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July 4th – 4 Ways To Support Made in America And Create Jobs

1. Check the tag or label.

This is simple. When shopping for that cookout, check the tag on the item you are about to purchase to see if it`s made in USA. If you are comparing between two or more items, knowing you will create jobs by selecting one product over another will make your decision easier.

2. Attain food from the farmer`s market.

Some of us have large families! If that’s the case, you can save money, buy local, and feed an entire family a meal or two through supporting local farmers markets. The American farmer is one of the most dedicated and hardworking people in our country. The saying “If you had a good meal today, thank a farmer” holds a lot of truth to it. We also have a lot of farmers to thank for growing the cotton used in our USA Made tees! You can thank a farmer over July 4th weekend by visiting the farmer`s market!

3. Raise Awareness with a friend.

July 4th is often a great time to catch up with friends and family. This makes an ideal time to raise awareness on that 'Not Made In China tee shirt' you proudly wear! You do not even have to say anything to them. Just raise awareness in setting an example through your actions. Show everyone how it`s done!

4. Search for Made in USA sales online throughout the weekend.

Like us, there are many distributors of Made in USA merchandise who can be found online. All will have sales deals that you cannot pass up! Search for them on google! Ask Siri! They can help you. Join us at All American Clothing Co. for a great deal on made in USA jeans and tees to get started.


As a closing remark, we encourage and CHALLENGE you to take these 4 steps towards making a difference. Following these steps can go a long way in creating new jobs. We also CHALLENGE you to support at least one made in USA product over the weekend. You can make a difference! If each American spent just $64 on USA made products, it will generate over 200,000 new jobs.

Start today!

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Men`s Health Month – Hike For Fitness!

Who says a work out needs to always be at the gym?

There are many other activities that will keep you on the go! Hiking, basketball, golf, tennis, swimming, volleyball, and many more absolutely benefit health and wellness. All make the time go by faster, can be done with friends, and create a workout with less work and more fun!

We chose to go hiking this week because it truly is such a powerful cardio work out. It can lower your risk of heart disease, improve you blood pressure & blood sugar levels, boost bone density, and build strength in your legs, glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps! When hiking in beautiful settings, it can boost your mood in combating against symptoms of stress and anxiety. Hiking is also fun in the comfort of made in USA items! 

Do you hike? Please let us know your favorite spot! We`d love to check it out!

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“Stop”

Stop the cookout, party, and shopping spree

To remember those who were brave enough to keep America free.

Stop to remember the ones who took the battlefield with pride.

And never forget the reasons for which they have died.

Reasons of patriotism, sacrifice, and love for country that ring so true.

Stop and be thankful they gave up their lives for you.

Memorial Day 2015

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Making It In America: KettlePizza

We are proud to be 'Making it in America' today with our friends Al Contarino and George Peters, who both co-founded KettlePizza, which gives you the opportunity to turn your grill into a wood fired pizza oven!

Please tell us a about yourself.

Al Contarino and I are inventors. Our passion is to create and develop products that can make people's lives fun, safer or easier.

Why is 'Making it in America’ significant at KettlePizza?

Right from the beginning when Al had the idea for the KettlePizza we knew it could be Made in America. We wanted to help put more people to work, here at home, rather than send jobs overseas. We knew it may be hard but so what, hark work, commitment and passion for doing things the right way will always win out in the end.

What challenges has Kettle Pizza overcome throughout history in order to continue Making it in America?

When you develop a product that no one has seen or used before, finding suppliers that can do custom work was difficult. We overcame that problem because as we grew, more and more people would send us information about companies in the US that we could source materials. Quality materials, that American companies and people are known to produce can never be taken for granted.

How have you personally expressed a passion for American manufacturing?

The strength of our country has always been developing new ideas into viable high quality products the rest of the world wants to own. Anyone can make JUNK, we don't make junk in America, Al and I will never make junk at KettlePizza. FYI, I bought a belt at All American Clothing Co. that is so well made that besides holding up my pants, it could be used to tow a car!

There are many places one could enjoy KettlePizza. What is your favorite?

On the deck with family

George Peters (left) with Al Contarino (right)


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

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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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COMING SOON! Made in America Christmas Savings

Thank you for your interest in All American Clothing Co`s Very Merry 12 Days of Christmas.

While you anxiously await All American Clothing Co`s Very Merry 12 Days Of Christmas 2014 sale to take off on November 28, you can explore our newsletter for weekly specials and giveaways on a variety of your favorite American made clothing and accessories. We also have exclusive newsletter specials that are updated every other week.

All American Clothing Co. is your source for quality and affordable made in USA clothing products for all seasons. Shop our entire made in USA collection of jeans, shirts, outerwear, accessories, and more!

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All American Clothing Co. Makes Habitat For Humanity Donation

Leading made in USA clothing company donates house hold items and building products to Habitat for Humanity of Miami County to help assist moderate to low-income individuals and families in need.

Arcanum, OH – All American Clothing Co. donated many items that will help provide a life-changing opportunity to purchase and own simple, quality, goods for their homes at an affordable price. Items included hardware items, desks, tables, wood panels, doors, and more.

All American Clothing Co. Founder Lawson Nickol is hopeful that the items will make a difference, “We had an opportunity to help make homes for American families in need. It is our passion to help people in order to make our country a better place. To us, it is considered a responsibility to help improve the communities around us."

About Habitat for Humanity:

Habitat for Humanity of Miami County, OH cultivates and educates first-time, moderate to low-income buyers within the Miami County area. Volunteers and staff work with potential homeowners to prepare them for long-term, sustainable success as homeowners with roughly six months of education and preparation. They partner with hired contractors, volunteers, and the future homeowners to build or rehab the homes for families in need. The organization defines “need” as someone earning 30-50% of the average median income (AMI) for the Miami County area. That equates to roughly a $18,050 annual income for a family of four at 30% AMI.

About All American Clothing Co:

All American Clothing Company is a success story of a small company in today`s economy. The entire company supports a “USA Made passion” as they strive to foster loyalty among customers. All American Clothing Company is conceivably a poster child for “small business success stories.” To find out more about the passion and the effort it takes to build a business in today`s economy go to http://www.allamericanclothing.com and read the tab “Our Story.” 888-937-8009.


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Making It In America: Bulldog Lighting

This Week On Making It In America

We shed some light on the importance of American manufacturing with Mr. Dylan Sievers of Bulldog Lighting

Please tell us a about yourself.

Well, I was born and raised in San Carlos, California in Northern California. My parents however are from San Francisco and Arkansas. So, I have some city and country influence. I have a sister who is two years older than me as well. I have always been into cars and trucks and enjoyed working on Jeeps or Dirt bikes with my dad as a kid. I was actually lucky enough to be a co-driver for a team racing in the Best in the Desert Series when I was 17 and a senior in high school. The team couldn’t afford the $2000 for LED Light Bars from the companies in the industry at the time so with the support and help of my family and their over 25 years of experience in the electrical industry, I started Bulldog Lighting.

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

We first started Bulldog Lighting by designing our led light bar and having China manufacture it. As time went on, we decided to begin assembling the fixtures in the United States much like some of our competitors. Manufacturing here became important to us as we found that the overseas manufacturer was giving our ideas and designs to anyone who asked for them. We quickly determined that making it here was the only way to protect our designs and patents pending at the time. With the constant job losses that were being shown on the news as well as seeing them locally, it was obvious that we needed to help in any way that we could. Even if it was a small part at the time, we knew that every little bit helps.

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

Well, it hasn't been easy. But that is with anything, you have to put forth the effort in order to get a result, and if that isn't what you want then you keep pushing forward. Through all of the research that we have done in order to find exactly what we need to do in order to make it here in America it proved to be a much more difficult task than we had originally thought. Maybe that was why no one else in the industry had tried as hard as we did. It has taken almost 2 years to iron out the technical specifications, the logistics of where the factories are, and to perfect the parts that go into the actual finished fixture. You wouldn't believe the detail but it even came down to finding the right texture or type of powder coat that we were going to use. We have been certified by Made in USA Certified®, the nation’s leading 3rd party auditor for Made in USA Origin claims. We are very proud to have it all made here in America, all the way down to screws, pcb’s (printed circuit boards), housings, end caps, wire, lenses, and much more. Of course there are some components on the PCB that are not made here which include capacitors and resistors which are not even available from any U.S. source since they were never made here and have no inclination to ever be made here (or else we would use those!). Even the CREE LED starts here and is then sent overseas to get cut and packaged. It is then sent back on a reel, as are the other components and the final production of the PCB is done in Texas and California. According to the Federal Trade Commission standards, final and most transformation completed in the USA warrants a Made In USA badge. Since those components are the only pieces not made here, we are well above the standard.

What are the toughest challenges to make Bulldog-Lighting in the USA?

The toughest challenges we face is the misconception other companies imply that they are Made in USA but don't actually source all of their materials from within the states. Since we started Bulldog Lighting, the entire industry has seen an insurgence of imported LED Light bars which are lowering the value of the LED light bar as a product. We combat these challenges by providing the strongest and most durable light bar as well as making it right here in America. The garage sellers that import overseas light bars don’t pay a tax for labor, or a city or county tax or anything. We are working with various foundations to bring awareness to American Made Matters, Made in USA Foundation and more that support US Companies and manufacturing in America.

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

A favorite quote of my mom’s is; Opportunity is missed by most people because it comes dressed in overalls and looks like hard work. Thomas Edison. I think for me that quote simply means you have to work to succeed. Nothing is easy or everyone would be doing it. I used to work in my mom’s business, Coolballs®, she made antenna balls. I was 6 years old (lol, it wasn’t that kind of child labor. I had to have my homework done first. I loved it. It made me feel big.) I have always worked hard. My mom was the only mom who would give us summer homework! I would package Coolballs® in plastic bags, print them, or ship them out to customers. Bringing back manufacturing to the United States is important. We manufacture a high quality, American Made product. The United States fought for labor rights, fought to make this the country the land of opportunity, THE AMERICAN DREAM, but if we don’t manufacture anything anymore, what else will we do? We can't all be in the customer service industry, can we? Bulldog Lighting is affordable, because we are for the working man or woman. This quote means to me that opportunity isn't easy to grab but that it takes hard work in order to get the results that you want. Made In America doesn't have to cost you.


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Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey

Documentary Film Features All American Clothing Co.

Forever changed by witnessing the devastation in his hometown after an aluminum plant shuts down due to outsourcing, Josh Miller sets out on a 30 day journey across America to find out if “Made in the USA” really means anything anymore.

Throughout the journey Josh lives off of “Made in USA” products to the best of his ability, and speaks to the people in the heart of America (including the Founders of All American Clothing Co.) about the issues facing America today as the continued outsourcing of the manufacture of goods erodes the manufacturing backbone of the American economy, and the dreams of countless workers around the nation.

The All American Clothing Co. is proud to be a part of the film "Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey." As Josh Miller attempted to find if "made in USA" really meant anything anymore, he stopped by All American Clothing Co. headquarters and interviewed our Founders about the importance of American made. The interview is featured in the documentary film. It is one you will not want to miss!

Click here to rent the movie on iTunes for just $4.99.


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