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: Head’n Home

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Company: Head’n Home Hats

Location: Watsonville, CA

Website Address: www.headnhome.com  

Principal Line of Business: Hatmaker

Year Founded: 1972

US Based Employees:  30

Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanHatMakers

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQsQn_8_w5EMu7qPq1veRqQ

Twitter: https://twitter.com/americanhatter

Instagram: http://instagram.com/americanhatmakers

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/americanhat/

 

What is your Company’s Mission Statement?

As America’s premier cut and sew hat manufacturer, we do everything in our power to provide high-quality wearable works of art that will last a lifetime. Many things have changed over the last 40 years, but not our commitment to our customer’s satisfaction. With the help of our talented and personable team, we strive to ensure that Head’n Home will continue to provide a quality American made product while providing customer service second to none. We are proud of the styling and quality built into every hat that comes from our workshop, and our pledge is that our customers will also see and feel the pride in each and every purchase.

 

Why Does American Made Matter to You?

American Made matters to us because we create jobs, not only for our family, but for people living in our community. We take pride in doing things the right way the first time, and outsourcing to other countries just doesn’t seem to us to be the right way to do things. We’re doing our best to keep jobs here, in the United States, and create amazing hats along the way.

 

What Values Drive your Business Decisions?

Excellence though humility (and service)- As a company we strive to deliver a ‘wow’ experience to everyone we do business with. A wow experience to us means going above and beyond the average business practices with creative and personal resolutions to any possible situation. Whether it be our customers or vendors we pride ourselves in our ability to take the time and energy needed to provide everyone the best possible experience. We connect with our customers on a personal level learning how best to meet their needs and leave them feeling like they were well taken care of; all without the use of script’s or programmed responses.

Efficiency – Organization is a key to our success here at Head’n Home Hats, we are always striving to improve our policies and procedures to meet the need of our partners. To best support our customers and each other we make every effort to be consistent and dependable.

Family/Health – Being a family owned and operated business we make it a point to treat everyone we interact with as we would treat our closest loved ones- with respect and commitment. We are dedicated to making connections with fellow employees, vendors and customers that lay the groundwork for our long-term relationships. Our longevity as a company is also linked to our emphasis on health; we believe that a healthy person will always put their best foot forward in any situation.

Open communication – Because we care about everyone we do business with we find that honesty is always the best policy to ensure genuine communication. Our positive attitudes and commitment to our partners creates an atmosphere of reliability and ever increasing satisfaction. We go the extra mile to listen to and understand the requests of all our partners and meet every one of their needs.

Innovation/Creativity – Working together within our team we push ourselves to come up with new and original products as well as better business practices. As our Vice President Garth Watrous states “We are always willing to learn and willing to share. It’s important to us to always be questioning- how can we do it better? How can we improve ourselves and achieve more?” We believe that you cannot be a leader in any industry without the ability to learn from your mistakes and change your outlook when new information is presented to you. Being a leader in the hat manufacturing industry Head’n Home has learned many lessons along the way that have made us exponentially better. Along with insights and information from other people Head’n Home is also dedicated to education for our employees, from part time classes to weekend seminars. We support our employees furthering their personal educations as we have found in the long run everyone benefits.

Integrity – “Say what you mean and mean what you say”-Gary Watrous, Founder and President of Head’n Home Hats. Our intention is always to do the right thing. We feel it is of paramount importance to always follow-through with our promises and to take excellent care of everyone we interact with. It is our expectation that our partners will use the Internet, email and handle phone calls in an appropriate, ethical and professional manner.

Happy/Weird – Being ourselves, feeling comfortable and playful has always helped us be our most productive selves. We are all a bit odd here but we feel it’s what helps us put our best foot forward. Admittedly sometimes things get a bit weird however with acceptance in mind we always end up with an end product that is beyond our expectations and looking back everyone has an awesome experience.

What Advice Would you Give to a Start-up Business that Plans to Manufacture in the USA?

You will have people competing with you overseas, and be ready to persevere to defend your product pricing. Production costs are much higher in the USA but well worth the investment. Also, know your numbers. It’s a tough business and you really must know your numbers.

 

What are the Benefits of Manufacturing in the USA for your Company?

We take pride in the workmanship of our hats. Without being able to oversee the production process we would not be able to produce a top quality product and provide the guarantee we do. We are able to give back to our community by employing local talent.

 

Do you have any Future Expansion Plans?

We hope our continued growth will bring the ability to manufacture locally in a larger facility in the year to come.

 

Is your Company Currently Offering any Promotions/Discounts?

We’re now offering free shipping to the contiguous United States with any purchase!

 

Why did you join American Made Matters?

It was important for us to become a part of American Made Matters to associate with other businesses who manufacture in the USA. Networking with others experiencing the same demands helps us streamline our business practices. Sharing the same sense of pride in the workmanship and manufacturing process validates why we continue to operate in the United States.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.