Fee Resolution Names ‘American Made Matters Day’ in Pennsylvania

October 21, 2013

Fee Resolution Names ‘American Made Matters Day’ in Pennsylvania
Works in cooperation with Adamstown business leader to promote
‘Buy American’ mission

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 HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives, today, passed a resolution naming Nov. 19, 2013, as “American Made Matters Day” in Pennsylvania.  The resolution was sponsored by Rep. Mindy Fee (R-Manheim).

“I’m pleased to work in cooperation with a well-known local small business to promote their mission to educate consumers that buying U.S.-made products helps to strengthen the American dream,” Fee said. “My resolution helps to officially mark Pennsylvania’s legislative record to remember the importance of buying American.”

Fee has been working in cooperation with Adamstown-based Bollman Hat Company to help promote the American Made Matters mission organization, which is headed by Bollman Hat Company president Don Rongione.

Fee’s resolution, House Resolution 477, names “American Made Matters Day” in an effort to encourage consumers to buy at least one American-made product that day, as well as encourage the purchase of American-made products in the upcoming holiday season.

“The strength of America’s small businesses depends on the willingness of consumers to buy products that are produced and promoted here,” Fee said.  “I’m happy to get behind the work of Don Rongione and other small business leaders to promote buying American.”

Fee invited Rongione to the Capitol to be introduced during today’s House session. The video of the introduction can be viewed here:  http://youtu.be/KOptT_MhD8E.

Fee’s resolution was passed unanimously.

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Representative Mindy Fee
37th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Diane Moore
717.772.9844
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 CAPTION: Rep. Mindy Fee (R-Manheim) welcomed Adamstown businessman Don Rongione to the Pennsylvania Capitol today to be recognized during the House session. Pictured from left: Rep. Fee; Don Rongione, president of Bollman Hat Company in Adamstown; Rachel Highley, a Bollman Hat Company employee; and Rep. Kate Harper (R-Montgomery County), who is a college classmate of Rongione.

AMM® Founder Announces First Annual American Made Matters Day® at Rodon Group MFG Day Event

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ADAMSTOWN, Pa. – Don Rongione, keynote speaker at The Rodon Group’s Manufacturing Day event on October 4, 2013, announced that the first annual American Made Matters Day® will be held on November 19th. Rongione is the president and founder of American Made Matters®, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products. The Rodon Group, a subsidiary of K’NEX Brands, L.P and one of the largest family-owned and operated injection molders in the United States (U.S.), is a Gold Member of American Made Matters®.

Manufacturing Day is an annual showcase of the innovations in the manufacturing industry. Its purpose is to celebrate the achievements of American manufacturers and to educate members of the community on the types of skilled labor that are required in the industry. As keynote speaker of The Rodon Group’s event, Rongione spoke of the importance of the American manufacturing industry in helping to keep the American Dream alive. Rongione, who also has ties to manufacturing as the president and CEO of the Bollman Hat Company, established American Made Matters® after the painful experience of having to layoff 100 employees due to competition from foreign production.

On November 19th, American Made Matters® is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing. Additionally, the event will kick-off a movement encouraging Americans to buy products made in America throughout the upcoming holiday shopping season.

“We are very proud to announce American Made Matters Day®,” Rongione said. “I founded American Made Matters® four years ago, and am thrilled with the progress we have made. Our hope is that American Made Matters Day® will get people thinking and checking their tags and making a concerted effort to find American made products when they shop.  We have tremendous spending power and consumers need to realize that we don’t need the government to change our economy – we can do that by making simple changes to the way we purchase our food, our clothing and the products we use everyday.” American Made Matters® recently passed another landmark as it reached the 200-member mark in September.

 

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Bringing Back the American Dream, One Purchase at a Time

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

- Margaret Mead

This is not an easy time to be an American: the economy struggles to regain stability, and nearly 23 million of us remain unemployed. In particular, our manufacturing sector continues to suffer, with 5.1 million fewer U.S. manufacturing jobs now than in 2001.

I experienced these challenges firsthand when we were forced to layoff 100 employees from the Bollman Hat Company, America’s oldest hat maker, due to competition from foreign production. It was a heart-wrenching experience, and I vowed to never let it happen again. This led me to establish American Made Matters®, which launched on July 4, 2009.

American Made Matters® is an organization dedicated to educating consumers that buying American-made products strengthens the American Dream. It is comprised of American manufacturing companies and allows its logo to be used on products for which at least 50 percent of the cost (labor, materials and overhead) is incurred in the U.S. and its final assembly or transformation also takes place in the U.S. American Made Matters® has doubled its membership in the past year, recently welcoming its 200th member.

American Made Matters® has declared November 19th, 2013 the first annual American Made Matters® Day. On November 19th, we are asking you, consumers, to buy at least one American-made product to show your support for American manufacturing. We are also hoping this event will kick-off a movement encouraging Americans to buy products made in America throughout the upcoming holiday shopping season.

With the multitude of problems facing our country and the world, it is easy to feel helpless. However, we all have the power to make a difference—we have the ability to bring back the American economy, to decrease the unemployment rate, to help the environment, and to provide opportunities for our children and grandchildren. We have the ability to do all of this, and all it takes is one small action: buying more goods that are made in the U.S. In fact, spending just five percent more on American-made goods could create an additional one million jobs in the U.S.

Is it really that simple? Yes. For every $1 spent on American-made goods, an additional $1.35 is invested in the U.S. economy. For every one manufacturing job, another three jobs are created. If $64 of the $700 the average American family spends on holiday gifts is spent on American-made goods, 200,000 jobs could be added to the U.S. economy.

Need additional incentives? Buying American-made goods minimizes the pollution from transporting goods long distances and ensures that the goods were manufactured in adherence to U.S. environmental standards. Further, selecting goods that were manufactured in the U.S. supports America’s standards for safe working conditions, reasonable wages, and labor laws. Higher demand for American goods creates American jobs, and more business for American companies allows them to provide greater benefits and healthcare options for employees, placing a lesser burden on our taxpayers.

These are the facts. Now imagine the possibilities. Americans are still the world’s largest consumers—the power to make a difference really is in our hands. We hope you will join us in our cause.

Sincerely,

Don Rongione, President and Founder of American Made Matters®

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American Made Matters® Welcomes Its 200th Member, Doubles Membership in Past Year

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ADAMSTOWN, P.A. – American Made Matters®, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, reached the 200-member mark this past week. The latest members—including Dickies 1922, Rethink Robotics and Jensen Apparel—join a group of manufacturing companies committed to making goods in the United States (U.S.) Member companies are located across the U.S. and manufacture everything from apparel and home goods to toys and machinery.

“We have doubled our membership in the past year,” said Don Rongione, president and founder of American Made Matters®. “This is a testament to the strength of the American-made movement, and we are excited to be at the forefront.” Companies can become members of American Made Matters® by paying just $99 a year, which gives them permission to use the American Made Matters® logo on products for which at least 50 percent of the product’s cost (labor, materials and overhead) is incurred in the U.S., and the final assembly takes place in the U.S.

American Made Matters® provides social media attention for its members and brand exposure at various trade shows. This past weekend, American Made Matters® was a sponsor and attendee of the American Field Pop-Up Market in Boston, an annual event featuring American craftsman and fashion brands like Ball and Buck, the trade show’s founding company and American Made Matters® member. “It is our goal for American Made Matters® to become a center for consumers trying to find American-made goods,” said Rongione. “By promoting our member companies, we are making it easier for consumers to buy American.”

American Made Matters® has recently declared November 19th as American Made Matters Day. On this day, American Made Matters® is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing. Additionally, the event will kick-off a movement encouraging Americans to buy products made in America throughout the holiday shopping season.

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 200 member companies in a variety of industries. For more information, visit http://www.americanmadematters.com/index.php, or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMadeMatters.

Media Contact:
Camille Dager or Madeleine Tardif
Harris, Baio & McCullough for American Made Matters
camille@hbmadv.com or madeleine@hbmadv.com