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Making it in America: Bodacious Cases

This Week On Making It In America.

The topic of American manufacturing gets bodacious with Arianna Russel of Bodacious Cases!

Please tell us a little about yourself.

I am a 26 year old who was born into the entrepreneurial life. My mother, Cheri Russell, went into labor during the Ozark Craft Fair (1987) on Friday, delivered me in the hallway at Cox South Saturday, then returned to the show on Sunday to work & to show her baby (me) off. I started my first business, Superior Auto Detailing out of the trunk of my Cavalier in 2005 while playing basketball full time, as a Junior in High School. By 2007 I had eight full-time workers.

I am the CEO, owner and inventor of Bodacious Cases, LLC. We are a cell phone case company that produces our products 100% made in America. We currently offer cases for the iPhone 4/4s, iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s. Plus we recently launched our camouflage line cases called "camBo." I believe it takes hard work, dedication, passion & sacrifice in order to succeed.

Can you tell us how Bodacious Cases was founded?

On the 4th of July I was at a family get together at my sister’s house and I was in the hot tub. It didn’t matter it was a Holiday or not, being a business owner I always have my phone on me. I didn’t carry my iPhone in a case at that time, so when I was by water I would put it in a ziploc baggie. This was before Apple or anyone offered the warranties that they do now, or the iCloud to back your phone up. I thought I lost my phone, so I was panicking because my phone has everything on it. It has my contacts, calendar, phone numbers, pictures, emails, everything! It’s like having my life in my pocket. My iPhone was exactly where I left it, but the next day I started researching for a case that was water-resistant, protective, durable, something that was sleek and thin, had a credit card slot on the back, something I could slide in and out of my pocket easily and something I could customize to match my outfit daily and a case that was made in America, so I made one. It took three years to the day to get it from idea to market of actually holding an American made iPhone case in my hand.

Why is American Manufacturing important to you?

American made is important to me for many reasons, one being that my father, Mike is a double Purple Heart Vietnam War Veteran & I feel I owe it to him, to all those who serve, protect & risk so much for our country. Being 100% made in America is a way to thank them for what they do. It is also important to me because I have nieces and nephews and if we keep manufacturing jobs overseas then when they get older they won’t have jobs. I feel manufacturing overseas is a great idea if as the owner I want to make a few extra bucks, but to me it’s about more than just money. Those few extra dollars kill jobs, which is the next generation and I do not want to see that happen. I would rather make less money and and create more American jobs.

Where did your passion for USA manufacturing begin?

My mother has always loved American flags. Growing up we always had flag t-shirts, flags hanging around the house and she’s just a wonderful American woman, so I guess I’ve always had it. As some people say “I get it from my momma.”

I have a picture of me, as a 4 year old, holding an american flag in my hair, clapping and saluting the soldiers as they came back from the Persian Gulf War on April 10, 1991. I’ve always been patriotic and loved soldiers. Anytime I see a soldier or a Veteran wearing a hat I have to shake their hand and tell them thank you for their service.

How have you expressed that passion away from Bodacious Cases?

Well that`s a hard question to answer because Bodacious cases is like 99.9% of my life, but that point .01% when I’m not working I try to spread the bodacious word about why its important to buy American made and how it affects our country when we send our products overseas. Anytime I can I try to explain to my nieces and nephews why I manufacturer “Bo”, who is our logo here in America. I love teaching them and telling them why I am doing what I’m doing, and why it is important to me and how it could affect them in the future.

What is next for Bodacious Cases?

Bodacious Cases has lots of bodacious plans. We are currently looking to expand our product line to other smartphones & tablets. We are trying to raise money so that we can expand quicker and create more jobs. We are looking for a loan, or the right investor to work with to expand Bodacious Cases more. My goal as the CEO and owner is to create 100 American jobs by Dec. 3, 2014. If I do not reach that goal this year, I plan to by 2015.

Your favorite quote?

I have a lot of favorite quotes, some that i’ve wrote, but my favorite is by Steve Jobs of Apple Inc.

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” -Steve Jobs

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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.

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 logan@allamericanclothing.com

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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Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring In Style!

It has been a very long and cool winter as record setting temperatures dropped to sub-zero in many parts of the country.

Even today, it is still bitter in some states which means we are even more excited about the upcoming warm temperatures to come with the season of Spring. After all - Spring has officially sprung!

The weather will be warming up before you know it!

We are looking forward to the many outdoor activities one can enjoy in our American made clothing styles.

Here are 10 of our favorite USA made clothing styles for Spring…

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We are proud to call the village of Arcanum, OH our home. Arcanum is where our headquarters & All American Showroom is located.

It is also where we began in 2002 after Lawson Nickol decided to resign as sales manager for a previous USA made blue jeans manufacturer when it`s production was outsourced to Mexico. Here, along with his son BJ & family - a USA made jean manufacturer & clothing retailer of their own began - the All American Clothing Co.

Note: If you`d like to visit at a different time, please give us a call at 888.937.8009 to schedule a date with us. We are always open to support American workers!

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Springtime is approaching. Get ready with our selection of USA made shorts, jeans, tees, & more! Sales found on our website will match up accordingly with sales in the showroom.

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Cruising Towards Spring

Let the fun begin! It does not get any better than cruising with our buddy Ray & his 1968 Mustang GT as we head towards Spring.

We have much planned for the upcoming season. New American made clothing items are in the works & we cannot wait to share the many surprises we have in store!

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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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Fine Jersey L/S USA made ladies tee.

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

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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Vote Hard, Vote Well:

With the last registration days ahead I cannot help but talk about voting. The point I would like to make today is that a ‘government of, by, and for the people’ should require an educated and thoughtful vote by its people. We have a right as set forth by our founding fathers to vote. We should respect that right to do so thoughtfully and responsibly.

Sometimes we vote too casually and ignorantly. Some of us cannot name a candidate`s party or intelligently discuss their positions. Better yet, some of us cannot even name the officials and candidates up for election until we see their names on the ballot! We also cast our votes out of habit, influence of tradition, emotion, or by our preferred party. We often rely too heavily on our perspective groups to form opinions on a candidate instead of forming our own views.

I am sharing this with you because I believe voting should be taken seriously. It determines the world in which we live in and the government we leave for our generations to come. So, voting should be a closely controlled decision based on the best information you can attain.

Between now and Election Day, educate yourself about the policies you support. Figure out which candidate supports those policies and the kind of government YOU want, not the government your party, relatives, and co-workers want. Focus on what YOU want. If it helps, try not to speak about politics. Keep your insights and opinions locked up until it is time to visit the polls. Your voice will eventually be heard.

“I love my freedom. I love my America.” – Jessi Lane Adams

Logan

All American Clothing Co.