DYLAN SIEVERS

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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FILE: The Bollman Hat Company Factory

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 [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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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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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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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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Making It In America

This Week On Making It In America:

I am thrilled to 'mix it up' with Tito Beveridge, Founder, Owner, Master Distiller of Tito`s Handmade Vodka.

Q. Please tell us a about yourself.

A.Tito Beveridge, founder, owner, master distiller Tito's Handmade Vodka. I started the company in 1995.

Q. Why is 'Making it in America¹ significant at Tito`s Handmade Vodka?

A. Well, lots if people think that the best days in the U S are behind us.

I don't think so. This country is filled with entrepreneurs from all over the world who are creative and innovative and with our new found energy independence and stable government, a new manufacturing age is dawning.

It's exciting to see it happen. Many people believe my vodka is the best in the world, and it's American, not French, not Russian. Who would of thunk it.

Q. How many employees do you support nowadays?

A. We are at 98 right now.

Q. What challenges has Tito`s Handmade Vodka overcome throughout history in order to continue Making it in America?

A. We have had to get the regulators on all levels on board with making craft spirits in the U S. Other countries don't have the same regulatory scrutiny that we have, yet they are afforded equal opportunity to our markets. It's a little backwards. It is kind of on par with educating foreigners in our great universities and then kicking them out when they graduate. Also, the billion dollar foreign multinational corporations have all the clout in the marketplace. Most all the brands are foreign owned. It has taken a while for the different channels to accept American products.

Q. How have you personally expressed a passion for American manufacturing?

A. I make all my vodka in Austin Texas. I get bottles and labels from the U S. When my cap supplier went and closed its doors I refused to buy from China. I eventually found an American source. The U S is a wonderful market. I'm happy to keep my dollars here to support other fellow American manufacturers.

Q. There are many drinks one could mix up with Tito`s Handmade Vodka. What is the 'Founder`s Favorite?'

A. I like a Tito's and sparkling water with a lime and an orange. It's low sugar, low sodium, hydrating and refreshing. I also like an Arnold Palmer with a shot of Tito's. Cheers!

 
 

About the segments:

‘Making it in America’ is an interview segment hosted by Boomer Beam & the All American Clothing Co. Both are proud to highlight those who are passionate about work in America are proudly displayed. Here participants can collectively share ideas, insights, and personal experiences relative to American manufacturing. Interviewees will be asked to share the ways in which they are ‘making it in America’ within their respective fields & present ways that our readers, can help make a difference supporting work in America.

Upcoming Guests:

Country Music Artist Amanda Watkins
Annin Flagmakers - Marketing Manager Dale Coots
Barbasol - VP of Sales and Marketing Jill Crumbacher
All American Clothing Co. President BJ Nickol

Past Guests

Tervis - Rogan Donelly
Tito`s Vodka - Owner Tito Beveridge
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

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 with the All American Clothing Co. 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.

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This week on Making It In America:

Meet Rogan Donelly of Tervis. Rogan is the managing shareholder & a 3rd generation member in the family owned business.

Q. Please tell us a about yourself.

A. The Tervis legacy began when my grandfather, John C. Winslow, bought the company in the late 50s from the founders who invented insulated drinkware in 1946. When my visionary grandfather passed away, it gave my father, Norbert Donelly, the opportunity to provide leadership to the Tervis Tumbler Company. My father is still involved in the company and he named me a Member of the Board in 2008 and Managing Shareholder in 2009, but I’ve been part of this company my entire life – my grandparents’ house was a Tervis-only house. I was working on the factory floor and decorating tumblers at 9 years old! I am currently based out of our New York offices and I come to Florida often to work at the corporate headquarters.

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

A. Having a product that has been made in America since 1946 is a source of pride for us. Quality is a staple of our product. Since the beginning, we have offered a lifetime guarantee so we have always maintained extremely high standards. Manufacturing in the US allows Tervis to have control over our quality so we can provide the best insulated drinkware.

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

A. Consumers are actively seeking products that are manufactured in the U.S.A.; buying products made in America gives consumers a sense of pride in supporting the American economy. Consumers have fully supported this trend and have embraced Tervis as a highly desirable made in America brand. Our half a million Facebook fans are a true testament to that fact that we’ve “made it in America.” Tervis now has 28 company stores across the country, tervis.com, and the brand is sold in more than 8,000 retailer locations nationwide, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Because of our quality, we are able to partner with the top brands like the NFL, MLB, Disney, Marvel, Warner Bros., Harley-Davidson and Hallmark, just to name a few. Due to increased popularity, we have made exponential increases in employment in the past few years. Four years ago we were less than 300. We now have more than 1000 employees on the Tervis payroll year-round.

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

A. Tervis is extremely proud to call itself an American-made business, hand-assembling each tumbler in our state-of-the-art facility in North Venice, Florida, as well as sourcing the mass majority of materials locally. Tervis growth positively impacts local suppliers, who have also added employees to keep up with their demand. Tervis continues creating and keeping jobs in America.

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

A. “No one can fight the wind, you have to bend with it. Even the trees know it.” – from Allapattah by Florida author, Patrick Smith. As it relates to business and manufacturing in America, we all have to be flexible with the changes in the economy, technology and the market. We have to be innovative in order to remain the leader in our industry.

 
 

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.

Upcoming Guests:

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

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

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

 

The Importance of American Manufacturing:

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Quabaug CEO & Owner Kevin Donahue

Meet Kevin Donahue. Kevin is the CEO and Owner of Quabaug Corporation, a manufacturer of rubber products for outdoor lifestyles.

1. Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am the CEO and owner of Quabaug Corporation in North Brookfield, Ma. We are North America’s leading supplier of Vibram soles and golf discs.  I began working at Quabaug in 1980 as a result of answering an ad in the newspaper for a sales position.  Today I work with 270 people in a great manufacturing team environment.

2. Why is American manufacturing important to you?

I grew up in Central Falls, R.I. where most of my family worked in the textile and cable industries.  I watched those jobs disappear.  I think it is a great challenge to continue the legacy of Quabaug which started in 1916 and I look forward to continuing it every day.

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Vibram soles are proudly made in America.

3. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

It began doing a science project in grammar school.  I focused on the Wire and Cable process of manufacturing. My father operated a continuous vulcanization machine that jacketed copper wire with rubber.  I was fascinated that the cable was used for international communication.

4. How have you and/or your company expressed that passion throughout history?

We are most proud of our ability to serve the U.S. Service men and women with the best soles available for their safety and performance.  Quabaug won the Navy “E” for excellence award during WWII.  Today we provide Vibram soles to every branch of the military.  Many of our associates are veterans as well.

Vibram Insoles

Today Vibram soles are provided to every branch of the military.

5. If you could choose one word to describe America, what would it be?

Adaptive.

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I must say that it was a great pleasure to have Mr. Donahue on for this segment. I learned a few new things and it was also a great feeling to take a look at the bottom of my USA made boot and see the Vibram logo after I read and published Mr. Donahue`s responses. There is much history behind Quabaug and its made in America ideals. Thank you Mr. Donahue for sharing your story.

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in being interviewed on the Importance of American Manufacturing, please send inquiries to Logan Beam at [email protected]

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The Importance of American Manufacturing:

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This Week On The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Enrique Santacana. Enrique is the President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Inc. (“ABB”) and the Region Manager of ABB North America.

Q.  Please tell us a little about yourself.

A.  I’m Enrique Santacana, President and Chief Executive Officer of ABB Inc. (“ABB”) and the Region Manager of ABB North America. ABB is the global leader in power and automation technologies that improve energy efficiency, performance and sustainability.  I joined ABB in 1977 and have held a variety of management positions including Region Division Manager for Power Products in North America. Prior to that, I was Vice President and General Manager of the Medium Voltage Products business unit of ABB’s Power Technologies division in North America. I earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico; an M.S. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; and an MBA from Duke University. I sit on the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and am also a member of the Business Roundtable where I am Vice Chair of their Sustainable Growth Initiative.  I have served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Committee where I helped the Department of Energy meet requirements of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.
Q.  Why is American Manufacturing important to you?
A.  The US is ABB’s largest growth market, so there is significant value in locating manufacturing here to serve the North America region. For example, many of the products we make must meet ANSI standards (vs. IEC) to be of interest for US customers, so it makes sense to build them here. Also, we have found that in a number of cases the time savings realized by having manufacturing located in the US outweighs the cost savings of producing products in lower cost countries in terms of value to our customers. When a utility is trying to recover from a hurricane, for example, the ability to receive replacement equipment within days or even hours is vital.
Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?
A.  ABB has invested in US manufacturing since the company as it exists today was created in 1988. This has included acquisitions such as Westinghouse’s transmission and distribution business in 1989 as well as greenfield investments like our high-voltage cable factory in Huntersville, NC, which opened in 2012.
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Q. How have you/your company expressed that passion throughout your life?
A.  ABB has grown its US manufacturing footprint since the formation of the company, but in the past few years it has accelerated thanks to some key acquisitions. With the addition of Baldor Electric (motors, drives, mechanical power transmission) in 2010 and Thomas & Betts (low-voltage products) in 2012, we now have more manufacturing operations in the US than ever before.
Our high-voltage circuit breaker factory in Mt. Pleasant, PA is a great example of this growth, too. It was constructed in 2003 to replace an aging facility the business had long outgrown and features streamlined logistics, bright, clean work areas and advanced materials handling equipment (e.g., a gas handling system to manage the SF6 gas used in HV breakers). Our high-voltage cable plant was located in Huntersville, NC after an exhaustive search that included not on the US but sites in Canada and Mexico as well. One of the key reasons for choosing Huntersville was access to top-notch talent, both in engineering and in production.
Q. If you could choose one word to describe American manufacturing, what would it be?
A. Innovation.

The Importance Of American Manufacturing – Joe The Plumber

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This Week On The Importance Of American Manufacturing:

Meet Samuel Wurzelbacher, also known as ‘Joe the Plumber.’ He is an Ohio native who is well known for the national attention he received during the 2008 U.S. Presidential Election. More importantly Joe is a U.S. Air Force Veteran who passionately supports the health and well-being of his fellow Veterans as VP of the non-profit program entitled Alaska`s Healing Hearts.

Q: Please tell us a little about yourself. 

A: I lead a very active life most of it Outdoors. Hunting, Fishing, Chopping Wood, playing or coaching sports. To feel good about myself, I have to accomplish something each day, from my wife’s honey-do list, to helping small businesses be successful here in America. 

Q: Why is American manufacturing important to you?

A: I like seeing my neighbors happy and people around me succeed. For our country to remain strong, I believe American Manufacturing is key to our success.

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Joe`s conversation with President Obama

                       

Q. Where did your passion for American manufacturing begin?

A: My Passion for American Manufacturing comes from being a die-hard patriot. I love buying “American Made” it makes me feel proud! I go out of my way, and sometimes go without to support American Made. American Manufacturing is what will keep America great!

Q: In what ways have you expressed that passion throughout your life?

A: As I stated before, I will go out of my way to buy American Made. I will spend the extra money. I speak at businesses, and write article about how our tax system is really hurting American Manufacturing/Small Business. I further express how both parties really aren’t working on our behalf and encourage them to step up and voice their concerns and elect people that will work for us and in turn work toward a better system for American manufacturing and small business.

Q: What is your favorite quote?

A: Spread my work ethic, not my wealth!

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Join us next week  for another segment of ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in sharing your thoughts on anything American Made, please send inquiries to Logan Beam at [email protected]

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