Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring In Style!

It has been a very long and cool winter as record setting temperatures dropped to sub-zero in many parts of the country.

Even today, it is still bitter in some states which means we are even more excited about the upcoming warm temperatures to come with the season of Spring. After all - Spring has officially sprung!

The weather will be warming up before you know it!

We are looking forward to the many outdoor activities one can enjoy in our American made clothing styles.

Here are 10 of our favorite USA made clothing styles for Spring…

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Amanda Watkins

Making it in America: Amanda Watkins

This Week On Making It In America.

This week, 'Making it in America' reaches a high note with country music artist Amanda Watkins! Amanda`s musical journey has led her to opportunities performing with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley. She has also appeared on the hit television series "Hart of Dixie" and has performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." In addition to her musical career, Amanda is a leading supporter of American made items...

Please tell us a about yourself.

I was born in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia spending my years between there and Florida. It took all of my first four years of life to realize the agenda for me was going to be singing, songwriting, cooking and eating great food and, as cliche as it may sound, expressing my love for America through each of those avenues. I come from a hard working, God loving, life-is-what-you-make-of-it, hard headed, hillbilly vegetarian, tight knit, music lovin' family. They inspire me to write songs about the working man, love and just simply getting by in this crazy life. Work hard, play hard and love hard. Straight up.

This love of music has blessed me with a pretty wonderful life thus far. Touring, meeting incredible people who share this love of singing and writing and being able to express myself through song. From singing "Jonah In The Belly Of A Whale" in church at the age of five to standing on hallowed ground at The Ryman Auditorium to a full house, I feel like the luckiest girl on earth.

Performing live with some incredible Country artists has been my deal thus far. Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley are but a few whose careers I greatly admire and each for their own reason. I grew up never being able to get enough Waylon, Willie and George. There is a sense of freedom and at the same time a sense of responsibility that I can honestly say I love assuming in life. Music has taken me on a wild journey and I keep going. For the love of God and for the love of music.

Why is making it in America important to you?

There are so many reasons American made is important to me. The obvious reason is for helping to create jobs domestically and, in turn, hopefully bettering our economy for this generation and generations to come. When buying American made products, we can be more knowledgeable and confident about where and how the products are made and under what conditions. There are a variety of unknown situations overseas that we often can’t be privy to in terms of working conditions and standards. Supporting American manufacturers and domestic workers is truly important to me because we are also much of the time supporting safe working conditions and fair wages. It’s important to set that standard.

In what ways have you made it in America?

I am a recording artist and touring musician. I have traveled across the USA from the coal fields to Washington state singing "workin man" songs and bringing attention to the American made movement. My most recent single, "Whole Damn Train,” typifies and epitomized this topic. I have spent a good part of my life waiting on tables at Baby Blues BBQ in Venice, CA where I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting people from every walk of life... from the trucker stopping in before his long haul back across the States to the all-American visual artist selling their work in galleries and on street corners. I had the privilege to work for Rick and Danny, the owners and creators of Baby Blues, and see their American Dream come true - all because they worked hard enough.

How have you and/or your company expressed a passion for manufacturing in USA throughout history?

I only purchase American-made products for my Amanda Watkins merchandise to sell at shows and online. I also advertise that what I am selling is 100% made in the USA .

What is your favorite quote? How does it affect you in your efforts to support manufacturing in the USA?

I have two… "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America". I love this because I think it's so easy to harp on how negative things are but it’s harder to stand up and do something about it or to be positive about how good we have it. Perspective is a powerful thing.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." It’s another reminder that it truly takes only one person. We have the power to change anything we want to change all we have to do is believe it can happen.

About the segments:

‘Making it in America’ is a place where individuals who are passionate about work in America can collectively share ideas, insights, and experiences relative to American manufacturing. Participants will be asked to share the ways in which they are ‘making it in America’ within their respective fields & present ways that we too, can help make a difference with work in America.

Past Guests

Thank you.

Thank you to The Made in America Movement, The Darke Journal, All American Clothing Co., and to all participants for your support.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being interviewed on Making it in America, please send inquiries to Boomer Beam at [email protected]

About the Host:

Boomer Beam is a next generation writer, spokesman, advocate, & marketing professional. His career began in 2011, when he attended his mother`s 25th class reunion, who graduated from high school in 1986. She couldn’t go because she and his father had just moved. So Beam, who was studying Communication Studies at Wittenberg University at the time, went in her place. The rest is a humble beginning... Read more

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NEW! Summer Hours: All American Showroom

We are proud to call the village of Arcanum, OH our home. Arcanum is where our headquarters & All American Showroom is located.

It is also where we began in 2002 after Lawson Nickol decided to resign as sales manager for a previous USA made blue jeans manufacturer when it`s production was outsourced to Mexico. Here, along with his son BJ & family - a USA made jean manufacturer & clothing retailer of their own began - the All American Clothing Co.

Note: If you`d like to visit at a different time, please give us a call at 888.937.8009 to schedule a date with us. We are always open to support American workers!

All American Showroom Address:

1 Pop Rite Rd. Arcanum, OH 45304.

Springtime is approaching. Get ready with our selection of USA made shorts, jeans, tees, & more! Sales found on our website will match up accordingly with sales in the showroom.

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NEW! Summer Showroom Hours.

Mondays: 12 noon - 2:00 PM Est.
Wednesdays: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Est.
Fridays: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Est.

*NOTE: We are also open by appointment. To set up a time, please call our customer service department at 888-937.8009.

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Annin flags have been carried by the Union Army during the American Civil War, draped President Lincoln’s casket, flew at Iwo Jima, decorated the George Washington Bridge and accompanied the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon in 1969. 

A must read how Annin Flagmakers has been 'making it in America' since 1847!

Making It In America: Annin Flagmakers

This Week On Making It In America:

We are proud to speak with Dale Coots of Annin Flagmakers.

Q. Please tell us about yourself.

I began working at Annin Flagmakers in 1983 in the Customer Service Department, from there I moved into Sales and eventually into Marketing. I have been Marketing Manager since 1998. Presently I provide creative direction for Annin’s sales literature, packaging and web sites. I also give presentations about the history of the American Flag and get involved with much of Annin’s Public Relations.

Q. Why is making it in America (manufacturing) important to you?

By keeping our manufacturing in the U.S.A. we have more control over the materials we use and the supply chains that provide them. We purchase our raw materials from domestic companies and we dye our own nylon in our South Boston, Virginia manufacturing facility . Nylon accounts for the majority of the fabric Annin uses to manufacture flags. Our Starfields embroidery plant in Cobbs Creek , Virginia produces tens of thousands of star fields every year. All of these sourcing strategies allow us to maximize efficiencies. Keeping American Flags made in the U.S.A. is also important to the American consumer as well. History has shown that most Americans reject foreign manufactured U.S. flags sold domestically. This public preference has fueled retailer support for Made In the USA.

Q. In what ways have you and/or your company made it in America?

Annin is a family-owned business that has proudly been making the U.S. flag since 1847. Annin flags were carried by the Union Army during the American Civil War, draped President Lincoln’s casket, flew at Iwo Jima, decorated the George Washington Bridge and accompanied the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon in 1969. Dedication to quality and superior service have been the hallmarks of Annin’s business model for over 160 years. In addition to being America’s oldest flag company we are also the largest.

Q. How have you and/or your company expressed a passion for manufacturing in USA throughout your lifetime (or history)?

We like to say that the threads of Annin’s history have been interwoven in the fabric of America and that sense of history is important to us. We make flags for Americans by Americans. All of the materials that go into the manufacture of our flags are also manufactured in the U.S.A. We continually invest in technologies that help us with manufacturing efficiencies and provide the service and support that our customers need to thrive. Annin employs over 600 people at our four locations. In addition to the two plants in Virginia, mentioned earlier we have a manufacturing facility in Coshocton, Ohio and our corporate office headquarters is in Roseland, New Jersey. All of our employees take pride in making and our nation’s symbol and bringing it to market.

Q. What is your favorite quote? How does it affect you in your efforts to support manufacturing in the USA.

“The elation of low price is soon lost in the bitterness of poor quality and service”

I like this quote because it reminds me to have faith in the American people. This quote reiterates what every consumer inherently knows to be true. When given the opportunity, an educated consumer will choose to pay a little more money to purchase a product that is well made and is sold by a company who maintains a high standard of customer service. Annin Flagmakers produces millions of flags a year and maintaining our domestic manufacturing gives us a greater degree of product quality control and enables us to react quickly if we need to respond to an increase in demand or replace merchandise for a dissatisfied customer.

About the segments: ‘Making it in America’ is a place where individuals who are passionate about work in America can collectively share ideas, insights, and experiences relative to American manufacturing. Participants will be asked to share the ways in which they are ‘making it in America’ within their respective fields & present ways that we too, can help make a difference with work in America.

Past Guests

KNEX CEO Michael Araten.
Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
Channellock VP of Sales & Marketing Ryan DeArment.
Makers Row - founding team Matthew Burnett, Tanya Menendez, Scott Weiner.
Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey Producer/Filmmaker Josh Miller.
Quabaug CEO & Owner Kevin Donahue
Tervis - Rogan Donelly
Tito`s Vodka - Owner Tito Beverige
Country Music Artist Amanda Watkins
Annin Flagmakers - Marketing Manager Dale Coots
All American Clothing Co. President BJ Nickol

Thank you.

Thank you to The Made in America Movement, The Darke Journal, All American Clothing Co., and to all participants for your support.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being interviewed on Making it in America, please send inquiries to Boomer Beam at [email protected]

About the Host:

Boomer Beam is a next generation writer, spokesman, advocate, & marketing professional. His career began in 2011, when he attended his mother`s 25th class reunion, who graduated from high school in 1986. She couldn’t go because she and his father had just moved. So Beam, who was studying Communication Studies at Wittenberg University at the time, went in her place. The rest is a humble beginning... Read more

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Cruising Towards Spring

Let the fun begin! It does not get any better than cruising with our buddy Ray & his 1968 Mustang GT as we head towards Spring.

We have much planned for the upcoming season. New American made clothing items are in the works & we cannot wait to share the many surprises we have in store!

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