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    Diamond Gusset Jeans | Sponsor of the Month | Giveaway

    Diamond Gusset Jeans | Sponsor of the Month | Giveaway

    Say hello to Diamond Gusset® Jean Company, our sponsor of the month for August 2018! Learn about their Made in USA jeans below and then Enter for a chance to Win a $150 Gift Card to their online store. Thanks for supporting Made in USA!

    Diamond Gusset® Jean Company was founded in 1987 to develop an entirely new jean concept utilizing a gusset for extra durability and enhanced comfort. Since that time, they've seen many changes in the apparel industry, and by most accounts they should have disappeared along with many other companies that have struggled so hard to survive in this global economy. But instead of just surviving, they're actually stronger now more than ever before. While most companies have gone offshore, merged, or have been totally eliminated - they've managed to grow on their foundations. Those foundations are simple:

    • Provide the most comfortable jean available while keeping one eye on history.
    • Careful craftsmanship
    • Continual improvement

    This combination of tradition and innovation is one key why their customers are their best supporters of brand growth by continually providing vital word of mouth advertising for them.

    Diamond Gusset® Brand Jeans are different because of the unique gusset sewn into the crotch. The original gusseted construction incorporates a "delta" shaped piece of material sewn into the crotch of the jean, as seen above. This allows stress to be redistributed around the crotch area, allowing greater freedom of movement, comfort and strength. As an added benefit, the original set-turn-and-topstitch construction is stronger and less thick. The result is 3 ply leg seams, and only 9 ply thick at the crotch (not 16!).

    Please join us in supporting Diamond Gusset® Jeans! You can shop their clothing here.

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    Why Bottle Breacher is Made in USA!

    Why Bottle Breacher is Made in USA!

    Written by Navy Seals Veteran Eli Crane, Owner of Bottle Breacher.

    I knew years ago in my one car garage in Point Loma, San Diego that my product the Bottle Breacher was special and that I was on to something much bigger than my original idea of supplemental income. I also knew that if we were going to build something amazing, that it had to be done right. I knew we would have to overcome the odds and do something that many manufacturers and business owners avoid at all cost. Being made in America. I am proud to say that even after all the exposure, the inquiries and offers to manufacture our product off shore that we are still made in the USA. Not only is our manufacturing still here, but so are our jobs.

    I would like to be completely honest and admit that as a boy and even a young man I had no allegiance or preference to made in America products. This is not something I am proud of. Like they say, “you don’t know what you don’t know.” After making the commitment to be a made in America brand I now have a huge respect for those companies and businesses that take the road less traveled and at times price themselves right out of certain markets and channels.

    I have learned that there are many benefits to manufacturing here in the USA. One of the biggest reasons is because I feel it is the right thing to do and the people that work at Bottle Breacher have a sense of pride about it. I also love doing business face to face. I routinely hop on a plane to travel across the country to check out a new process or equipment I want to purchase. I want to meet with people in person so I get a better feel for them and what kind of business they run. You can have the best product or service in the world but if there aren’t great people behind it then it won’t last and stand the test of time. As a matter of fact, 90% of the manufacturing we do is done right here in Tucson, AZ. Most of the time I don’t even have to hop on a plane, I can just drive over and drop in to see exactly what issues there are, or why a process is delayed. I also love the fact that once a product is complete I don’t have to wait 30 days for it to travel in a cargo container on a boat half way around the world and then be held up in customs for another week or two. The final reason I like manufacturing here in the USA is because I feel like a lot of consumers are starting to catch on to why it is important to give these products a second look and why it's worth to spend a few extra dollars on them.

    People have asked me many times why Bottle Breachers are not on every shelf in sporting goods stores and many of today’s big box stores that carry an assortment of everything from pantyhose to motor oil. Honestly it isn’t because of a lack of interest from either side. It all boils down to margin. Because we make our products in the States we have to pay between 50-70% more to manufacture versus sending our process to China or Mexico. Most people also do not realize how brutal retail is. If you get your products into the Walmart, Target, and Bass Pro Shops around the world you may only come away with 20-25% of the sale price of the product. In addition to that a lot big stores won’t pay you until 30-60 days after the transaction. A lag in capital flowing into a business of a month or two can sometimes break the back of a small business that doesn’t have a good reserve of cash flow. This isn’t to say that Big Box stores are evil, far from it. Many of these chains employ thousands of people and must be very competitive to survive themselves. My point is that it is much more difficult for made in America companies to get their products into them.

    There are many pros and cons to being a made in America brand. We enjoy the pros and are constantly fighting the cons on a daily basis. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t have it any other way and I really enjoy the challenge. I also hope this piece was educational and inspiring to entrepreneurs who are making this decision right now and also to those consumers who are contemplating a purchase that involves products that are made in the USA and a competing product that are made oversees. I know I once didn’t appreciate the constraints and difficulties that come along with businesses that make the commitment to keep their dollars and jobs here in the USA. I am glad I have educated myself and made the decision that we will either make it as a made in the USA brand or we will die as a made in the USA brand.

    Visit BottleBreacher.com to Learn more!

     

    What's Your ONE THING? | Commit to Made in USA Today

    What's Your ONE THING? | Commit to Made in USA Today

     

    Made in America Co. was started in 2013 with one simple mission: To Support All Things American-Made. We've been working hard to do what we can to bring jobs back home! We share this goal and aspiration with our friends at Liberty Legends USA who we partnered with for What's YOUR THING in 2018? - a collaborative project in which we are challenging ALL Americans to find just one thing, your thing, that you can do this year to support jobs and also increase awareness about American-Made.

    Make your commitment today by clicking above! Wether it be you want to purchase a set of Made in USA bedding, clothes, printer paper, or even a new car - every purchase helps. Start checking your labels next time you go shopping!

    After you make your commitment, visit The American List to find over 700 Made in USA companies from across the nation.

    The Gatlin Brothers & The Oak Ridge Boys Have Joined The Movement!

     

    Gordon Brush Mfg. Tells Their American Story

    Gordon Brush Mfg. Tells Their American Story

    If you were in Washington, DC during the week of July 9, 2018, you might have seen our friends from Gordon Brush Mfg. on display at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center as part of the "Tell Your American Story" exhibit hosted by Made: In America, a non-profit organization. 

    The "Tell Your American Story" exhibit was created to assist American small business to identify overseas markets and create and deploy new and more effective strategies to reach them. The exhibit showcased Gordon Brush® as one of the 2018 Made: In America award winners. The exhibit, which also featured the All American Room, was created with expertise from the United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, Global Textiles, Apparel and Sporting Goods Team and The Office of Textiles and Apparel.

    Gordon Brush Mfg. is proud to be an AMERICAN manufacturer!

     

    Gordon Brush Mfg. Receives 2018 Made: In America Award!

    Gordon Brush Mfg. Receives 2018 Made: In America Award!

     

    LOS ANGELES, Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc. is the 2018 winner of the MADE: In America Award. The award was presented on Tuesday, July 3 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to company President and CEO Ken Rakusin. The award was presented by Congressman and Democratic House Whip, Steny Hoyer (MD-5), in the inaugural All American Room, making its national debut in the Rayburn House Office Building Foyer.

    Gordon Brush® made the short list of U.S. manufacturers invited to compete for the 2018 award by Washington, D.C.headquartered nonprofit MADE: In America™. These companies have been identified and vetted for their best business practices placing them at the top of their respective industries. Each is required to make an in-depth submission detailing their commitment to ongoing manufacturing and job creation in the United States.

    According to MADE: In America Chairman, James De Lorbe, "Gordon Brush is a truly singular company not only in its industry but in the United States. Mr. Rakusin's leadership and track record in not only sustaining but growing a long-established company here in the United States throughout a turbulent period of ever increasing pressures to ship production overseas, represents a significant and exemplary contribution to our Nation deserving the highest order of recognition."

    "Winning the prestigious MADE: In America award is an amazing honor and accomplishment for Gordon Brush. Even under competitive threats. The Company has been steadfast in its philosophy and commitment to manufacturing in the United States," said Rakusin. "In spite of many 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."

    About MADE: In America:

    MADE: In America is a 501(c)(3) educational non-profit based on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (https://www.madeinamerica-usa.org/). The organization's mission is to create and foster a business climate conducive to the free exchange of ideas and information to revitalize and sustain the competitiveness of American commerce and industry in a global economy. MADE: In America is dedicated to increasing public awareness and educating Americans about the importance of a strong domestic manufacturing base.

    Widely recognized for its leadership role and innovative best practices, MADE: In America is committed to accomplishing this goal by building coalitions of business leaders, public policy makers, and academia to analyze the complex global socioeconomic forces affecting American industry and to define and articulate a new and compelling case for American enterprise.

    About Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc.:

    Gordon Brush Mfg. Co., Inc., is an ISO 9001:2015 certified American manufacturer of brooms and brushes. Established in 1951, Gordon Brush® has a rich history as a proud American brush manufacturer and includes two brands whose origin dates to 1855 and 1897. All told, the Company includes seven brands. Gordon Brush® manufactures the FootMate® System and over 17,000 standard and custom brushes, selling to a multitude of industries including: janitorial, medical, electronics, manufacturing, military, aerospace, and pharmaceutical in its state-of-the-art, 183,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in the City of Industry, Calif.

    For more information, visit: https://www.gordonbrush.com/