Why American Made Matters to ME!
Today, November 19, is American Made Matters Day! For several reasons, that matters to me personally and for our business. A few years ago I learned that one of our customers had taken two of our products and was getting them manufactured over seas. It was a hard time both personally and in business, but as what happens through many difficult things in our life, the silver lining is shining through. It put me on an amazing path of learning and growing, building a new wholesale customer base, and reaching our customers on a growing retail basis for the first time since 2000. It’s been the proverbial “kick in the butt” I needed! (FYI: they came back to us and are carrying ours once a again.)
There are several organizations/movements that are helping spread awareness of the importance of buying USA made products. I appreciate all of their efforts! American Made Matters struck a chord with me from a manufacturing and consumer perspective.
I am proud that Bear Paw Creek is a member of American Made Matters. I appreciate Don Rongione and the team at AMM for their efforts and what they are accomplishing. Their mission is to “Educate consumers that buying US-made products strengthens the American dream.” You can learn more about them here.
As in all things, there are two sides. It’s pretty hard to find some products that are even capable of being made in the USA. Some products may be finished here, but with imported materials. American Made Matters standards for being a member are: The AMM logo can now be found on thousands of products that comply with our standards which are at least 50% of the cost (labor, materials, and overhead) is incurred in the United States and the final assembly or transformation takes place in the U.S.
All of Bear Paw Creek’s products are manufactured here in the USA 100% of the time with the help of our team. I have a goal of using 100% USA made materials and am always on the look out for it. There are some hidden mills out there that are still making material state side. As of now, we have several products that are 100% USA materials! The Q Chord Gig Bag and hoop streamers are two of them.
I am giving away an AMM hat and a set of our scarves (minus the plastic cord lock – all USA materials!) Leave a comment here or on social media and you’ll be entered. @bearpawcreek or #bearpawcreek