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Santa Delivers A Very `Merican Christmas

We have received some never before seen footage of jolly Saint Nick delivering made in America Christmas gifts ranging from Knex toys, to a personalized photo from Diane Sawyer, a Henry Rifle case, Zippo lighters, Tervis tumblers, traceable tees from All American Clothing Co, the movie 'Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey' and more… all made in America. Santa is even wearing made in America jeans from All American Clothing Co.

Santa must have received the message that if each American spent just $66 on made in America gifts this holiday season, it would generate over 200,000 new jobs.

As you can see, Santa is IN to support made in America this Christmas!

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Empowerment Through Employment

If you ask what she thinks of her job, Natalie Davis would say, “I really enjoy it.” Natalie was recently hired by All American Clothing Company in Arcanum where she works in the warehouse supporting order fulfillment. Natalie’s job provides a variety of tasks in a team environment.

In October 2011, Natalie began her journey with the Community First Department (CF) of the Darke County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The CF department assists individuals with learning job skills, applying for jobs, and on-the-job training. Natalie successfully learned how to write a resume, gather references, and interview. She applied and interviewed for jobs with the CF department’s assistance and now holds two part-time jobs.

When the opportunity to interview at All American Clothing Company occurred, Natalie was excited and nervous. Natalie applied what she had learned through her CF experiences and was offered the position. Lawson Nickol, co-owner of All American Clothing Company, shared, “We’re happy to have the ability to give someone an opportunity and a chance.”

Natalie expresses that she enjoys the people she works with and the tasks she performs. According to Logan Beam, Director of Marketing and Communication, from All American Clothing Company, “In an age where approximately 98 percent of all clothing worn by Americans is produced overseas… All American Clothing Co. is one of the only clothing companies in the country to manufacture all of its products within the United States, using exclusively American raw materials. The cotton in a pair of All American Jeans is grown in the United States. The denim is woven here as well. The buttons and zippers are made here, too. And despite the fact that American labor is significantly more expensive than foreign labor, All American Clothing Co. manufactures all of its apparel in the United States with a mission to support American workers.” Natalie is proudly one of the American workers sending American-made clothing to doorsteps.

When asked what Natalie brings to the work place her supervisor, Kim Burns, explained, “Natalie brings diversity to our work place. Most of us take life skills for granted, and until you are blessed with the opportunity to work with an individual who has a disability, you can’t truly understand how much they want success as much as anyone does.”

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month as a reminder that people who have disabilities have a desire to work. When Kim was asked what effect Natalie has had on her or her co-workers, she expressed, “Working with Natalie has brought awareness of the need for job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. It does take additional time and patience to train, but in the end if you have helped someone gain confidence and new job skills everyone who has been involved will have a sense of accomplishment.” Businesses interested in learning more and partnering with the Darke County Board of DD can contact Rodney Willis, Community First Director at 937-548-9057.


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COMING SOON! Made in America Christmas Savings

Thank you for your interest in All American Clothing Co`s Very Merry 12 Days of Christmas.

While you anxiously await All American Clothing Co`s Very Merry 12 Days Of Christmas 2014 sale to take off on November 28, you can explore our newsletter for weekly specials and giveaways on a variety of your favorite American made clothing and accessories. We also have exclusive newsletter specials that are updated every other week.

All American Clothing Co. is your source for quality and affordable made in USA clothing products for all seasons. Shop our entire made in USA collection of jeans, shirts, outerwear, accessories, and more!

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All American Clothing Co. Makes Habitat For Humanity Donation

Leading made in USA clothing company donates house hold items and building products to Habitat for Humanity of Miami County to help assist moderate to low-income individuals and families in need.

Arcanum, OH – All American Clothing Co. donated many items that will help provide a life-changing opportunity to purchase and own simple, quality, goods for their homes at an affordable price. Items included hardware items, desks, tables, wood panels, doors, and more.

All American Clothing Co. Founder Lawson Nickol is hopeful that the items will make a difference, “We had an opportunity to help make homes for American families in need. It is our passion to help people in order to make our country a better place. To us, it is considered a responsibility to help improve the communities around us."

About Habitat for Humanity:

Habitat for Humanity of Miami County, OH cultivates and educates first-time, moderate to low-income buyers within the Miami County area. Volunteers and staff work with potential homeowners to prepare them for long-term, sustainable success as homeowners with roughly six months of education and preparation. They partner with hired contractors, volunteers, and the future homeowners to build or rehab the homes for families in need. The organization defines “need” as someone earning 30-50% of the average median income (AMI) for the Miami County area. That equates to roughly a $18,050 annual income for a family of four at 30% AMI.

About All American Clothing Co:

All American Clothing Company is a success story of a small company in today`s economy. The entire company supports a “USA Made passion” as they strive to foster loyalty among customers. All American Clothing Company is conceivably a poster child for “small business success stories.” To find out more about the passion and the effort it takes to build a business in today`s economy go to http://www.allamericanclothing.com and read the tab “Our Story.” 888-937-8009.


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Making It In America: Bulldog Lighting

This Week On Making It In America

We shed some light on the importance of American manufacturing with Mr. Dylan Sievers of Bulldog Lighting

Please tell us a about yourself.

Well, I was born and raised in San Carlos, California in Northern California. My parents however are from San Francisco and Arkansas. So, I have some city and country influence. I have a sister who is two years older than me as well. I have always been into cars and trucks and enjoyed working on Jeeps or Dirt bikes with my dad as a kid. I was actually lucky enough to be a co-driver for a team racing in the Best in the Desert Series when I was 17 and a senior in high school. The team couldn’t afford the $2000 for LED Light Bars from the companies in the industry at the time so with the support and help of my family and their over 25 years of experience in the electrical industry, I started Bulldog Lighting.

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

We first started Bulldog Lighting by designing our led light bar and having China manufacture it. As time went on, we decided to begin assembling the fixtures in the United States much like some of our competitors. Manufacturing here became important to us as we found that the overseas manufacturer was giving our ideas and designs to anyone who asked for them. We quickly determined that making it here was the only way to protect our designs and patents pending at the time. With the constant job losses that were being shown on the news as well as seeing them locally, it was obvious that we needed to help in any way that we could. Even if it was a small part at the time, we knew that every little bit helps.

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

Well, it hasn't been easy. But that is with anything, you have to put forth the effort in order to get a result, and if that isn't what you want then you keep pushing forward. Through all of the research that we have done in order to find exactly what we need to do in order to make it here in America it proved to be a much more difficult task than we had originally thought. Maybe that was why no one else in the industry had tried as hard as we did. It has taken almost 2 years to iron out the technical specifications, the logistics of where the factories are, and to perfect the parts that go into the actual finished fixture. You wouldn't believe the detail but it even came down to finding the right texture or type of powder coat that we were going to use. We have been certified by Made in USA Certified®, the nation’s leading 3rd party auditor for Made in USA Origin claims. We are very proud to have it all made here in America, all the way down to screws, pcb’s (printed circuit boards), housings, end caps, wire, lenses, and much more. Of course there are some components on the PCB that are not made here which include capacitors and resistors which are not even available from any U.S. source since they were never made here and have no inclination to ever be made here (or else we would use those!). Even the CREE LED starts here and is then sent overseas to get cut and packaged. It is then sent back on a reel, as are the other components and the final production of the PCB is done in Texas and California. According to the Federal Trade Commission standards, final and most transformation completed in the USA warrants a Made In USA badge. Since those components are the only pieces not made here, we are well above the standard.

What are the toughest challenges to make Bulldog-Lighting in the USA?

The toughest challenges we face is the misconception other companies imply that they are Made in USA but don't actually source all of their materials from within the states. Since we started Bulldog Lighting, the entire industry has seen an insurgence of imported LED Light bars which are lowering the value of the LED light bar as a product. We combat these challenges by providing the strongest and most durable light bar as well as making it right here in America. The garage sellers that import overseas light bars don’t pay a tax for labor, or a city or county tax or anything. We are working with various foundations to bring awareness to American Made Matters, Made in USA Foundation and more that support US Companies and manufacturing in America.

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

A favorite quote of my mom’s is; Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like hard work. Thomas Edison. I think for me that quote simply means you have to work to succeed. Nothing is easy or everyone would be doing it. I used to work in my mom’s business, Coolballs®, she made antenna balls. I was 6 years old (lol, it wasn’t that kind of child labor. I had to have my homework done first. I loved it. It made me feel big.) I have always worked hard. My mom was the only mom who would give us summer homework! I would package Coolballs® in plastic bags, print them, or ship them out to customers. Bringing back manufacturing to the United States is important. We manufacture a high quality, American Made product. The United States fought for labor rights, fought to make this the country the land of opportunity, THE AMERICAN DREAM, but if we don’t manufacture anything anymore, what else will we do? We can't all be in the customer service industry, can we? Bulldog Lighting is affordable, because we are for the working man or woman. This quote means to me that opportunity isn't easy to grab but that it takes hard work in order to get the results that you want. Made In America doesn't have to cost you.


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Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey

Documentary Film Features All American Clothing Co.

Forever changed by witnessing the devastation in his hometown after an aluminum plant shuts down due to outsourcing, Josh Miller sets out on a 30 day journey across America to find out if “Made in the USA” really means anything anymore.

Throughout the journey Josh lives off of “Made in USA” products to the best of his ability, and speaks to the people in the heart of America (including the Founders of All American Clothing Co.) about the issues facing America today as the continued outsourcing of the manufacture of goods erodes the manufacturing backbone of the American economy, and the dreams of countless workers around the nation.

The All American Clothing Co. is proud to be a part of the film "Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey." As Josh Miller attempted to find if "made in USA" really meant anything anymore, he stopped by All American Clothing Co. headquarters and interviewed our Founders about the importance of American made. The interview is featured in the documentary film. It is one you will not want to miss!

Click here to rent the movie on iTunes for just $4.99.


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That Moment When

You`re an employee at All American Clothing Co. and you are waiting in the line outside the men`s restroom during a Blake Shelton concert. Suddenly, you realize the guy in front of you is wearing All American Jeans.

What would you do?

So there I was…

Waiting in line to use the men`s restroom. I reached in my pocket to check the time on my phone. Looking down on my phone, I noticed the guy in front of me was wearing All American Jeans.

I said to myself, “Self, what should you do?"

As a representative of the company, I felt responsible to thank the man in front of me for supporting USA workers. As a human being, I felt like I should leave him alone. A restroom is no place to compliment a man on his jeans after all.

The situation required further investigation...

I made a decision based on 4 key factors:

1.) We we`re standing outside the restroom - If we were inside, things may get weird.
2.) I was twice his body size - In case he took offense to what I was about to say, I felt comfortable enough to protect myself.
3.) He had a cold beverage - Perhaps this would make him sociable.
4.) Both of us were wearing All American Jeans - At the end of the day, it`s rare to see someone wearing USA made jeans as only 2% of clothing sold in America is actually made in America.

Time was not on my side. The line got closer to the restroom. If I chose to thank him for wearing our jeans, I`d have to act soon.

The Verdict:

Me: “Hey there, nice pants!”
Guy: (Turns around, looks puzzled) “Huh? What`s that?”
Me: “Nice pants man. Jeans made in America from All American Clothing Co. I work there! Thanks for supporting USA workers with us.”
Guy: “You work there?! I love All American Jeans man. My brother got me hooked on them. We like the tracebility feature.”
Me: “Awesome. Thanks again. Sorry if I creeped you out, but I had to say something. I do marketing work there & felt like I should thank you.”
Guy: “No problem. I`m glad you said something. It`s a small world sometimes! You got a card?”
Me: “Sure do. Here you go. Nice running into you. Enjoy the rest of the show & thank your brother for his support next time you see him.”
Guy: “Thanks. Will do!”

What would you have done in this situation? Did Boomer handle it the way you would?

Do you have a fun story about someone you met wearing All American Jeans?

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Where Are Our Made in USA Supporters At?

Here`s a list of our top 10 made in America visitors by state!

1. California – 9.60%
2. New York – 7.53%
3. Ohio – 6.62%
4. Illinois – 5.86%
5. Pennsylvania – 5.53%
6. Texas – 5.29%
7. Michigan – 4.91%
8. Florida – 4.37%
9. New Jersey – 2.94%
10. Washington – 2.76%

Did your state make the cut? Let us know with a comment below!

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Fall Into Comfort Made in USA

The leaves are starting to turn, the air is beginning to cool, and the days are getting shorter.

Do you know what that means? Fall is coming soon!

Fall means football, but at All American Clothing Co. it is officially 'blue jean season.' People will start wearing blue jeans again, making fall one of our favorite times of the year!

Dressing for fall gets tricky as you make the transition from summer, especially if you are considering to do so in only American made clothing items. Just 2% of the apparel purchased in the United States is actually American made. Fortunately, you have no worries at All American Clothing Co. We have got you covered!

Below, we have compiled some of our favorite made in USA clothing items for you to begin the fall season with. We hope you will try them all!

Please consider making the American made choice as you begin to layer up for the fall season. After all, if each American just spent $64 on made in USA clothing items, it would generate over 200,000 new jobs.

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Closer Look: All American Clothing Co. Thriving

 
 

Arcanum facility only produces, sells U.S.-made apparel.

By: Rachel Murray, staff writer Dayton Daily News

The percentage of clothing purchased by consumers that was made in the United States has dropped dramatically since the 1990s, and one local company hopes to contribute to a turnaround for American made apparel.

Just 2.5 percent of the clothing purchased by American consumers last year was made in the U.S., down from close to 56 percent in 1991, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

Add to that a recent Federal Trade Commission crackdown on deceptive “made in the U.S.A.” claims, which experts said may have eroded consumer confidence, plus the news that California-based American Apparel hasn’t turned a profit in four years, and the outlook for U.S.-made clothing appears bleak.

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But not to the owners of All American Clothing Company in Arcanum, a small village that sits an hour north of Dayton in Darke County. The business sells U.S.-made jeans, T-shirts, socks, shoes, and more, primarily online at allamericanclothing.com, and uses technology to show customers its apparel is made in the U.S.

“I won’t disclose profit specifics, but we are a now multi-million dollar company. We grow every year. We haven’t had a down year yet. We are up 10 percent for the year and we expect that to go up as we get into our busier holiday shopping season,” All American Clothing Company co-founder and president B.J. Nickol said.

His father and co-owner Lawson Nickol said more growth is on the horizon.

“We are just about ready to look into wholesale. We have had over 500 companies ask us to make products for them. We are not ready for that yet, but it’s just around the corner,” the senior Nickol said.

Lawson Nickol said he started the company in 2002. He said when his former apparel company employer decided to move jobs to Mexico, he quit two days later and hasn’t looked back.

“We set a two year deadline. We expected it would take some time, and it did. The first two years we took in $1,800, and that’s it. We ate a lot of Cheerios morning, lunch and in the evening to make it, and as we moved into the third year we were making an income,” Lawson Nickol said.

The company moved from an eight-by-eight foot closet “warehouse” to it’s current location at 1 Pop Rite Drive and now has over 40,000 square feet, and employs 12 people, according to All American Clothing Company director of marketing and communications, Logan Beam.

“Our 12 full-time workers can support over 12,000 American jobs in many different industries, from American cotton farmers, to truck drivers, to the U.S.A.-made box the product is shipped in, to the postman who delivers the product to your doorstep. It’s about supporting jobs,” Beam said.

But how can consumers be sure they are getting a product made entirely in the U.S.?

The FTC recently filed a complaint against Columbus-based Made in the USA Brand, which provided a “Made in U.S.A.” certification seal to companies and marketers.

“The issue was that the certifier was taking no steps to independently confirm that the companies using its mark made products in the U.S.A. We saw some examples where companies were using the mark to promote products that were not made in the U.S.,” said FTC staff attorney Julia Solomon Ensor.

Made in the USA Brand agreed to a consent decree that it would either need to independently audit products that used it’s certification mark, or give companies a logo that stated that the product was self-certified as made in the U.S., without any independent confirmation, Solomon Ensor said.

She said it’s an issue of trust.

“It’s vitally important that these claims are truthful. Our primary mission here at the FTC is to prevent consumer deception,” Solomon Ensor said.

All American Clothing Company has its products certified by another firm, Made in the USA Certified, which states that each company must undergo a rigorous audit to show all of its products are produced in the U.S., but it also goes a step further.

All of the jeans sold have a certificate of traceability.

“The certificate provides a traceability number, and with that number a consumer of All American jeans can log onto allamericanclothing.com and go through the process of how their jeans were made. We will show them the American workers who produced these jeans back to the American cotton farmers who grew the cotton,” Beam said.

Most American Clothing Company Jeans are priced at $48.99, T-shirts range from $8.99 to $20, which is comparable to many name brands.

Utilizing a network of cotton farmers in Texas, the cotton is harvested and shipped to a denim mill in Lubbock, Texas, from there it’s sent to one of two cut and sew factories in Texas or Kentucky, then the finished jeans are shipped to the warehouse in Arcanum. There the jeans get a “made in the U.S.A.” patch before they are shipped to consumers, Beam said.

“Buying made in the U.S. products gives people a sense of pride. Consumers are proud to buy something that’s made here. They are supporting their own and getting a quality product,” B.J. Nickol said.


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