The Importance of American Manufacturing – Derek Singleton

Derek Singleton

Derek Singleton of Software Advice

This Week on The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Derek Singleton. Derek is the Manufacturing Analyst at Software Advice. He is also the editor of the Manufacturing Blog at Software Advice.

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Q. Please tell us a little about yourself and your company?

A. I’m the Manufacturing Analyst at Software Advice, an Austin-based research firm that reports on technologies and trends in the manufacturing industry. I’m also the Managing Editor of the Manufacturing Blog at Software Advice where I often write in support of American manufacturing and cover the trend of “reshoring” manufacturing from low-cost foreign production back to the United States. However, I do so with the realization that some manufacturing is unlikely to come back to the United States at all so I look for industry opportunities.

Q. When were you first inspired to support manufacturing in America?

A. I’ve always had a lot of respect for the ingenuity that it takes to create something but I first started to really support American manufacturing when I was in college getting my Political Science degree. While I was working toward my degree, I started to become very interested in the economics of manufacturing and felt like the decline of our middle class could be partially attributed to the decline of American manufacturing.

Beyond that, I felt it was important to support American manufacturing because of the multiplier effect manufacturing has on the economy at large. Studies have found that for each dollar the manufacturing industry produces, an additional $1.43 is added to the overall economy. Meanwhile, the service sector only adds $0.70 to the economy for each dollar it produces. So I think it’s important to the overall health of our economy and the trade balance in the U.S.

 

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. Manufacturing is important to me for reasons beyond economics, however. I think that in some ways we’ve lost touch with what it means to create a physical product. And I think that can have negative impacts for encouraging the kind of critical thinking that goes into building something from concept to finished product. I’d like to see more emphasis on learning how to create products in our schools, and I think that giving more support to American manufacturing is one way to do that.

Q. How have you or your company supported American manufacturing throughout the years?

A. At Software Advice, we talk to American manufacturers of every size each day and they’re all looking for a way to improve their level of efficiency at their plants. While there are many paths to improving efficiency, the modern manufacturing plant drives a lot of efficiencies through software.

We help these companies figure out the best systems for their needs. Deploying the right technology can help them operate at a level of efficiency to remain competitive with low-wage manufacturing countries overseas. It’s a small contribution, but we can save them a lot of time and effort figuring out a complex market. Meanwhile, I always try to provide actionable tips for improving plant operations in my writing on the Software Advice Manufacturing Blog.

Q. Favorite quote?

A. Whether or not you think you can do something, you’re right.

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It was a great pleasure to have Derek join us this week.  His insights made some really great points in regards to manufacturing. Thank you all for reading!

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

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 – Josh Miller

Josh Miller

Josh Miller of “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.”

This Week on The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Josh Miller. Josh is the Producer of the upcoming documentary film “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey.” In the film, he will be traveling America in search of finding what it means to be “Made in the USA.”

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.

A. My name is Josh Miller, I am the Creator/Producer of “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey”.  While my film is currently in post production, I work as a Records Management Specialist for the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office.  However, after this film has been completed I would like to take on filmmaking full-time if fiscally possible.  Family always comes first, so as long as I can take care of my wife and family, I’ll keep making films.

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. I think American Manufacturing, along with the workers manufacturing employs is the lifeblood of America.  The ability to create and innovate in America is vital, but if the creators and innovators lose the backbone of our country I think we fall apart as you have seen lately.  Once we have a strong diverse mix of jobs in this country I believe we will regain the misstep we have recently taken over the past few decades.  We must have a strong manufacturing sector along with a thriving service sector to get our country back on track.  We must encourage entrepreneurs.

Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

A. When you watch major facilities leave your town in the dust, it really wakes you up.  When Century Aluminum laid off over 650 people, including my father in law David Nelson, in my hometown of Ravenswood, WV I think it woke me up to the importance of these types of jobs here in our great country.

Q. Have you expressed that passion throughout your life?

A. Unfortunately no, I was like every young kid in middle school and high school.  I had to have the Nike Clothes, Under Armour, American Eagle, etc.  This is the tricky part, kids that age do not think or really care about where these things are made generally, so to entice that age group, you need to create a brand that these kids and young adults will desire.  Me, being 27 now, I do pay more attention to what I buy in regards to where it is made because I know that will impact the future of our country and  my family, but we can’t expect a 10 year old to grasp that concept entirely, so when I speak to the apparel industry directly I tell them they need to make their product “cool” if they want the younger generation to buy it.  That’s just being flat out honest.  I think that is one thing that will take this movement to the next level, is not pretending that people will gladly buy something just because it says “Made in USA”, the product also needs to meet quality demands.  We must outcompete the world and that has been my message that I believe that message needs to be thoroughly expressed to our Congress and our President.  They must use their power as policy makers to be a catalyst in this movement.  We can’t help the world if we can’t take care of things at home first.

Q. What is your favorite quote?

A. “Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.” ~ Alexander the Great

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It was a great pleasure to have Josh Miller join us this week.  I know many folks who just cannot wait to watch his upcoming documentary. Thank you all for reading! Join us next week  for another segment of ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’
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 – Ryan DeArment

Ryan DeArment of Channellock Inc.

Ryan DeArment of Channellock Inc.

This Week on The Importance of American Manufacturing:

Meet Ryan DeArment. Ryan is the VP of Sales and Marketing for Channellock Inc, a family owned manufacturer of USA Made tools since 1886. That`s 125 years plus of manufacturing in the United States!

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself/your company?

A. My name is Ryan DeArment, and I am the vice president of sales and marketing for Meadville, Pa.-based plier manufacturer Channellock Inc., a fifth-generation, family-owned-and-operated company. If you don’t know the CHANNELLOCK® name, you know the tool. Open nearly any tool box in the country or around the world and you’ll find a pair of blue-gripped, multi-position, tongue-and-groove pliers with the name CHANNELLOCK® stamped on it. It’s an iconic product and brand, especially among those who seek out American-made tools.

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Channellock Inc. has been creating jobs and tools in the U.S. since 1886!

Q. When were you/your company first inspired to support manufacturing in America?

A. CHANNELLOCK® started out as a small operation making hand-forged farrier’s tools (horseshoe and blacksmith tools). My great-great grandfather, George B. DeArment, founded it back in 1886 and literally sold his first inventory out of the back of a horse-drawn wagon. He would forge the tools in the winter and then travel across Pennsylvania and the Eastern U.S.until he was out of stock. He would sell the horse and wagon and then take the train home. We like to say that when we started making pliers, the Wright Brothers hadn’t even made the first airplane. So, from the beginning, we’ve always supported American manufacturing.

 

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you/your company?

A. We believe that American manufacturing is the backbone of the U.S. economy. The best designed and crafted products in the world, like CHANNELLOCK® pliers, come from the United States. American manufacturing employs workers and supports families. Channellock Inc. employs about 400 people and is one of our region’s largest employers. That’s something we are very proud of.

Q. How have you/your company supported American manufacturing throughout your life?

A. CHANNELLOCK® has always manufactured its core product line, pliers, in the United States, and that is something we haven’t compromised. At the same time, we’re a business, so we do make decisions based on financial realities. When possible though, we manufacture everything we can, or contract out everything we can, domestically. For example, last year we moved grip production for our CODE BLUE® line from overseas to a fellow Meadville-based company. Not only did it make financial sense because we weren’t shipping product halfway around the world, but every CODE BLUE® plier is now entirely made – from grips to steel to packaging – in the U.S.A. by American workers, which is always a good thing.

Q. Favorite quote?

A. I guess my favorite quote would be one of the guiding principles of my great-great grandfather, which is posted around the office and plant: “Dedication to excellence is the surest way to surmount adversity and to prosper.”

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It was a great pleasure to have interviewed Ryan DeArment this week. I must say thank you to the DeArment family. Keeping it Made in USA for 125 years plus is quite a feat! People like the DeArment family do not only share ‘the importance of manufacturing’ with us, they live it. The DeArment family has been supplying American citizens with high quality tools and jobs for decades. You can find them and their USA Made tools at http://www.channellock.com/. Thank you all for reading another week of ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’

Join us next week on Monday for another segment of “The Importance of American Manufacturing”

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 – Regina McRae

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a wonderful Holiday weekend with your families. We did not have a segment last week due to Christmas, but I am very excited about our next guest, Regina McRae. She is a self accomplished woman who has endeavored a lot to become one of New York`s finest cake artists. There is much more to this woman than just her baking skills. Regina is a genuine person who cares about American Manufacturing. And, she is just as sweet as the icing on her cakes!

Regina McRae

Regina McRae

Regina McRae is the Founder of Grandma`s Secrets, a home style bakery in New York. Regina and her baking skills have been featured in Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, and The Food Network.

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.

A. I began my business 17 years ago with $10 and 9 pies. Despite overwhelming odds, and numerous obstacles, I never stopped believing in myself or my products. I have emerged as one of NYC’s premiere cake artists, and seek to give back to the business community as much as I can.

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. We cannot look to the government to bring us out this economic slump. We have to turn to ourselves. That means keeping jobs here in the USA, shopping small, and supporting small businesses.

Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

A. My mother was a nurse, and was union, so I grew up with a strong faith in unions and Americans supporting each other. However, when the economy began to collapse, and I watched as more and more major corporations outsourced, and jobs became fewer and fewer, I realized each of us can do something about it. Buy American, refuse to support companies that outsource or don’t hire union, and stand up for your beliefs.

Q. How have you expressed that passion throughout your life?

A. I never crossed a picket line, have stood behind American workers, sign petitions or any little thing I can do to support American workers’ causes, and encourage others to shop small. I shun mega-corporations, would rather by hand made or home made than off the rack, and am very vocal in encouraging others to follow my lead.

Q. What is your favorite quote?

A. We are Main Street, not Wall Street. We are not going to get bailed out. We have to shop small, and shop American.

It was a great pleasure to have interviewed Regina this week. Just checking out her website will make your mouth water! You can find her home baked goods at http://www.grandmasecrets.com/. Thank you all for stopping in for another week on ‘The Importance of American Manufacturing.’

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

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]

The Importance of American Manufacturing – Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)

By: Logan Beam

In this section, I will be interviewing American citizens about the importance of American Manufacturing. The truth is, we are all citizens before we are businessmen, celebrities, athletes, servicemen, or politicians. This segment is a place where all types of American citizens can come together to share ideas, insights, and offer ways to benefit our economy. Notice I said our economy. There are many ways Americans can come together and support a great cause. I hope this is one of them.

This week`s guest is Senator Sherrod Brown (OH).

Senator Sherrod Brown

Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself.

A. I’m the senior U.S. Senator representing my home state of Ohio. I grew up in Mansfield but now live in Avon with my wife, Connie. We have three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, and a grandson.

Q. Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

A. Manufacturing is critical to our nation’s middle class and to creating good-paying jobs that help us out-compete and out-innovate the rest of the world. Unlike wealth created by the click of a computer mouse, wealth created by expanded production in manufacturing requires an expanded workforce. Manufacturing jobs pay 20 percent more on average than service jobs. And it is no secret that Ohio’s manufacturing jobs have strong multiplier effects — supporting jobs in other sectors of our economy. Manufacturing also accounts for 70 percent of our research and development, more than 90 percent of patents issued, more than 90 percent of Ohio’s exports, and is critical to our national security and our energy security.

Q. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

A. Growing up in Mansfield, so many families were able to buy new cars, take family vacations, and send their children to college—all because of that paycheck they earned working in manufacturing. Our country’s middle class was built on the success of manufacturing and I’m working to ensure that the next generation of manufacturing jobs is able to support Ohio’s families.

Q. How have you expressed that passion throughout your life?

A. Throughout my time in office, I’ve been committed to putting American manufacturing — and Ohio workers — first. As a nation, we have been without a focused strategy on maintaining a strong manufacturing base and growing this sector. To address this deficiency, I have been calling for a National Manufacturing Strategy to propel the public and private sectors towards a renewed focus on manufacturing job growth. That’s why I worked with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) to introduce the National Manufacturing Strategy Act, legislation aimed at bolstering the competitiveness of the American manufacturing industry. By requiring the development of a national manufacturing strategy, the bill would boost traditional and high-tech manufacturing, spur American job growth, and strengthen the middle class.

I have also been working with my colleagues to pass the Bring Jobs Home Act, which ends tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and cuts taxes for businesses to bring jobs back to the United States. Companies bringing jobs home would still be able to claim the current moving expense deduction when bringing jobs home, and would also receive a tax credit equal to 20 percent of the cost associated with bringing jobs and business activity back to the United States.

Q. What is your favorite quote?

A. I often think about the words of a Mississippi civil rights leader who said, “Don’t tell me what you believe. Show me what you do and I’ll tell you what you believe.”

I am very humbled to have had Senator Brown on our segment this week. I would like to thank him for taking the time to share his thoughts on The Importance of American Manufacturing. I hope you all enjoyed this segment and that you too, will share The Importance of American Manufacturing with someone you know.

Have an All American Day!

Join us next week for another segment of “The Importance of American Manufacturing”

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]

The Importance of American Manufacturing – Andrew Schrage

In this segment, I will be interviewing American citizens about the importance of American Manufacturing. As stated before, we are all citizens before we are businessmen, celebrities, athletes, servicemen, or politicians. This segment is a place where all types of American citizens can come together to share ideas, insights, and offer ways to benefit our economy. Notice I said our economy. There are many ways Americans can come together and support a great cause. I hope this is one of them.

Today`s guest is Andrew Schrage, Co-Owner of moneycrashers.com. Money Crashers is a website dedicated to helping people make smart decisions financially.

Questions:

MoneyCrashers.Com Co-Owner Andrew Schrage

1.         Please tell us about yourself. My name is Andrew , and I am the co-owner of personal finance website Money Crashers. I was educated at Brown University, and spent a great deal of time in investment management and the financial services sector prior to my present career. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts.

2.      Why is American Manufacturing important to you? American manufacturing is important to me because it is one of the backbones of our domestic economy. It’s very important for me to see this sector of our country both recover and improve, which will help the economy as a whole. If you are buying goods that were produced outside the U.S., you are negatively impacting our economy.

3.      Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin? My passion for U.S. manufacturing began at a very young age. My close friend’s father worked in the manufacturing industry his entire life (shipbuilding), and both of my parents always insisted on buying American. This mindset has stayed with me to this day. This passion is also an offshoot of the intense patriotism that exists in my family.

4.      How have you expressed that passion throughout your life? The biggest way I’ve expressed my passion for U.S. manufacturing is that I have always purchased American-made products throughout my entire life. From minor purchases such as clothing and small electronics, all the way up to automobiles, if I don’t see “Made in the U.S.A.”, I often will simply pass a product by.

5.      What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote regarding American manufacturing and its importance dates back to 1791, and is attributed to Alexander Hamilton. It reads: “Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation, with a view to those great objects, ought to endeavor to possess within itself all the essentials of national supply. These comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing, and defense.”

I would like to thank Andrew Schrage for taking the time to share his thoughts on the importance of American Manufacturing. I hope you all enjoyed this segment and  like Andrew, you will decide to share the importance of American manufacturing with someone you know.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

The Importance of American Manufacturing – K`NEX CEO Michael Araten

In this section, I will be interviewing American citizens about the importance of American Manufacturing. The truth is, we are all citizens before we are businessmen, celebrities, athletes, servicemen, or politicians. This segment is a place where all types of American citizens can come together to share ideas, insights, and offer ways to benefit our economy. Notice I said our economy. There are many ways Americans can come together and support a great cause. I hope this is one of them.

Our first guest is K`NEX CEO Michael Araten. Michael has contributed to many American jobs and the memories of many childhoods with the K`NEX toy brand.

K`NEX CEO Michael Araten

Questions:

  1. Please tell us a little about yourself. I am the President and CEO of K’NEX Brands (the toy manufacturing, marketing, design and distribution company) www.knex.com  and The Rodon Group (a highly automated plastics injection molder with a focus on small parts used in over 100 industries, including food, beverage, consumer packaged goods, construction and toys) www.rodongroup.com .  K’NEX is distributed to over 30 countries, and over 95% of the component parts are made at The Rodon Group.  K’NEX and Rodon were recently named one of the top 100 companies of 2012 by Smart CEO Magazine.Check out this short video which gives you some great insight into our business, specifically who we are and what we do: http://youtu.be/QFOcvQHZRdQ
  2. Why is American Manufacturing important to you? We’ve learned that the more items we are able to manufacture at home, the more people we can employ. If every American were to spend just $64 a year on things Made in the USA, 200,000 new jobs would be created. Spending our dollars on Made in the USA goods enables our whole economy to get stronger and with that our whole country becomes stronger. You just have to take that extra second and look at the label. Together, we can build a better America.
  3. Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?Founded in 1992 K’NEX has always been committed to manufacturing in the United States—over 90% of its parts are manufactured by The Rodon Group. In business since 1956, the Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot eco-friendly facility and is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States. We’ve learned that manufacturing in America can actually be more cost effective than manufacturing overseas. Our nation was founded on an entrepreneurial spirit, we have the ability to shape our own growth by inventing and making everything we use. Continuing to shed our manufacturing base is akin to trying to run a race without running shoes – you can do it, but you are at a tremendous disadvantage.
  4.  How have you expressed that passion throughout your life? Since the Great Recession, I have been driven to do all I can to make American manufacturing as strong as possible.  It is why we are founding members of American made matters; why I speak regularly on the topic through the Philadelphia and Bucks county chambers of commerce; why I accepted the nomination to the council of economic advisors for the Philly federal reserve bank; and why we work relentlessly to make products here in the USA
  5. What is your favorite quote? “Walk tall- dream loud.”

I would like to thank Michael Araten for taking the time to share his thoughts on the importance of American Manufacturing. I hope you all enjoyed this segment and that you too, will share the importance of American manufacturing with someone you know.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.