This is my friend, Alice F. Knot. She is the spokes rope for Made In America. Alice is Red and White and sometimes a bit blue. Don't try to sell her a pretencious product like American Eagle or American Girl Doll, which she knows are not Made In America. If you offer her these products she will reply simply I'm A. Freyed Knot. You can expect to hear more from Alice and her relatives, she comes from a long 'line'.
You have likely heard the story that Alice was in a bar, the bar tender asked her if she wanted something to drink, she said "I'm A. Freyed Knot". Now Alice is moving on, she soaked up enough at the bar. Her and her 'Granny', brothers 'Slip' & 'Square'. I have pictures of them too, I'll post them when I am not tied up. LOL
People that work on Antique Autos do it out of love, not profit. They have take old busted up junk and made it new again. When Hurricane Sandy hit the US East Coast over a year ago, industry analysts are saying that the hurricane was the worst disaster to hit the classic car industry ever.
In their effort to heal, one class with a Student named Ashley brought this to my attention. Much like people love their dogs, antique autos are very much part of people's families. I claim no affinity to the insurance industry, but to read more about this go to The Classic Car Industry and Hurricane Sandy . When you read this think about the devistation our east coast suffered, help if you can.
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Proud To Be An American Manufacturer
Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc, a 62 year old ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer of over 15,000 American
made brooms and brushes for industrial and commercial applications is under constant competitive
threat from Chinese made products. Patriotism is paramount at Gordon Brush. For example, Gordon
Brush has made brushes for the United States Army to clean the main gun on the Abram's tanks, saving
the Department of Defense over $1.5 billion. The Company also has made brushes that were used on
the space shuttle, the lunar module, and brushes to clean the guidance system and guns on the Apache
Gordon's Milwaukee Dustless brush line of janitorial cleaning tools and its health and wellness product,
the FootMate® System, face the most intense pressure from lower priced Chinese made products, in
many distribution channels. Many end users are willing to sacrifice cost over quality, even though in the
long run it ends up costing them more because they have to replace sub-standard product more
frequently. Moreover, these lower quality products do not do the job for which they were intended,
thus leaving a substandard work-product.
Even under these competitive threats, "the Company has been steadfast in its philosophy and
commitment to manufacturing in the United States", said Ken Rakusin, president and CEO.
"Manufacturing in California and Wisconsin is still a viable model, even if it brings with it some tough
challenges. Gordon Brush prides itself on its American heritage dating back to 1897, when the first
dustless brush was invented in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, by the Milwaukee Dustless Brush Company, which
was acquired in 2005", further added Rakusin.
"Companies that have nothing to differentiate themselves on besides price are the most vulnerable to
the threat of lower priced Chinese made products; that's a no-win game. Gordon Brush chooses to
compete on value-added, said Rakusin. Offering premier products with superior customer service have
enabled the Company to grow and prosper in spite of the Chinese threat. "The Milwaukee Dustless
motto: Innovative Products that Clean Better and Last Longer is a testament to this philosophy, said
In addition to the Gordon and Milwaukee Dustless line of brushes, the Company's recently introduced
the FootMate® System. The Podiatrist recommended FootMate® System makes optimal foot health
easy. It is a complete foot care system for cleaning, soothing, stimulating, and massaging your feet
every time you shower.
The FootMate® System is a brush and specially formulated gel that goes in the bath or shower to clean
and massage your feet without having to bend over. The FootMate® System stands head-and-shoulders
(or perhaps foot-and-heels) above the Chinese competitor. The FootMate® brush has over 11,000
bristles and weighs over three pounds compared to the 1,000 bristle, few ounces weighing Chinese
competitor. "The FootMate System is a high quality American made product that will last and not
crumble, exclaimed, Rakusin.
6247 Randolph Street • Commerce, California 90040-3514 • phone (323) 724-7777 • fax (323) 724-1111
www.gordonbrush.com • www.jek-inc.com • www.marxbrush.com
Gordon Brush never considered off-shore manufacturing to become more price competitive. Our
American made products give us the ability to display our patriotism and pride and to create feelings of
goodwill when our customers receive American-made items.
When considering off-shore manufacturing, the allure of international low-cost labor has to be balanced
with loss of control, local customs challenges and costs. "Product reliability, and safety and compliance
measures, less inventory/stock issues, and difficulties bringing a distinct company culture across the
world, was all contributing factors against going off-shore", according to Rakusin. In addition, the cost
of shipping and the ability to offer same day shipping on most standard brushes was also a major factor
in keeping business here in the United States", said Rakusin.
"In spite of all of these issues, I was determined to build and grow my business in the United States by
re-investing profits into the purchase of millions of dollars in manufacturing equipment and machinery;
pride in contributing to the American economy is near-and-dear to my heart", further proclaimed
Rakusin. "Moreover and perhaps most importantly, added Rakusin, are my valued, long-tenured, skilled
employees. I have well over 100 employees, plus their families, for who I am responsible. I tell them
that Gordon Brush is a great place to work and we are committed to enhancing their lives. Brushmaking
is an art; I would not have a business without these skilled artisans. I would be a hypocrite if I
ignored that commitment for the purpose of improving my bottom line."
"There are tremendous problems all over the world, said Rakusin and the United States leads the world
in providing support for the destitute. There are people in America who are hungry or out of work or
can't afford health insurance. My priority is to want to help them first by supporting the local
community. That means keeping my business here."
In 2003, nearly 15 million Americans were employed in manufacturing jobs, but that number had dipped
below 12 million by 2013. A 2011 study by the Boston Consulting Group that predicts that by 2015, the
United States will "experience a manufacturing renaissance as the wage gap with China shrinks. If the
Chinese wage trend continues, 1 million manufacturing jobs could return to the United States by 2015,
the study said. Over the next five or 10 years, international trade will swing from continent to
continent. As labor costs in China rise, manufacturing will move to Thailand, Vietnam or India. This will
present a new set of problems.
Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. is an ISO 9001:2008 certified and leading manufacturer of specialty, custom and
standard brushes for industrial and consumer purposes. The company makes the FootMate System as well as over
15,000 other medical, industrial, janitorial, and electronic brushes at its 51,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in
Commerce, California It stocks over 2,000 different brushes for same day shipment selling to a variety of industries
including medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical. Gordon Brush has been
featured on the ION Network, Discovery Channel, Bloomberg News, and in the Los Angeles Times. The company has
received Member Resolution No. 1402, sponsored by Senator Ronald S. Calderon, 30th California State Senate
6247 Randolph Street • Commerce, California 90040-3514 • phone (323) 724-7777 • fax (323) 724-1111
www.gordonbrush.com • www.jek-inc.com • www.marxbrush.com
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PUSHunderground is an American-made, woman-owned startup based in Santa Cruz, California. Buying American and saving our environment isour passion.Our mission is to create the world’s most cutting-edge, comfortable and functional sportswear using recycled water bottles, leaving nothing in our wake but inspiration.
PUSHunderground clothing is made with the goal to create a clothing line that is
• Cutting edge
• High Quality
• Looks Good
• Gives Back
Our goal is to help American-based manufacturing make a comeback, creating jobs and strengthening our communities. Our fitness apparel is made by recycling used water bottles into a high-performance, high-quality fabric. We donate a portion of every sale to building wells in water-scarce communities around the world.
We have launched an indiegogo campaign to introduce our crosstraining line, focused on the CrossFit/Weightlifting athlete. With the proceeds from indiegogo, we can expand our line into yoga and crosstraining apparel, and begin bringing even more exciting projects to fruition.
Help support Push Underground's american made products by visiting our indiegogo page and donating.
Rick Roedel has written a book that educates Americans, and hopefully turns them to buying American Products. The book is called The Polaris Effect, and I am honored to feature this book here on my Blog.
Made In The USA: American Consumers can bring back 3 million U.S. manufacturing jobs by just buying American made, says Author Richard Roedel.
In his new book The Polaris Effect, Roedel starts a movement to empower U.S. consumers to purchase American-made products.
I hope that all of the Made In America movements and promoters like Rick and I get together and promote eachothers ideas. I hope that American's will take the actions needed to make America strong again. Please take a look at Rick's The Polaris Effect., ( http://www.polariseffect.com/ ).
There is an 'Cute' blog site called SQUIDOO that allows you to write UNIQUE blogs. I had made the mistake of posting one of my existing blogs there which they do not like. So, I wrote some UNIQUE perspective on more Reasons to Buy Made In America products, titled Finding Made In America Products. Click on the link and give me some feed back there.
If you are asking "why should I buy American" products, then you should consider the following 15 reasons for buying products Made In America as they relate to the global economy. These topics are the topics of many blogs throughout the internet, and on the Made In America (USA) Products website.
For every reason to buy American products you can find more research, articles, and justifications all over the internet. The research to back up what is being pointed out here can be found in a matter of minutes. Some links as reference materials for this article have been provided. You should look for these topics and verify that these points are true for yourself. We will enhance these points here over time, and you can certainly add comments. This will not be a STATIC entry. Please keep comments positive and constructive (not derrogotary).
This list is not a comprehensive list of the reasons for buying Made In USA products, however most other specific topics will fit within the context of one or more of these topics:
- A Vision for Americas Future. This can be based on American principles, past and present: Please don't think that Jefferson or Obama determine the ultimate vision for America, those are political views that are balanced by the American political structures. If you are an American, living in America you can improve the economy here by demanding American products. As an increased level of demand occurs, the supply will follow. These concepts overlap, but improving the economy will improve America's future.
- America’s Economy Past, Present, Future (this includes money, currency, land ownership, and other economic considerations): American property, that is physical land, should only be available to American citizens. Otherwise our rich competitive companies will simply win the economic war with America by buying up US property. In the past, we open our gates to immigration and most of us are products of the melting pot of immigrants (props to the Native Americans). The American Economy has been based on American products, manufacturing, and hard work in the past, and now needs to return to those values. If we Make products in America, and we buy American Products, we have control of our own Economy. If we export more than we import, we have a positive income to our economy.
- American Jobs, Loss of, Retention of, and Recreation of (Manufacturing and Service): The greedy corporations of America are selling our USA jobs offshore. We have lost American jobs (personally multiple times) to many other nations. Americans have given our technology, and lost American technology to patent enforcement failure, so much that our inventiveness seems lost too. America needs now more than ever to retain American Jobs, onshore American product manufacturing, and bring American services (help desks, service desks, programmers, software development, research, project managers, etc.) back to the USA. The time is right as offshore wages are on the rise, regulatory integrity offshore is in question, and the American people are waking up. American manufacturing and services onshore means jobs for millions of Americans. We are not just talking $64 at Christmas time, this is a persistent need that begins now.
- American Worker and Product Safety Standards versus Foreign: This topic/reason to buy American products is in the news often. The lack of standards in foreign nations causes inhumane conditions, and allows situations like the recent fire in Bangladesh. Underaged, overworked, underpaid people in unsafe work conditions are just the beginning of these issues. Standards require thought and enforcement. Standards provide a level of safety that the reasonable and prudent person will find acceptable.
- American Quality: Edward Deming and Dr. Joseph Juran are Americans and the Fathers of the Global Quality Movement. Together they helped to rebuild Japan after WWII. With history as our witness, Japan was listening. Based on their teachings, many Quality Guru's have followed. In America we have the American Society for Quality that can and does help American companies define and improve the quality of their products. The quality standards that are touted by ASQ give quality at levels that are needed. We know how to make product quality match needs and expectations, so lets do it here in America.
- Environmental Concerns Healthy Planet, Healthy Lives Energy Consumption: As the world becomes more environmentally concerned, and awareness of the responsibility of corporations increases, the focus on doing the right thing is increasing. Dumping, wasting, and gluttony should no longer be tolerated. Look at most corporate web sites and you will find a Corporate Responsibility page with Environmental concerns and more. This is a positive trend, and will continue as we the people of earth realize everything we do affects us all. Have you seen the polution (or at least pictures of the polution) in China? Remember the Olympics, the Dome, and the polution cloud over it? My peers in business that travel to China tell me that it is worse there than the Los Angeles smog ever was. The USA is not the best environmentally however, see the rankings according to Global Sherpa. America needs to continue making these improvements.
- Fair and Free Trade - This is common sense: Would you trade your house for a cardboard box? Not likely. America should not allow unfair trade laws to continue, and should have import gates that shut when imports are higher than exports. That is being fair and equitable. The USA should trade globally, but equally.
- Fair Wages, Honest Pay for an Honest Day’s Work: In America, while it does not seem like much, we have minimum wages. This protects our workers wage levels. Greedy corporations that do not agree have been finding labor in foreign nations that do not have such regulations to protect those people. This is unscrupulous to take advantage of unfortunate peoples of the world, and put them in harms way in the name of profits. This is wrong at so many levels, and again, you can see how these 15 reasons are intertwined. This relates to the Environment, Safety, Fair Wages and so many other of these reasons.
- Independence, Homeland Security, Self Sufficiency, and the Affect of a Lack of Manufacturing Ability: The USA must maintain a level of independence to assure our nations security. Homeland Security calls this the Critical Manufacturing Sector. Personally, this should go further. A pair of socks should be made in the USA so we have that capability to clothe our citizens. America should become 'net energy self sufficient', meaning that we make enough for ourselves at a minimum.
- Offshoring Pain Points, which include communication of specifications, establishing chain of command, and more: Many engineers have great difficulty in attaining and retaining the quality of their designs as their companies insist on sourcing parts and products offshore. That makes sense, because it is true you get what you pay for. The closer an offshore product gets to the intended quality of the American design, the higher the cost rises, and the less attractive it becomes to offshore in the first place. Contaminated products, careless manufacturing, lack of safety, and all of the other reasons listed in this blog become pain points with offshore ventures. How about we just commit to the USA and keep it made here, or bring it back here, and avoid or eliminate the pain completely.
- Product Testing and Compliance, Regulatory and non-Regulatory: Testing costs money. The more proof of product safety the more cost. Regulations are put in place in America for that reason. Greedy corporations go offshore to avoid these costs. Do you want to put Americans in harms way so greed can be satisfied? Not me.
- The Quality of American Life, incomes, homes, savings, spending, activities, and family: While nothing is ever perfect, the overall quality of American life has suffered in the past 30 years. Owning a home, wages, having disposable income, and the ability to educate your children are all suffering. Buying American products may have an initial cost to you, but in the end the additive affect of millions of Americans buying American products like never before will cause a shift from the current standard of living to a higher level. Again, this relates to all the points in this list.
- Time to Market, Shipping Costs, Affects of these costs on prices and the environment: Shipping time from China is a big consideration, as well as the added cost for now added value. That shipping causes carbon emmissions to increase, and given the quantity of China products in the USA right now, that is huge. Getting products to market from the time the order is placed is a period of time that you can baseline (measure) and improve. Customers are happier as this goes down. Just ask BMW or Michilen Tires why them make their products in South Carolina, this is one of the major reasons - it is quicker to market (however many of the other considerations of these 15 points are in their reasoning also).
- Trade Deficit, and Sustainable Trade, this does relate to Fair Trade but is an economic topic unto itself: The health of America can be partially measured by this simple mathematic truth, are we bleeding money out, or gaining value. The more products we give our money offshore to, the less that can stay in America. If our exports grows to exceed the imports, then we stabilize or even prosper. The balance of trade is fairly simple conceptually, but gets complicated due to unfair regulations - which ties directly to the Fair Trade reasoning. The point here is to increase exports and decrease imports so that they become equal or favor America positively.
- USA versus Foreign Tax, and Import / Export Law: These reasons are tightly coupled with fair trade, and the Trade Deficit. While this can be viewed at a high level as a simple equation of respect and equity, Export and Import Regulations are very complicated. This relates more to the laws, political environments, and ethical conduct of nations. India has import taxes that are so high, that our products are inhibited from sale in India. If that is the way India wants it, fine! We simply respect their right to impose such taxes and reciprocate with an equilavent set of regulations for their products being imported here. Simple - Respect. We treat them as they have indicated they believe is fair. Same for all other countries, we make it clear that we will be on equal terms.
Please feel free to post comments about this article. I will moderate, and edit comments so that the comments are family friendly, stated opinions are made with respectful tone, and now swearing will be allowed. Research, articles, websites, and other materials you want to site will be posted once cleared as family friendly too. I challenge you to support this article with improvements, and research. Thanks.
- What was Thomas Jefferson vision of the US?
- President Barack Obama: My vision for America
- Why buy American Products - by MadeInUSA.com
- United States Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Bangladesh Fire: What Wal-Mart's Supplier Network Missed
- AIR POLLUTION IN CHINA
- Trade Deficit in the U.S. Widens as Exports Slump
- Scoring and Ranking the World’s Environmental Performance
- Critical Manufacturing Sector: Critical Infrastructure
- Does “Net Energy Self Sufficiency” Mean Anything?
- Export and Import Regulations and Taxes
- International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development
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.
On September 11th 2011 I departed from Stafford Virginia and I am walking to the Capital all 50 States. A distance of more then 15,OOO Miles and will take me at least 5 years to complete.
REASON FOR MY EPIC JOURNEY
To raise both awareness and funds for All Our Nations Brave and selfless Veterans. Male & Female , Young and old , from both past & current conflicts. Assuring that we shall never ever forget the sacrifices Our Brave Heroes have paid. Last but of course not least for those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.
A dedicated patriot, Dale Hemphill has designed the "Spirit of America" flag. You will see his website, Spirit of America USA, listing in my Made In America Product - Links page in the category of American Product Websites in Alphabetic order with the other American Products Web sites. Here is an image explaining what Dale has Created:
This is Trademarked material by Dale. Please get his permission to use this information, or image(s).
In my efforts over the past 5 years or so, I have run into a number of web sites that do allow a focused search on "Made In America" products. I recently received the following note from a Peer outlining one store in particular:
Hope all is well!!
I was just searching on the Bed bath and beyond website and I really wanted to only look at products Made in the USA. Well, when I typed "Made in the USA," it gave me every product in every department that was strictly Made in the USA. I was thrilled!
I did the same thing for some other retailers. However, when I tried to search for the term "Made in the USA," for some of them, nothing came up.
Just thinking from a more conscientious perspective, adding "Made in the USA" as a searching capability to websites would be a great idea. Not sure if you have any contacts in some stores or who you could pass this along to...
I think more people are becoming conscientious of what they buy, where it is made and was materials are being use and this could really support that initiative.
Just some food for thought!
What a great way to contact me. Thanks.
I do know that Amazon has not given into this concept. I have no statement from Amazon, but that created the advertising niche that I am exploiting in my store. I research what is Made In America on Amazon and put only those items in my store. This is troubling because Amazon is constantly updating it's inventory. I love the Amazon concept, but wish they would follow suit with a search outlining all products Made In America. They have a data field that is specifically for Country of Origin, but do not force listings to make an entry. This is up to them, so I leave it there.
I have noticed a huge shift is American thinking over the past 5 years from complacency to now caring. If I had a scale of caring if something was Made In America or not (only for Americans), it would be somewhat linear, going from around 10% 5 years ago to 25% now caring if what they buy is Made In America or not. That could be substantiated with a scientific poll, and some figures from retailers. I am not going to conduct this poll, but rather intuitively submit this as what I see.
In that light, my objectives and goals for this site are shifting from "providing a source" to suggesting a vision for America. We need to become more spiritually connected to the rest of the world. We need to break free of the commercial advertising that sets our minds subliminally to be consumers of things we do not need. We need to eat better and tell the fast food chains to get better foods. We need to get fluoride out of our water. We need to tell the government that lithium should not be the next poison additive to our water supply. There are so many things that would improve our FREEDOM. There are pieces of many groups concepts that I will introduce in the years to come to help America become a truly enlightened country, free from the mind control of the rich (sounds paranoid, but I assure you the rich families that control us will not be happy if we break free of their controls).
Look for more links on various topics. Read them, view the videos, take what you can. There are intelligent ways to improve our country and bring back the Fore Fathers Visions - "for the people, by the people, and of the people".