Member News April 2015

1. Footmate System by Gordon Brush

Certified Fabulous has selected the FootMate® System as their 1st Quarter Award Winner and has given it their prestigious Seal of Approval!
We thank Certified Fabulous for their recognition of our 100% Made in the USA product that keeps your feet feeling clean, conditioned and massaged.  Refresh, Restore, Renew!…
The FootMate® System is endorsed by the American College of Foot & Ankle Orthopedics & Medicine (ACFAOM).
If you plan on attending the International Esthetics, Cosmetics & Spa Show in June, Cosmoprof in July, or Natural Products Expo East in September, please come visit us at our booth.

2. Jack & Mary Designs

We have a new logo and a website redesign! Check it out at

3. Christensen 

Christensen bags

Christensen bags

Christensen is a husband and wife bag design team (Neil + Kathy) based out of San Francisco, CA.  The duo found a lack of bags that were casual but still well-constructed and stylish enough for the work and play. Neil grew up in Denmark and he was inspired by simplicity and minimalist Mid-Century design.  The couple knew they wanted to incorporate Neil’s heritage with a bag line that evoked clean lines and quiet simplicity.
With that in mind, they are dedicated to producing all their products in the US: all bags are crafted by third-generation

Christensen bags

Christensen bags

leather artisans in Los Angeles with a focus on the highest-quality materials and workmanship. Keeping up with their growing demand, Christensen has expanded to retailers not only in the US but also internationally.  But, you can always check out their site: for their latest styles.



4. Orox Leather

a) Orox Leather Co. is thrilled to be part of MadeHere PDX, a new store featuring a terrific assortment of products – all of which are crafted locally, in Portland, Oregon. (link to our blog post about this:
b) This season we’ve partnered with Baseballism, an apparel and accessories company “focusing on the class, tradition and history of baseball,” to create “Believe in Baseball” bracelets.  (link to blog post about this:

5. Carol S Miller Handbags

Carol S Miller handbags are beautifully handcrafted and made here in the US. Please click here for her lookbook, and click here to see a video on why Carol started her handbag business.

6. Bodacious Cases
Bodacious Cases is launching their crowdfunding campaign on April 21st  to raise funds to expand their product line to the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy s5 & s6. Sign up here to be the first to know how you can donate.

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7. Penco America

Just last week we had a visit from one of our US Senators.  We had been chosen by NJ Senator Bob Menendez as the factory to announce a new bill he is presenting to Congress called the America Star Act! See below link for more details

American Made Matters Day Shopping Specials


«  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

«  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!)

«  Worn Use the code AMM1119 at checkout to receive 10% off your order today only

Need more gift ideas?  Click here: and have fun scrolling through endless Made in USA gifts and products!


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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, or like them on Facebook at


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


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

Don Rongione

American Made Matters® and L&H Companies to Unveil “Home of American Made Matters” Sign

American Made Matters® prepares to celebrate its 5th anniversary with the unveiling of L&H Companies’ original “Home of American Made Matters” at the Bollman Hat Company in Adamstown, PA.

American Made Matters® (AMM) was founded by Don Rongione in 2009. As CEO of Bollman Hat Company, Rongione experienced the tragic decline of American manufacturing first hand when loss of major customers to foreign competition forced him to lay off 100 U.S. manufacturing employees. It was this experience that led Rongione to create an organization dedicated to educating consumers on just how important American manufacturing is to our country. With the help of a handful of U.S. manufacturers, AMM was born.

L&H Companies joined the AMM movement in February of 2013. CEO, Chris Heinly says “We are proud to be a part of American Made Matters. Making and donating this sign is one way that our L&H employees demonstrated our pride.”

Since its inception in 2009, AMM has grown into an organization of over 270 members and sponsors in 43 states. Members are manufacturers who represent various industries from apparel and toys to steel fabrication and cleaning supplies. Sponsors include American made retailers, patriotic organizations, and service providers who support U.S. manufacturing and its impact on jobs, stronger communities, independence and security of the U.S. and product safety. Additionally, AMM is a resource for consumers looking to find American made goods as well as a resource for its members and sponsors to find suppliers and customers.

AMM had its inaugural American Made Matters Day on November 19, 2013. On this day, AMM is encouraging consumers to buy at least one American-made product to show their support for American manufacturing. The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has recognized November 19 as American Made Matters Day. Plans are underway to make this year’s AMM Day a national event by reaching out to members across the country to hold events in various states throughout the U.S.

“We are at the forefront of a movement and gaining momentum. This sign outside America’s oldest hat factory will be a great symbol of the importance of manufacturing for America’s future” said Rongione. Rongione and Heinly will be unveiling the new sign stating “Home of American Made Matters” on May 28, 10:30am at 110 East Main Street, Adamstown PA.

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. For more information, visit, or like them on Facebook at

About L&H Companies: L&H Sign Company, Inc. has been a leading provider of quality architectural sign products for over 21 years. With approximately 63,500 square feet of manufacturing space at our headquarters in Reading, PA, they have the resources to create virtually anything from a simple merchant sign to the most complex way finding system, with ease. For more information, visit, or like them on Facebook at

City of Schenectady, NY to Host Made in USA Event

American Made Matters is proud to announce a great American event, sponsored by our member, Tough Traveler and the City of Schenectady, NY.  The City, in conjunction with area stakeholders, will be hosting an important community event which includes the local debut of the “American Made Movie” followed by a panel discussion with influential state-wide and local economic development stakeholders. The panel discussion will be moderated by Jack Aernecke and will offer an opportunity for attendees to propose questions related  to the state of manufacturing in Schenectady and beyond.

American manufacturing employment has been on the decline for decades, unleashing a devastating effect on our local and national economies. Fortunately, people are making a difference by doing their part at a local level – supporting small businesses, buying from local craftsman instead of the big box stores, and purchasing Made in USA when possible. Americans can be inspired by individual and corporate efforts highlighted in the new critically acclaimed documentary, “American Made Movie.”

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Schenectady based YouthBuild program by providing a onetime scholarship for a program participant that plans on attending and enrolling in a Manufacturing Technology program at Schenectady County Community College.

For more information please contact Chad Putman at 518-225-0957 /

You can also follow the local, American Made Movement on Facebook at “American Made – Going Local”


Film screening:  6:30 pm

Panel Discussion:  8:00 pm

Rated G Film • Running Time:  82 min

Event Running Time:  Approximately 2.5 hours

Ticket Price:  $5



Click here to watch the trailer for “American Made Movie.” 

Interested in hosting a movie screening in your home town? Help us spread the word about the importance of American manufacturing and get involved in the movement. Contact Rachel Highley, AMM Marketing Director –

American Made Matters 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway

American Made Matters will be hosting its second annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway beginning December 12 and ending December 23.  Don’t miss out on your chance to win prizes from great Made in USA brands!

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Prizes include the following:

$50 gift card for, Bollman Hat Company Floppy Hat and Urban Cowboy Hat from the Heritage Collection, AMM Caps, Hats, Tees and Christmas Ornaments, 12 can case of Citrol Oil from Schaeffer Oil, Promise Monsters Smarshmallows, Black & Denim Betsy Ross Tee shirt, The Perfect Wallet by Ball and Buck, $25 gift card for Zentek Clothing, Greenbow Pillows from NuAngel, and a $25 gift card for Golden Mag Products.

Check out our Facebook page for a complete list of daily prizes!

Click here to enter to win!