Sunday, May 3, 2015

American-Made Weekend Links

Well, hello there stranger. It's been a while since my last post. No, I did not drop off the face of the planet. I just got busy and lost a bit of my blogging itch. If you've been following me on Twitter, though, you'll know that I am still keeping up with my Made-in-USA reading materials. Seems like for a while it was a bit quiet with the American-made news, and then all of sudden... BAM!

Here's what's going on: Junior's NY cheesecake will no longer be made in NYC, photos from the Upstate NY Stickley furniture factory, why Under Armour (UA) should make its athletic apparel in the USA, people are suing over jeans they claim are incorrectly labeled as "Made in USA," the 'Made in New York' program will invest millions to keep fashion manufacturing in NYC, AAM's Scott Paul weighs in on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and currency manipulation, G.E. is ditching finance to get back to profitable manufacturing in the U.S., John Oliver nails it with his segment on the hypocrisy of fast fashion giants like GAP and H&M who manufacture overseas, and more.

Here are 10 articles and videos you need to see if you haven't already:

  1. From the Baltimore Sun (03/21/2015): "For Under Armour, why not 'UA Made in the USA'?"
  2. From Fashion One (03/31/2015): "New York City Invests in Fashion Industry" -- info about the 'Made in New York' program which will invest in keeping fashion manufacturing in NYC
  3. From (04/07/2015): "Made in New York : L. & J.G. Stickley Furniture"-- some really great photos of the Upstate NY Stickley factory near my hometown of Syracuse
  4. From Sourcing Journal (04/09/2015): "Consumer Appeal for US-Made Apparel at Odds With Manufacturing Realities"
  5. From the NY Daily News (04/14/2015): "Junior’s famous New York cheesecakes will now be made in New Jersey" -- sad to see this company deciding to leave Queens
  6. From California Apparel News (04/16/2015): "More Uncertainty over the ‘Made in USA’ Label
" -- info on the lawsuit against Citizens of Humanity and Macy's over an alleged misleading Made in USA label
  7. From Eat Drink Better (04/16/2015): "Pork Producers Go To Washington To Stop Made in USA Labels
  8. From the Huffington Post (04/17/2015): "The Follies of Fast Track"
  9. From John Oliver's Last Week Tonight (04/26/2015): "Fashion" [YouTube video, shown below]
  10. From the New Yorker (05/04/2015): "Back to Basics" -- why GE ditched finance and is making a return to American manufacturing

(Stock photo.)


  1. Great to see you back Amy. I missed you. Sometimes it seems like the road is always uphill and never-ending. Inspiration at times is hard to come by. But, sometimes, something gets things boiling and you just have to say something. Say Wake up - don't you know what is going on?
    On the John Oliver video - that is one great video that explains a lot of issues with Fast Fashion, childhood labor, poor working conditions, etc.
    Regarding the Pork Producers Go To Washington to Stop Made in USA labels is actually a giant slap in the face. This is definite an ISDS - a way that corporations can get around United States laws. See, the WTO ruled that the Made in USA labelling was unfair to Canadian and Mexican ranchers - the funny thing - these "Canadian and Mexican ranchers" are part the American Meat Institute (yes that Big Ag, and another funny thing they just changed their name this past year to become The North American Meat Institute).
    Then there is the TPP. Great time to come back. -Jack A