Made in USA: Behind the label

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Josh Miller of ‘Made in the USA: the 30 Day Journey’

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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Things You Never Knew About Flag Day

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.

1. A Wisconsin Teacher is the Brains Behind Flag 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.

2. President Truman Made Flag Day Official
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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.

3. Betsy Ross May Not Have Sewn the First Flag

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.

4. The Flag Has Official Colors

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.

5. The U.S Flag is the Third Oldest Original Flag Still in Use

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.

6. There Are Six Flags on the Moon

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.

7. The Nickname, “Old Glory,” Refers to a Specific Flag

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.

8. Each Year, the President Must Proclaim Flag Day

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.

9. The Flag Shares its Birthday With the U.S Army

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.

Have An All American Father`s Day.

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….

USA Made Boots

The working Dad always needs a fresh pair of boots to get the job done. Especially an American Made pair of boots!

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USA Made Carpenter Jean

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!

Fday Carpenter jean

USA Made tee shirt

Dad`s always need a fun tee shirt for work or play!

Fday freedom tee

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!

Fday 5 pocket short

USA Made Belt

A necessity for many Dads. This USA Made belt will go well with any American Made style of jeans or shorts.

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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

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

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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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

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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.

Showroom Opens Up World Of The All American Clothing Co. To Public.

All American Clothing Co., the premiere online location for USA made clothing items, announces the debut of its new  concept with the opening of a showroom in its Arcanum, Ohio location. Located at 1 Pop Rite Rd, just south of Arcanum, Ohio, the showroom will feature the many American made items that All American Clothing Co. has to offer. It will also feature an All American theme with its coloration, pictures, and objects.  The showroom is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
 

“For made in America supporters and enthusiasts, the showroom will create a unique experience into the world of All American Clothing Co. and its belief in supporting the American worker.,” said Logan Beam, Director of Marketing and Communications at All American Clothing Co. “All American Clothing Co. has always cared about the United States and the people in it. Our founders started manufacturing USA made jeans with a passion to never trade USA jobs for foreign profits. We are now able to showcase our passion, products, and services while creating a strong relationship with our customers.”

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A patriotic destination, the All American Clothing Co. showroom will provide customers the opportunity to discover the unique experiences they have to offer, like Traceability. Traceability is all about the truth of where jeans come from and offers some recognition to the hard working Americans who are involved in making jeans. All American Clothing Co. is one of the first jean companies in the world that allows customers to trace their jean all the way back to the American farmers who grew the cotton used. Each jean comes with a ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ that includes a traceability number. Enter the traceability number on the All American Clothing Co. website and they will tell you exactly which farmers and mill were involved in producing that jean.

How Does Traceability Work? Check out the video!

The showroom is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Est. A knowledgeable and passionate team of customer service experts will be available to help deliver the ‘All American’ experience.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.