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American Pastimes: Taking A Sunday Drive

Remember the days when it was common for a man to get out the hot rod for a Sunday drive?

Cruising on a Sunday was once a very popular tradition in the United States. Men and their classic cars would take their girlfriends, wives, and/or families on a car ride each Sunday. This really was a manly thing to do! The goal was to not go anywhere particular, but to drive around and share time together. Maybe they would stop to get a milk shake or share a few laughs. Some would take a drive after church on Sundays. Sunday drives became popular around the time that the automobile was becoming an item in every household. Well-paved roads were starting to become more readily available. It was really a fun time. Nowadays, you may see folks with classic cars doing this but anyone can take a Sunday drive in any car.

We recommend trying in made in USA clothing items! It is quite fun... and comforting!

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The AA 101 Jean: Three Reasons Why Every Guy Needs A Pair

The AA 101 Jean: Three Reasons Why Every Guy Needs A Pair

The AA 101 jean is our most popular jean for a reason! Not too tight, not too loose - 101`s are the perfect relaxed fit blue jean.

Here are three reasons why!

1. Durability

The 101 is not just any pair of jeans. This jean is handcrafted with a 14.5 oz. denim fabric, making it tougher than a $2 steak! The 101 also features 7 belt loops, giving it the waistline super strength. Any jean with less than 7 belt loops is un-American! This jean was built for manly men. It will give you super-manly capabilities like: growing a longer beard, building tree houses, working on cars, playing with power tools, digging holes, carving an entire tree with just a knife, talking and listening to animals, starting a fire barehanded, brewing your own beer, and carrying heavy stuff *. None of this is possible without wearing this manly American made jean.

2. Comfort

When it comes to All American Jeans it is all about comfort. The hard working, fixer upping, barbecue mastering, man has got to bring home the bacon! And, he`s got to bring it home in comfort! The 101 has a gusset, which is a diamond shaped piece of denim sewn into the crotch. This eliminates 4 seams coming together in one place adding comfort with more freedom of movement.

So enjoy that delicious bacon, relax, enjoy a cold beer, and prop your feet up in that old manly chair. The one with holes in it that your wife wants you to throw away but you just can`t let it go… THAT CHAIR. You may even fall asleep wearing these jeans only to wake up and wear them again the next day. All because you enjoy good ‘ole fashioned American comfort… Merica!

The gusset gives you the American freedom that you deserve. Your crotch will thank you!

3. Made in the USA

That`s right, real American workers handcrafted this jean with the highest quality fabrics, stitches, and materials made in America. None of that foreign made, sweat shop, unfair, penny paid labor here. This jean keeps people working in the United States. It supports USA families with a standard of living in different communities across the country. Knowing this will make you stand tall and proud in these jeans like the statue of liberty as you listen to the sounds of freedom!

Don`t just take our word for it. Try a pair for yourself! If you aren't 100% satisfied you can return your jeans within 60 days for a refund or exchange.

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*Our jeans don't actually give you super man powers...

 
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Eric Church: Cut From A Different Kind Of Cloth

‘A person or thing not within an enclosure or boundary.’ – Definition of an outsider

Meet Eric Church. Eric is a guitar picking, whiskey drinking, country singing, Carolina native who continues to change country music. This guy really has no boundaries.

His choices in lyrics and sounds are fearless. His approach has helped to achieve multi platinum successes with the album ‘Chief’ (2011) and again with ‘The Outsiders’ (2014), which ranked at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart.

Church says, "I've always felt like an outsider, and I still feel that way. That feeling is something that you never lose, no matter how much acceptance you get. When you've been burned enough, you carry that feeling with you, and it becomes a part of you. That chip on your shoulder becomes a source of strength, and it drives you to push forward."

With his chip on his shoulder, Eric Church is no outsider to the country music charts with singles such as "Drink in My Hand," “Give Me Back My Hometown,” “Creepin,” "Homeboy,""Springsteen," "Smoke A Little Smoke" "Cold One," "Talladega" ,"Guys Like Me," and many more.

“They’re the in crowd, we’re the other ones. It’s a different kind of cloth that we’re cut from. We let our colors show, where the numbers ain’t. With the paint where there ain’t supposed to be paint.”-The Outsiders, Eric Church

Despite having great success, Church has not forgotten about those who have supported him throughout his journey. It is not a coincidence that Church chose his recent title song as his latest album's lead single, “The Outsiders.”

Church affirms, "It's outsiders, plural, because it's not just about me. If you look at the cover art, it's me and my band. And in the video, we're coming through the gates, and the fans are coming through behind us. Those people that have always been a part of this journey, and this is where we all get to stand up and say, 'We're here now. You could close the doors on us and brush us off before, but now we're coming through.' "

He has also helped others on their journey. From small acts of allowing a small town kid write about him (that`s me) to larger causes such as founding a non-profit, Church has continued to break boundaries. He and his wife launched the Chief Cares Fund which aids underprivileged families and children throughout Tennessee and Eric’s home state of North Carolina, as well as to help an orphanage in Nepal get beds, clothing, and offer schooling to children that would otherwise never get the chance; deliver bibles and aid to Haiti, and help fund the Humane Society’s no-kill animal shelters with funds that go towards operational costs.

Outsiders have no boundaries. If there`s a lesson we can all learn from Mr. Church, it`s to break a few boundaries in your journey because there`s no telling where it may take you. For Eric Church, his approach with no boundaries in life and music has led him to major success.

He is the sudden change that country music needed. I cannot wait to see what he does next.

Catch Eric Church live on The Outsiders World Tour 2015.

Logan

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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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Made in USA: Is It In Your jeans?

Investigating the rise & fall of the once promising American denim industry

By: Logan Beam

For the American denim industry, the loss of jobs has remained a common theme for the past couple decades. Today, denim giants continue to outsource production, denim mills continue to shut down, and many Americans continue to lose jobs in the American denim industry.

Outsourcing and shut downs have been going on for years in the American garment industry. Since the early 1990s this once promising industry has lost 85% of it`s labor force (Source: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics). So much of the American garment industry has been outsourced that only 2% of the clothing purchased in the USA is even made in America (Source: ABC World News).

Jeans were once an American icon. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, high school kids would begin wearing blue jeans as a status symbol of rebellion towards their adult parents because their parents did not wear jeans. In the 1970s, jeans started to become iconic in culture thanks to celebrities such as Neal Diamond, who sang the famous hit ‘Forever in Blue Jeans.' Blue jeans had arrived. They were a national phenomenon.

Through the 1980s, blue jeans were still in high demand throughout the United States. Many remember the cover of the famous Bruce Springsteen album ‘Born in the USA,’ which was the first compact disc to be made in America. Jeans had now been established as a major part of popular culture. El Paso was now considered the blue jeans capital of the world, where it manufactured an estimated 2 million pairs of America's favorite pants each week (Source: San Antonio Express).

Throughout the 1990s, things would begin to change. American jean giants would begin to move production elsewhere. Their buildings would become vacant, local economies became ruined, and people have been left without jobs. A denim industry that once supported over 900,000 USA jobs hardly supports 100,000 today.

Many believe that made in America jeans no longer exist. Despite this, there is a group of hard working companies making jeans and supporting jobs in the United States today. Many utilize the same resources and support the same jobs in their supply chains, making this group of made in America jean makers unique. Together, they continue to keep the denim industry alive and support thousands of USA jobs because they believe it`s the right thing to do.

Made in USA: It`s In Their Jeans.

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Baldwin Denim
Black & Denim
Bonobos
Bullet Blues
Diamond Gusset
Left Field
Pointer Brand
Raleigh Denim
Rising Sun
Round House
Roy Denim
Tellason
Texas Jeans
Todd Shelton
1791

Is there a made in America jean company we have missed? Please let us know and we`ll get them listed.

Thank you.

 
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Hey Fellas, Ditch The Flowers And Chocolate!

Yeah, yeah, yeah… another year, another bouquet of flowers and a box of chocolates right? She`s no Forest Gump, she knows what she`s going to get!

Especially when it`s the same thing year after year. This year, you need to throw her off a bit!

Here are 7 Valentine`s Day gifts made in USA you SHOULD get her instead.

1.) Beef Jerky – She`ll never expect it! And she will love it! She may also share. We recommend searching Jerky.Com. They have the widest selection of made in USA jerky.

2.) Lodge Cast Iron Skillet or Dutch Oven – This could end up being a gift in disguise for you as well. She may cook you breakfast with it!

3.) Two fishing poles – Check out Bob`s Made in America Fishing Rods and take her on a fishing trip this Spring. Don`t forget the tackle and worms!

4.) A Fire Pit – Who doesn`t enjoy a nice campfire? Look for a made in USA fire pit at Ohio Flame.

5.) Chocolate covered bacon – Search recipes online and make a batch for her. She`ll love the effort… and the taste!

6.) Go crazy with a white water rafting trip! They are always fun!

7.) A gift card from All American Clothing Co. is always a good addition to any gift! Sorry, we couldn`t finish without a selfless plug… ;)

Did we miss any good gift ideas? Please share your ideas in the comments below!

Good luck!

All American Clothing Co.

 
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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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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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All American Clothing Co. Joins American Made Matters

The mission of American Made Matters is to educate consumers that buying US-made products strengthens the American Dream. The American Made Matters organization is made up of over 260 member companies in 42 states and growing.

The latest member to join the organization is All American Clothing Co., whose mission is to support USA families and jobs by producing high-quality clothing made in USA at an affordable price. By keeping production in the USA, the American made jeans manufacturer provides jobs and a tax base that supports our communities.

All American Clothing Co. is proud to continue our mission alongside manufacturers in the American Made Matters organization who represent many different industries and we hope that our USA made clothing company can help spread the message that American made really matters!

"We care about our country and the people in it; if we were only in it for money we would move our production overseas. We will NOT trade USA jobs for foreign profits." - BJ Nickol, President & Co-Founder All American Clothing Co.

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All American Clothing Co. Sponsors Judge Pulling Team

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

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

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

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

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

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Visit Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.