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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

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Signs You Are An All American Addict: #1-5

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Rebuilding the All American Way…

Our friend Buddy has been rebuilding his health and his bike the All American Way! We are glad to hear the great news of Buddy`s recovery. Please do not take it from us. Check out what Buddy had to say below!

Rebuilding The All American Way

“I got the bike put back together, finally put the front brake mount and caliper on yesterday. I had to custom make a bracket for the caliper since they don't make one for my bike.

It turns out the hospital I initially went to missed two fractures in my ankle and after working a couple of weeks and them not getting better I went to an orthopedist. I had severely bruised my Tallis (the bone that goes across the top if your foot) it was bad enough they were concerned about it becoming necrotic and it having to be replaced with a donor bone (Thank God that didn't happen). It ended up healing well and I had surgery to repair most of the ligaments and some cartilage/fracture of my ankle.

I was off work for 6 months with surgery and rehab. I now have a pin in my ankle that should dissolve over the next 18 months. That's allowing the cartilage and bone that had pulled away to reattach and heal fully.

I have the bike back together with the exception of the front fender. I have to figure out a way to mount a full fender on a springer front end. Springers usually don't have mounting brackets. I wanted to go for a updated old school look. I replaced the hydraulic front end with a springer front end, the original headlight was remounted with an adaptor that lifted it up and out. I manufactured a plate that allowed me to place the bars I wanted on the springer (springers have 5" centers for risers [mounts for the handlebars] and my bars required 3"centers). The bars are 16" pointed ape hangers on 4" risers. The wheels are 16" spoked wheels with 3/8" spokes and sealed rims to run without tubes. The air cleaner cover is off of a mid to late 50's Panhead. The Pipes are the old Vance and Hines Longshots with the dented heat covers removed and the pipes sealed and wrapped with header wrap. Placed new floorboards and highway bars. Jack Daniels derby and cam covers. The tombstone tail light is off of a late 40's Panhead. The Tank is the original tank that the dent was removed and repaired. Both fenders required replacement. The front is yet to be mounted but the back is a 4" stretched fender.

My cousin has a paint booth and he painted it to my specs with Satin black over gloss black. All parts except the derby and cam covers are made in the USA. The Derby and Cam covers were gifts from family that were bought at the local, family owned motorcycle shop. I also rewired the front and rear ends with spools of wire, a solder gun and wire sleeves, no harnesses were purchased from overseas. I've left off some smaller parts because the list is quite long on what I had to replace/rebuild.

Luckily the frame was straight and the only thing I had to straighten was the fender struts which I did with a big hammer, a thick metal bar and a lot of elbow grease."

Buddy

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Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring In Style!

It has been a very long and cool winter as record setting temperatures dropped to sub-zero in many parts of the country.

Even today, it is still bitter in some states which means we are even more excited about the upcoming warm temperatures to come with the season of Spring. After all - Spring has officially sprung!

The weather will be warming up before you know it!

We are looking forward to the many outdoor activities one can enjoy in our American made clothing styles.

Here are 10 of our favorite USA made clothing styles for Spring…

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For Him:

 
 
Amanda Watkins

Making it in America: Amanda Watkins

This Week On Making It In America.

This week, 'Making it in America' reaches a high note with country music artist Amanda Watkins! Amanda`s musical journey has led her to opportunities performing with the likes of Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley. She has also appeared on the hit television series "Hart of Dixie" and has performed on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." In addition to her musical career, Amanda is a leading supporter of American made items...

Please tell us a about yourself.

I was born in the wild and wonderful state of West Virginia spending my years between there and Florida. It took all of my first four years of life to realize the agenda for me was going to be singing, songwriting, cooking and eating great food and, as cliche as it may sound, expressing my love for America through each of those avenues. I come from a hard working, God loving, life-is-what-you-make-of-it, hard headed, hillbilly vegetarian, tight knit, music lovin' family. They inspire me to write songs about the working man, love and just simply getting by in this crazy life. Work hard, play hard and love hard. Straight up.

This love of music has blessed me with a pretty wonderful life thus far. Touring, meeting incredible people who share this love of singing and writing and being able to express myself through song. From singing "Jonah In The Belly Of A Whale" in church at the age of five to standing on hallowed ground at The Ryman Auditorium to a full house, I feel like the luckiest girl on earth.

Performing live with some incredible Country artists has been my deal thus far. Dierks Bentley, Jamey Johnson, Dwight Yoakam and Brad Paisley are but a few whose careers I greatly admire and each for their own reason. I grew up never being able to get enough Waylon, Willie and George. There is a sense of freedom and at the same time a sense of responsibility that I can honestly say I love assuming in life. Music has taken me on a wild journey and I keep going. For the love of God and for the love of music.

Why is making it in America important to you?

There are so many reasons American made is important to me. The obvious reason is for helping to create jobs domestically and, in turn, hopefully bettering our economy for this generation and generations to come. When buying American made products, we can be more knowledgeable and confident about where and how the products are made and under what conditions. There are a variety of unknown situations overseas that we often can’t be privy to in terms of working conditions and standards. Supporting American manufacturers and domestic workers is truly important to me because we are also much of the time supporting safe working conditions and fair wages. It’s important to set that standard.

In what ways have you made it in America?

I am a recording artist and touring musician. I have traveled across the USA from the coal fields to Washington state singing "workin man" songs and bringing attention to the American made movement. My most recent single, "Whole Damn Train,” typifies and epitomized this topic. I have spent a good part of my life waiting on tables at Baby Blues BBQ in Venice, CA where I have had the absolute pleasure of meeting people from every walk of life... from the trucker stopping in before his long haul back across the States to the all-American visual artist selling their work in galleries and on street corners. I had the privilege to work for Rick and Danny, the owners and creators of Baby Blues, and see their American Dream come true - all because they worked hard enough.

How have you and/or your company expressed a passion for manufacturing in USA throughout history?

I only purchase American-made products for my Amanda Watkins merchandise to sell at shows and online. I also advertise that what I am selling is 100% made in the USA .

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

I have two… "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America". I love this because I think it's so easy to harp on how negative things are but it’s harder to stand up and do something about it or to be positive about how good we have it. Perspective is a powerful thing.

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." It’s another reminder that it truly takes only one person. We have the power to change anything we want to change all we have to do is believe it can happen.

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

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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NEW! Summer Hours: All American Showroom

We are proud to call the village of Arcanum, OH our home. Arcanum is where our headquarters & All American Showroom is located.

It is also where we began in 2002 after Lawson Nickol decided to resign as sales manager for a previous USA made blue jeans manufacturer when it`s production was outsourced to Mexico. Here, along with his son BJ & family - a USA made jean manufacturer & clothing retailer of their own began - the All American Clothing Co.

Note: If you`d like to visit at a different time, please give us a call at 888.937.8009 to schedule a date with us. We are always open to support American workers!

All American Showroom Address:

1 Pop Rite Rd. Arcanum, OH 45304.

Springtime is approaching. Get ready with our selection of USA made shorts, jeans, tees, & more! Sales found on our website will match up accordingly with sales in the showroom.

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NEW! Summer Showroom Hours.

Mondays: 12 noon - 2:00 PM Est.
Wednesdays: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM Est.
Fridays: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM Est.

*NOTE: We are also open by appointment. To set up a time, please call our customer service department at 888-937.8009.

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Annin flags have been carried by the Union Army during the American Civil War, draped President Lincoln’s casket, flew at Iwo Jima, decorated the George Washington Bridge and accompanied the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon in 1969. 

A must read how Annin Flagmakers has been 'making it in America' since 1847!

Making It In America: Annin Flagmakers

This Week On Making It In America:

We are proud to speak with Dale Coots of Annin Flagmakers.

Q. Please tell us about yourself.

I began working at Annin Flagmakers in 1983 in the Customer Service Department, from there I moved into Sales and eventually into Marketing. I have been Marketing Manager since 1998. Presently I provide creative direction for Annin’s sales literature, packaging and web sites. I also give presentations about the history of the American Flag and get involved with much of Annin’s Public Relations.

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

By keeping our manufacturing in the U.S.A. we have more control over the materials we use and the supply chains that provide them. We purchase our raw materials from domestic companies and we dye our own nylon in our South Boston, Virginia manufacturing facility . Nylon accounts for the majority of the fabric Annin uses to manufacture flags. Our Starfields embroidery plant in Cobbs Creek , Virginia produces tens of thousands of star fields every year. All of these sourcing strategies allow us to maximize efficiencies. Keeping American Flags made in the U.S.A. is also important to the American consumer as well. History has shown that most Americans reject foreign manufactured U.S. flags sold domestically. This public preference has fueled retailer support for Made In the USA.

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

Annin is a family-owned business that has proudly been making the U.S. flag since 1847. Annin flags were carried by the Union Army during the American Civil War, draped President Lincoln’s casket, flew at Iwo Jima, decorated the George Washington Bridge and accompanied the Apollo 11 astronauts to the moon in 1969. Dedication to quality and superior service have been the hallmarks of Annin’s business model for over 160 years. In addition to being America’s oldest flag company we are also the largest.

Q. How have you and/or your company expressed a passion for manufacturing in USA throughout your lifetime (or history)?

We like to say that the threads of Annin’s history have been interwoven in the fabric of America and that sense of history is important to us. We make flags for Americans by Americans. All of the materials that go into the manufacture of our flags are also manufactured in the U.S.A. We continually invest in technologies that help us with manufacturing efficiencies and provide the service and support that our customers need to thrive. Annin employs over 600 people at our four locations. In addition to the two plants in Virginia, mentioned earlier we have a manufacturing facility in Coshocton, Ohio and our corporate office headquarters is in Roseland, New Jersey. All of our employees take pride in making and our nation’s symbol and bringing it to market.

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

“The elation of low price is soon lost in the bitterness of poor quality and service”

I like this quote because it reminds me to have faith in the American people. This quote reiterates what every consumer inherently knows to be true. When given the opportunity, an educated consumer will choose to pay a little more money to purchase a product that is well made and is sold by a company who maintains a high standard of customer service. Annin Flagmakers produces millions of flags a year and maintaining our domestic manufacturing gives us a greater degree of product quality control and enables us to react quickly if we need to respond to an increase in demand or replace merchandise for a dissatisfied customer.

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

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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Mustang 2

Cruising Towards Spring

Let the fun begin! It does not get any better than cruising with our buddy Ray & his 1968 Mustang GT as we head towards Spring.

We have much planned for the upcoming season. New American made clothing items are in the works & we cannot wait to share the many surprises we have in store!

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The All American Man

The All American Man: Part 2

Monroe, LA (from KNOE News) - Greg Gulyas has a heart full of red, white, and blue as a made in USA supporter. Known as 'The All American Man,' he is a living example that you can find just about anything that is made in USA with a little extra effort.

And that extra effort does make a difference as KNOE News reports, that if every American spent just $64 a year on USA made items, more than 200,000 new jobs would be created.

'The All American Man' is certainly doing his part to support new jobs!

The All American Clothing Co. would like to thank 'The All American Man' for wearing our USA made jeans and clothing items in this video.

Looking great Greg!

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Click here to watch The All American Man: Part 1.

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