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Investigating the rise & fall of the once promising American denim industry
By: Logan Beam
For the American denim industry, the loss of jobs has remained a common theme for the past couple decades. Today, denim giants continue to outsource production, denim mills continue to shut down, and many Americans continue to lose jobs in the American denim industry.
Outsourcing and shut downs have been going on for years in the American garment industry. Since the early 1990s this once promising industry has lost 85% of it`s labor force (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics). So much of the American garment industry has been outsourced that only 2% of the clothing purchased in the USA is even made in America (Source: ABC World News).
Jeans were once an American icon. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, high school kids would begin wearing blue jeans as a status symbol of rebellion towards their adult parents because their parents did not wear jeans. In the 1970s, jeans started to become iconic in culture thanks to celebrities such as Neal Diamond, who sang the famous hit ‘Forever in Blue Jeans.' Blue jeans had arrived. They were a national phenomenon.
Through the 1980s, blue jeans were still in high demand throughout the United States. Many remember the cover of the famous Bruce Springsteen album ‘Born in the USA,’ which was the first compact disc to be made in America. Jeans had now been established as a major part of popular culture. El Paso was now considered the blue jeans capital of the world, where it manufactured an estimated 2 million pairs of America's favorite pants each week (Source: San Antonio Express).
Throughout the 1990s, things would begin to change. American jean giants would begin to move production elsewhere. Their buildings would become vacant, local economies became ruined, and people have been left without jobs. A denim industry that once supported over 900,000 USA jobs hardly supports 100,000 today.
Many believe that made in America jeans no longer exist. Despite this, there is a group of hard working companies making jeans and supporting jobs in the United States today. Many utilize the same resources and support the same jobs in their supply chains, making this group of made in America jean makers unique. Together, they continue to keep the denim industry alive and support thousands of USA jobs because they believe it`s the right thing to do.
Made in USA: It`s In Their Jeans.
All American Clothing Co.
Black & Denim
Is there a made in America jean company we have missed? Please let us know and we`ll get them listed.
ABC World News reports that $64 spent on a USA Made item by each American can create over 200,000 new jobs. Watch as ABC World News traces clothing back to farmer who grows cotton. #MadeInAmerica
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About All American Clothing Co:
Founded in 2002 by Lawson & BJ Nickol due to a previous employer`s decision to outsource jeans and jobs to Mexico, the father and son team started the All American Clothing Co – A USA made jean company of their own that vows to never trade USA jobs for foreign profits. The father son duo and their All American Clothing Co. has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN Living, Huffington Post, Fox Business, CNBC, Sirius XM, Forbes, Inc., and many more.
Yeah, yeah, yeah… another year, another bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates right? She`s no Forest Gump, she knows what she`s going to get!
Especially when it`s the same thing year after year. This year, you need to throw her off a bit!
Here are 7 Valentine`s Day gifts made in USA you SHOULD get her instead.
1.) Beef Jerky – She`ll never expect it! And she will love it! She may also share. We recommend searching Jerky.Com. They have the widest selection of made in USA jerky.
2.) Lodge Cast Iron Skillet or Dutch Oven – This could end up being a gift in disguise for you as well. She may cook you breakfast with it!
3.) Two fishing poles – Check out Bob`s Made in America Fishing Rods and take her on a fishing trip this Spring. Don`t forget the tackle and worms!
4.) A Fire Pit – Who doesn`t enjoy a nice campfire? Look for a made in USA fire pit at Ohio Flame.
5.) Chocolate covered bacon – Search recipes online and make a batch for her. She`ll love the effort… and the taste!
6.) Go crazy with a white water rafting trip! They are always fun!
7.) A gift card from All American Clothing Co. is always a good addition to any gift! Sorry, we couldn`t finish without a selfless plug… ;)
Did we miss any good gift ideas? Please share your ideas in the comments below!
Phil says winter is coming. Six more weeks of freezing temperatures with snow and ice will continue. The mornings of getting up early to scrape off your car windows until your hands get frostbitten will carry on. Driving on frozen roads, falling on ice, failing to open frozen car doors, higher gas bills, having cabin fever, wearing no shorts, no flip flops, no swimming, and potential house floods, oh my!!! Ice cream will be less fun to eat because it`s too cold!
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Phil has seen his shadow. The Punxsutawney Groundhog Club even says Phil has a 100% accuracy.
Yep, we are doomed.
Or are we? Should we believe a furry expert named Phil?
Let`s look at the real track record. According to Storm Fax, Punxsutawney Phil has made 118 prognostications of an early spring (no shadow) 17 times (14%). As of 2014, his correction has been right about 39% of the time.
This could really go either way, so at All American Clothing co. we are preparing you for both winter and spring. This week we will introduce a new made in USA hoodie for winter featuring an all new koozie pocket. The koozie will keep you warm and your favorite beverages cold! We also have the finest American made cargo shorts stocked and ready to go, to help you plan for spring!
Do you prefer a long winter or an early spring?
Click here to get ready.
My name is Josh Miller, I’m a blue-collar worker during the day and an independent filmmaker at night. My passion lies with the “Made in America” movement. Many of you know me as the “Made in USA Guy” and are aware of my documentary film, Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey. All American Clothing Co. has kindly invited me to provide a blog post each month to their website, which I gladly accepted. I’ve got plenty on my mind to share, so here goes the first post.
I travel a decent distance to and from work every day, which gives me quite some time to think about the future. Every morning my mind drifts to thoughts of how my wife and I are going to survive fiscally. We live paycheck to paycheck like most Americans in the new American economy. I glance at my wife’s belly (a little over eight months pregnant), and I’m scared to death and excited at the same time. The scared to death part reaches deep into our parental instinct to ensure we pass on our genes to a new generation and leave that generation better off than ours. I’m also excited to see a combination of myself and my wife’s personality and attributes rolled up into another human being, you find it so hard to believe that the creation of another human being is possible. Protection mode kicks in and you feel like doing less talking and more doing.
This extra energy I’ve felt over the past several months has helped me push myself looking for new opportunities. However, I’ve questioned the very thing we all pursue, the American Dream. First, I think we must define what that means present day. I followed what the education system and society told me to do. Pick out what area you want to study when you’re young, pick a major, and know what it is you want to do with your life. I went through that whole process and fell in line. The only thing that saved me from crushing college debt was the fact that I was a pretty good baseball player, All-American if I may add. I don’t speak much about my accomplishments, but working my butt off since I was a little boy playing America’s game, I thought I would give myself a little shout out. Anyways, I went on and received a Master’s Degree, and I’m now creeping in on 30 years old, I still do what I can just to get by, even thinking about taking on additional side jobs. There is nothing wrong with falling in line, we all have to do it (face realities) at some point in our lives, there is no shame in that, but we have to understand that life is a big chess game and you have to decide when to make your move. My vision of the American Dream requires breaking the mold and playing that game. We must face the reality that momentum is certainly not on the side of the American worker at the moment and is not in favor of the American entrepreneur unless you’re willing to manufacture overseas.
Globalization has opened up America to new markets, but globalization has also crippled American manufacturing because Congress and the White House decided that “making things” isn’t a priority to this country a long time ago. I hear the political rhetoric about “Made in America” all the time during election season, it’s a great crowd pleaser, but at the end of the day is just an empty promise. It may not be in my lifetime, but one day the American people will figure out that they are the butt of a big economic joke. We have spent trillions protecting our physical security as a nation (rightfully so), but at some point we’re going to have to make a stand on our economic security or suffer the consequences. One-way trade agreements continue to erode the middle class and in the long run it will destroy American companies. How can you expect a consumer economy to survive that can’t even put food on the table for their families? We’ve forgotten what built our nation. The unemployment rate has improved, but I’m not convinced that the America of old has returned. I’m disturbed with both sides of the aisle right now, and yes both sides should rightfully accept the blame. I screened my documentary film in Washington DC, not one Congressional leader or Congressional aide showed up for the screening. The first step to solving a problem is admitting that you have one, and I don’t think we’re ready to accept that we’ve fallen behind and are no longer leading the way in this world. I think it’s time we admit that America is at an economic crossroad and a battle for identity.
For the first time in my lifetime, I see America looking to what the rest of the world is doing, but I say our founders didn’t fight and die for our independence just to watch us become like the rest of the world only a couple centuries later. We must get that pride back. The problem is we must decide what type of country we want to be. I think over time we (Americans) have just accepted the status quo and hoped things would get better. Somehow, the issues with our country should solve themselves, right? We don’t vote, we don’t question/challenge, and we don’t seem to care much about anything except for what the next hit TV reality show will be or what the next iPhone or Samsung Galaxy smartphone will look like. I don’t say this to be offensive, I say this as a wakeup call in which I’m including myself.
The answer to our problems? I wish I could take you step by step toward a future with a better outlook, but if we’re to do our republic any justice we must let our people make that decision as it was intended. We have the power and the influence to turn the tides in our favor again and still be able to take part in world affairs. I told you there was nothing wrong with falling in line, but honestly, the few times I felt I’ve made progress in my life was when I took a chance and jumped from the line. I remember when people smirked at me when I told them I was going to produce a documentary film without prior film experience. The same people that smirked at me, later presented me with ideas for new projects and wanted to get involved in my future endeavors. I don’t say that in spite or with sarcasm, it has just helped me develop two certainties in life: (1) success changes minds and (2) at some point in your life breaking out of that line gives you fresh air and new perspectives which may lead to future success. Just a note, success is never guaranteed. Life is full of calculated risks, but you’re smarter and more adaptable than you give yourself credit for.
With that said, I’m prepared to jump out of line and make a move on the chess board in 2015 and decide whether I’ll make a run for Congress in the next election cycle in my home state of West Virginia. My option is the 2nd Congressional District of West Virginia.
I could go my whole life talking to you about “Made in America” and blogging about securing America’s economic future, or I could put my words into action and find out how important YOU think these issues are to our future. America must be what WE wish it to become or we’ll become what the rest of the world wants us to be.
“I have always thought the actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.” – John Locke
You can check out our website and documentary film at http://www.usa30days.com/
Do you check the label before you purchase a product? Buying products made in America is really a good (and cool!) thing.
Here are 22 reasons why.
1.) Better quality.
2.) Finer customer service.
3.) Supporting U.S. manufacturing jobs reduces the unemployment rate.
4.) It also expands the tax base to pay for benefits.
5.) Shorter delivery time.
6.) It supports companies that support other American companies within their supply chain.
7.) Product safety.
8.) You can meet the people behind the brand.
9.) It creates a better standard of living for America`s future generations.
10.) No child and slave labor. Over 75 countries still support both.
11.) Buying American supports healthy working conditions.
12.) If each American spent just $64 on American made items, it will generate 200,000 new jobs.
13.) Boost the local economy. The workers you support pay dollars at their local stores, keeping jobs in their community.
14.) American manufacturers have guidelines in place to help cut down on pollution for a safer and cleaner environment.
15.) Industries like the made in America clothing industry have lost 85% of it` s labor force.
16.) China recently surpassed the United States as the world`s largest economy.
17.) America is losing half a million jobs to China every year.
18.) Many imported products are from countries that are non-friendly to the United States or democracy.
19.) The United States has a trade imbalance that is more than 7 times larger than any other nation on earth has.
20.) Purchasing American made products makes a difference with each purchase. It is actually fun to find American made products. Check those labels!
21.) Buying products that are made in America is a matter of pride!
22.) Did we say that buying American keeps jobs in the USA?
All American Clothing Co. is proud to be an American made clothing company.
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It`s Time To Layer Up!
As temperatures begin to drop, dressing up in layers remains a great way to stay warm so we have put a list of our 7 favorite USA made clothing items to help!
7 Great Items To Cozy Up In
1. All American Hoodie: A proper choice for a made in America winter. This American made sweatshirt is soft, roomy, and made to last.
2. 40 Below: Need we say more? This USA made sock is very thick and comfortable. It is made to keep feet exceptionally warm. The 40 Below sock can be used to lounge around in, or to withstand extreme cold temperatures for those who work outside during the winter.
3. All American Beanie: A made in the USA beanie that is just as soft as the All American Hoodie. Keep those ears warm with this fan favorite.
4. All American Jeans: A made in America jean that features a thick, soft, warm, fabric that is made to keep you warm & last! And they can be traced back to the American farmers who grew the cotton.
5. All American Tee Shirt: What to wear underneath those layers? How about a made in the USA tee shirt! This tee is available in an array of colors. Also available in printed tee styles.
6. Made in America Carhartt Jacket: Keeps you warm like no other. We recommend for warmth and comfort.
7. Boots made in America: You can still find boots made in the USA! We offer both soft and steel toe boots that are as tough (and good looking) as you are!
Special mention to Sullivan Glove Co. for making gloves in the USA since 1941.
Stay warm out there. Stay made in America!
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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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.