Ralph Lauren Creates USA Made Uniforms for the Olympics

We cheer on our USA team as we currently hold the most medals for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. Our goal at American Made Matters for the Olympics was to provide resources to have the apparel for the athletes made in the USA. For the 2012 Summer Olympics, we sent a letter to Ralph Lauren after the public outcry regarding the uniforms being made overseas. This letter’s purpose was to offer our support for creating the apparel in the USA. We offered to provide Ralph Lauren with our members’ resources to coordinate all their designs in America. Here is the letter that we sent:

Dear Ralph Lauren,

We, the members of American Made Matters, feel strongly that our Olympians should be outfitted with American made apparel and accessories. We have over seventy* members who are still producing product in the U.S. and are proud to provide jobs in our communities and the highest quality product for our customers. We stand ready to work with your designers to produce any product needed to support our U.S. Olympic team including the outfit for the opening and closing ceremony.

We have members who can produce hats, shirts, jackets, bags, belts, pants, socks, and footwear. Our employees would be proud to know that their work would be supporting our athletes and on display for the world to see.

Please advise us on the next steps in working to create a 100% U.S. made outfit for our athletes.

Sincerely,

Don Rongione
President
American Made Matters

While Ralph Lauren did not take us up on our offer, they did respond positively by having the opening and closing ceremony uniforms made in the USA. We are happy that Ralph Lauren made the decision to help grow the American economy by having these uniforms made in the States. Best of luck to the USA Team as they go for the gold and finish strong in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics!

Click the photo below to learn more about the USA made uniforms.

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*We now have over 250 members.

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 / chadputman1@yahoo.com

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

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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 – rhighley@bollmanhats.com.

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 Hats.com, 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! 

American Made Matters Featured in Lancaster New Era

An article featuring American Made Matters Day made the front page of the Lancaster New Era this Sunday. We are thrilled at the exposure American Made Matters Day has received and want to thank everyone for making our first annual event a huge success!

To read the online version of the article click here.

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Photo depicts American Made Matters Founder Don Rongione who is the President and CEO of the Bollman Hat Company.

American Made Matters Day Makes Front Page!

Our first annual American Made Matters Day is tomorrow, November 19th, and we’re making an impact already! Today we were featured on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer and we have no doubt Americans will be shopping for U.S. made goods tomorrow and throughout the holiday season. To read the online version of the article – click here!

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American Made Matters Day Guide to Great American Savings!

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To kick-off the holiday shopping season, American Made Matters has declared November 19, 2013 the first annual 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.

We know that finding American made products can be difficult, but American Made Matters is making it easier. Check out the great sales and promotions our members are offering on November 19 and beyond, and join us in celebrating our first annual American Made Matters Day!

KIDS

Promise Monsters – Great gift for kids! Use coupon code AMERICAN at checkout to receive 20% off your total order. www.promisemonsters.com/shop.jsp
Bear Paw Creek – Use promo code AMMNOV19 for 15% off your entire order on Nov. 19. www.bearpawcreek.com/   KNEX
K’NEX - In honor of American Made Matters’ Day – ONE DAY SALE, Buy 1, get a second 1 FREE! Available on select K’NEX products. K’NEX bricks, rods and connectors are made in the U.S.A. Quantities limited while supplies last. See “1-Day Sale” on www.knex.com/Shop to find products!  Happy shopping!

 

APPAREL & ACCESSORIES

City Charm – Use coupon code AMM1113 at checkout to receive 10% off your total order Nov. 19 thru Nov. 30.  http://citycharmco.com/
Hats.com – 25% off at www.hats.com. Use coupon code AMMDAY at checkout to receive 25% off all made in USA hats and accessories on Nov. 19!
Andrew David – Use coupon code AMM at checkout to receive 50% off your order on Nov. 19. Excludes other promotions and gift certificates. www.shopandrewdavid.com
NoNetz – Use coupon code WE-LIKE-YOU at checkout to receive free shipping on Nov. 19. http://www.nonetz.com/
Dapper Classics – Use coupon code USA to receive 25% off your purchase on AMM Day, Nov. 19. http://www.dapperclassics.com/
J.W. Hulme Co. – Use coupon code COLNOV13 on Nov. 19 to receive $50 off a purchase of $400 or more at www.jwhulmeco.com or 1-800-442-8212. Offer good on orders placed by Nov. 30,2013. Not valid on previous purchases, exchanges, or returns.  One-time use.  One per customer.  Can not be combined with other offers.
Head ‘n Home Handmade Hats – Receive 40% off all hats from all brands at http://www.headnhome.com/.
Ball and Buck – Use coupon code AMMDAY15 at checkout to receive 15% off all online orders placed on Nov. 19.  Plus receive FREE shipping!  Visit http://ballandbuck.com
Bullet Blues – Use coupon code BB20 at checkout to receive 20% off any item on the site. 19. http://www.bulletbluesca.com/ Bullet Blues
Maven Fly – Use coupon code AMM20 at checkout to receive 20% off all sales on Nov. 19. http://www.mavenfly.com
Jack and Mary Designs – Use coupon code AMMDAY2013 at checkout to receive 15% off and free shipping. http://www.jackandmarydesigns.com/
Ribbed Tee – Use coupon code 24for48 and receive 24% off for 48 hours! Valid 11/19-11/20. Not valid on Classic Fit line or Clearance/Sale items. Shipping not included.  http://ribbedtee.com/
Tres-Femmes – Use coupon code AMM1119 at checkout and receive 15% off any online purchase on Nov. 19. www.tre-femmes.com
Loggerhead Apparel – Use coupon code AMM25 at checkout to receive 25% off all purchases made on Nov. 19!  www.loggerheadapparel.com
Todd Shelton USA – Use coupon code AMM at checkout and receive 25% off your order on Nov. 19! http://toddshelton.com/
Sounder Goods – Use coupon code AMM at checkout on Nov. 19 to receive 25% off your total purchase. www.soundergoods.com
Black and Denim- Black and Denim- Use coupon code AMMBND at checkout to receive 20% off all orders placed on Nov. 19. Visit http://black-denim-apparel-company.myshopify.com/ Print
Bodacious Cases- Bodacious Cases- Use coupon code AMMDay at checkout to receive 25% off all orders! Visit http://bodaciouscases.com/
Twisted Cow – Use coupon code AMM at checkout and receive 15% off your total order on Nov. 19. http://www.twisted-cow.com

MISCELLANEOUS

Made in America Expo – You still have time to reserve a booth at the Fort Worth, TX Made in American Expo taking place in May, 2014. Receive 19% off of all Expo services when you reserve your spot on Nov. 19!  Click here for more information:  http://madeintheusaexpo.com/american-made-matters-special-promotion
White Starfish – Use coupon code BUYUSA at checkout and save 15% off your entire order on Nov. 19! www.thewhitestarfish.com
Independence LED – Use coupon code AmericanMadeMatters at checkout to replace 400 Watt Metal Halide High Bays with 116 Watt or 174 Watt LED Fixtures at dramatically discounted wholesale prices.  20% Discounted cost starts at $295, and the annual savings is often over $200 per fixture per year. Plus REBATES are available to bring the payback to under 1 Year. www.IndependenceLED.com
CPA – Use coupon code USAProspers for 20% off all orders placed Nov. 18- Nov. 20. https://www.cpabuyamerican.com/
Christmas Forest – On Nov. 19 the Stars & Stripes holiday wreath will be on sale for $36 including free ground shipping to 48 states.  http://www.christmasforest.com/christmas-wreaths/stars-and-stripes   Christmas Forest
Metal Shop CT – On Nov. 19 all Metal Shop Bottle Opener Products will be 5% to $10 off and engraving will be free for our Brass Cigar Stand. No coupon code necessary. http://metalshopct.com/
Footmate Systems – In support of American Made Matters Day, Gordon Brush will offer 19% off of the sale of all Footmate® System products purchased on November 19, 2013, from the Footmate website, www.footmate.com, with a minimum order of $39.95.  Use promo code NOV19.
Tough Traveler – On AMM Day receive a FREE Tough Traveler Pencil Pouch with any purchase, online or in store!  Visit http://www.toughtraveler.com/
Polar Bottle – On AMM Day all American themed Polar Bottles will be half off! Use promo code AMM13. Limit four per order. Visit http://www.polarbottle.com/
High Sierra Showerheads – Use coupon code NIRVANA to receive 12.5% off the purchase price for an online order of one or two high efficiency shower heads or high efficiency handheld showers from our website (handheld not available with hose and holder).   www.highsierrashowerheads.com
NoCargo – Receive free shipping on orders over $100 – no coupon code needed! http://www.shopnocargo.com/
OHSAY USA – Use coupon code AMMDAY and receive FREE SHIPPING on Nov. 19. http://www.ohsayusa.com
Carlisle Machine Works – 20% off classes at the School of Glass Art.  http://carlislemachine.com/

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AMM Members Support Veteran’s Charities

Jon Fontane, owner of Metal Shop CT, an AMM member company, has a mission this Veteran’s Day.  That mission is simple, that none of our soldiers past or present feels forgotten.  All too often, veterans with PTSD or other life altering injuries feel like they’re alone in their battles and statistics show that 22 veterans commit suicide each day.  Jon Fontane and American Made Matters want to bring that number to zero.

Organizations like Wounded Warrior Project, The 296 Project and Warrior Canine Connection are making sure that none of our soldiers feels forgotten or alone in their struggles. Their mission is to foster a successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members who can regain control of their lives and become contributing members of society.

Warrior Canine Connection is a unique charity that uses puppies to rehabilitate soldiers with PTSD. “Training a service dog for a fellow Veteran provides a valuable opportunity for a Warrior suffering from psychological injuries to reintegrate into civilian life. As part of his or her training, Warriors have the responsibility to teach the dogs that the world is a safe place. Through that process, they must convince themselves of the same.”

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You can help us support our wounded warriors and all of America’s fighting men and woman today and throughout the year by shopping some great made in USA brands that donate a portion of their sales to veteran’s charities. Check out the list below to support the organization of your choice!

Metal Shop - www.metalshopct.com
Donation – $5 on Mini Pop and Key Shackle, $10 on Twist and Cigar Stand
Duration – Nov 11th to Nov. 30th
Charities – The 296 Project and Warrior Canine Connection

Newton Grade Sturdy Goods - www.etsy.com/shop/NewtonGrade
Donation – 10% of all sales
Duration – Nov 11th to Nov 15th
Donation to Warrior Canine Connection

L.I. Sounder - www.lisounder.com
Donation – $10 of every purchase
Duration – Nov 11th to Nov 15
Donation to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund

Jack Donnelly - www.jackdonnelly.com
Donation – $10 of all Sales
Duration – Nov 11th
Donation to Hope for Warriors

The FootMate™ System - www.footmate.com
Donation – 10% of all sales
Duration – Nov. 11th
Donation to Wounded Warrior Project

Warrior Shop - www.thewarriorshop.co
Donation – 30% on every sale 365 days a year!
Charities – Warrior Dog Foundation and Project Healing Waters

Salute American Vodka - www.saluteamerican.com
Donation – $1 of every bottle. 365 days a year!
Charities – Work Vessels for Veterans, Farmer Veteran Coalition, Purple Heart Homes, Birdies for the Brave, Homes for our Troops and Honor Flight of Greater St. Louis

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
dmoore@pahousegop.com
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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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