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“Made in USA” Label Crackdown: One More Reason To Offer Traceability For All American Clothing Co.

You want to support made in USA items, so you spend money during those shopping trips on items that feature the ‘made in USA’ label. It feels great. You know that if all Americans spent just $66 on USA made items it would generate over 200,000 new jobs. You believe that you are making a difference by doing your part!

But then one day you learn that you have been deceived by manufacturers who are printing false ‘made in USA’ labels on their product.

How would you feel if this happened to you?

A recent CBS report announced that the United States government is now finding that companies are now making false claims and they are cracking down on them. Specifically with certifiers that issue "Made in USA" seals. One is even allowing partners to use the seal without checking that their products were in fact made in USA.

As the made in USA discussion gains momentum, it is important to know if the product you are purchasing is in fact 100% made in the USA. Manufacturers, certifiers, and consumers must all take proper actions to ensure they have a trustworthy shopping experience.

As a manufacturer, this is exactly why All American Clothing Co. offers traceability technology. Each made in USA jean comes with a 'Certificate of Authenticity' that includes a traceability number. Enter the number on our website and we will show you the USA workers who were involved in making your jean. We will even show you the farmers and mill who produced the cotton! From farm to closet, traceability supports over 12,000 American workers in our supply chain as it showcases how your jeans are made. This way All American Clothing Co. can offer an added proof that our product is as American as apple pie.

Watch ABC World News trace All American Jeans back to the workers who make them.

The American garment industry has lost -85% of it`s labor force since the early 1990s. In addition, just 2% of the clothing purchased in the United States in fact American made. The All American Clothing Co. hopes that their efforts with traceability technology can change the course of the American garment industry as the company continues to grow and support American workers.

About All American Clothing Co.

All American Clothing Co. is a genuine success story of a growing 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. To find out more about the passion and success of All American Clothing Co. please read Our Story.

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Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Season Begins For Judge Pulling Team

Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Season Begins

Judge Pulling Team Off to Rough Start, Long Season Ahead

Rainy weather led to challenging track conditions as the Judge Pulling Team took a ninth and sixth place finish respectively in a Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League event at the TS Outlaw Pull held in Franklin, KY.

With a lengthy season ahead, the team remains confident about producing better results and moving up in the point standings in 2014.

"Judge Pulling Team had a rough start to the 2014 season. Track conditions were not ideal and we had trouble navigating our tractor down the track. With a ninth and sixth place finish, we have a lot of ground to make up. It is a long season and we are confident that The iON Judge can make some headway into the top 5. We need to put together some good passes at the next three hooks." - Darrick Barga , The Judge Pulling Team

While the team is confident they will make up some ground in the points standings, it will not be an easy task.

"The e3 spark plug modified class is very competitive. There are a lot of tough tractors and drivers, anyone can win on any night. We are excited for the next Lucas Oil Champions Tour event at Wilmington and would like to thank team sponsors iON camera, E3 Sparkplugs, All American Clothing, and Ag Protect 1," Barga said.

The Judge Pulling Team currently holds 8th place in the points standings. They resume competition at the Clinton County Fairgrounds in Wilmington, OH Saturday June 14th.

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All American Clothing Co. Wins Made in USA Hall of Fame Award

Made in the USA Foundation announced its 2014 Made in the USA Hall of Fame Winners.

In a world of intensifying global competition, the Hall of Fame Winners exemplify excellence in domestic manufacturing. Now in its fifth year, the Made in USA Hall of Fame Awards honors companies that are shaping the future of U.S. manufacturing.

Alex and Ani, based in Providence, R.I., won the jewelry award for its innovative jewelry products.

Bailey 44, which produces women's clothing in Los Angeles, and All American Clothing Company, Arcanum, Ohio won the apparel awards.

General Motors won two awards for best luxury cars, Cadillac (CTS, ATS and ELR) and best sports car, Chevy Corvette. Ford won the truck award for the F-150.

Other Detroit winners include: Weathertech Car Mats, Shinola Watches and Element Television, the only U.S. manufacturer of flat-screen televisions.

Walmart won an award for 'Coming Back to America' for its $250 billion program to source American-made goods.

Boston Consulting Group won an award for its reports promoting Made in the USA manufacturing.

Six established companies who stayed in the USA even though their competition fled the country were honored with awards and they include:

PING is a family-owned company founded in 1959 in the garage of Karsten Solheim.
BUNN was founded in 1957 and developed the first paper coffee filter for commercial use.
Seventh Generation was founded in 1988 by Jeffrey Hollender and makes environmental conscious cleaning products.
Libman was founded as a broom manufacturer in 1896.
Peterboro has been making baskets in New Hampshire for 160 years, since 1854.
The Alden Shoe Company was founded in 1884 by Charles H. Alden in Middleborough, Mass.
J. Winery won an award for its J Pinot Grigio and sparkling wines.
Hubbarton Forge, a Vermont-based designer and manufacturer of hand-forged products, won the award for lighting fixtures.
Rocky Mountain Hardware, which manufactures bronze hardware and plumbing fixtures in Idaho, as well as Heath Ceramics, which manufactures hand-thrown pottery and ceramic tile in Sausalito, Calif., were also winners.

The Made in the USA Foundation, a non-profit organization was formed in 1989 and was created to promote domestically and internationally products that are "Made in USA.

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Making it in America: Bollman Hats

This Week On Making It In America

We tip our hats off to American manufacturing with Don Rongione, President & CEO of the Bollman Hat Company and Founder of American Made Matters.

Can you please tell us about the Bollman Hat Company?

Founded in 1868 in Adamstown, PA, Bollman Hat Company is America’s oldest hat maker. Bollman has continually made wool felt hats for 146 years. During its first hundred years, Bollman added hat manufacturing capabilities to produce a hat from raw wool to finished product. We added fur felt and straw hats to our manufacturing capability during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Today, Bollman has the best collection of hat brands in the headwear industry, including Bailey, Betmar, Country Gentleman, Helen Kaminski, Kangol and Pantropic. We became the first employee-owned headwear company when we adopted our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) in 1985. Our employee-owners are proud to cover the world with unparalleled products that provide protection, comfort and style to millions throughout the world. We have nearly 300 people located on four continents and distribute products in 77 countries. Our products can be found worldwide in specialty stores, department stores, major and regional chain stores, and prominent catalog and e-commerce retailers. Throughout its incredible history, Bollman has been a primary supplier of private label headwear to the world’s leading brands and retailers covering fashion, outdoor apparel, uniform, formal wear and sports markets. Bollman owns hats.com, where consumers can browse and buy our products.

When did you first join the company? How did your role progress?

I started at Bollman as Controller in 1982. I have been blessed to serve in several positions within the company including Vice President of Administration, Sr. Vice President of Manufacturing, Executive Vice President and COO and finally President and CEO in 2002.

Why is making it in America significant at Bollman Hat Company?

Bollman is America’s oldest hat maker and will soon celebrate 150 years of U.S. hat making. I experienced the tragic decline of American manufacturing first hand when loss of major customers to foreign competition forced us to lay off more than 100 U.S. manufacturing employees. It was this experience that led me to found American Made Matters (AMM), an organization dedicated to educating consumers on just how important American manufacturing is to our country. Today AMM has close to 300 members in 43 states. Bollman is the home of American Made Matters.

What challenges has the Bollman Hat Company overcome throughout history in order to continue making it in America?

For our first ninety years, the hat industry flourished as wearing a hat was part of the daily uniform. The company always sought to develop new products and new markets. The loyalty and commitment of our people has been a hallmark of our famous company. We have 13 employee-owners during our history who worked for our company for 50 or more years of services. In 1985, we started our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) making all of our employees owners of the company. Manufacturing in the USA continues to be a challenge for many companies with high labor-content products. However we are dedicated to keeping the jobs for our employee-owners here in the U.S.A. as well as being good stewards of our heritage.

How have you expressed a passion for American manufacturing outside from your business?

I continuously reach out to businesses to join the American Made Matters movement as well as personally purchase products from our own American Made Matters members. Today I am wearing 100% American made from my hat to my socks and shoes!

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

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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All American Clothing Co. Joins American Made Matters

The mission of American Made Matters is to educate consumers that buying US-made products strengthens the American Dream. The American Made Matters organization is made up of over 260 member companies in 42 states and growing.

The latest member to join the organization is All American Clothing Co., whose mission is to support USA families and jobs by producing high-quality clothing made in USA at an affordable price. By keeping production in the USA, the American made jeans manufacturer provides jobs and a tax base that supports our communities.

All American Clothing Co. is proud to continue our mission alongside manufacturers in the American Made Matters organization who represent many different industries and we hope that our USA made clothing company can help spread the message that American made really matters!

"We care about our country and the people in it; if we were only in it for money we would move our production overseas. We will NOT trade USA jobs for foreign profits." - BJ Nickol, President & Co-Founder All American Clothing Co.

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All American Clothing Co. Sponsors Judge Pulling Team

All American Clothing (Arcanum, OH) sponsors Judge Pulling Team (Ansonia, OH) in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling Circuit with team pants made in USA.

The Judge Pulling Team is part of the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League, the premiere tractor pulling series in the United States. The team is made up of the Barga family who has both a family and winning tradition of tractor pulling experience. The Judge Pulling Team was started by Ron Barga, who has 50 + years of tractor pulling experience. He has now passed down the tradition to his six sons.

The All American Clothing Co. is proud to supply USA made items and materials to the Barga family and their Judge Pulling Team. We have a great appreciation for folks who put a large amount of time, effort, and hard work into something they compete & enjoy doing. Especially if it ends up making a lot of noise!

The highly popular Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League tours the country showcasing the most extreme vehicles and the most talented pulling drivers in the world. Featuring eight different vehicle classes from four engine, 5000+ horsepower tractors, to flame throwing jet turbine powered semi-trucks, it is a uniquely American competition that highlights the combination of sheer horsepower and driver skill.

We would like to thank Judge Pulling Team for allowing us to experience a part of their lifestyle during the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League this year. Good luck boys!

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The Big Package

Some things can only be handled in All American Jeans...

What is a Gusset?

Okay, we get asked this question ALOT.

I was recently asked the ‘what is a gusset?’ question by my father in law and let me tell you, it was so difficult to explain cleanly that I eventually resorted to pointing at my crotch in my All American Jeans and said ‘That is a gusset! It gives you more room and comfort!’ If you were not there for the show, I apologize. You will have to receive the proper definiton here.

A gusset is a diamond shaped piece of denim sewn into the crotch of our USA Made jeans. This eliminates 4 seams coming together in one place. We sew this ‘gusset’to help disperse stress around the crotch area to create a more comfortable fit and provide freedom of movement. Blue collar workers such as a roofers, plumbers, and farmers typically enjoy the extra space our gusset provides. When having to crouch down and work on your knees, a gusset keeps you out of a pinch.

When it comes to our American made jeans it is all about COMFORT! Don’t believe us?? Try a pair….If you aren’t 100% satisfied you can return your jeans within 90 days for a refund or exchange.

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The Legendary Legend Of Rufus McCooter

Tucked in the rural forests of Darke County, Ohio is the historic Bear`s Mill, where buhr stone ground flours & meals are produced. Built in 1849 by Gabriel Baer, Bear`s Mill is one of the few operating water powered mills left in Ohio today. The site and it`s water rights were granted to Major George Adams by President James Monroe in 1824.

The 'jeanius squad' from All American Clothing Co. visited Bear`s Mill recently for a tour with Master Miller Terry Clark. He shared with us many legendary stories that we will be featuring on All American Life.

None were more legendary than ‘The Legendary Legend of Rufus McCooter…’

Rufus McCooter has been described as an unusual being that roams Bear`s Mill causing mischief with his pranks. He has been heard stepping through the building, shutting doors, and dropping objects. To date, nobody has seen Rufus McCooter.

While many are skeptical of McCooter`s existence, scientists have visited the Bear`s Mill property to track his whereabouts. According to Master Miller Terry Clark, paranormal scientists have spent the night to produce evidence of mysterious activity taking place at Bear`s Mill throughout the evening hours.

Current Master Miller Terry Clark theorizes that McCooter`s existence originates from a previous master miller at Bear`s Mill. According to Clark, when working the mill alone he sometimes forgets to shut the main door. When he does, McCooter will sometimes shut it aggressively for him as if he done something wrong.

Clark also tells us that he, himself will play pranks on visitors of the mill and say it was Rufus McCooter, leaving this legendary tale up for your own interpretation.

Whether it is Terry himself or a spiritual being, the legendary tale of Rufus McCooter is one we`ll never forget!

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About Bear`s Mill:

Terry and Julie Clark acquired the Bear’s Mill property in 1978 and ran it independently for over twenty years. The Clarks came naturally as caretakers of Bear’s Mill. Terry, having a fascination for old buildings and their workings was immediately drawn to the mill, and Julie, a potter, found the natural rustic setting of the mill and property appealing to her artistic senses.

In 1999, the Clarks started a non-profit organization to keep the historic mill open for the public to enjoy. But, in October 2013 Bear’s Mill and the surrounding property was purchased by The Friends of Bear’s Mill non-profit organization through funding received from a Clean Ohio Fund Grant administered by the Ohio Public Works Commission. Additional funds were provided by the Darke County Soil and Water District in return for a conservation easement guaranteeing the property would remain undeveloped and environmentally preserved. Further support was also provided by previous Mill owners Terry & Julie Clark. The Friends of Bear’s Mill are responsible for management, fiscal responsibility and operations, as well as maintenance of the 35 acres of woodlands, dams and levees on the Mill property. The Friends of Bear’s Mill now governs it with a goal is to keep the mill preserved and open for touring & educational purposes.

Visit the Bear`s Mill website today to help preserve its history!

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Making it in America: Bodacious Cases

This Week On Making It In America.

The topic of American manufacturing gets bodacious with Arianna Russel of Bodacious Cases!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 26 year old who was born into the entrepreneurial life. My mother, Cheri Russell, went into labor during the Ozark Craft Fair (1987) on Friday, delivered me in the hallway at Cox South Saturday, then returned to the show on Sunday to work & to show her baby (me) off. I started my first business, Superior Auto Detailing out of the trunk of my Cavalier in 2005 while playing basketball full time, as a Junior in High School. By 2007 I had eight full-time workers.

I am the CEO, owner and inventor of Bodacious Cases, LLC. We are a cell phone case company that produces our products 100% made in America. We currently offer cases for the iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Plus we recently launched our camouflage line cases called "camBo." I believe it takes hard work, dedication, passion & sacrifice in order to succeed.

Can you tell us how Bodacious Cases was founded?

On the 4th of July I was at a family get together at my sister’s house and I was in the hot tub. It didn’t matter it was a Holiday or not, being a business owner I always have my phone on me. I didn’t carry my iPhone in a case at that time, so when I was by water I would put it in a ziploc baggie. This was before Apple or anyone offered the warranties that they do now, or the iCloud to back your phone up. I thought I lost my phone, so I was panicking because my phone has everything on it. It has my contacts, calendar, phone numbers, pictures, emails, everything! It’s like having my life in my pocket. My iPhone was exactly where I left it, but the next day I started researching for a case that was water-resistant, protective, durable, something that was sleek and thin, had a credit card slot on the back, something I could slide in and out of my pocket easily and something I could customize to match my outfit daily and a case that was made in America, so I made one. It took three years to the day to get it from idea to market of actually holding an American made iPhone case in my hand.

Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

American made is important to me for many reasons, one being that my father, Mike is a double Purple Heart Vietnam War Veteran & I feel I owe it to him, to all those who serve, protect & risk so much for our country. Being 100% made in America is a way to thank them for what they do. It is also important to me because I have nieces and nephews and if we keep manufacturing jobs overseas then when they get older they won’t have jobs. I feel manufacturing overseas is a great idea if as the owner I want to make a few extra bucks, but to me it’s about more than just money. Those few extra dollars kill jobs, which is the next generation and I do not want to see that happen. I would rather make less money and and create more American jobs.

Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

My mother has always loved American flags. Growing up we always had flag t-shirts, flags hanging around the house and she’s just a wonderful American woman, so I guess I’ve always had it. As some people say “I get it from my momma.”

I have a picture of me, as a 4 year old, holding an american flag in my hair, clapping and saluting the soldiers as they came back from the Persian Gulf War on April 10, 1991. I’ve always been patriotic and loved soldiers. Anytime I see a soldier or a Veteran wearing a hat I have to shake their hand and tell them thank you for their service.

How have you expressed that passion away from Bodacious Cases?

Well that`s a hard question to answer because Bodacious cases is like 99.9% of my life, but that point .01% when I’m not working I try to spread the bodacious word about why its important to buy American made and how it affects our country when we send our products overseas. Anytime I can I try to explain to my nieces and nephews why I manufacturer “Bo”, who is our logo here in America. I love teaching them and telling them why I am doing what I’m doing, and why it is important to me and how it could affect them in the future.

What is next for Bodacious Cases?

Bodacious Cases has lots of bodacious plans. We are currently looking to expand our product line to other smartphones & tablets. We are trying to raise money so that we can expand quicker and create more jobs. We are looking for a loan, or the right investor to work with to expand Bodacious Cases more. My goal as the CEO and owner is to create 100 American jobs by Dec. 3, 2014. If I do not reach that goal this year, I plan to by 2015.

Your favorite quote?

I have a lot of favorite quotes, some that i’ve wrote, but my favorite is by Steve Jobs of Apple Inc.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” -Steve Jobs

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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.

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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All American Life: Amanda Watkins

Amanda Watkins joins us on All American Life this week. Here`s what she had to say about recording her upcoming country music album.

I can't believe I'm here.

I'm standing in the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville, TN. The same RCA Studio B where music icons such as Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, the Everly Borthers and two of my all time favorites, Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson, recorded their own albums. There are so many emotions running through my head and I can't help but feel like I'm spinning.

I brought my American Flag today to hang from the top of the balcony where Elvis used to make his band stand and watch him do Karate down on the main floor. Yes... that's true.

The flag is from my great uncle’s funeral. He served our Country in WWII.

I've decided to wear only American made clothing today. My All American Clothing Company jeans are fitting right in with the sentiment of my record. It's an American Made record.

All the instruments we are using today were made in the USA - my Gibson L200 guitar, Chris Powell’s Rogers drums and Brian Allen's Lakeland bass. It feels good to reflect on the hard work that has brought me to this day - the years put in, the sweat and many tears lets me know that I've earned this moment.

Nothing feels better than experiencing something that you feel like you've earned. Things like that last a lifetime. Like when something is hand made, from the heart, and the best quality workmanship and materials are put into it. Those things last forever. That's why I love everything American made and that's why I'm using as many American made instruments and gear as possible.

I’m building an American made record. It’s not made from plastic, but from what is unbreakable. It may take time to make and I will run into obstacles, but one thing rings clear throughout my journey, anything worth having is worth fighting for. And I have enough fight in me to last a lifetime.

 

So here I am. I’m thankful for the incredible support and love from my family and friends and thankful for all the hardships bared.

We are cutting a song today called “The Bible” and wanted to share the lyrics with you all.

Hope you enjoy!

Amanda

THE BIBLE

I am a farmer’s daughter
I spend my days in the fields I know
Hard hands just like my father
The sweat of the brow
Taught me how to grow

Every day we're steady like a train
That's heavy from the freight
Night rolls in
When the fields they cry we kneel to the sky

We pray for rain just for survival
With the will of a bullet and a Bible as a gun
You ain't seen hard til it gets harder
We're living off the land
Of the workin’ man
Til the floods come

These days the wind blows stronger
And all my mama does is weep
And I work for two now
Cause all my daddy does is sleep

Every day we're steady like a train
That's heavy from the freight
Night rolls in
When the fields they cry we kneel to the sky

We pray for rain just for survival
With the will of a bullet and a Bible as a gun
You ain't seen hard til it gets harder
We're living off the land
Of the workin man
Til the floods come

The day came when I bartered
Off my land
To another man
And I moved into a city
To live out the dreams
That my father planned

We pray for rain just for survival
With the will of a bullet and a Bible as a gun
You ain't seen hard til it gets harder
We're living off the land
Now my children know it’s the price we've paid just to carry his name