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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.

Photo credits: Jim Witmer, Dayton Daily News

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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Profoundly Disconnected?

Meet Mike Rowe. Mike and his Foundation, mikeroweWORKS are committed to help close our country’s skills gap by helping hardworking people train for the technical skills and expertise needed to keep America running.

About the skills gap:

- A trillion dollars in student loans.
- Record high unemployment (over twelve million).
- Three million good jobs that no one seems to want.

Mike and his foundation believe that three million good jobs available with twelve million unemployed is profoundly disconnected.

We agree.

Industries like the American garment industry continue to lose jobs within their supply chain due to the skills gap. In total, the American garment industry has lost 85% of it`s skilled labor force since 1990 according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. What used to be over 900,000 workers now hardly exceeds 100,000. Also, with 98% of the clothing purchased in the USA being foreign made (source: ABC World News), it is not getting easier to find American made clothing… or the skilled tradesmen to make it. This is why we are proud to support the mikeroweWORKS Foundation and it`s efforts to promote hard work and support of the skilled trades in the many industries that rely on skilled labor.

The mikeroweWORKS Foundation awards scholarships to men and women who have demonstrated an interest in and an aptitude for mastering a specific trade. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.:/

More than $2.5 million in scholarships have been raised and donated to schools around the country thanks to the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, including Midwest Technical Institute, Tulsa Welding School, The Refrigeration School and Universal Technical Institute.

The goal of mikeroweWORKS Foundation and Profoundly Disconnected is to challenge the absurd belief that a four-year degree is the only path to success.

The Skills Gap is here, and if we don’t close it, it’ll swallow us all.

Which is a long way of saying, mikeroweWORKS could use your help…


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THE BIBLE – A Sneak Peek With Amanda Watkins

“The Bible” tells the story of America’s working man and woman. I’m a huge advocate of American made products and believe this song really celebrates and humanizes what it means to support American workers. I hope you all enjoy this “All American Exclusive” song and can’t wait to share the rest of the album with you! ~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.

~Amanda Watkins

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The Road Less Traveled

Meet Wayde “THE POOR MAN” Fishman. We met Wayde less than a year ago while vacationing in Hawaii. He is one of the most unique, exciting, and interesting men we have shared an adventure with.

Here`s Why:

This shaved headed, goatee wearing, tattoo covered, former MMA practioner from Boston moved to Hawaii 18 years ago to make his dreams come true and show others how to vacation or move to Hawaii on a poor man's budget. Today, he runs the adventurous Wayde's World Hawaii Tours.

Coming from a small suburb outside of Boston, Wayde has learned that the places you discover, the people you help along the way, and the experiences you live through on your life journey matters more than how much money you make or how many things you have.

Wayde left the hard edge lifestyle of Boston behind and changed to one of Aloha in Hawaii. He bases his life now on a spiritual journey, sharing the Spirit of Aloha with everyone he meets. He is passionate about making sure everyone and anyone should be able to enjoy Hawaii to the fullest, regardless of what budget they have.

He has recruited some of the best hiking guides and now is the best travel agency manager in the business to provide visitors with the most private, personal, and custom tours Hawaii has to offer. Wayde's guides all have their own lives and jobs, but like any super-hero movie, Wayde can assemble them together at any time using their special talents to help him give you one unforgettable experience of the island. Wayde's crew not only trail blaze Oahu, but seek adventure on other islands, discovering new places and learning new things about themselves as they challenge each other to go above and beyond their personal limits.

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The All American Clothing Co. would like to thank Wayde "The Poor Man" Fishman for allowing us to share his story. We`d also like to thank Wayde for supporting USA jobs by wearing some American made clothing items as he takes a walk on the wild side. The next time you visit the island of Oahu, be sure to give Wayde a call to schedule a tour! They are unforgettable.

It is a privilege to meet people like Wayde who care so much for their environment, the people around them, and their country. We hope to give back in the same sense as Wayde does by helping others through many efforts.

We appreciate the support we receive from people like Wayde all around the world. You keep us going! If we wanted to make more money, we`d move production overseas. We will not trade USA jobs for foreign profits. Together with your support, we can continue to grow and create jobs. Remember, if each American spent just $66 on American made goods, it would generate over 200,000 new jobs (source: ABC World News).

Thank you.

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It Says Made In USA, But Is It Really?

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 logan@allamericanclothing.com

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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