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Judge Pulling Team Off To Good Start

Our friends at Judge Pulling Team are off to a great start in the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League! Currently, they are tied for 3rd place in points after 2 events. One of which included their first Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League Champions tour win since 2012.

"The Judge Pulling Team went to work in the off-season to better understand their tractor and how to get the power to the ground," said team member Darrick Barga. "Going through our own data and talking with other individuals involved in the sport of truck and tractor pulling, we put together a plan. It starts with the setup. Having clean cut tires for each run, preventive maintenance, air pressure in tires, spotting the sled, and track conditions. We have control over most of the variables but one the most important, the track, we don't. We have to use it the way it is. When we go to the track, it is imperative that the tractor is ready to preform at its best."

As the season progresses, the Judge Pulling Team will look to stay near the top of the standings.

"So far, we like the results we are getting from the changes we have made. We have put some good runs on track to get our 1st Lucas Oil PPL Champions Tour win since 2012. And 2 - Top 3 finishes out of 4 events. We will continue to work hard to keep The iON Judge Next Generation on top and in the points race. It won't be easy as there are a lot of tough competitors in the modified class," Barga noted.

All American Clothing Co. is proud to see the Barga Boys and their Judge Pulling Team doing good (and looking good in USA made) as they chase a championship this season. Keep up the good work guys!

Here is an unofficial look at points race in the E3 Spark Plug Super Modified Tractor class:

1) Steve Bunnage Motorsports​ Takes a Lickin' - 184
2) Sullivan Pulling​ Kentuckian - 178
3) The ION Camera​ Judge - 168
3) Dirtslinger Pulling Team​ - 168
5) Down & Dirty - 166
6) MAVTV - 164
7) Green Streak Unlimited - 160
8} Green Streak Pulling Team​ - 150
9) Shel-Shocked - 144
9) 75th Addition - 144
11) Keeps on Tickin' - 74

Catch the Judge Pulling Team on MAV TV or in person at a Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League event!

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Men`s Health Month – 5 Tips To Help Get You Started

Together, our employees and friends at All American Clothing Co. are celebrating men`s health month in June! The purpose of Men’s Health Month is to bring awareness to a healthy lifestyle. It is also an important time to seek medical advice and check-ups with your health care provider.

This month, we will be sharing some choices and tips that will help improve overall health. We hope you will be joining us for the ride!

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Men`s Health Month - 5 Tips To Help Get You Started

1 – Get Enough Sleep
Our number one advice is to get sleep! You cannot stay energized to make healthy decisions throughout the day without sleep. Try to get at least 7-9 hours of sleep if you can!

2 – Find a Workout You Love To Do
Make it easier on yourself. Do something you enjoy so that you will not feel that working out is a chore. If you like to play a sport like basketball or tennis, get together with friends to play the game. Are you an avid outdoors man who loves to hike? Get out there in the wilderness and enjoy it!

3 – 30 Minutes A Day
Every day, set aside at least 30 minutes to do some type of physical activity. You may have a set schedule on weight room days, or days you decide to run a few miles. Adding to this with an active lifestyle that takes place EVERYDAY will help your healthy lifestyle. On your ‘off days’ try playing backyard games with the family, going on walks, or riding bikes. There are some forms of errands you can do like mowing the grass or going grocery shopping that can help as well.

4 – Get Social
Share all the healthy decisions you are making with family, friends, and even colleagues at work! Start a fitness group on social media where you can be held accountable. Friends can be the best motivators.

5 – Distract Yourself
Like to watch TV? Set your treadmill in front of it. Love the great outdoors? Try running on trails in a nearby nature preserve or park. Enjoy music? Listen to an ipod while you run or work out. The more your can distract yourself, the longer you`ll work out without even feeling like it!

Please stay tuned throughout the month of June as we will continue to share some fun ideas to keep up with your health and wellness!

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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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Time To Work On Your Short Game

Summertime is here, which means it`s time to work on your short game in the all new All American Casual Shorts!

This short is comfortable, awesome fitting (Yes, we did just say awesome!), and made in the USA. Our Founder says they are a perfect for a cookout or a golf outing, so we had to take them out for a test run. Turns out, the new shorts allow you to relax in your golf swing. The 10 inch inseam sits just above the knee to provide the necessary range of motion. If you are a golfer, this short just may improve your overall score, making it your new favorite pair!

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*Special thanks to Darrick Barga of the Judge Pulling Team for testing our new shorts out on the course!

 

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Share a photo of yourself wearing made in USA clothing items to be featured on our website! You can do so through social media or emailing us at [email protected] Thanks for your support!

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How To Wash Your Jeans

A pair of All American Jeans will last you a very long time but if you want yours to last longer, remain shrinkage free, and even keep other clothes from being damaged in the wash, please stick to the following...

-Read the care label inside your All American jean.
-Empty the pockets.
-Turn your jeans inside out.
-Set the washing cycle to delicate.
-Only load All American Jeans with other jeans in the washer. Make sure the load setting is on heavy.
-As our tag reads, ‘machine wash warm with like colors.’ You can also wash with cold water. Do not use hot water.
-If you like softer USA made jeans, add fabric softener during the rinse cycle.
-Remove your jeans right after the washing cycle is complete.
-Turn the jeans right side out and proceed to dry them.
-You can dry your jeans in a number of ways:
-Hang them on a clothes line or rack to air dry. If you are indoors, lay some towels down to catch the dripping water.
-You can put your All American jeans in the dryer. Be sure to turn the dryer on the lowest temperature setting. NOTE: Jeans that are air dried are less likely to shrink and fade than jeans in a dryer.
-After drying, hang your jeans instead of folding to avoid wrinkles and creases.

WARNING:

Hot water and jeans do not mix.
Hot dryers and jeans do not mix.
Other USA made clothing items and jeans do not mix. They turn blue.
Light blue jeans and dark blue jeans do not mix.
Never try to shrink your jeans on your own. They will shrink unevenly. Contact us and we will have the sizing altered.
Black jeans shrink more than blue jeans. Keep warm temperatures and time cycles lower than usual when washing and drying.

If you have any questions about washing and drying your All American Jeans, please feel free to contact our customer service department by phone or email.

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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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