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Making It In America

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

 
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The Round Up

How was your month?

This month we watched the documentary Made In The USA: The 30 Day Journey once again. Have you seen it?

The challenges that Josh Miller overcomes to support made in USA products is gripping. It is not easy, but Miller shows it can be done. (As Mike Huckabee said, “I would like to think that there`s a desire to see it, number one because we have seen what happens when we outsource so much of the manufacturing to places like China.”) We really appreciate Josh Miller & his crew putting a film together that educates each & every one of us on the importance of American manufacturing.

Also, thank you all for your fun comments this month—please keep them coming! We enjoy reading all of them.

January Standouts:

"The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

It got cold

This tweet made us laugh.

Our 16th style of jean is coming soon. It will address the entire nation, including Gettysburg. Honestly, we hope to knock your top hats off with this jean...

President Obama talks U.S. manufacturing in State Of Union Address

It got cold again

John Ratzenberger`s American Made? Cheers to that!

New wind/waterproof jackets introduced.

We LOVE this song.

Have you been in a club? New members were added to ours.

All American Rewards Doubled This Month.

It stayed cold.

Super Bowl XLVII: Broncos or Seahawks?

Thank you all for your support throughout the first month of 2014. We can certainly tell that many of you have a resolution to buy American Made this year. Thank you for supporting USA workers & please continue to spread the word! We wish you the best.

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All American Jeans on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer...

ABC World News Traces Made in America Jeans Back to the Farmer Who Grew the Cotton.

ABC World News Traces Made in America Jeans Back to the Farmer Who Grew the Cotton.

David Muir and the ABC World News made in America team are at it again with their made in America Christmas segments as thousands of Americans have already said they are in & ready to buy American made gifts. It`s the Christmas season & just one thing could help create thousands of new jobs right here at home as ABC World News reports that $64 spent on a USA Made item by each American can create over 200,000 new jobs and wish American workers a merry Christmas.

Clothing is just one theme with Christmas gifts each and every year, but did you know that 98% of the world`s clothing is NOT made in America? ABC World News reports that just 2% of the world`s clothing is made in America.

The All American Clothing Co. is part of that 2%. The USA made blue jean manufacturer is one of the few remaining USA made clothing companies left in America today. All American Clothing Co. was recently featured on the “Made in America” segment with ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (Dec. 6) as David Muir traced a pair of jeans back to the American farmer who grew the cotton with All American Clothing`s Traceability Technology.

About All American Clothing Co:

Founded in 2002 by Lawson & BJ Nickol due to a previous employer`s decision to outsource jeans and jobs to Mexico, the father and son team started the All American Clothing Co – A USA made jean company of their own that vows to never trade USA jobs for foreign profits. The father son duo and their All American Clothing Co. has been featured on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN Living, Huffington Post, Fox Business, CNBC, Sirius XM, Forbes, Inc., and many more.

About Traceability Technology:

Traceability is all about the truth of where jeans come from. It offers some recognition to the hard working Americans who are involved in making jeans. All American Clothing Co. is the first jean company in the world that gives it`s consumers the opportunity to trace a pair of jeans back to the American farmers who grew the cotton used in their jean. The system supports over 12,000 American farmers & workers across the country.

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Searching for Made in America This Christmas

Boomer Beam, Director of Marketing & Communications at the All American Clothing Co., has released his 'Made in America: 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts for 2013'. This year`s list features Christmas gifts costing as low as $2.00, including a candle for mom, toys for the kids, and gifts for all.

The National Retail Federation recently reported that Americans spent an average of $752 per consumer in 2012 during Holiday shopping season. In addition to this, ABC World News reports that if each American just spent $64 on USA Made items during the Holidays, it would create over 200,000 new jobs right here in America.

With this being said, if all Americans spent all their $752 on Christmas gifts that are made in America it would generate a total of 2.35 million new jobs in the U.S.

Want to buy American, but cannot find affordable gifts made in USA this Christmas? Check out Beam`s ‘Made In America: 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts for 2013.’

1. All American Clothing Co.: A printed USA made tee shirt starts at just – $12.99
2. BarbasolThis American Classic is a needed stocking stuffer for the men for under – $2.00
3. Channellock: For over 125 years, Channellock has made tools in the USA. Gift Packs under – $30.00.
4. Dreaming Tree Wines: A bottle of wine made by musician Dave Matthews starts at – $15.00.
5. Jelly Belly: This American classic makes a great stocking stuffer for under – $20.00
6. KNEX: Some of the classic toys can be found for under – $10
7. Tervis Tumbler: Some options can be found for just – $4.00.
8. The Honest Kitchen: Find USA Made cat & dog treats for under – $10.00
9. Yankee Candle Co: America`s favorite candles. Find the small jars for – $10.99.
10. Wrapped: Wrap all those gifts in the styles of Wrapped wrapping paper starting at – $7.00.

Beam believes that one of the best gifts someone can give to themselves this year is to think about the impact of spending so they can offer more than just a gift.

“Giving a gift that is made in America will not only make you feel the excitement to give a gift to family & friends. It may also make you feel proud because you are ultimately giving the gift of job support to the person who made it.”

Beam also insists that choosing American made for the holidays is ultimately a choice of the consumer.

“It comes down to choice of the consumer. I`m not trying to tell folks that made in America is the only option, or how they should spend their dollars. I`m simply saying that there is a made in America option and letting people know where it exists. It`s ultimately a choice of theirs.”

Boomer Beam is the Director of Marketing & Communications at the All American Clothing Co, A 100% USA made blue jean manufacturer & clothing retailer. A graduate of Wittenberg University, Boomer is passionate about making a difference in the creation of U.S. jobs with American made products. He has been featured in Inc. Magazine, SIRIUS XM Patriot, CBS Moneywatch, The Boston Globe, Washington Times, Huffington Post, Fox Business, and more.

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Kilroy Was Here

He is engraved in stone in the National War Memorial in Washington, DC. Back in a small alcove where very few people have seen it. For the WWII generation, this will bring back memories. For you younger folks, it’s a bit of trivia that is a part of our American history. Anyone born in 1913 to about 1950, is familiar with Kilroy. No one knew why he was so well known, but everybody seemed to get into it.

So who was Kilroy?

In 1946 the American Transit Association, through its radio program, “Speak to America,” sponsored a nationwide contest to find the real Kilroy, offering a prizeof a real trolley car to the person who could prove himself to be the genuine article. Almost 40 men stepped forward to make that claim, but only James Kilroy from Halifax , Massachusetts , had evidence of his identity.

‘Kilroy’ was a 46-year old shipyard worker during the war who worked as a checker at the Fore River Shipyard in Quincy . His job was to go around and check on the number of rivets completed. Riveters were on piecework and got paid by the rivet. He would count a block of rivets and put a check mark in semi-waxed lumber chalk, so the rivets wouldn’t be counted twice. When Kilroy went off duty, the riveters would erase the mark. Later on, an off-shift inspector would come through and count the rivets a second time, resulting in double pay for the riveters.

One day Kilroy’s boss called him into his office. The foreman was upset about all the wages being paid to riveters, and asked him to investigate. It was then he realized what had been going on. The tight spaces he had to crawl in to check the rivets didn’t lend themselves to lugging around a paint can and brush, so Kilroy decided to stick with the waxy chalk. He continued to put his check mark on each job he inspected, but added ‘KILROY WAS HERE’ in king-sized letters next to the check, and eventually added the sketch of the chap with the long nose peering over the fence and that became part of the Kilroy message.

Once he did that, the riveters stopped trying to wipe away his marks. Ordinarily the rivets and chalk marks would have been covered up with paint. With the war on, however, ships were leaving the Quincy Yard so fast that there wasn’t time to paint them. As a result, Kilroy’s inspection “trademark” was seen by thousands of servicemen who boarded the troopships the yard produced.

His message apparently rang a bell with the servicemen, because they picked it up and spread it all over Europe and the South Pacific.

Before war’s end, “Kilroy” had been here, there, and everywhere on the long hauls to Berlin and Tokyo . To the troops outbound in those ships, however, he was a complete mystery; all they knew for sure was that someone named Kilroy had “been there first.” As a joke, U.S. servicemen began placing the graffiti wherever they landed, claiming it was already there when they arrived.

Kilroy became the U.S. super-GI who had always “already been” wherever GIs went. It became a challenge to place the logo in the most unlikely places imaginable (it is said to be atop Mt. Everest , the Statue of Liberty , the underside of the Arc de Triomphe, and even scrawled in the dust on the moon.

As the war went on, the legend grew. Underwater demolition teams routinely sneaked ashore on Japanese-held islands in the Pacific to map the terrain for coming invasions by U.S. troops (and thus, presumably, were the first GI’s there). On one occasion, however, they reported seeing enemy troops painting over the Kilroy logo!

In 1945, an outhouse was built for the exclusive use of Roosevelt, Stalin, and Churchill at the Potsdam conference. Its’ first occupant was Stalin, who emerged and asked his aide (in Russian), “Who is Kilroy?”

To help prove his authenticity in 1946, James Kilroy brought along officials from the shipyard and some of the riveters. He won the trolley car, which he gave to his nine children as a Christmas gift and set it up as a playhouse in the Kilroy yard in Halifax , Massachusetts .

And The Tradition Continues…

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Update:  YOUR VOICE HAS BEEN HEARD!

Based on the voting by you, our awesome customers, the name for our new shirt will be “Eagle Rising.”  Thank you for participating!  The new shirt is available in Long AND Short sleeve…  Get yours by clicking here >
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Last week, we asked for some ideas on a name for the upcoming USA Made tee shirt design above. Today, your voice will be heard as part of our product development team. Below are the top picks gathered from last week.

For YOU: We decided to add a little fun to this for YOU. On our Facebook page please comment, LIKE, or Share this for a chance to win the very first American Made shirt that is printed with this design on it!

Please cast YOUR vote below.

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Did you know…

The New York Times today issued a 25 year old correction to Super Mario`s day job and it turns out that Mario was originally a carpenter. Then he was a janitor before he became a plumber, for which he`s been commonly known as for many years with his brother Luigi.

Read the report: New York Times issues 25-year-old correction to Mario`s day job.

One thing we have always enjoyed about Mario is that he is always wearing denim!

Do you work any blue collar jobs like Mario has? Do you wear denim or USA made Jeans at work?

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Fall is here, The Clothes Are Changing!

Ah! Our favorite time of the year is now underway. The temperature is starting to cool, football season is underway, and the clothes are definitely changing.

That being said, we are excited to introduce some new ladies long sleeve USA made tees along with some of our favorite men`s styles just in time for fall!

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Fine Jersey L/S made in USA tee.

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Men`s long sleeve USA made tee with pocket

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Fine Jersey L/S USA made ladies tee.

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Men`s XDRI Performance Camo: Long sleeve tee made in USA

The Real Meaning of Labor Day.

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From these, a movement developed to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

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Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Trace an All American Made Jean back to over 12,000 American workers, including the American farmers who grew the cotton.

A Nationwide Holiday

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take was outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

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