As I have written in the past, there is a lot of manufacturing going on in Seattle. McKinnon Furniture, Filson and Glassybaby are just a few of the firms making things here in the Emerald City. I just discovered a great group of people in Newnan, Georgia who are trying to revitalize manufacturing in their town.
The two ringleaders in this effort in are Don Chapman and Sharon Tennison. About a year ago, Sharon got to thinking that the sewing industry in Newnan could be revitalized, thereby providing employment for members of our extended American family. Sharon had started an apparel manufacturing company in the 1970s, and a second apparel operation in Russia during the 1990s, so she knows something about sewing.
Sharon and Don think Newnan would be a perfect place to begin creating a template other communities could utilize that want to reshore manufacturing to our shores. What makes Newnan attractive as a “Made in America” laboratory is the community has available facilities, several former CEOs ready to lend their knowhow, people in the community with institutional knowledge from the bygone sewing era who could teach the new generation of sewers, and the Newnan community’s helpful spirit.
Sharon and Don’s first goal is to train and develop new seamstresses, pattern makers, designers, and managers in Newnan and then provide employment for them in the Newnan production center. The training center complex in Newnan will be a non-profit 501C3 with a for-profit production wing where graduates will manufacture high quality clothing that could be sold in retail stores. All revenues from the production center will go back into salaries and the training center to train more people and create more production. I have spoken with Don on the phone and he is very excited about speaking with like-minded “Made in America” folks. Don can be contacted at 770-712-8603 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would like to hear about “Made in America” efforts in your community. Please leave comments telling me what products are being made by members of our extended American family in the town or city where you live. I promise to feature any products you tell me about in future posts. Together, we can provide honorable employment for thousands of American citizens by making American made products our default purchase when we go shopping.