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Manufacturing policy is dominating much of the discussion in Washington these days -- but will any of it produce real world results? In this episode of The Manufacturing Report, Alliance for American President Scott Paul joins AAM staffers Scott Boos and Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch to talk about everything from infrastructure investment to the compe…
 
Welcome Industries earned acclaim for its Visual Measuring Cups, which take the guesswork out of cooking and baking — a half a cup looks like half a cup! Now the company is preparing to release its Visual Measuring Spoons, which brings the creative concept to tablespoons and teaspoons. Welcome Industries founder and industrial designer Pam Daniels …
 
The Manufacturing Report first chatted with Okabashi's Sara Irvani in 2019 to learn more about her company's history and commitment to Made in America. Now we're catching up with Irvani to find out how Okabashi weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, and what the company is planning next."This is a category of shoes that not only brings comfort, but bring…
 
Back in January, Dan Breznitz co-authored an insightful op-ed for The New York Times on how the desire for short-term gains led the United States to offshore much of its production. That policy choice caused the loss of millions of good-paying jobs and left the U.S. unable to respond in a crisis.Now Breznitz is out with a new book, "Innovation in R…
 
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Melody and Jeremy Briggs took a risk and started Luosh USA, a surgical face mask manufacturing company, to bring more much-needed personal protective equipment to market. For Melody Briggs, who immigrated to the United States from China, it also was a way to show her patriotism for her adopted country — while includi…
 
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2021 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure this March, giving U.S. national infrastructure a decidedly mediocre ‘C-‘ grade. Eleven categories of infrastructure fared even worse, earning a D+ or less. But President Biden’s ambitious infrastructure investment plan could change all that. A…
 
When Oxford Pennant Co-Founder Dave Horesh last joined The Manufacturing Report in March 2020, the world had just turned upside down, and pandemic pressures were threatening to close small businesses nationwide. And yet, 2020 was the wool felt pennant maker’s most successful ever. The key to their success? Tapping into the conversation. Here’s how …
 
The Biden administration is preparing to reinitiate trade negotiations with an evermore aggressive Chinese government. Clyde Prestowitz, a veteran U.S. trade negotiator and presidential adviser who served as a leader of the first U.S. trade mission to China, contends that the U.S. must first seriously invest in its own manufacturing base. In his ne…
 
When Nisha Blackwell lost her job at a local coffee shop while attending nursing school, buying a gift for her friend's daughter's birthday wasn't an option, so she got out her sewing machine for the first time and went to work. The hairbows she created evolved into Knotzland, a bowtie company founded in 2015. Since then, Blackwell has made it her …
 
In this episode, the Alliance for American Manufacturing's policy team forecasts what Democratic control of the presidency and Congress for some of the most important issues facing U.S. manufacturers today, including trade, industrial policy and clean energy. Photo courtesy of Joe Biden's YouTube.By The Manufacturing Report
 
In this episode, host Scott Paul speaks with Chris Fenton, the author of "Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, & American Business", who previously served as the president of DMG Entertainment Motion Picture Group and lead the production of Hollywood blockbusters "Iron Man 3" and "Looper" in collaboratio…
 
For years, the global steel market has been flooded by excess steel production—with the United States becoming a major dumping destination for this artificially cheap imported steel. And the consequences have been profound. In the final installment of our “Build Back Better Blueprint” series, the Alliance for American Manufacturing's Scott Boos sha…
 
Hundreds of thousands of U.S. factory workers are unemployed, and yet factory owners lament that they cannot find skilled workers. Where's the disconnect? Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul outlines how President-elect Joe Biden can cultivate an inclusive economic recovery. Photo courtesy of Getty Images…
 
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, the Alliance for American Manufacturing's Jeff Bonior spoke with several Black factory workers about their experience in manufacturing. Bonior recently talked to four of these workers about what they hope to see from a Biden administration.Photo courtesy of E.J. Jenkins…
 
In this episode, Tim Gibb, co-founder of sustainable flip flop company TIDAL New York, shares how he hopes the Biden administration will take its cues from the groundswell of public support for domestic manufacturing, as well as how his company is investing in its local community. Photo courtesy of TIDAL New York…
 
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, the U.S. textile industry quickly answered the call. But, safeguarding America from future disaster depends on supporting American manufacturing now. In this episode, Kim Glas, the president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations, shares how the government can bolster the U.S. text…
 
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit America, grievous medical goods shortages revealed our nation’s nearly complete dependence on foreign supply chains. Since then, the U.S. government has endeavored to fortify our domestic manufacturing capacity. But has it been enough? Alliance for American Manufacturing Editorial Manager Matthew McMullan explains why…
 
With several important recent steps to rebalance currency already in the books, President-elect Joe Biden will assume office with powerful trade enforcement tools in hand. But will he use them? In this episode, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul explains how currency policy can serve as a powerful tool to ensure that American …
 
As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to actualize his ambitious plans for clean energy investment, Alliance for American Manufacturing Vice President for State Governmental Affairs Brian Lombardozzi examines where the U.S. needs to go next to ensure that our clean energy future is long-lasting and equitable for all workers. Photo courtesy of Getty…
 
In this special daily edition of The Manufacturing Report, Alliance for American Manufacturing Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy Scott Boos shares how the Biden administration make sure that "American-made" is more than a slogan when it comes to infrastructure. Photo courtesy of Getty Images…
 
In this first of a special series of daily episodes that explore the critical challenges and policies that will likely shape President-elect Joe Biden's administration, Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul explains why he classifies China as the "defining issue of our decade" and how Biden can reset the U.S.-China economic relat…
 
In this next installment of our deep dive into the West’s complicated relationship with China, host Scott Paul speaks with Washington Post Global Opinions Contributing Columnist Isaac Stone Fish to evaluate why iconic U.S. brands like Disney and the NBA continue to compromise ethics to business with China, and why these companies are at a critical …
 
The Alliance for American Manufacturing’s (AAM) 2020 Made in America Gift Guide is out! Our annual list highlights some of the best manufacturers and makers in the U.S. to help you keep your holiday shopping Made in America — an especially meaningful goal as companies around the country face a make-or-break holiday season. In this episode, some of …
 
With an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Chinese ethnic Muslims currently held in forced labor camps that fuel Chinese manufacturing, dozens of global brands like BMW, The Gap and Nike are sourcing goods tainted by slave labor from the region.In this episode, Uyghur-American activist Rushan Abbas, the founder and executive director of Campai…
 
With millions of Americans still out of work as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the country, a national manufacturing plan offers tremendous hope for economic revival. In this episode, host Scott Paul outlines a bold new industrial policy, and EPI Senior Economist Dr. Robert Scott breaks down just how many jobs America stands to gain. Pho…
 
With election day quickly approaching, President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden are revving up their rhetoric and focusing their attention on key battleground states, including industrial powerhouses Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin. In this special Election 2020 episode, host Scott Paul and the Alliance for American Man…
 
When 95 percent of sports equipment and apparel manufacturer StringKing's business was lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LA-based company quickly pivoted to PPE production. Within a six-week period, the company went from having two garment workers to 1,200. In this episode, StringKing Co-Founder Jake McCampbell shares how his company mobilized…
 
During World War II, the Brooklyn Navy Yard served as a sprawling wartime factory, employing a staggering 70,000 workers at the time. When the COVID-19 pandemic swept New York City, the Brooklyn Navy Yard once again stepped up to serve frontline heroes. Now a home for manufacturers rather than shipbuilders, the Yard's many companies teamed up, in o…
 
In 2016, the Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas rescued the historic S&S hat factory in Philadelphia after a long career in social work. Earlier this year, we shared what brought the reverend to make this dramatic career switch and her plans for the factory, which she renamed American Hats LLC. Today, Rev. Morgan-Thomas reveals how she’s tackling the dr…
 
Amid supply chain headaches and a seismic shift in the retail landscape, Gina Locklear of organic sock brand zkano is launching her fall collection later this month, from her parents' legacy mill in Fort Payne, Ala. We caught up with Locklear to see how zkano is adapting to the pandemic's challenges.Listen to Scott Paul conversation with Locklear i…
 
When "Working Man" Writer/Director Robert Jury found plastic injection molder Makray Manufacturing in Norridge, Ill., he discovered the perfect setting for his factory movie. Unfortunately, since the release of "Working Man", the film has been sadly prescient of Makray's fate. In this episode, Scott Paul continues his behind-the-scenes look at "Wor…
 
In this second part of Scott Paul's conversations with the cast and crew of the factory film "Working Man", he speaks with actor Billy Brown (How to Get Away with Murder) about the stark reality U.S. workers face and how "Working Man" has redoubled Brown's personal Made in USA commitments. Photo courtesy of Brainstorm Media.…
 
It’s a rare thing for Hollywood to turn its gaze upon America’s industrial heartland and rarer still that it portrays factory communities with full accuracy. However, a new film accomplishes just that. Shot in an operational plastics plant in Illinois, “Working Man” reveals the devastation wrecked upon a community when the town’s lone factory close…
 
As Congress considers a massive investment in rebuilding America's crumbling roads, bridges, public transit, railways, and more, China is preparing to steal these valuable contracts from American workers. In this episode, researchers from Horizon Advisory explain China's playbook as it leverages the catastrophe of COVID-19 to infiltrate America's c…
 
After years in the footwear industry, brothers Tim and Tommy Gibb were fed up with seeing jobs go overseas. In 2014, the brothers realized their dreams of bringing those jobs home with a flip flop that's manufactured in New Rochelle, N.Y., using sustainable materials sourced from other U.S.-based family-run businesses. In this in-depth interview, T…
 
Channeling the same gutsy determination that guided her when she first launched her uniform manufacturing business, former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Terra Saunders recently repurposed her factory to make personal protective equipment (PPE). In this episode, Saunders shares how she transitioned from cheerleading to manufacturing and how she brought…
 
“If you are a manufacturer, we need your help and we need your help now,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced in April. Nearly 2,000 Ohio manufacturers answered his call. Along with several hospitals and government agencies, they formed the Ohio Manufacturing Alliance to Fight COVID-19, a public-private partnership that has set a model for the rest of …
 
Ben Napier, star of HGTV’s hit show Home Town, shares how his family, his Made in America businesses, and Laurel, Miss., are faring as the coronavirus shuts down most of the nation, along with an update on his show's upcoming spinoff series Home Town Takeover.Photo courtesy of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Vaughan-Bassett Media…
 
Since its founding in 2012, American Giant has made valuing people over profits a core principle. This philosophy has guided the apparel company as it committed to making its clothing completely in the United States. Now, as America is besieged by the coronavirus crisis, American Giant is stepping up yet again. The company has dropped all of its ap…
 
As the coronavirus crisis sweeps through the nation, manufacturers, small and large alike, are finding new ways to work. Based in Buffalo, New York, wool-felt pennant maker Oxford Pennant caught the world by storm with early partnerships with Phish and J. Crew when the company launched. In this episode, Oxford Pennant co-founder Dave Horesh shares …
 
First things first, let's fight the spread of the novel coronavirus that has besieged countries all over the globe and communities all over America. But, as we work to stop the pandemic, we can't forget America's factory workers. As the country braces for impact, host Scott Paul shares his outlook on manufacturing in the United States now and after…
 
With the flip of a coin, Philip Spector launched a career in apparel manufacturing that has spanned over forty years in Baltimore, Md. Over that time, Charm City's once-thriving apparel factories dwindled, but Fashions Unlimited remained, working with some of fashion's biggest names. Nonetheless, Spector always makes time for Baltimore's emerging d…
 
There's been a bit of a baby boom at the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM). As our families continue to grow, so too do our lists of the best of the best Made in America baby products. AAM's newest parents gather round to share their favorite finds and some clever baby hacks. Photo courtesy of the U.S. National Archives…
 
Workers saw 3.7 million U.S. jobs lost to China since 2001, according to a study recently released by the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). But, the Trump administration is celebrating the signing of a "Phase 1" U.S.-China trade deal. Is it time for a victory lap? In this episode, host Scott Paul and EPI's Dr. Robert Scott break down the data, what …
 
Dedicated to a deep and honest exploration of America's printing and production techniques, Chicago-based Field Notes has been reinventing the notebook since 2006. Field Notes President Jim Coudal shares the genesis of the brand and an inside look at the design process behind one of its most beloved limited-edition notebooks.Photo courtesy of Field…
 
Though Rev. Georgiette Morgan-Thomas was set to retire after 20 years of social work, she was far from ready to hang up her hat. In 2016, the pastor from Harlem used her life savings to purchase a historic hat factory in Philadelphia that was on the cusp of closure. Throwing herself into the manufacturing and design process, the reverend has establ…
 
Vermont-based Ann Clark Cookie Cutters may have humble beginnings, but it's well on its way to dominating the global market. Ann Clark Cookie Cutters CEO Ben Clark shares how the company's taking on China in its mission to be the world's cookie cutter supplier with a marketing and manufacturing edge. Photo courtesy of Ann Clark Cookie Cutters…
 
Dubbed the "Sock Queen" by The New York Times, Gina Locklear, founder of zkano organic socks, founded her company with the central mission of saving her parents' sock mill in Fort Payne, Ala. Ten years later, she's as determined as ever to restore her hometown's manufacturing legacy as the "Sock Capital of the World."Photo courtesy of zkano…
 
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