Spotlight: American Workers Keep The Country Strong

Throughout its history, America’s economy has supported a strong and dynamic workforce, many of whom realized the American dream—the good job, the family, and the white picket fence—while also shaping the American cultural and economic landscape. While titans of industry like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford set the template and harnessed the manpower necessary for major industrial projects, it was the skilled tradesmen who built our country’s infrastructure and greatest landmarks.

Tradesmen, ranging from electricians to brickmasters to welders and more, built our nation from the ground up. Whether we live in cities or towns, we have them to thank for many of the modern conveniences we often take for granted: running water, lighting, and heating and air conditioning in our homes and office buildings. We also benefit from their work when we shop at a grocery store or a department store, as the streets and highways they built enable goods to be transported across the country. Take a look at this infographic developed by Tulsa Welding School, “The Tradesmen That Built America,” to learn more about different types of American skilled trades jobs and famous construction projects.

Next time we drive across a bridge or make a purchase in an American-built store, we can remember that U.S. workers made our infrastructure possible. Supporting services and goods that are made in America—that return the rewards back to our own communities—helps ensure that future generations will have opportunities to make a living and pursue their own American dream. Supporting American-made products, as well as nodding to the skilled trades workers who built and continue to build this country, help us remember that in order to keep this country strong, we need to keep strong jobs here—on American soil.

~ Monica Gomez

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Huge thank you to Monica Gomez for putting this infographic together!

Member Promotions April 2015

Tough Traveler
We are giving a 20% discount on the SideKick until June 30 to American Made Matters using code AMM-CBSK

KIC Apparel
KIC Apparel is offering 10% off plus free shipping with the code AMM2015. This code will run from April 15—June 30.

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Bodacious Cases
Bodacious Cases has a huge sales going on! Get a Bodacious Case for your iPhone for approx. $14.99, plus free shipping option. No code needed, just click this link to shop the sale! http://bodaciouscases.com/fabsale/

Lila Mae
Lila Mae is offering a discount code for 30% off all products on their website!
Use code americanmadematters. This code is good until May 31.

Christensen
Use code AMM20 for 20% off (shipping is automatically free)
Promo will be valid until May 31.

Scrubz Body Scrub
Scrubz Body Scrub will give you 15% off using code AMERICANMADE15. They are now offering FREE SHIPPING!

Orox Leather
Orox is offering 10% off all products online using promo code: AMM10!

Ribbed Tee
Ribbed Tee is offering their 24 for 48 Sale! Everything on their website is 24% off for 48 hours!*
Code: 24for48 
Dates Valid: 4/15/15 – 4/17/15
*Restrictions: Not valid on Classic Fit or Clearance items. Shipping not included. Cannot be combined with any other discount offer.

Carol S Miller Handbags
Ready for Mother’s Day? Use code Mom at Carol S Miller’s website and get 25% off! Code is valid from mid April through mid May.

Tradition Creek
Tradition Creek is running a sale on their Navy Superior coat (see below photo)
Promo code: SUPERIOR20
This code entitles the customer to 20% off a Navy Superior DB/DF.
Date promotion is valid through 6/30.

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Label Land

Please use coupon code USA for 10% off orders. This offer is only for our group and expires May 5th, 2015 . Shipping and handling is free on each order.an exclusive coupon code with a  high quality label provider.

 

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!
http://www.certifiedfabulous.com/beauty-product-reviews/certified-fabulous-seal-of-approval-announcement
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 www.jackandmarydesigns.com

3. Christensen 

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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

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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: www.christensenbags.com 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: http://www.oroxleather.com/blogs/news/18014236-orox-madehere-pdx
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: http://www.oroxleather.com/blogs/news/18031700-americas-game)

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.  http://bodaciouscases.com/waiting-list/#Tellme7

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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

http://www.menendez.senate.gov/news-and-events/press/menendez-announces-legislation-to-encourage-support-reward-creation-of-good-sustainable-jobs-

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!)

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

Need more gift ideas?  Click here: http://www.pinterest.com/usalovelist/buy-american-made-gifts/ 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 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!

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.