he can be hard to read sometimes, so we thought we`d help out with a few American Made ideas….
The working Dad always needs a fresh pair of boots to get the job done. Especially an American Made pair of boots!
Another favorite for the working Dad. These jeans are American Made and will help Dad get the job done with his new USA Made boots!
Dad`s always need a fun tee shirt for work or play!
5 Pocket USA Made Short
Dad will enjoy the many pockets on this USA Made short as he is known to carry many things around at once!
A necessity for many Dads. This USA Made belt will go well with any American Made style of jeans or shorts.
We hope Dad will be surprised about these many items but if clothing items do not surprise Dad right away, then be sure to tell him it`s Made in USA. This will surprise him!
Have an ‘All American’ Father`s Day