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[27 Jun 2013 | One Comment | 2,673 views]
American Made Matters running July 4th promotion

In honor of the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, American Made Matters is running a promotion as part of its ongoing effort to put goods made in the United States in the spotlight.
What is American Made Matters? We wrote about that group back in 2011, but we’re more than happy to provide a brief synopsis about the organization, why it was formed and what its members hope to achieve. That group came into being on July 4, 2009 by Don Rongione, president and chief executive officer of Bollman Hat Co. …

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[8 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,834 views]
Innovation key to economic recovery?

It’s no secret that the economy may be recovering but people are wondering where the jobs are. According to the Arkansas Department of Workforce services, the unemployment rate here in the Natural State was 7.1 percent in April — an improvement over 7.3 percent in the same month a year ago.
Here’s something to keep in mind, however — the Department of Workforce Service reported there were 1.236 million Arkansans working in April, down from 1.263 million jobs reported a year ago. How did unemployment decline even though fewer people were …

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[6 Jun 2013 | 25 Comments | 9,475 views]
Why Wal-Mart’s ‘buy American’ initiative could be significant

KATV-7 — the ABC affiliate in Little Rock — reported today that Bentonville-based Walmart Stores Inc. has pledged to buy $50 billion in goods made or grown in America over the next 10. Wal-Mart also plans to train and provide jobs to 100,000 recently-discharged veterans over the next five years.
Here’s the odd thing — Reuters reported Walmart made those announcements back in January. So, the question must be asked — is KATV just six months behind in its news coverage?
Absolutely not. In fact, one could argue that there can’t be …

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[30 May 2013 | One Comment | 2,051 views]
Motorola to make smartphone in the U.S.

Motorola announced on Thursday that it will release a new smartphone — the Moto X — in October.
Motorola officials have gone on at length about how advanced the Android-based phone will be. For example, Motorola claims the phone will be contextually aware of its surroundings and act accordingly — it can fire up a camera when pulled out of a pocket, behave differently when in a moving car, etc. It’s to be a high-end smartphone competing with the likes of the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4. However, …

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[25 Jan 2012 | 7 Comments | 9,368 views]
Rogers shop B LaRue goes all American

A Rogers gift shop owner is on a mission to help America get back to work. Instead of talking about it or telling politicians to do something about it, Beth Cook, owner of B LaRue, is making major changes in how she does business.
B LaRue, a popular gift store that is now located in the Village on the Creeks in Rogers, offers an eclectic selection of gift items and already supports local vendors by selling wares from Arkansas artisans.
Soon, nothing in the shop will be made outside the United States. …

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[2 Dec 2011 | One Comment | 2,362 views]
Jumping on the ‘Buy American’ bandwagon

One thing that has been reinforced time and time again throughout the “Made in America” series of articles that have appeared here at First Arkansas News is that it can be difficult to find items that are manufactured in this country.
The problem, then, is this — if someone wants to buy American goods in hopes of saving manufacturing jobs in the country and boosting the economy, where can they find the items they want? In response to that problem, we’ve seen more than a few online directories pop up that …

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[28 Nov 2011 | No Comment | 3,100 views]
Buying American this Christmas

TAP America, a non-profit organization, has declared December 2011 as “Buy American Month.”
TAP – an acronym for Tolerance, Americanism, Patriotism – said in a news release that the United States economy is suffering at the hands of the Chinese government due to their aggressive policies. TAP, then, asks American citizens to buy American products, give service-oriented gifts and boycott products made in China in hopes of sending a message to corporations and manufacturers that people value American workers, jobs and innovation.
Two Arkansas companies – Hot Springs-based Munro American Shoes and …

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[29 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | 4,255 views]
Spreading the word — American Made Matters

Remember those “look for the Union label” commercials back in the 1970s and early 1980s?
The group responsible for those ads was the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union (ILGWU) as an attempt to bring attention to a phenomenon that was a clear threat to the loss of jobs in that industry — cheap labor available in the third world. So, let’s see if this sounds familiar to anyone — companies were talking about expensive labor, protecting their bottom lines, cutting costs in orders to compete, etc. We all know what happened …

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[27 Jul 2011 | 15 Comments | 28,090 views]
GE tells American workers to go to hell, ‘First Arkansas News’ announces new series

You want to talk about timing? Just yesterday, we at First Arkansas News posted an article about the growing interest in buying American-made products and — before the pixels were even cold on that one — General Electric announced it’s moving a bunch of jobs to China.
That ironic announcement — we’ll get to it in a minute — has prompted an expansion of the aforementioned article into a series of them. We’ve already heard from Roger Simmermaker of How Americans Can Buy American and we’ll hear from Don Rongione of …

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[27 Jul 2011 | 4 Comments | 4,170 views]
Buying American?

Fire up that Google search engine and key in the phrase “buy American” when you get a chance.
You’ll be greeted with page after page containing listings of sites that express alarm over the loss of American manufacturing jobs, steer viewers to companies that make products in the U.S., suggest ways to correct trade deficits, etc. One of the sites that will rank highly if you run that search bears a very direct and self-explanatory title — How Americans Can Buy American. The owner of that site, Roger Simmermaker of Orlando, …