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Manufacturing is having a moment. But what will it actually take to create more blue-collar jobs and strengthen our industrial base? Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul chats with policymakers, manufacturing experts and factory workers to find out.

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Manufacturing is having a moment. But what will it actually take to create more blue-collar jobs and strengthen our industrial base? Alliance for American Manufacturing President Scott Paul chats with policymakers, manufacturing experts and factory workers to find out.

    For Field Notes, Keeping It Made in America Is Far From a Side Note

    For Field Notes, Keeping It Made in America Is Far From a Side Note

    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 Notes

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    A Factory Is This Reverend's Crowning Glory

    A Factory Is This Reverend's Crowning Glory

    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 established a new modern space for American Hats in the market while retaining the factory's heritage manufacturing techniques.

    Photo courtesy of American Hats LLC.

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    How This Cookie Cutter Company Broke the Made in China Mold

    How This Cookie Cutter Company Broke the Made in China Mold

    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

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    The "Sock Queen" Knits Tradition and Innovation Together

    The "Sock Queen" Knits Tradition and Innovation Together

    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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    Unwrapping the 2019 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide with a Peek into the Process

    Unwrapping the 2019 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide with a Peek into the Process

    It's the most wonderful time of the year! And our 2019 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide is ready to help you keep your holiday shopping Made in America. In this episode, Scott Paul speaks with the Alliance for American Manufacturing's own Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch about how exactly the gift guide comes together, and we hear from several of the manufacturers spotlighted in this year's guide.

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    Fiesta Brings Color and Quality to the Table

    Fiesta Brings Color and Quality to the Table

    In the 1970s, the West Virginia-based Homer Laughlin China Company was forced to discontinue its iconic Fiesta dishware brand in a market overrun by cheap imports. But a fervent fan base clamored for its return, and Homer Laughlin resumed selling its colorful tableware.

    On this episode, host Scott Paul speaks with Homer Laughlin CEO Elizabeth McIlvain to find out how the company beat the odds and continues to keep it Made in America, even in a market still saturated with cheap imports.

    Photo courtesy of Homer Laughlin China Company

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The 2016 election swung on factory states

This podcast dives into the politics, policies, and trends that are shaping one of our nation's most important conversations. Essential context with guests ranging from Capitol Hill to the factory floor.

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Lots of Insight

There's lots of talk out there about bringing back manufacturing jobs but this podcast explains what's actually happening to get the job done. Plus the episodes are usually about ten minutes long so it's a quick (but good) listen.

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