Angela Newnam is a Harvard MBA, entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Knock out!® , a company with a Made In America product line. Angela's work, knowledge, and associations in the textile industry have led her to bring women’s panties, men’s briefs, and tee-shirts into the world of high-tech fabrics. Angela acquired the patent for NoTrace® technology and now employs one of the inventors of this technology. The NoTrace® technology wicks and absorbs at the same time. NoTrace® is also embedded with odor absorbing molecules. The result is feeling cool and confident.
Creating the product line and bringing this to market sounds so easy, but I assure you if you read Angela's History , (temporarily unavailable until webs.com fixes the file manager), and review the links provided below you will come to know this was anything but easy. Her drive alone has helped her to create a product line known as Knock out!® Smart Panties™.
When I spoke with Angela, she was very personable,unassuming, and respectful of the Made In America (USA) Products mission. She is passionate about her products and that these products be Made In America. When prodded for reasons that her products are Made In America she gave a list of reasons, and said she "believes it is the right thing to do". Here are some of the reasons in a bullet format.
- A Vision for Americas Future
- America’s Economy Now
- American Product Safety Standards
- American Quality
- American Worker Safety Standards
- Energy Consumption
- Environmental Concerns
- Fair Wages
- Independence, Self Sufficiency
- Manufacturing Jobs
- Patent Protection
- Product Development
- Sustainable Trade
Explaining these reasons is the subject of another blog entry to be written because so many American’s agree with Angela – keep the manufacturing we have here in America, and bring it back here (reshore). If you buy American, America prospers.
While Angela and I were talking, we discovered that we have a mutual friend in Jack Marsh, the owner of Hemingway Apparel in Hemingway, South Carolina. In some of my early research I discovered Jack’s business and entered his business in my Made In America Links page along with Knock out!® Smart Panties™ (the listings are alphabetic). Jack is now making the Knock out!® Smart Panties™ and other NoTrace® products for Angela at Hemingway Apparel.
I have a pair of NoTrace® men’s briefs and have found that they live up to Angela’s claims and more. They are comfortable, keep me dry, odor free and are made with meticulous high quality manufacturing. There are no hanging threads, or scratchy labels, and the ‘fly’ is actually functional. My Wife and Teen girls all have Knock out! ®Smart Panties™, and love their style and fit.
You can find Angela’s Knock out!® SmartPanties™ and other NoTrace® products at stores in Canada and the USA. Check her web site for the closest location, ( www.knockoutpanties.com/our_retailers.php) , or simply buy them online. Don’t let the cost stop you – these products are worth every penny. Buy a pair and see for yourself.
See the video produced by WPDE News Channel 15 that introduces you to Angela and Jack, and shows the product, factory, and town.
Other outstanding sources about Knock out!®:
- CNN Made In USA
- Hemingway Made In America
- Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship – Top 15
- Harvard Global New Venture Award
- YouTube – The Knock out!® Channel with 5 Videos
Here is a picture of me wearing a NoTrace® V-neck Tee shirt, my arm is up holding the camera, and I am not a professional model, just a staunch supporter of Made In America products.