Consider US Manufacturing When You Vote This Year

The campaign for the next US president is heating up. As you consider who to support, consider candidates with tangible and specific manufacturing policy and strategies. A policy of creating manufacturing jobs should be backed with 1) support for training workers, 2) support for research and development, 3) incentives for companies to build and modernize plants and invest in machinery, and 4) standing up for US manufacturing by leveling the playing field with foreign trade partners. Leveling the playing field means penalties to countries who manipulate their currency, as well as dealing with those countries that incentivize exporters with tax rebates with duties or limited market access.

Talking tough means little. Acting strong will help restore our industrial strength and create family-sustaining jobs. President Obama promised 1 million new manufacturing jobs by the end of his current term. Recent estimates are that we may get to half that goal. You can draw your own conclusion on whether there has been sufficient effort from our government or other factors, but we all have the power to change the future with our purchases.

American Made Matters is not a political group. We don’t lobby. We have never endorsed a candidate. Our mission is to educate consumers. Americans do not have to rely on the government or our next president to create good manufacturing jobs; we still have tremendous economic clout! Using our power as consumers to demand more US-made products takes a little effort but will have tremendous impact. Understand where you are on this hierarchy:

Move up to the top tier by speaking out for American made products when you shop. Walk the talk! Teach your children! Let’s create fewer people in need here at home by creating American manufacturing jobs! We can change our future one purchase at a time. American Made Matters!

Don Rongione
President and Founder

American Made Matters Day Shopping Specials 2015!

American Made Matters Day Savings

RibbedTee
Dates Valid: 11/19/15 – 11/20/15
Code: 
AMMDay1119
Offer: 20% Off Select Items, plus Free Shipping on all domestic orders over $125
Restrictions: Not valid on Classic Fit line, discounted items, or Clearance items. |
Cannot be combined with other offers

All American Clothing
Date Valid: 11/19/15 only
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 20% off any order:

Bear Paw Creek
Dates Valid: 11/16/15 – 11/20/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 10% off any purchase

Quinstance
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 15% off in store and online purchases

Elzetta
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 20% off any Elzetta Modular Flashlight

American Adorn
Dates Valid: 11/16/15 – 11/20/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 35% off any purchase

Carol S. Miller
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 30% off all leather bags

Bodysense
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 40% off orders over $50!

Boldfoot Socks
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 25% off any purchase

Project Repat
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 25% off any purchase

Watson’s Hat Shop
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 10% off any purchase

Tough Traveler
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: No Code Needed
Offer: Tough Traveler will offer this 30% discount to anyone who purchases one, or more, of 3 Tough Traveler(R) waist packs.

Ball and Buck
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDaySHIP
Offer: Free Shipping on All Orders!

Nate’s American Made Store
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 19% off any purchase

Hats.com
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 15% off Made in USA purchase

Ole Mason Jar
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 20% off any purchase

Dapper Classics
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 20% off all socks

Everyone Loves Buttons
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDAY1119
Offer: 20% off all orders under $5,000!

The Buffalo Wool Co
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 15% off all orders

NuAngel
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 20% off all orders

Jack and Mary Designs
Date Valid: 11/19/15 through November
Code: AMMDay2015
Offer: 20% off all orders and FREE SHIPPING

Kramer Kreations/Murbles Game
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMMG
Offer: 20% off all orders

Kraemer Yarns
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119 (Case sensitive!)
Offer: 20% off total order and always free shipping

Andrew David Designs
Date Valid: Any time!
Code: AMM
Offer: 20% off total order and free shipping

Head N Home
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 25% off total order

Adea
Date Valid: 11/19/15–11/22/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 25% off anything on website

J Wingfield
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 30% off anything on website

Funky Chunks
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 25% off anything on website

KIC Apparel
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 25% off anything on website

Janska
Date Valid: 11/19/15–12/31/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 10% off anything on website and orders by phone!

Orox Leather
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: No code needed!
Offer: A free Citus Cord Minder for purchases under $250,
A free bracelet and Citus Cord Minder for purchases over $250.

Winky and Dutch
Date Valid: 11/15/15–11/30/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 30% off all orders

Heritage
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 15% off all orders

Todd Shelton
Date Valid: 11/19/15
Code: AMMDay1119
Offer: 20% off all orders

Ambassador Locations for American Made Matters Day!

American Made Matters Ambassador Locations

More information on these locations in the coming days!

Name Business / Individual City State
Adam Thompson Individual Fort Worth TX
Alan Shaw Shaw Pens South Hampton PA
Bill Feniger Universal Metals Toledo OH
Brandon Dujmic (individual) Individual Pittsburgh PA
Brian Dombach GSM Industrial Lancaster PA
Carol Schepker Carol S Miller Hillsdale NJ
Chad King Individual Boise ID
Chris Glaub Magic Buttoner East Moline IL
Elline Surianello LeMetric New York NY
Eric Watson Watson’s Hat Shop Cave Creek AZ
Gary Cofty Individual Leesburg VA
Gary Miston Individual San Antonio TX
Greg Adams Individual Kansas MO
Helen Gordon Individual Boston MA
Houston Barnett-Gearhart Individual Mesa AZ
Jan Erickson Janska Colorado Springs CO
Jarret Smith Individual Jacksonville FL
John Levinson Individual Virginia Beach VA
Joy Petty Riccar Fenton MO
Julie Bartos Chairitee (Business) Houston TX
Mark Feldman Orox Leather Portland OR
Melanie Forester Individual Phoenix AZ
Michael Araten Knex Hatfield PA
Mitch Hughes Individual Tucson AZ
Pauline King Individual Perry KS
Ruthanne Khoury Bollman Hat Company Adamstown PA
Sarah Samson Individual Hampton VA
Silvia Leahu-Aluas Individual Indianapolis IN
Tunde Reid-Kard Yamie Chess Las Vegas NV

3rd Annual American Made Matters Day on November 19th

 AMM Day Cover

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 3rd 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.

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. A resolution has been passed in Pennsylvania and Colorado declaring November 19th as American Made Matters Day, and a resolution has been introduced in Alabama and New York.

To celebrate American Made Matters Day, events will be held in thirty locations throughout the United States. These events will show the two American Made Matters videos, provide information to consumers, and give consumers the ability to buy U.S.-made products. Some locations will offer food and music. Over forty American Made Matters members, including Todd Shelton, Carol S. Miller Handbags, hats.com, K’NEX, and Ball and Buck, will be offering online sales and specials which will be available on the American Made Matters blog. Bollman Hat Company will again conduct tours in their historic Adamstown, PA factory, the oldest hat factory in America, as well as launch a Kickstarter campaign to bring the iconic Kangol 504 hat production from China to Adamstown, creating 41 new jobs in Pennsylvania. Tacony Manufacturing, which proudly builds Maytag Vacuums, Riccar Vacuums and Simplicity Vacuums, will be offering an open house with factory tours, food and door prizes at their facility in St. James, MO, from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Joy Petty, Director of Marketing, said, “We’re delighted to be hosting this American Made Matters Day event to showcase not only the pride we put into every vacuum we build, but also what several other manufacturers in the area are doing to support the USA.  After hearing more about the American Made Matters movement, you’ll be amazed at the power you hold in your pocketbook.”

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.

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 by manufacturers. It has over 375 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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Name Business / Individual City State
Adam Thompson Individual Fort Worth TX
Alan Shaw Shaw Pens South Hampton PA
Bill Feniger Universal Metals Toledo OH
Brandon Dujmic (individual) Individual Pittsburgh PA
Brian Dombach GSM Industrial Lancaster PA
Carol Schepker Carol S Miller Hillsdale NJ
Chad King Individual Boise ID
Chris Glaub Magic Buttoner East Moline IL
Elline Surianello LeMetric New York NY
Eric Watson Watson’s Hat Shop Cave Creek AZ
Gary Cofty Individual Leesburg VA
Gary Miston Individual San Antonio TX
Greg Adams Individual Kansas MO
Helen Gordon Individual Boston MA
Houston Barnett-Gearhart Individual Mesa AZ
Jan Erickson Janska Colorado Springs CO
Jarret Smith Individual Jacksonville FL
John Levinson Individual Virginia Beach VA
Joy Petty Riccar Fenton MO
Julie Bartos Chairitee (Business) Houston TX
Mark Feldman Orox Leather Portland OR
Melanie Forester Individual Phoenix AZ
Michael Araten Knex Hatfield PA
Mitch Hughes Individual Tucson AZ
Pauline King Individual Perry KS
Ruthanne Khoury Bollman Hat Company Adamstown PA
Sarah Samson Individual Hampton VA
Silvia Leahu-Aluas Individual Indianapolis IN
Tunde Reid-Kard Yamie Chess Las Vegas NV

Made in USA September Savings

Made in USA savings

Looking for made in USA products at a discount? These members are offering some great September savings. Act fast — these deals are only valid through the month of September.

HATS.COM
http://www.hats.com
15% off Made in USA goods
Use code: 15AMM

OLE MASON JAR
http://www.olemasonjar.com
20% off entire site
Use code: OMJ20

WATSON’S HAT SHOP
http://www.watsonshatshop.com
10% off
Use code: AMM-WATS-10%

SCRUBZ BODY SCRUB, INC.
http://www.scrubzbody.com
15% off all ScrubzBody™ products.
Use code: americanmade15

BODY SENSE
http://shopbodysense.com/collections/all-1/products/neckease-small
NeckEase (small) – $10 off
Use code: SepNE

PULJAK COMPANY
http://www.puljakusa.com/
Quantity discounts always available
No code necessary

SPF ADDICT
https://www.spfaddict.com/
$10 off plus free shipping
Use code: SpfaddictAMM

AMERICAN TRENCH
http://www.americantrench.com/
15% off sitewide
Use code: ammsept15

BEAR PAW CREEK
http://bearpawcreek.com/
10% off, free shipping over $35
Use code: AMM2015

HEAD’N HOME
http://www.headnhome.com/
25% off
Use code: SEP25

TLS BY DESIGN CUSTOM FURNITURE
http://www.tlsbydesign.com/
20% off on orders over $2,000
Use code: TLS20%off

CAROL S MILLER CORPORATION
http://www.carolsmillerhandbags.com/
15% off
Use code: 15% off

BULLET BLUES
http://bulletbluesca.com/
25% off
Use code: DENIM25

CITY CHARM COMPANY
http://citycharmco.com/
15% off
Use code: AMM2015

KIC APPAREL
http://www.kicapparel.com/
10% off
Use code: AMM2015

JACK DONNELLY
http://www.jackdonnelly.com/
20% off
Use code: Reload

BISON MADE
http://www.bisonmade.com/
15% off
Use code: EIP615

TODD SHELTON
http://www.toddshelton.com
10% off
Use code: AMM1215

What is Your Level of Engagement?

An article entitled “Textile Makers in Midst of Production Evolution appeared on page one of Women’s Wear Daily on July 31, 2015. It began by saying “The global sourcing world is spinning faster and coming back closer to home.” Further, it stated, “The Made in America textile and apparel revival that began as an interesting topic of conversation a few years ago has become an industrial movement. Companies said they were experiencing strong growth and increased business from brands and retailers seeking the quick-turn, quality, and flexibility they offer.”

Six years ago on July 4, 2009, we launched American Made Mattes on seven pillars.

Pillars

These pillars remain as relevant as they were in 2009. Each component – jobs, communities, safety (product and production), independence, security (of our country), economy (local and national), and environment is in a slightly to significantly better place now in part due to our efforts.

US manufacturing jobs have increased by 800,000 or 6.65% since 2009, according to Forbes.

We are hearing about more manufacturing start-ups each week as well as companies reshoring to the US across a wide sector of industries. The middle class can be rebuilt with a strong industrial base and there will be less people in need.

TopReshoringIndustries

2014 AT Kearney Reshoring Index

While we are happy to see this, there is much more to do! As consumers, we all have some power to move this along.

We created the following graphic as part of our educational efforts. Engaging our consumers at a higher level is our most powerful undertaking.

Where are you on your engagement as a consumer of US products?

HierarchyConsumerEngagement

Our reach is expanding; our cause is worthy—please help us spread the word! Become an ambassador, repost our messages, and talk to your retailers!

Sincerely,

Don Rongione
President and Founder

Celebrate Summer – July Promo Codes

Celebrate Summer

Celebrate summer with some great discounts being offered by our American Made Matters members. Take advantage of some great made in USA deals by visiting the sites listed below.

HATS.COM
http://www.hats.com
15% off Made in USA goods
Use code: 15AMM

OLE MASON JAR
http://www.olemasonjar.com/
20% off
Use code: omj20

CRAFTSMANSHIP
http://craftsmanshipusa.com/
Free shipping on all domestic orders
No coupon code needed
Always Valid

KIC APPAREL
http://www.kicapparel.com/
15% off total order
Use code: AMM0715

MICHIGAN MITTENS
http://michiganmittens.com/
20% off
Use code: FREEDOM

BOLDFOOT SOCKS
http://boldfoot.com/
Buy 2 pairs, get 1 FREE.
Use code: WELCOMENEWFEET

MURBLES
http://murblegame.com/
20% discount
Use code: AMMMG

TOUGH TRAVELER
http://www.toughtraveler.com/
SideKick Waist Pack at a 15% discount
Use code: AMMJuly22015

BODYSENSE
http://shopbodysense.com/
Free Shipping in July;
Use code: BSJuly

MONTAUK TACKLE
http://www.montauktackle.com/
20% off
Use code: AMM15

JACK & MARY DESIGNS
http://jackandmarydesigns.com/
$10 off any purchase
Use code: America

LABEL LAND
http://label-land.com/
10% discount
Use code: USA-2

DAPPER CLASSICS
http://www.dapperclassics.com/
Buy 3 pairs of socks, get the July sock of the month free!
No code needed

CAROL S. MILLER
http://www.carolsmillerhandbags.com/
30% off entire site
Use code: AMM30

#AMMSummer Giveaway — Why Does American Made Matter To You?

AMM Summer Giveaway

WHY DOES AMERICAN MADE MATTER TO YOU?

It’s the 4th of July and as we celebrate our country’s Independence, today we also celebrate our six year anniversary of strengthening the American dream! To celebrate Independence Day and our sixth anniversary, we’re excited and proud to launch our #AMMSummer: American Made Matters Summer Giveaway!

Have you been buying American made products this summer? Checking the labels is important. Make the choice to buy American whenever you can. Remember, if we spent just 5% more on Made in USA products we could create 1,000,000 jobs!

The incredible list of Made in USA prizes for this giveaway are listed below. Special thanks to all of our participating member companies!

Please be sure to click their links below to shop their full catalogs.

TO ENTER THE CONTEST: 
1. LIKE American Made Matters on Facebook (facebook.com/americanmadematters)
2. LIKE all the participating members Facebook pages (they are tagged in this status: https://goo.gl/TVvmBE
3. Use #AMMSummer and answer the question: Why Does American Made Matter To You?
4. To DOUBLE your chance to win this incredible prize pack, make a video telling us why American made means to you. Be sure to use #AMMSummer. The video could be you telling us what it means to you, you could show us some products you have the contain the Made in USA label or you could choose to show us what it means to you visually with film. We welcome creativity! Another bonus for submitting a video – we’ll send you an AMM keychain!

All video and text entries may be used in future blog posts on the American Made Matters social media pages. Entries will be accepted through midnight Eastern time on July 31. The winner of the contest will be announced Saturday, August 1st. Good luck!

Dapper Classics (www.dapperclassics.com)
A pair of patriotic made in the USA socks!

Dapper Classics - Made in USA Socks

 

 

 

 

 

hats.com (www.hats.com)
The Cody straw hat and Beachcomber Sun Hat

Hats.com CROOKED_BLK_MAINHats.com AVALON_NT159_MAIN

 

 

 

 

 

Ribbed Tee (www.ribbedtee.com)
A $100 gift certificate

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Breeze Decor (www.breezedecor.com)
One large flag and one garden flag

Breeze Decor Lg FlagBreeze Decor Garden Flag

 

 

 

 

 

Tough Traveler (www.toughtraveler.com)
The Sidekick waist pack

SidekickPurple

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hats in the Belfry (www.hatsinthebelfry.com)
Belfry Aires – Crocheted Panama Safari Hat

Hats in the Belfrybelfry-aires_1

 

 

 

 

 

Carol S. Miller Handbags (www.carolsmillerhandbags.com)
A beautiful metallic sage/silver cross body messenger bag

Carol Miller bag

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Iron & Resin (www.ironandresin.com)
Nomad pocket tank in Mojave Tan

iron and resin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bodysense (www.shopbodysense.com)
A luxurious satin eye pillow

BodySense

 

 

 

 

 

SPF Addict (www.spfaddict.com)
UPF 50+ Women’s black, long sleeve top
Sizes: L-XL

Black Jamie-Quinn copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bear Paw Creek (www.bearpawcreek.com)
A set of red, white and blue USA hoop streamers

Bear Paw Creek

 

 

 

 

 

Craftsmanship USA (www.craftsmanshipusa.com)
The Cape Clasp from Craftsmanship USA

Craftsmanship Cape Clasp copy

 

 

 

 

 

Stormy Kromer (www.stormykromer.com)
The Curveball Cap and Petal Pusher Cap

Stormy Kromer copyStormy Kromer 2 copy

 

 

 

 

 

K’NEX (www.knex.com
70 Model Building Set

13419-70-Model-Building-Set-Treasure-Chest-Pkg copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

KIC Apparel (www.kicapparel.com)
Any two shirts from their website

2 KIC Shirts of your Choosing

 

 

 

 

 

Boldfoot Socks (www.boldfoot.com)
A pair of Statesman red socks

Bold Foot Socks Statesmen Red

 

 

 

 

 

Team Toss by Spiker (www.spikercompany.com)
Team toss sports and tailgate games by Spiker.

TTbanner1 copy

 

 

 

 

 

American Made Matters Prize Pack (www.americanmadematters.com)
An American Made Matters T-Shirt and Keychain

AMM_BOTTLE AMM_TSHIRT

 

 

 

 

‘Made in the USA’ sells again

By Ian P. Murphy
Source: http://www.marketingdive.com/news/made-in-the-usa-sells-again-1/400940/

Last fall, Wal-Mart promised to purchase $250 billion in American-made products by 2023, a move it said would create 1 million U.S. jobs over time. Two-thirds of the goods in its domestic stores are already made, sourced, assembled, or grown in the United States, the company added.

Manufacturers were skeptical of Wal-Mart’s claims, noting that the two-thirds included many grocery items. “Sure, Wal-Mart is spending a big chunk of change on American-made products,” said the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). “Where are the rest of the goods on its shelves coming from?”

But the fact is that the “Made in the USA” is regaining a marketing mojo it hasn’t seen since the 1970s, when patriotism spurred by the nation’s bicentennial met with the first surge of quality, foreign-made automobiles, electronics, and other items in the domestic marketplace.

Eight in 10 Americans told Consumer Reports last month that would rather buy American-made goods than imports. “Buying American” contains the cachet of keeping jobs at home, helping the economy, and keeping America competitive, more than half of respondents said. And, in an important note for retailers, more than 60% said they would pay more for U.S.-made goods.

An alternative to outsourcing

During the first decade of the century and the “Great Recession,” more consumers started to believe that the outsourced manufacturing leads to the loss of jobs in the United States. As a result, domestic manufacturing has become a badge of honor for companies and a selling point for consumers.

American Apparel was among the first retailers to emphasize American-made as a central cause in the Internet era. The company designs and manufactures all products in its Los Angeles headquarters, and pays thousands of employees higher-than-average wages with benefits.

“Our model is different,” American Apparel spokesperson Cynthia Semon told the Columbus Dispatch in 2006. “Being able to produce the best and highest-quality product in a work environment with those same standards is what’s important to us.”

The definition of ‘domestic’

It’s hard to find a product that is truly all-American, however. Most products include parts made overseas, and many “American” designs are built elsewhere. Apple advertises its iPhones as “Designed by Apple in California,” for example, but the smartphones are assembled in China.

“We see many goods which say ‘Made in the USA,’ but they’re actually made in China,” Hal Sirkin, a senior partner at the Boston Consulting Group, told Consumer Reports.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) maintains standards for using an official “Made in the USA” label, requiring that all or nearly all components of a product bearing such a label be of U.S. origin, and that final assembly or processing must occur on U.S. soil.

On June 4, the Reinforcing American-Made Products Act of 2015 (SB 1518), was introduced in the Senate, seeking to clarify the “Made in USA” labeling standard to bring it in line with the FTC’s standards and superseding differing state standards.

But making the claim that products are American-made invites added scrutiny from shoppers and regulators. Lands’ End, Macy’s and Nordstrom have all been targeted by class-action suits charging they made false “Made in the USA” claims.

Buying local is American, too

Buying American is starting to take on an appeal parallel to the locavore movement’s sourcing strategy, in which home cooks and restaurant chefs buy organic, free-range, or artisanal food products from local providers in an effort to support nearby businesses and reward sustainable practices.

“Made in USA is about knowing the people behind the product,” Katharine Keegan, founder of style blog That Kind of Woman, said in a panel discussion at the Northern Grade market, a Minneapolis pop-up specializing in handcrafted, locally made apparel. “It’s a lifestyle; it’s being part of a bigger cause.”

E-tailers Zady, Everlane, and Of a Kind emphasize supply-chain transparency, offering details on materials and sourcing as part of their product content. And Etsy (valued at a whopping $1.8 billion upon its initial public offering in April 2015) takes the model a step further by giving the crafter-next-door a platform to sell their goods nationwide and beyond.

“Made in America will succeed for the same reason organic has succeeded,” Dave Schiff, a founder of the Made Movement ad agency, told Ad Age. “Just like people didn’t want to eat food that was poisoning them, they want to live in a better economic climate.”

American Made Matters May Giveaway #2

May is a month of #MadeinUSA Giveaways for American Made Matters.

Congratulations to Prize Pack #1 winner: Connie Tilbury. 

For more contest details and to enter, please visit the American Made Matters Facebook page.

Prize Pack #2 prizes are listed below. Entries are accepted for this prize pack from May 16 through May 30 when the winner of prize pack #2 will be announced on the American Made Matters Facebook page.

Please remember to check the labels and look for “Made in USA” or the American Made Matters logo! Together we can continue to make a difference by choosing to buy American made.

Prize Pack #2 includes the following prizes:

1. 6-pack of Spiker Lifestyle Holders from Spiker USA

ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Spiker USA is a family-owned company, the creator and manufacture of the Spiker Lifestyle Holder, the original made-in-America holder for all your items at the beach, river, lake, lawn and more. The Spiker Lifestyle Holder is the durable, colorful, fun place to keep your drink, phone, suncare and other items clean, sand-free and within easy reach. Spiker Lifestyle Holders are available in 26 colors, blank for personalizing with vinyl or paint, and also available in assorted-color fun souvenir prints. Also known as Sand Spikes, Beach Spikers and more, Spiker Lifestyle Holders are ideal for all occasions including weddings, graduations, parties, vacations and any time a new, unique and fun gift is needed. Everyone everywhere enjoys their Spikers – the handy place to store everything valuable while having a great time with friends.

ABOUT THE PRIZE:
Win a 6-pack of Spiker Lifestyle Holders in the newest colors: Strawberry, Blueberry, Lemon, Cherry, Kiwi & Tangerine. {a $49.95 value, props not included}

SpikerUSA - 6New- Giveaway #2 May 2015

 

 

 

 

 

2. The Sidekick from Tough Traveler

ABOUT THE COMPANY: 
Tough Traveler Ltd. is located in upstate NY, where we have been manufacturing our quality luggage, backpacks, baby / child carriers, and many other products, for over 40 years. Since our beginning in 1970, we have remained a privately-owned company with a commitment to making products in America, that really make people happy – whether because of the convenience features that exactly fits their needs, the comfortable design which allows them to enjoy outdoors and travel activities, or just because of the incredible durability that allows them to keep a favorite bag for years on end.

ABOUT THE PRIZE:
SIZE: 9″w x 8″h x 3.75″d
Weight: 4 oz

  • A lightweight, sturdy waist pack with a deep-bottomed main compartment, sized to accommodate a wallet, sunglasses, reading glasses, small papers, etc.
  • Can be used as waist pack or small, quick shoulder bag
  • Long, easy-to-adjust waistbelt, with side release buckle attachment, fits up to 46″ waist
  • Main pocket zipper runs 3/4 of the way around the top, allowing top to be opened like a lid for total access to your important items!
  • Flat zippered pocket on front ideal for keys, notes, etc.
  • Full-width flat open pocket on back
  • Sturdy, lightweight packcloth material
  • Machine washable & water resistant
  • 100% made in USA

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3. The Tagalong Bag from Stormy Kromer

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ABOUT THE COMPANY:
George “Stormy” Kromer was a real guy – a semi-pro baseball player and railroad engineer. Not the kind of guy you’d expect to start a clothing company, in other words, but one who happened to create a cap that became known for long-comfort and the ability to stay snug, even in the fiercest winds.

This final feature, in fact, is the reason he made his famous headgear in the first place, but we’ll get to that in a bit.

Mr. Kromer, known as “Stormy” to the folks who knew his temper, was born in 1876 in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. He grew up with baseball and would eventually play on nearly 30 semi-pro teams throughout the Midwest. He might have continued to play that field, too, but he met Ida, and before Ida’s father would allow her hand in marriage, our ballplayer needed to find real work.

That meant the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and long, cold trips across the plains. Stormy was an engineer, and to see where he was headed, he had to stick his head out the window – into the wind. Mother Nature stole his cap more than once, and as the story goes, he set out to get her back.

In 1903, he asked Ida (now his wife and an excellent seamstress) to modify an old baseball cap to help keep it on in windy weather. The all-cloth cap with the soft, canvas visor was a departure from the traditional fedoras of the day, but it was more comfortable and because of it’s six-panel fit, it stayed put.

Soon other railroad workers wanted one of Stormy Kromer’s caps for themselves, and when Ida could no longer keep up with demand, they hired a few employees and the business was born.

A lot of things have changed since those first few caps – new colors, new fabrics, new styles – but we haven’t changed the way we make them. They’re hand-stitched right here in the USA, and they’re still made to fit better than anything you’ve had next to your noggin. Stormy Kromer caps are true to the original, and that means you get all the comfort and function that made them famous.

Wear one, and you’ll know what we mean.

ABOUT THE PRIZE:
No matter where you’re off to in the morning, this terrific tote carries your laptop in safe, snug, 17″ x 3″ x 12″ comfort. The Tagalong is made with durable waxed cotton and comes with a divided, padded interior with extra pockets. Retail Value: $149.99

4. Four T-Shirts from KIC Apparel 

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ABOUT THE COMPANY:
KIC Apparel is a Family owned and operated apparel company that believes in the core values that there is only one way to live a fulfilling life and that is by putting God first and treating others with love and respect. We make sure everything we do honors our connection from our commitment to the highest quality clothing in the country, to the way we engage with our customers and communities to do our business responsibly. We take pride in using all U.S. Based businesses with a dedication to American made products with a matching aesthetic.We are a member of American Made Matters Organization that their mission is to educate consumers that buying US-made products strengthens the American Dream. The core of KIC Apparel is held on a foundation which derived from KEEPING IT CHRISTIAN® MINISTRIES where 10% of all sales and proceeds go to help further the efforts to serve and provide for those in need while spreading the truth that is only found in Jesus Christ.

For more Information about Keeping iT Christian® Ministry please go to www.keepingitchristian.org

ABOUT THE PRIZE:

  • Made in the U.S.A
  • Unisex T-Shirt Fits Well On Both Women and Men
  • Fine Jersey 30/1Combed Ring Spun 100% 4.4oz
  • Side Seamed
  • Double-needle sleeve hem and bottom hem
  • Tape shoulders to Shoulder
  • Available sizes S-3XL

5. Cody hat from hats.com 

ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Shop now for a huge variety of women’s, children, & men’s hats in one online stop from hats.com.

Save with great deals & specials on hat styles. hats.com offers some of the finest headwear available in the world, gathered in one convenient spot online.

We are focused mainly on headwear, so we only deal with the finest brands like Bailey of Hollywood®Betmar®Borsalino®,Kangol®Helen Kaminski®, and several others. We strive to have the best hat selection on the world wide web, our customers can completely maximize their shopping time.

We are constantly evolving by keeping up with the most up-to-date technology, user functionality, and shipping methods. We also have customer service and distribution personnel who are dedicated to the goal of providing a completely satisfying online shopping experience with plenty of personal care. Our employees work hard to maintain a reputation of reliability, accountability, and security.

Our hat selection emphasizes quality, functionality, and fashion-forward thinking. In addition, we are able to offer our hats at very competitive prices highlighted by special sales and amazing discounts. We’ve got you covered!

ABOUT THE PRIZE:
A flickering streetlight throws shadows all around. You step out of a long black vintage limousine and step up the club. Inside the band is swinging and everyone is dancing, only to stop when you fill the doorway. This hat’s look is so distinctive that you’re sure to be a distraction, right before the party picks up and gets even louder. This straw hat, exclusively from hats.com, puts a strikingly cool twist on the always stylish fedora. The crown tilts slightly askew for a crooked look that’s wickedly cool. Lightweight, sturdy, and ultimately trendy the crooked crown Cody is made to order proudly in the USA!

To order yours today visit: http://www.hats.com/hats-com-cody-straw-hat.html

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5. American Made Matters Prize Pack

Show your American pride with the American Made Matters prize pack including an American Made Matters t-shirt, keychain and cap all adorning the American Made Matters logo and, of course, are all made in the USA.

Buy your official American Made Matters Gear today: http://americanmadematters.com/shop.php

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