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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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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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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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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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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. Sponsors Judge Pulling Team

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

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

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

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

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

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The Big Package

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

What is a Gusset?

Okay, we get asked this question ALOT.

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

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

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

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The Legendary Legend Of Rufus McCooter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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About Bear`s Mill:

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

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

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

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