American Made Matters Day Shopping Specials

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«  Amerimerch  will give you 10% off purchases using code AMM1119.

«  Bear Paw Creek  is offering 10% for the whole week!

«  BeltEnvy  will be offering 50% off the entire website tomorrow! Use AMM1119 at checkout

«  Carol S Miller Handbags  is giving 20% off using the code AMM20 at checkout

«  Dapper Classics  will be offering 20% off ALL socks for American Made Matters Day 2014. Promo Code: AMM1119

«  F&F Machine Works  will give 20% off of any jobs that American Made Matters and the public if you mention American Made Matters when asking for a quote. This will be good through the end of the year

«  Flint and Tinder  will offer 50% off any single item (including our record breaking 10-Year Hoodie, award winning underwear, even our box of American Awesome® for just 24 hours! Use promo code: AmericaFYeah and save!

«  Funky Chunks Soap Co.  will give you 25% using code AMM

«  Hats.com  is offering 20% using code AMM1119!

«  Head’n Home  s giving 25% off anything on the entire website by using code AMM1119

«  Jack and Mary Designs  will give you 25% plus free shipping coupon AMM1119 for this event. It is good until midnight of 11/19/2014. The discount coupon is good for their whole store!

«  K’Nex  is offering 50% off (!!) using code AMM1119 for orders on November 19th

«  KIC Apparel  has 25% the entire week of November 19th!

«  Ole Mason Jar  is giving 20% off using discount code AMM on 11/19

«  Orox Leather Co – From now until 11/19, Orox is offering 15% off on all purchases. Code: AMM1119

«  Osmium is offering 20% off five of their most popular items (which are listed on their sale page), and 10% off all the rest of the products! Use code: americanmatters

«  ProjectRepat  is giving 20% off using code americanmade

«  Ribbed Tee  has 20% off the following items using code AMM1119: Undershirts: CoolWear Supima, MicroModal/Supima, Retro Fit White & Heather Grey. Underwear: STUCK Boxer Briefs. Socks: DressWear Compression.

«  Todd Shelton  is offering 25% off your order using code AMM

«  Tough Traveler  will be celebrating American Made Matters Day, Nov. 19th, by offering a 25% discount on 19 selected products including unique bag, luggage, and backpack items (no code necessary!)

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2nd Annual American Made Matters Day on November 19th

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American Made Matters Day: A Call-to-Action for Consumers

ADAMSTOWN, P.A. – American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, is holding the 2nd annual American Made Matters Day on November 19th. The purpose of the event is for consumers to buy at least one U.S.-made product on this day, and to encourage consumers to buy made-in-USA products throughout the upcoming holiday season to show their support for US manufacturing.

“America’s economy can only thrive and grow when we prioritize buying American,” said Pennsylvania State Representative Mindy Fee. “I’m grateful that American Made Matters encourages consumers to prioritize buying American-made products when making their holiday purchases. Let’s keep American businesses strong, and just remember that American made does matter.”

November 19th has been declared American Made Matters Day not just because of the positive impact that manufacturing has on jobs, but also on local communities, the U.S. economy, product safety, the environment, and the future of America.

To celebrate American Made Matters Day, events will be held in twenty-one locations throughout the United States. These events will show the new American Made Matters video, provide information to consumers, and give consumers the ability to buy U.S.-made products. Some locations will offer food and music. Many members will be offering online sales and specials, as well.

Don Rongione, President and Founder of American Made Matters, says, “Buying American made products creates jobs, stronger communities, independence and security for our country, an improved national economy, safer products, and a more environmentally friendly planet. Each of us can make a difference every time we make a purchase. American Made Matters Day was created as a call to action to use our individual purchasing power on November 19 and during the holiday shopping season to make a difference for our future.”

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that every $1 spent on American-made goods invests an additional $1.32 in the U.S. economy. If Americans dedicated just a small portion of their holiday shopping budget to buying American-made goods, it could have a very positive impact on our economy. In fact, according to ABCNews, if each American family spent just an extra $49.95 on American-made goods, the spending would generate 150,000 American jobs.

Arianna Russell, CEO of Bodacious Cases, says, “Living in America and being a business owner allows me the freedom to manufacturer all of my products here in America because of those like my father, who is a double purple heart Vietnam War Veteran. I feel I owe it to him and to all those who served, protected, and fought for our freedom and lost their lives. Making my products in America is a way to thank them. In other countries, I would never have the freedom to be the inventor, owner, and CEO of a company. As a country, all of us small businesses have to stick together, so we can make a bodacious difference and keep and create more jobs here for the future generations.”

About American Made Matters®: American Made Matters® was launched on July 4, 2009 by the Bollman Hat Company, America’s oldest hat manufacturer. It is the only organization committed to promoting American-made goods that is run solely by manufacturers. It has over 300 member companies located in 45 states of the 50 US states. For more information, visit http://www.americanmadematters.com, or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMadeMatters.

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Here is a list of our Ambassadors for that day:

Company Name or Individual Location State
Bollman Hat Company Adamstown Pennsylvania
Bear Paw Creek Mt. Vernon Missouri
Osmium Stoneham Massachusettes
Shaw Pens South Hampton Pennsylvania
Head n Home Freedom California
Metal Shop Westport Connecticut
Houston Barnett-Gearhart (individual) Mesa Arizona
West Field Films Averill Park New York
Yamie Chess Las Vegas Nevada
Watson’s Hat Shop Cave Creek Arizona
Bulldog LED Lighting San Carlos California
Woodchuck Case Minneapolis Minnesota
Brandon Dujmic (individual) Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Silvia Leahu-Aluas (individual) Indianapolis Indiana
Riccar Fenton Missouri
Magic Buttoner East Moline Illinois
Charity Street Bakehouse Springfield Vermont
Chad Chig Martin Dothan Alabama
American Made Vacuums Acme Michigan
Hatladies Charleston South Carolina
Craftsmanship USA Newtown Pennsylvania
More info on these locations to come!

American Made Matters Day in Denver, PA!

Bollman Hat Company will be celebrating American Made Matters Day with factory tours!

Bollman Hat Company is offering to 50 people the chance to tour the Bollman Hat Factory! This is a rare occurrence to allow the public to tour the factory!

A few things to keep in mind about the tour:

1. 18-Year-olds and older, please
2. There are a lot of stairs and walking involved, with no wheelchair accessibility
3. Please allow an hour for the tour
4. Participants must wear closed-toed shoes
5. The tour is first-come, first-serve! The tour is filling up fast!

These tours will be starting at 11:40am, 12:00pm, 12:20pm, 12:40pm, and 1pm, and will be in groups of 10. We will have American Made Matters merchandise and other AMM member’s merchandise for sale before and after the tours.

To save a spot for yourself on one of the tours, please email Ruthanne Khoury at rkhoury@bollmanhats.com.

 

A Message from the President: Together We’re Making a Difference

                As we return from the third annual American Field in Boston—where 83 great American brands came together to celebrate and share the American made movement—we feel an enthusiasm unmatched in our five-plus year history. This momentum will carry us into American Made Matters Day on November 19th, where AMM Ambassadors will conduct events in at least 22 locations throughout the US. Our spirits are high as our reach expands!

Since our last newsletter, we launched our second video, broke 30,000 fans, friends, and followers on social media, exceeded 300 member companies, hit 45 of 50 states represented by our members, began member features on Facebook, spoke to the White House about a program to boost US manufacturing, enlisted 22 AMM Ambassadors for AMM Day, and played a role in creating a renewed interest among consumers to buy American!

Employment losses in US manufacturing are tapering off and exports are on the rise. According to WWD, the US increased exports of apparel by 4.5% last year versus the previous year, and by 5.9% in motor vehicles and parts–so our efforts are helping reduce our trade deficit as well as job loss.

American made matters to more consumers every day. Please consider joining our ambassadors on November 19th, AMM Day, by attending an event in one of the following locations or hosting an even in your community.

Adamstown, Pennsylvania

Averill Park, New York

Boston, Massachusetts

Cave Creek, Arizona

Charleston, South Carolina

Dothan, Alabama

East Moline, Illinois

Fenton, Missouri

Freedom, California

Hillsdale, New Jersey

Indianapolis, Indiana

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Las Vegas, Nevada

Mesa, Arizona

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

San Carlos, California

Minneapolis, Minnesota

South Greenfield, Missouri

Southampton, Pennsylvania

Springfield, Vermont

Stoneham, Massachusetts

Together, we are making a difference and changing the story!

 

Don Rongione

Founder and President

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Member Profile Feature: Head’n Home

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Company: Head’n Home Hats

Location: Watsonville, CA

Website Address: www.headnhome.com  

Principal Line of Business: Hatmaker

Year Founded: 1972

US Based Employees:  30

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHatMakers

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsQn_8_w5EMu7qPq1veRqQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanhatter

Instagram: http://instagram.com/americanhatmakers

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/americanhat/

 

What is your Company’s Mission Statement?

As America’s premier cut and sew hat manufacturer, we do everything in our power to provide high-quality wearable works of art that will last a lifetime. Many things have changed over the last 40 years, but not our commitment to our customer’s satisfaction. With the help of our talented and personable team, we strive to ensure that Head’n Home will continue to provide a quality American made product while providing customer service second to none. We are proud of the styling and quality built into every hat that comes from our workshop, and our pledge is that our customers will also see and feel the pride in each and every purchase.

 

Why Does American Made Matter to You?

American Made matters to us because we create jobs, not only for our family, but for people living in our community. We take pride in doing things the right way the first time, and outsourcing to other countries just doesn’t seem to us to be the right way to do things. We’re doing our best to keep jobs here, in the United States, and create amazing hats along the way.

 

What Values Drive your Business Decisions?

Excellence though humility (and service)- As a company we strive to deliver a ‘wow’ experience to everyone we do business with. A wow experience to us means going above and beyond the average business practices with creative and personal resolutions to any possible situation. Whether it be our customers or vendors we pride ourselves in our ability to take the time and energy needed to provide everyone the best possible experience. We connect with our customers on a personal level learning how best to meet their needs and leave them feeling like they were well taken care of; all without the use of script’s or programmed responses.

Efficiency – Organization is a key to our success here at Head’n Home Hats, we are always striving to improve our policies and procedures to meet the need of our partners. To best support our customers and each other we make every effort to be consistent and dependable.

Family/Health – Being a family owned and operated business we make it a point to treat everyone we interact with as we would treat our closest loved ones- with respect and commitment. We are dedicated to making connections with fellow employees, vendors and customers that lay the groundwork for our long-term relationships. Our longevity as a company is also linked to our emphasis on health; we believe that a healthy person will always put their best foot forward in any situation.

Open communication – Because we care about everyone we do business with we find that honesty is always the best policy to ensure genuine communication. Our positive attitudes and commitment to our partners creates an atmosphere of reliability and ever increasing satisfaction. We go the extra mile to listen to and understand the requests of all our partners and meet every one of their needs.

Innovation/Creativity – Working together within our team we push ourselves to come up with new and original products as well as better business practices. As our Vice President Garth Watrous states “We are always willing to learn and willing to share. It’s important to us to always be questioning- how can we do it better? How can we improve ourselves and achieve more?” We believe that you cannot be a leader in any industry without the ability to learn from your mistakes and change your outlook when new information is presented to you. Being a leader in the hat manufacturing industry Head’n Home has learned many lessons along the way that have made us exponentially better. Along with insights and information from other people Head’n Home is also dedicated to education for our employees, from part time classes to weekend seminars. We support our employees furthering their personal educations as we have found in the long run everyone benefits.

Integrity – “Say what you mean and mean what you say”-Gary Watrous, Founder and President of Head’n Home Hats. Our intention is always to do the right thing. We feel it is of paramount importance to always follow-through with our promises and to take excellent care of everyone we interact with. It is our expectation that our partners will use the Internet, email and handle phone calls in an appropriate, ethical and professional manner.

Happy/Weird – Being ourselves, feeling comfortable and playful has always helped us be our most productive selves. We are all a bit odd here but we feel it’s what helps us put our best foot forward. Admittedly sometimes things get a bit weird however with acceptance in mind we always end up with an end product that is beyond our expectations and looking back everyone has an awesome experience.

What Advice Would you Give to a Start-up Business that Plans to Manufacture in the USA?

You will have people competing with you overseas, and be ready to persevere to defend your product pricing. Production costs are much higher in the USA but well worth the investment. Also, know your numbers. It’s a tough business and you really must know your numbers.

 

What are the Benefits of Manufacturing in the USA for your Company?

We take pride in the workmanship of our hats. Without being able to oversee the production process we would not be able to produce a top quality product and provide the guarantee we do. We are able to give back to our community by employing local talent.

 

Do you have any Future Expansion Plans?

We hope our continued growth will bring the ability to manufacture locally in a larger facility in the year to come.

 

Is your Company Currently Offering any Promotions/Discounts?

We’re now offering free shipping to the contiguous United States with any purchase!

 

Why did you join American Made Matters?

It was important for us to become a part of American Made Matters to associate with other businesses who manufacture in the USA. Networking with others experiencing the same demands helps us streamline our business practices. Sharing the same sense of pride in the workmanship and manufacturing process validates why we continue to operate in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Member Profile Feature: K’NEX

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Company: K’NEX Brands

Location: Hatfield, PA

Website Address:  www.knex.com

Principal Line of Business: Manufacturer and Distributor of Construction Toys

Year Founded: 1992

US Based Employees: 200

Social Media Links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/buildknex

YouTube: www.youtube.com/knexteam

Twitter: @knex

Instagram: @knexbrands

Pinterest: @knexbrands

 

What is your Company’s Mission Statement?

K’NEX® is the next generation of construction sets. It inspires creativity, builds self-confidence and encourages interaction among children and parents. The possibilities are endless!

Founded in 1992, K’NEX Brands, the world’s most innovative construction toy company, was established to make and sell what has become one of the most integrated construction systems for children, and is America’s STEM building solution. Winner of over 250 international awards and recognitions, K’NEX, America’s Building Toy® company, is focused on Building Worlds Kids Love® and encourages youngsters to “imagine, build and play.” From the living room to the classroom, K’NEX has building toys specially designed for every age group and skill level. The K’NEX family of brands includes K’NEX Building Sets, K’NEX Thrill Rides, K’NEX Education™, Lincoln Logs®, Tinkertoy®, NASCAR®, Angry Birds™, Mario Kart Wii™, Mario Kart 7™, Super Mario™, PacMan™, Titanfall™, Family Guy™, Plants vs. Zombies™, and more. Since 1992, The Rodon Group®, a subsidiary of K’NEX Brands, L.P., has manufactured over 31 billion parts for the K’NEX building toy system. Join us as we help build the leaders of tomorrow. For more information, please visit www.knex.com or www.rodongroup.com.

Why Does American Made Matter to You?

At K’NEX, we’ve learned that the more items we are able to manufacture at home, the more people we can employ. If every American were to spend just $64 a year on things Made in the USA, 200,000 new jobs would be created. Spending our dollars on Made in the USA goods enables our whole economy to get stronger and with that our whole country becomes stronger. You just have to take that extra second and look at the label. Together, we can build a better America.

What Values Drive your Business Decisions?

Founded in 1992 K’NEX has always been committed to manufacturing in the United States—over 90% of its parts are manufactured by The Rodon Group. In business since 1956, the Rodon Group makes billions of parts each year in its 125,000 square foot eco-friendly facility and is one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States. We’ve learned that manufacturing in America can actually be more cost effective than manufacturing overseas. Our nation was founded on an entrepreneurial spirit, we have the ability to shape our own growth by inventing and making everything we use. Continuing to shed our manufacturing base is akin to trying to run a race without running shoes – you can do it, but you are at a tremendous disadvantage.

What Advice Would you Give to a Start-up Business that Plans to Manufacture in the USA?

K’NEX President and CEO, Michael Araten, offers this advice, “First, ask a lot of questions about what is working, what’s not and get everyone’s opinion on why that is. A key part of any CEO’s job is to assess the people they’ve got and then assess the information you are getting. You then need to weigh your options based on what you think has the most credibility and gain a sense of where you are.

Next, look at the marketplace and decide what you can do to gain more of a market share. I believe that you either grow or you die. Identify your competencies. At K’NEX, we define a core competency as something that we don’t want anyone else to have or would take a lot of time and money for someone else to copy. Once your competencies are identified, evaluate the avenues that are open for growth, then the X factor is who you bring into the room for that process.

Some people say that when you get more than six people in a room, things start to breakdown, but I believe more heads are better than one. You need all disciplines represented because if you don’t, someone’s not doing checks and balances of keeping you honest in what you’re trying to accomplish.

At K’NEX & Rodon we involved people from every major discipline in our discussions and we encouraged them to share our findings with their groups on a departmental level.

They came back and said, “We shared this at our team meetings last week, and we got some other things where they thought, yep, we agree with a lot of this, but here are some things we think you can focus on more or we think you missed.” Ultimately we involved about 80% of the company in some way.”

What are the Benefits of Manufacturing in the USA for your Company?

“The keys to the success of American manufacturing are abundant energy, consumers who can easily recognize that products they love are made in the USA, and STEM education. STEM is the heart of innovation and innovation drives growth, profit and jobs of the future. K’NEX and Rodon work actively with local community colleges and technical schools to ensure that students graduate with the skills they need to work at companies like ours. And through the K’NEX Education line, we are providing teachers with a complete STEM solution, enabling them to teach critical concepts in sequence and demonstrate real world applications.”

Why did you join American Made Matters?

Michael Araten says, “Since the Great Recession, I have been driven to do all I can to make American manufacturing as strong as possible. It is why we are founding members of American made matters; why I speak regularly on the topic through the Philadelphia and Bucks county chambers of commerce; why I accepted the nomination to the council of economic advisors for the Philly federal reserve bank; and why we work relentlessly to make products here in the USA.”

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For more information on K’NEX, visit their website or watch their video here.

Member Profile Feature: Bollman Hat Company

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Company: Bollman Hat Company

Location: Adamstown, Pennsylvania

Website Address: www.bollmanhats.com

Principal Line of Business: Headwear

Year Founded: 1868

US Based Employees: 223

Social Media Links:

Facebook – Bollman Hat Company

What is your Company’s Mission Statement?

The mission of Bollman Hat Company is to increase shareholder value and to provide growth opportunities to its employee-owners by profitably building headwear and accessory brands that capture customer loyalty and selling the highest quality products in targeted markets throughout the world.

Why Does American Made Matter to You?

Making product in America creates more jobs, communities, safety, independence, security, environment, and a better economy for our country. As America’s oldest hat maker, Bollman has nearly 150 years of heritage in American manufacturing. Bollman has provided jobs for tens of thousands of families and opportunities for a better life.

What Values Drive your Business Decisions?

The core value of Bollman Hat Company is to exercise effective stewardship over the heritage and assets that have been handed down from past generations. To do this our people will pioneer change by listening, thinking and acting with integrity for the long term. We will achieve excellence by taking ownership, supporting our teammates, giving more than we take and treating others fairly. Our corporate values guide all our behavior, business decisions, relationships and strategic direction.

What Advice Would you Give to a Start-up Business that Plans to Manufacture in the USA?

Find people who are passionate about what they make and willing to make personal sacrifices to get launched. Stay focused on quality, innovation and remaining true to your values. Tell your story about why American Made Matters!

What are the Benefits of Manufacturing in the USA for your Company?

Unsurpassed quality, control of innovation and speed to market are three benefits of U.S. manufacturing. Other benefits include smaller minimum order quantities, greater control of proprietary processes, and greater assurance of timely delivery.

Do you have any Future Expansion Plans?

We are expanding into new global markets and once again building our U.S. manufacturing following years of painful decline.

Is your Company Currently Offering any Promotions/Discounts?

Use coupon code AMM15 to get 15% off any USA made hat on hats.com.                      Valid through 8/31/14

Why did you join American Made Matters?

Our President and CEO, Don Rongione, 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 him 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.

A Message from the President: Calling for AMM Ambassadors

Dear Friends of the American Made Movement,

The American Made movement continues to grow as evidenced by American Made Matters’ membership growth to 280 in 43 states. We are making a difference and our work must continue. To expand our reach, we will need more American Made Matters ambassadors.

While U.S. unemployment numbers have dropped from 9.4% to 6.3% (manufacturing unemployment alone dropping from 12.6% to 5.3%) (1)  in the last 5 years (2) , we cannot become complacent in our awareness that American made matters and we need to continue to look at what we buy and choose American made when possible.

China may surpass the USA as the world’s largest economy this year according to the World Bank’s International Comparison Project (3). The USA has held the top spot for more than 140 years. The loss of the number one position after so many years is a testament to our lost wealth which relates directly to our diminished manufacturing base, huge trade deficits and dependence on China for so much of our goods.

Americans are buying more U.S. made products (4). More American and foreign companies are beginning production in the U.S. and companies are returning some or all of their manufacturing to the U.S. Yet many still struggle to compete.

American Made Matters has lost some members who have gone out of business and others have found it difficult to survive.

An economy without a strong manufacturing base will struggle to retain its wealth and to create jobs and opportunities for a better future.  Loss of manufacturing means loss of independence, increased product safety concerns, weaker local communities and more citizens in need. We cannot rely on our government for the solution.  We take control of our future with each purchase.

As we approach our fifth anniversary on July 4th, we want to expand our reach. Join us on November 19, 2014 as we make American Made Matters Day a national event to educate Americans that purchasing U.S. made products strengthens the American dream.

We are looking for ambassadors who can devote some time to find a venue in their community and show our new video which will tell the many reasons why American Made Matters.  These events will not only raise awareness, but become a celebration of the craftsmanship and ingenuity of American Made.  We look to create events to include not just education but also food, music and the opportunity to buy American product and support local crafts makers and producers. Schools, libraries, community centers, factories, stores and social gathering places will be ideal venues. We will provide the press release, AMM branded materials to give away and AMM education literature. Our ambassadors will receive an AMM t-shirt, ball cap and Shaw pen. Please become an American Made Matters ambassador and help us extend our reach and impact. We can make an even larger impact and stop plant closures and protect and create jobs and opportunities. We can make a difference!

Sincerely,
Don Rongione
Founder and President
American Made Matters®


1. Bureau of Labor Statistics (Manufacturing Unemployment Rate) http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNU04032232?data_tool=XGtable
2. Bureau of Labor Statistics (U.S. Unemployment Rate) http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000 ;
3. The World Bank’s International Comparison Project (ICP) http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2014/05/03/china-worlds-largest-economy_n_5255825.html ;
4. “Made in the USA: More Consumers Buying American” http://www.cnbc.com/id/100519468

Don Rongione