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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The Importance of American Manufacturing – Regina McRae

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Holiday weekend with your families. We did not have a segment last week due to Christmas, but I am very excited about our next guest, Regina McRae. She is a self accomplished woman who has endeavored a lot to become one of New York`s finest cake artists. There is much more to this woman than just her baking skills. Regina is a genuine person who cares about American Manufacturing. And, she is just as sweet as the icing on her cakes!

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Regina McRae is the Founder of Grandma`s Secrets, a home style bakery in New York. Regina and her baking skills have been featured in Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and The Food Network.

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.

A. I began my business 17 years ago with $10 and 9 pies. Despite overwhelming odds, and numerous obstacles, I never stopped believing in myself or my products. I have emerged as one of NYC’s premiere cake artists, and seek to give back to the business community as much as I can.

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. We cannot look to the government to bring us out this economic slump. We have to turn to ourselves. That means keeping jobs here in the USA, shopping small, and supporting small businesses.

Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

A. My mother was a nurse, and was union, so I grew up with a strong faith in unions and Americans supporting each other. However, when the economy began to collapse, and I watched as more and more major corporations outsourced, and jobs became fewer and fewer, I realized each of us can do something about it. Buy American, refuse to support companies that outsource or don’t hire union, and stand up for your beliefs.

Q. How have you expressed that passion throughout your life?

A. I never crossed a picket line, have stood behind American workers, sign petitions or any little thing I can do to support American workers’ causes, and encourage others to shop small. I shun mega-corporations, would rather by hand made or home made than off the rack, and am very vocal in encouraging others to follow my lead.

Q. What is your favorite quote?

A. We are Main Street, not Wall Street. We are not going to get bailed out. We have to shop small, and shop American.

It was a great pleasure to have interviewed Regina this week. Just checking out her website will make your mouth water! You can find her home baked goods at http://www.grandmasecrets.com/. Thank you all for stopping in for another week on ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

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]

Yes You Can Buy American Made Clothes!

bKFOXy Big Rick Born In The U.S.A. Stuart of KFOX.

Want to know about my new good looking and good fitting jeans?

Ok just for fun I’m thinking you said “yes.”

Big RickWe send the message to employees and patrons that as USA Made entrepreneurs “it is not all about money”. It is about standards of living, education, global security, employee’s jobs, well being of families and the future of new generations. It is also about helping our neighbor and the truly needy.”

That’s from the place I bought my jeans.

I bought them online from All American Clothing Company. Here is their Facebook page. I like buying American produced products. It’s not always easy but with the internet and some searches you can find more American made items than you probably realized.

These jeans are great and fairly priced. I was intrigued by this tag saying I could trace the jeans back to the cotton farmer. Hmm that’s cool!I did it and you can too. I just entered the number 941213680000 at this link http://www.allamericanclothing.com/traceability.html

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And here’s what I found out.

The cotton in my jeans is from Robert’s Farm in Sumner County Kansas.

They had the cut and sew job done at Elk Brand Manufacturing facilities in Kentucky.

Then ended up being sent to me after I bought them online from All American Clothing Company in Ohio.

How great is that?!

Here’s a video about their Traceability and the cotton farmers

I’m really happy with the jeans. The Shop American Made idea isn’t new, and there’s more of it out there than you might realize.

Big Rick says “Check It Out!”

More on the cotton farm:

Robert’s farm has been in his family since 1919 when his grandfather moved to Sumner County in search of better farmland. During his career, Robert has watched farming transition from a “way of life” to a state-of-the-art business that employs the latest technology. Today, he produces his cotton in a no-tillage system, solely using rainfall and with minimal use of pesticides.

American Cotton Growers – or ACG – and its farmer-owners are focused on developing high quality denim fabrics for our customers with minimal impact on the environment. We produce an average of 37 million yards of denim annually, enough to make 26 million pairs of jeans, every yard of which is grown, spun, dyed, and woven from the cotton our members produce. This denim process is a true, homespun phenomenon – American cotton literally created from field to fabric.

Read more at http://www.kfox.com/Yes-You-Can-Buy-American-Made-Clothes-/9575572?pid=284128

Yesterday`s Winner Is…

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Rob Stewart of Akron, OH who answered 189!

Congratulations Rob. You have won a free tee shirt of your choice. Please send your shirt choice, size, and address to [email protected] and we will ship your item today!

Thank you all for having some fun with us yesterday!

Happy Holidays.

Logan

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All American Clothing Co. Joins In With Wheel Of Fortune For American Heritage Week:

Celebrate American Heritage with America’s Game. The #1 show in syndication is all about a patriotic effort with All American Clothing Co.

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After giving away more than $250,000 in cash and prizes to viewers at home last holiday season, Wheel of Fortune has allowed the All American Clothing Co. to give away their USA Made clothing products during American Heritage Week. USA Made items not only help create jobs, but they provide a tax base that supports the communities across the United States.

From Dec. 10 through Dec. 14, a $1000 gift card from All American Clothing Co. will be up for grabs on Wheel of Fortune as part of the American Heritage Week. Every contestant will have a chance to win the giveaway if their spin lands on the AllAmericanClothing.Com game card. With this, the contestant will receive a USA Made gift card of $1000 to buy 100% USA Made products at www.allamericanclothing.com.

The Wheel of Fortune is making a difference by highlighting American Made companies during American Heritage Week. Wheel watchers who also want to make a difference in the American economy can help just by visiting the All American Clothing Co. website. Here they will find a wide selection of USA Made clothing items and accessories. The prices are surprisingly fair and the company`s USA Made  technology of ‘traceability’ allows online shoppers to see the exact farmers and workers who were involved in making a USA Made jean. This interactive feature ultimately allows shoppers to see over 11,000 jobs they are supporting with the All American Clothing Co.

About Wheel of Fortune:

Wheel of Fortune has been the number one syndicated game show since its inception and has earned six Emmy Awards, including the 2011 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game/Audience Participation Show. With more than 30 million viewers per week, syndication’s most successful series continues to attract a larger audience than many primetime television shows. Wheel of Fortune is produced in High Definition by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company. It is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International, both units of CBS Corp.

About All American Clothing Co:

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All American Clothing Co. is a genuine success story of a small company in today’s economy. The company’s employees believe in “USA made matters” as they strive to foster loyalty among customers. The employees are experts in product quality and World Class service. The USA Made clothing company is conceivably a poster child for “small business success stories.” To find out more about the passion and success of All American Clothing Co. go to www.allamericanclothing.com and read the tab “Our Story,”

The Importance of American Manufacturing – Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)

By: Logan Beam

In this section, I will be interviewing American citizens about the importance of American Manufacturing. The truth is, we are all citizens before we are businessmen, celebrities, athletes, servicemen, or politicians. This segment is a place where all types of American citizens can come together to share ideas, insights, and offer ways to benefit our economy. Notice I said our economy. There are many ways Americans can come together and support a great cause. I hope this is one of them.

This week`s guest is Senator Sherrod Brown (OH).

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Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.

A. I’m the senior U.S. Senator representing my home state of Ohio. I grew up in Mansfield but now live in Avon with my wife, Connie. We have three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. Manufacturing is critical to our nation’s middle class and to creating good-paying jobs that help us out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world. Unlike wealth created by the click of a computer mouse, wealth created by expanded production in manufacturing requires an expanded workforce. Manufacturing jobs pay 20 percent more on average than service jobs. And it is no secret that Ohio’s manufacturing jobs have strong multiplier effects — supporting jobs in other sectors of our economy. Manufacturing also accounts for 70 percent of our research and development, more than 90 percent of patents issued, more than 90 percent of Ohio’s exports, and is critical to our national security and our energy security.

Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

A. Growing up in Mansfield, so many families were able to buy new cars, take family vacations, and send their children to college—all because of that paycheck they earned working in manufacturing. Our country’s middle class was built on the success of manufacturing and I’m working to ensure that the next generation of manufacturing jobs is able to support Ohio’s families.

Q. How have you expressed that passion throughout your life?

A. Throughout my time in office, I’ve been committed to putting American manufacturing — and Ohio workers — first. As a nation, we have been without a focused strategy on maintaining a strong manufacturing base and growing this sector. To address this deficiency, I have been calling for a National Manufacturing Strategy to propel the public and private sectors towards a renewed focus on manufacturing job growth. That’s why I worked with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to introduce the National Manufacturing Strategy Act, legislation aimed at bolstering the competitiveness of the American manufacturing industry. By requiring the development of a national manufacturing strategy, the bill would boost traditional and high-tech manufacturing, spur American job growth, and strengthen the middle class.

I have also been working with my colleagues to pass the Bring Jobs Home Act, which ends tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and cuts taxes for businesses to bring jobs back to the United States. Companies bringing jobs home would still be able to claim the current moving expense deduction when bringing jobs home, and would also receive a tax credit equal to 20 percent of the cost associated with bringing jobs and business activity back to the United States.

Q. What is your favorite quote?

A. I often think about the words of a Mississippi civil rights leader who said, “Don’t tell me what you believe. Show me what you do and I’ll tell you what you believe.”

I am very humbled to have had Senator Brown on our segment this week. I would like to thank him for taking the time to share his thoughts on The Importance of American Manufacturing. I hope you all enjoyed this segment and that you too, will share The Importance of American Manufacturing with someone you know.

Have an All American Day!

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]