USA Made. Just Get It.

Should I say more?

I should talk about how buying USA Made benefits the economy. I should tell you that if every American spent just $50 on USA Made items a year, it would generate over $15.7 billion. This number alone would create thousands of American jobs. Also, I should probably tell you that one of those jobs created or saved could be your own.

But I won`t. We should all ‘just get it’ by now.

Just Get It

USA Made. Just Get It.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

The Importance of American Manufacturing – Andrew Schrage

In this segment, I will be interviewing American citizens about the importance of American Manufacturing. As stated before, 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.

Today`s guest is Andrew Schrage, Co-Owner of moneycrashers.com. Money Crashers is a website dedicated to helping people make smart decisions financially.

Questions:

MoneyCrashers.Com Co-Owner Andrew Schrage

1.         Please tell us about yourself. My name is Andrew , and I am the co-owner of personal finance website Money Crashers. I was educated at Brown University, and spent a great deal of time in investment management and the financial services sector prior to my present career. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.

2.      Why is American Manufacturing important to you? American manufacturing is important to me because it is one of the backbones of our domestic economy. It’s very important for me to see this sector of our country both recover and improve, which will help the economy as a whole. If you are buying goods that were produced outside the U.S., you are negatively impacting our economy.

3.      Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin? My passion for U.S. manufacturing began at a very young age. My close friend’s father worked in the manufacturing industry his entire life (shipbuilding), and both of my parents always insisted on buying American. This mindset has stayed with me to this day. This passion is also an offshoot of the intense patriotism that exists in my family.

4.      How have you expressed that passion throughout your life? The biggest way I’ve expressed my passion for U.S. manufacturing is that I have always purchased American-made products throughout my entire life. From minor purchases such as clothing and small electronics, all the way up to automobiles, if I don’t see “Made in the U.S.A.”, I often will simply pass a product by.

5.      What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote regarding American manufacturing and its importance dates back to 1791, and is attributed to Alexander Hamilton. It reads: “Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation, with a view to those great objects, ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing, and defense.”

I would like to thank Andrew Schrage for taking the time to share his thoughts on the importance of American Manufacturing. I hope you all enjoyed this segment and  like Andrew, you will decide to share the importance of American manufacturing with someone you know.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

The Importance of American Manufacturing – K`NEX CEO Michael Araten

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.

Our first guest is K`NEX CEO Michael Araten. Michael has contributed to many American jobs and the memories of many childhoods with the K`NEX toy brand.

K`NEX CEO Michael Araten

Questions:

  1. Please tell us a little about yourself. I am the President and CEO of K’NEX Brands (the toy manufacturing, marketing, design and distribution company) www.knex.com  and The Rodon Group (a highly automated plastics injection molder with a focus on small parts used in over 100 industries, including food, beverage, consumer packaged goods, construction and toys) www.rodongroup.com .  K’NEX is distributed to over 30 countries, and over 95% of the component parts are made at The Rodon Group.  K’NEX and Rodon were recently named one of the top 100 companies of 2012 by Smart CEO Magazine.Check out this short video which gives you some great insight into our business, specifically who we are and what we do: http://youtu.be/QFOcvQHZRdQ
  2. Why is American Manufacturing important to you? We’ve learned that the more items we are able to manufacture at home, the more people we can employ. If every American were to spend just $64 a year on things Made in the USA, 200,000 new jobs would be created. Spending our dollars on Made in the USA goods enables our whole economy to get stronger and with that our whole country becomes stronger. You just have to take that extra second and look at the label. Together, we can build a better America.
  3. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?Founded in 1992 K’NEX has always been committed to manufacturing in the United States—over 90% of its parts are manufactured by The Rodon Group. In business since 1956, the Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot eco-friendly facility and is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States. We’ve learned that manufacturing in America can actually be more cost effective than manufacturing overseas. Our nation was founded on an entrepreneurial spirit, we have the ability to shape our own growth by inventing and making everything we use. Continuing to shed our manufacturing base is akin to trying to run a race without running shoes – you can do it, but you are at a tremendous disadvantage.
  4.  How have you expressed that passion throughout your life? Since the Great Recession, I have been driven to do all I can to make American manufacturing as strong as possible.  It is why we are founding members of American made matters; why I speak regularly on the topic through the Philadelphia and Bucks county chambers of commerce; why I accepted the nomination to the council of economic advisors for the Philly federal reserve bank; and why we work relentlessly to make products here in the USA
  5. What is your favorite quote? “Walk tall- dream loud.”

I would like to thank Michael Araten 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.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

Dear Santa,

All I want is the creation of more jobs and a better economy. I have been well behaved for much of this year. This was tough during the election, but I was good for the most part. I have kept my promise on manufacturing more items than I ever have before. To be exact, I exported more than $7.1 trillion worth of goods this year which is more than China or any other country on earth. I made more items this past year than any other year throughout my life. This includes my early years of the Industrial Revolution.

Santa, I would like to let the world know that I am back.  I am making progress every day through the efforts of my citizens and their innovations. Will you please let Americans know how important it is to buy items made by me this holiday season?

Last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas Americans spent over $584 billion. Think of how many jobs that could`ve been created if all that had been spent on items made here.

As seen in FOLK Magazine.

Please let my citizens know that I need their support this Christmas. I cannot create more jobs and support a better economy without them. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Uncle Sam

P.S. Enjoy the cookies. I made them all by myself.

Written By Logan Beam – Illustration by Bob Barga
www.allamericanclothing.com

 

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Logan

All American Clothing Co.

How many times do I have to tell you? I wear the American made pants in this family!

Photo By: Darren Rowse

Our Caption Contest winner is Kimberly Epperson Powell who shared the caption above. Kimberly has won a free tee shirt of her choice.

Ladies, you can also wear the American Made pants in your family too as All American Clothing Co. will be adding up to 6 new women`s style of jeans this winter! Check out the new items in our USA Made clothing section for ladies already!

Kimberly, please claim your free tee shirt by emailing us at [email protected]

Thank you all for the great captions. Please check in with us next week for some more fun!

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

This Is Our Economy

By: Logan Beam

Our Economy has been falling. What happens when we fall?

America is facing adversity. The American unemployment rate is at 7.8% and millions of citizens are out of work. 46.7 million Americans are on food stamps and 53% of recent college graduates cannot find work. Also, a national debt over $16.1 trillion continues to pile up. Our economy is falling.

Many feel the U.S. economic recovery should be left in the hands of our friends in Washington. Our leaders have welcomed this idea as many have proposed legislation and plans for economic growth. All of this takes time. After this, even more time is spent as partisan sides are exchanging opposing ideas. Thus, nothing gets accomplished quickly.

If America is to rise out of its economic hardship, U.S. citizens must lend a hand to pick it up. Americans can make a difference and help our economy far more quickly than any of our friends in Washington. The difference our citizens can make is simple. It starts in buying USA Made items.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau there are 314,633,365 American citizens (As of Oct 23, 2012). Imagine if every American citizen spent just $100 a year on USA Made items. This would create over $31.4 billion in revenue. That number alone creates thousands of American jobs. These are jobs that will help citizens get off food stamps, college graduates will find work, and these jobs will improve our national debt. Also, these jobs could be created while our leaders in Washington are still proposing plans and legislation.

With the United States manufacturing more items today than any other time in its history, finding USA Made items shouldn’t be a hassle for consumers. In fact, America makes more than $7.1 trillion worth of goods each year which is more than China, Germany, Japan, or any other country on earth. 70% of the American economy is driven by consumer spending which means Americans are clearly spending. Think of the many jobs that can be created if that 70% of consumer spending was spent on USA Made items only.

So what do we do when America faces adversity?

We do what Americans always have done. We take a stand. We manufacture American Made items. We buy American made items such as notepads, pens, and paper. This country even manufactures American Made toilets! Please invest in our future. We will overcome the obstacle of the economy in time. We can do it together. This is our economy.

We get back up. That`s what All Americans do.

About the Author:

Logan Beam is the Director of Marketing and Communications at the All American Clothing Co. A graduate of Wittenberg University, Logan is passionate about starting a career that allows him to make a difference in the creation of U.S. jobs. As a writer his work has been featured on CBS Moneywatch, The Boston Globe, Fox Business, and many other publications.

Not sure if I heard you correctly… did you say you weren’t buying American???

Our Caption Contest winner is Travis Wheatly who shared the caption above! Travis has won a free tee shirt of his choice! Travis, please claim by emailing us at [email protected]

We hope you all have this reaction when someone says its Made in China, or that the item they just bought is not Made in USA.

Thank you all for the great captions! Please check in with us next week for some more fun!

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

New USA made clothing items a ‘great fit’ for job creation in today`s economy.

The All American Clothing Company is thrilled to announce the release of its new men`s dark classic jean. This new item features a gusset, traceability technology, and is USA Made. The gusset feature is a diamond shaped piece of denim sewn into the crotch of the jean. This helps disperse stress around the crotch area, creating a more comfortable fit with freedom of movement.

The new dark classic jean joins a selection of USA Made traceability items. Items in this selection come with ‘Certificate of Authenticity’ that includes a traceability number. Upon receiving their order, shoppers can enter the traceability number on All American Clothing`s website. The USA Made clothing company will then tell consumers exactly which American farmers and mill produced their jeans.

Watch the All American Traceability video.

All American Clothing Co. is also pleased to announce the expansion of their outerwear section. New items featured in this section include Carhartt jackets and a zip-fleece jacket. Both are released just in time for the fall season and join a wide selection of 100% USA Made clothing items and accessories.

All American Clothing Co. insists on a standard of meeting/exceeding the requirements of the FTC Act.They also contract with a third party company, Made in USA Certified, who investigate and certify businesses in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission requirements.

Logan

All American Clothing Co: