This Week On The Importance Of American Manufacturing

Makers Row

Meet the Makers Row team. Their mission is to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access. From large corporations to first time designers, they provide unparalleled access to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the United States.

Q. Please tell us a little about yourself/your company?
A. Matthew Burnett- I am a Detroit native that has been living in New York for several years. My grandfather inspired my interest in small shop manufacturing as he was a watchmaker by trade. He built a miniature workshop desk for all my brothers to play with craft tools beside him. Later, I received a BFA in industrial design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. I began my professional career designing watches for Marc Jacobs, DKNY, and Diesel, later becoming senior watch designer for Izod. After working in the watch industry for some time, I decided to start my own line, Steel Cake, having watches made overseas. Manufacturing as a small independent company overseas eventually became so frustrating and expensive that I decided to start manufacturing goods in the United States and founded The Brooklyn Bakery. Tanya and I met during this period and unified our complimentary skill sets to tackle the fashion industry. While sourcing here in the United States we encountered many obstacles in finding the right manufacturer. From there, the idea of making domestic sourcing more accessible was created.

Tanya Menendez - I’m from California and a sociologist by training. I’m most interested in the intersection of technology and society, and early in my career I focused on researching technology in rural areas with Tricia Wang. During college I also interned for Google in Mtn. View and some think-tanks in DC, but I ultimately decided to move to NYC to accept an offer from Goldman Sachs. While at Goldman, I was working on automation projects but I was also working with Matthew part-time on weekends and late nights, and really enjoyed the work: I loved how his company was supporting a network of local factories and other small businesses. He asked me to come on full-time as a co-owner and I quit my job at Goldman. As we were trying to expand the business, we realized that there was a huge lack of transparency and community within the industry. It would take us months to find the right factory, so we decided to create Maker’s Row to solve this problem. We applied for the Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp to help accelerate the process of creating a tech company, and that is where we found Scott via Collabfinder.com

Scott Weiner – Scott has been designing and developing websites since the age of 13. Growing up on Long Island, he created his first website – a Simpsons fan page. After getting a BFA in Communications Design at Syracuse University, he held Art Director positions at design firms and ad agencies in the tri-state area. He started up Brandwagon in 2009 — a design shop that catered to clients, including: Comedy Central, Sesame Street, Blip.tv, DailyWorth.com, as well as several ad agencies. Branding, websites, and online ads were his niche. He also started to develop his own iPhone apps as a hobby and enjoyed having control of a product from concept to execution. That led him to venture out into the tech startup scene this year — going to meetups and applying to Brooklyn Beta Summer Camp, where he ultimately met Tanya and Matthew on CollabFinder.com.

Maker’s Row is an online marketplace for American manufacturers and designers. Our mission is to make American manufacturing easy to access and simple to understand. We are a resource to the established businesses, and by equal importance, we are inspiring the next generation of American businesses to think domestic first.

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

A. The inspiration for Maker’s Row arose from our own need, and realizing that other entrepreneurs had the same need. Two of the co-founders (Matthew and Tanya) were running The Brooklyn Bakery together we were really frustrated at how difficult it was for us to find the proper manufacturer. It would take us months to find the right factories and materials, which really slowed our growth. Whenever we would go to events for product-based entrepreneurs, sourcing would always come up as an issue.

Before we created Maker’s Row, we saw that sourcing was a multi-faceted problem: there is no comprehensive resource, little community, and very little transparency. This made it so that it would take a very long time to find a manufacturer and supplier, and if you are a small company, that takes away from the time you can spend designing, marketing and selling. Makers Row is making manufacturing accessible and what might have taken a designer months to find with multiple specialty resources, is now accessible in one comprehensive platform.

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

A. American Manufacturing is important to us because of the enormous effect it has on everyone, whether you small rural communities, or big cities. The importance of domestic manufacturing has been underplayed for decades in the United States and we have seen the negative effects that has had in cities nationwide. The manufacturing community is extremely fragmented and we saw an amazing opportunity in which we could serve as a platform to unite factories and product based businesses here in the US.

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

A. Matthew: As soon as I was of age to work held summer jobs in a number of craftsman studios from frame shops to local artisan markets. I have had a number of years working with small and medium sized businesses that relied primarily on American manufacturing. My grandfather was a horologist and owned his own watch shop in Detroit MI, and has always been an inspiration to me in seeing what impact small businesses have in their communities.

Q. Favorite quote? (Can be fun, motivational, etc. etc)

A. “We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs.”
- Bill Clinton

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It was a great pleasure to have interviewed the Makers Row team this week. If you are a manufacturer or anyone who is in need of supplies for making things in America, MakersRow.Com is your place for many resources!  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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A Morning to Remember…

While driving to work, I saw a man raising the American flag. He had a hat on with his war medals attached. I knew right away that he was a veteran.
 
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Just the sight of him left me speechless. I stopped to share a conversation. His name is Glenn Eley. He is a proud WW2 veteran who served in Europe under the 12th Armor Division. He raises the American flag every morning he gets to work at the local hardware store in Arcanum, OH.
 

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It`s a rare moment when you see the true meaning beneath the surface of one`s actions. This was one of those moments. He wasn’t raising the flag because he had to, or someone told him to do it. He was raising the flag because he was proud. He wanted to raise that flag. That flag holds meaning to him. He defended it. He fought for it. And now he raises that flag every morning out of love for his country.

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To Mr. Eley and the brave Veterans like him. Thank you.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

All American Clothing Co. Finishes Record Setting Year In 2012:

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The All American Clothing Co. has survived a clothing industry that has lost -84% of its labor force since 1995 as according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The All American Clothing Co. announced today that the company has experienced another record year. In 2012 the USA made clothing company’s annual revenue increased 20% as compared to 2011. This marks the company’s tenth straight year of solid growth. A great sign for American manufacturers in today’s economy.

Due to its success the All American Clothing Co. has moved from a 5,000 square foot facility to a 55,000 square foot facility, doubled the amount of its inventory, and has created many new jobs at their headquarters. The American made clothing company now looks forward to a new year full of surprises in 2013 as they continue to grow and create jobs for American citizens.

About All American Clothing Co.

Lawson Nickol founded the USA Made clothing company in 2002 with a goal to make a difference. His dream was to support USA families and jobs by producing high-quality clothing in the USA at an affordable price. He founded the company with the help of his son BJ and wife Mary Ann Nickol. Together, the Nickol family started their company in the USA to provide jobs and a tax base that ultimately supports communities across the United States.

The All American Clothing Co. has overcome many obstacles to chase the American Dream. The All American Clothing Co. has survived a clothing industry that has lost -84% of its labor force since 1995 as according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The trend of outsourcing has made it tough on the company to compete with companies like them. The recession has kept consumers tight to their wallets and the American economy has been weak. These factors had the odds stacked against the success of the All American Clothing Co. But, with the help of many American Made supporters the has company pushed on.

Today, the Nickol family’s dream holds true. The All American Clothing Co. continues to grow and succeed by selling quality USA made clothing at an affordable price. The company and its supporters continue to create jobs and make a difference. Visit http://www.allamericanclothing.com or follow them on Facebook to help make a difference.

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Yes You Can Buy American Made Clothes!

bKFOXy Big Rick Born In The U.S.A. Stuart of KFOX.

Want to know about my new good looking and good fitting jeans?

Ok just for fun I’m thinking you said “yes.”

Big RickWe send the message to employees and patrons that as USA Made entrepreneurs “it is not all about money”. It is about standards of living, education, global security, employee’s jobs, well being of families and the future of new generations. It is also about helping our neighbor and the truly needy.”

That’s from the place I bought my jeans.

I bought them online from All American Clothing Company. Here is their Facebook page. I like buying American produced products. It’s not always easy but with the internet and some searches you can find more American made items than you probably realized.

These jeans are great and fairly priced. I was intrigued by this tag saying I could trace the jeans back to the cotton farmer. Hmm that’s cool!I did it and you can too. I just entered the number 941213680000 at this link http://www.allamericanclothing.com/traceability.html

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And here’s what I found out.

The cotton in my jeans is from Robert’s Farm in Sumner County Kansas.

They had the cut and sew job done at Elk Brand Manufacturing facilities in Kentucky.

Then ended up being sent to me after I bought them online from All American Clothing Company in Ohio.

How great is that?!

Here’s a video about their Traceability and the cotton farmers

I’m really happy with the jeans. The Shop American Made idea isn’t new, and there’s more of it out there than you might realize.

Big Rick says “Check It Out!”

More on the cotton farm:

Robert’s farm has been in his family since 1919 when his grandfather moved to Sumner County in search of better farmland. During his career, Robert has watched farming transition from a “way of life” to a state-of-the-art business that employs the latest technology. Today, he produces his cotton in a no-tillage system, solely using rainfall and with minimal use of pesticides.

American Cotton Growers – or ACG – and its farmer-owners are focused on developing high quality denim fabrics for our customers with minimal impact on the environment. We produce an average of 37 million yards of denim annually, enough to make 26 million pairs of jeans, every yard of which is grown, spun, dyed, and woven from the cotton our members produce. This denim process is a true, homespun phenomenon – American cotton literally created from field to fabric.

Read more at http://www.kfox.com/Yes-You-Can-Buy-American-Made-Clothes-/9575572?pid=284128

Yesterday`s Winner Is…

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Rob Stewart of Akron, OH who answered 189!

Congratulations Rob. You have won a free tee shirt of your choice. Please send your shirt choice, size, and address to [email protected] and we will ship your item today!

Thank you all for having some fun with us yesterday!

Happy Holidays.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

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USA Made. Just Get It.

Should I say more?

I should talk about how buying USA Made benefits the economy. I should tell you that if every American spent just $50 on USA Made items a year, it would generate over $15.7 billion. This number alone would create thousands of American jobs. Also, I should probably tell you that one of those jobs created or saved could be your own.

But I won`t. We should all ‘just get it’ by now.

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USA Made. Just Get It.

Logan

All American Clothing Co.

Dear Santa,

All I want is the creation of more jobs and a better economy. I have been well behaved for much of this year. This was tough during the election, but I was good for the most part. I have kept my promise on manufacturing more items than I ever have before. To be exact, I exported more than $7.1 trillion worth of goods this year which is more than China or any other country on earth. I made more items this past year than any other year throughout my life. This includes my early years of the Industrial Revolution.

Santa, I would like to let the world know that I am back.  I am making progress every day through the efforts of my citizens and their innovations. Will you please let Americans know how important it is to buy items made by me this holiday season?

Last year between Thanksgiving and Christmas Americans spent over $584 billion. Think of how many jobs that could`ve been created if all that had been spent on items made here.

As seen in FOLK Magazine.

Please let my citizens know that I need their support this Christmas. I cannot create more jobs and support a better economy without them. Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Uncle Sam

P.S. Enjoy the cookies. I made them all by myself.

Written By Logan Beam – Illustration by Bob Barga
www.allamericanclothing.com

 

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Logan

All American Clothing Co.

How many times do I have to tell you? I wear the American made pants in this family!

Photo By: Darren Rowse

Our Caption Contest winner is Kimberly Epperson Powell who shared the caption above. Kimberly has won a free tee shirt of her choice.

Ladies, you can also wear the American Made pants in your family too as All American Clothing Co. will be adding up to 6 new women`s style of jeans this winter! Check out the new items in our USA Made clothing section for ladies already!

Kimberly, please claim your free tee shirt by emailing us at [email protected]

Thank you all for the great captions. Please check in with us next week for some more fun!

Logan

All American Clothing Co.