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  • Made In America Store's Parent Company Now Hiring Welders!

    Hiring Welders

    Our parent company, General Welding & Fabricating, is looking for skilled welders in the Western New York area!

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    Job Description:

    General Welding and Fabricating is a fast paced, growing company looking for experienced welders able to complete GMAW and GTAW on steel, stainless steel and aluminum.  Welders must be able to work from blueprints and able to operate fabrication equipment.  Projects range from light gauge material to large structural weldments.  Candidates must take pride in their work and be quality minded.  Passing a welding test is necessary in order to be hired.  Please submit your résumé to General Welding & Fabricating, 991 Maple Rd. Elma, NY 14059 or by email to Efleming@gwfab.com, no calls please. 

  • Mark Andol Heads To Washington, D.C. On 4th Anniversary Of The Made In America Store!

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    Mark Andol Heads To Washington, D.C. On 4th Anniversary Of The Made In America Store!

    Invited to Participate in a Congressional Panel Discussion on the Video Launch of American Made Movie"

                          On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Members of Congress have been invited to view the American Made Movie, a documentary which explores the decline of U.S. manufacturing and the impact of this decline on communities across America.  The film conveys an inspiring message of empowerment to American consumers about their ability to adapt, innovate and transform America's future with their everyday buying decisions.

                          Following the screening of American Made Movie, in which Andol - a welder turned manufacturer - plays a central role in the film, a panel of experts will share their thoughts and experiences with the Members of Congress."I'm honored to return to Washington, D.C. to continue discussing the challenges facing manufacturers like me, as well as the best practices and policies to revitalize American manufacturing," Andol began.  "In 2011, we began the conversation at a White House Conference called "Make It in America" organized by Congressman Steny Hoyer.

    Andol opened the Made in America Store in Elma after his manufacturing company - General Welding & Fabricating - lost half of its business to overseas competition and the Great Recession, forcing the closure of two plants and the lay-off of half of his workforce.

    "What a great way to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the opening of the Made in America Store in 2010," Andol continued.  "It's a good time to reflect on how far the store has gone in consumer reach - whether our four brick & mortar locations, two e-commerce sites (www. MadeInAmericaStore.com and Amazon), World Distribution Center that wholesales to retail stores across the country or our successful marketing to tour operators who have brought hundreds of buses to our store in Elma, a rural suburb of Buffalo less than one hour from Niagara Falls."

    The film screening and panel discussion are the initiative of Congressman Paul D. Tonko (NY-20), who represents the Capital Region of New York State.  In addition to Mark Andol, invited panelists are Nathaniel McGill and Vincent Vittorio, Directors of American Made Movie;  Scott Paul, President of the Alliance for American Manufacturing;  and, Sandro Gerbini, President of Gatherer's Granola.

    The American Made Movie was screened in dozens of movie theatres after its release last July.  On April 1, it became available through Video on Demand among the documentary selections.

  • Platter's Chocolate Joins The Made In America Store - Bonus Sampling!

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    The Made In America Store is proud to announce their newest Chocolate & Candy vendor, Platter's Chocolate! Consumers and curious customers can even sample some of Platter's wares this weekend and next.

    This Saturday (March 29th) at the Eastern Hills Mall and next weekend (April 5th), Platter's Chocolates will be doing live samplings from 1pm - 3pm.

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    The American made chocolate company offers multiple options of Bunnies, Ducks, and Crosses in Solid milk, dark, and orange chocolate. Platter's also offers boxes of chocolate bites in milk, dark, orange, and white chocolate. Other candy offered includes sponge candy, peanut clusters, coconut clusters, almond buttercrunch, sea salt caramels, buffalo wing nuts, and Chocolate suckers.

    1938. Lean times. Tough times. What can a man do to make a living? Carl Platter decided to do what friends and family said he did best…make chocolate. “Not just any chocolate Carl, but that chocolate you make with your recipe for orange flavoring”. So Carl started Platter’s Chocolate in the basement of his North Tonawanda, NY home.

    Without a store front, Carl’s wife Vera would go door to door throughout the town selling Platter’s Orange Chocolate. Carl and Vera made their chocolate affordable, and families were delighted to have a special “treat” in these very difficult times. A tradition was started.

    Times got better, and Carl and Vera’s business grew. To keep their chocolate affordable, when their basement ran out of space and a showroom was needed, they rented the basement of the house next door. Amazingly, Carl and some friends constructed a tunnel under the driveway connecting them both.

    As time went on, people throughout North Tonawanda, NY knew “the secret”, and had to have their Orange Chocolate, especially during the Easter Season. So Carl and Vera began molding their Chocolate into Easter Bunnies. It got so when a family left the area, they wouldn’t allow visitors from the “old neighborhood” unless they brought along Platter’s Chocolate. Carl and Vera worked the business until their retirement in the late 1960’s.

    A boy by the name of Roger Urban grew up down the street from Platters. Roger owned and operated the local Pharmacy. In 1972, Roger purchased Platters Chocolate and said good bye to the Pharmacy business. Roger knew that others outside of the North Tonawanda area would find the rich, creamy, milk and orange chocolate irresistible, so he began wholesaling to Drug Stores and Delicatessens in other parts of Western New York.

    Roger was right! In 1974, Platters moved from the “dual basements” to a newly built 3,000 sq ft building. In 1982, Platters added an additional 7,000 sq ft addition. The secret was getting out!

    In 1992, Roger purchased Betty Dixon Candies of Jamestown, NY. More and more customers were asking for additional chocolates such as Creams, Caramels, Jellies, and especially Sponge Candy. A perfect compliment to the molded Milk and Orange Chocolate Platter’s has become known for. With business continuing to grow, Roger’s sons, Bruce and Joe, joined their sister Sherry in what was truly becoming a family business. TRIVIA: Legend has it that a tremendously famous female Comedian originally from Jamestown NY once worked a short time at Betty Dixon, prompting one of her funniest episodes ever! HINT: She had Red Hair.

    In 1993, tragedy struck. Right in the middle of merging two manufacturing facilities, Roger was diagnosed with terminal cancer. He passed away at the young age of 59. He is missed every day. Grief stricken, the family was more determined then ever to see Roger’s dream through.

    Roger’s law; “provide a quality product at a price folks can afford. That’s the way Old Man Platter did it, and that’s the way we do it”.

    In 1995, another 7,000 sq ft was added to make it possible to increase production WITHOUT compromising quality. Also, at the urging of our customers, this space allowed us to expand our retail store to 2,000 sq ft, displaying all our Chocolates along with unique gifts. In the summer months we have added Platter’s Ice Cream Shoppe to help you cool down on a hot day. Our special “Orange Flavored” Hot Fudge has become a favorite topping for any of our 18 flavors of hard and soft ice cream!

    In 2004, again, at the EXTREME urging of our wonderful customers, we have added our On-Line Store. As you can see, our products have been a local secret. Many of our customers who grew up with the Platter’s tradition have relocated. They call us and we ship them their “fix”. Then their neighbors “sneak” some while their backs are turned and they’re “hooked”. Well, now you can conveniently order everything you need On-Line, from our delectable Sponge Candy to our traditional Orange Chocolates.

    From all of us at Platter’s Chocolate, we thank you for your business, we welcome your comments, and we hope to hear from you soon and often!

  • Virgil Films Announces the Release of American Made Movie

    The Eye Opening Documentary, Which Examines the
    Decline of Manufacturing in U.S. Will Be Available Across Digital and Cable VOD Outlets on April 1, 2014

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    NEW YORK (March 20, 2014) – Virgil Films announces that it has acquired North American distribution rights to the passionate and eye-opening documentary American Made Movie. The film, which examines the towns and people hit hardest in the harsh new economy, will be available across all Cable VOD and Digital platforms beginning April 1, 2014.

    American Made Movie, from Life Is My Movie Entertainment, looks at the communities and families paying the harsh cost for the decades-long decline of manufacturing jobs in America. As employers struggle to compete in the global economy, moving operations overseas and slashing work forces at home, it feels like no one is fighting for American jobs, especially in manufacturing. Nathaniel Thomas McGill and Vincent Vittorio’s film argues persuasively against this trend, focusing on the positive impact of domestic manufacturing jobs on national and local economies in the face of great challenges.

    The documentary reached a stunning 22 million people through the press while promoting last year’s theatrical release and 32 city-32 day bus tour. The tour focused on the impact that consumers have on the health of their local communities as well as the nation at large. Preceding the national theatrical release of the film, the tour promoted the value of American manufacturing and highlighted organizations and employers within communities that uphold those values. The tour informed communities of the issues at hand as well as illustrated the opportunity for every citizen, whether an entrepreneur, student, or stay at home mom, to be a part of creating a better America. To see the films impact visit: http://theamericanmademovie.com/press/

    The Los Angeles Times said, “Patriotic but not overly rah-rah, inspiring without an excess of feel-good calculation.”

    The Hollywood Reporter,  “This film about the decline of American manufacturing provides some reasons for hope.”

    The Daily News New York,  “You’ll never buy an inexpensive t-shirt without feeling guilty again.”

    Virgil Films President Joseph Amodei negotiated the distribution deal for the film with Life Is My Movie Entertainment. Amodei said, “While the headlines in recent years have painted a grim picture of manufacturing in the U.S., American Made Movie reveals the nation’s core trait remains optimism and a can-do attitude. We are proud to bring this important film to the public.”

    About Virgil Films:

    Virgil Films & Entertainment was founded in 2003 by Joe Amodei to acquire, market and distribute DVD, TV and Digital product in the theatrical feature film, documentaries, special interest and sports categories.  The company has built partnerships with OWN, Sundance Channel Home Entertainment, National Geographic Cinema Ventures, ESPN, MLB Productions, Morgan Spurlock’s Warrior Poets and other high-profile entertainment brands since their inception.  Recent releases from Virgil Films & Entertainment include the documentary Miss Representation; Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse, the critically acclaimed documentary Bridegroom, the timeless Forks Over Knives, and the Oscar® nominated documentary Restrepo. They have also released the compelling Gunhill Road, The House I Live In, Paul Williams: Still Alive and others. Follow us on twitter: @virgilfilms | www.VirgilFilmsEnt.com.

    About Life Is My Movie Entertainment:

    Life Is My Movie Entertainment marries image and reality by bringing content into the visual realm for widespread discussion. The majority of its work emphasizes nonfiction cinema, and its mission is to focus on finding "the story" within any topic. Life Is My Movie Entertainment believes every individual has a unique role in a much bigger story, and each individual should feel connected to the topics its productions bring to life through the stories it tells.

    www.lifeismymovie.com

  • A Big Reflection On Sochi

    The 2014 Winter Olympics Games have officially started and here's our take on everything thus far!

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    You don't have to on the "Up and up" to know that the 2014 Winter Olympics are underway, but in case you've somehow missed it, Russia is hosting this year's games. Whether you're an avid sports fan, love the display of national patriotism, or just crave that pure competition, the Olympics are a wonderful event that brings nations together for a show of sportsmanship. Something particular that you can take away from the Olympics is that these athletes aren't paid to compete, which brings a different level of showmanship and respect to these athletes. They aren't playing for a paycheck, but for glory. It's almost a humble way to say "You are the best athlete in the world".

    One of the biggest uproars from 2012's Summer Olympics in London was team USA's Chinese made uniforms. Needless to say, the Made In America Store also had a personal issue with the "Botched" uniforms. We even went as far as to contact our apparel vendors and asking them if the hypothetical opportunity came up, would you design, manufacture, and distribute the Olympic uniforms. Not one of our 100% Made in the US companies dismissed the idea.

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    This year however, Ralph Lauren did something constructive with the criticism. Introducing, the 2014 Winter Olympic uniforms! Before you scoff at their appearance, we're going to go ahead and gives these uniforms a thumbs up. Why you ask?

    "They used more than 40 vendors, from ranchers in the rural West to yarn spinners in Pennsylvania to sewers in New York’s Garment District for the closing ceremony outfits. The ensemble includes a navy peacoat with a red stripe, a classic ski sweater with a reindeer motif and a hand-sewn American flag, and a tasseled chunky-knit hat, among other items." Team USA Is Made In USA ~ CantonRep.com

    Simply put, the uniforms have American suppliers, American vendors, and American manufacturers; Made in America. What is your take on the whole issue, does it matter where the uniforms are made?

    Lastly, we would like to reflect on the conditions in Sochi, Russia. If you spend a portion of your time online, then you've seen the news reports, tweets, blogs, and photos of the conditions in Sochi. There were journalists making jokes about trading light bulbs for a door knob that works, or the yellow tinged water that comes from the faucets, and these are just some of the "Culture shocks" of the Olympic games. This is how some of the people in Russia live everyday. Let's use this experience to be thankful that we live in a nation where living conditions aren't a constant struggle. We should be proud that we live in the United States where we voice our opinion.

    God Bless the United States and let's go team USA!

  • A Chance To Win Valentine's Day Basket

    This Valentine's Day, the Made In America Store wants to make sure no one is forgotten!

    Basket Co One of two Valentine's Day themed baskets from Basket Co. could be yours!

    Guys, pay attention! Valentine's Day is less than two weeks away and we have an incredible opportunity for anyone stopping by this Saturday to our Elma, New York, location.

    February 8th is our 4th annual Winterfest, a customer appreciation event where we try to give back to our customers. To begin, a 10% discount will be given to each customer for their entire order. One of the biggest appeals to our events is the basket raffles and that's how you can win one of these two beautiful Basket Company baskets! When you make a purchase from 11am through 4pm on February 8th, you will receive a raffle slip!

    Made In America Store's 4th Annual Winterfest Is This Saturday, February 8th!

    Basket Company offers classics like Chocolate Covered Pretzels & Sponge Candy, and also offers so unique twists like Chocolate Covered Coffee Beans!

  • Well, Maybe Not Jim Beam...

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    How much does it cost to buy a well known American Bourbon Whiskey company? Approximately 13 billion dollars according to Associated Press.

    For those of you who haven't heard, Japanese brewing and distillery company, Suntory, has bought the Kentucky-based Bourbon Whiskey Company, Jim Beam. The Jim Beam name also includes Maker's Mark, another well known and favorited bourbon whiskey.

    So what's the big deal and why is the Made In America Store talking about it? One of the key traits that our store vendors need to have is that their profits need to stay in the United States. We call it the "Feed an American Family" aspect. That's important because when the profits stay in the United States, it generates growth: More jobs, more manufacturing facilities, more products, etc. Although the press release and news articles all state "Expanding global presence" (Beam Global, Yahoo News, The Washington Times), you have to wonder how much will be recirculated in America.

    “We run the distillery exactly the way we always ran it,” said Jim Rutledge, a master distiller at Four Roses, which was acquired in 2002 by the Japanese-based Kirin Brewery Co., AP reported. “Nothing has changed except ownership.”  (Washington Times)

    We understand that Jim Beam will still be made here in the United States, even much of the management will just the same, but their move is a step away from being 100% American made.

    Making light of the situation, this gives some bourbon-whiskey connoisseurs some incentive to try some new locally made whiskey companies. So far, the Made In America Store's Facebook page has blown up with suggestions from around the nation - a small win in our book!

  • Boots On The Ground For Donald Trump

    TRUMP Matt Hannah from Insane Chain, Donald Trump, and Mark Andol, owner and founder of the Made In America Store

    Last week, American businessman and real estate entrepreneur Donald Trump visited Western New York for a Dinner and a 'Meet & greet' with local companies. Mark Andol, owner and founder of the Made In America Store, was invited to the event and decided to bring one of the store's vendors.

    Matt Hannah, a former Marine, accompanied Mark Andol and brought a special gift for Donald Trump. Matt runs his very own unique business called Insane Chain - a chainsaw sculpting business. Matt, who is no stranger to the Made In America Store, sculpted a "Boots on the ground" piece, one of the most respected symbols of both veterans and active duty military personnel.

    "We can't forget the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom," said a Made In America Store representative. "Matt's 'Boots on the ground' piece is a thank you to veterans and active duty military personnel that defend our freedom and rights so we can have a successful business."

    Matt Hannah has sculpted numerous pieces out of the norm, including  Bald Eagles, Airplanes, Sharks, and many more.

    Made In America Store's gallery of photos of Insane Chain's Matt Hannah and some of his pieces!

  • Official Press Release For Winterfest 2014

    MARK ANDOL ANNOUNCES MADE IN AMERICA STORE’S 4th ANNUAL WINTERFEST & CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY ON SATURDAY, FEB. 8th

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    “Customer Appreciation Day will be filled with free family fun & activities to Conquer Cabin Fever”

                On Saturday, February 8th, Western New York families will be treated to a day of free family fun at the Elma location of the Made in America Store, 900 Maple Street, Elma.  All customers will enjoy a 10% discount as part of the customer appreciation event taking place that day.

    “For parents like me, this winter is a reminder of the winters we experienced as kids,” Mark Andol stated. “Our children are getting to see what a real WNY winter is like – complete with lots of snow, wind and freezing temperatures for days on end.  However, all of these snow days, double digit wind chills and the corresponding cabin fever experienced by homebound kids pose a challenge to the imaginations of even the most creative parents.”

    The Made in America Store is giving families a welcome break with its 4th Annual Winterfest Celebration at its Elma location.  Kids can decorate delicious cookies and enter their coloring masterpieces into a contest for the best “Valentines for Veterans.”  All valentines will be distributed to veterans in Western New York just in time for Valentine’s Day on Friday, February 14th.

    “We also will hold an Ugly Sweater Contest, All-American Basket Raffle, the Chainsaw Artistry of Woodcarver and former Marine, Matt Hannah, Meet & Greet with entrepreneurs whose products we feature in the store and – to top it all off – a free chocolate tasting of delectable candy made by locally-owned Platter’s Chocolates,” Andol continued.

    The Made in America Store is pleased to announce its extensive inventory of products for outdoor activities, including sport shooting.  We have plenty of trap shells to keep the skills of our sportsmen and women sharp over the long winter.  These trap shells make a great Valentine’s gift, too, as do hundreds of other 100% American Made Products for sale at the Made in America Store.

    Snowmobilers are most welcome, and a trail virtually brings them to our door.  The Marilla SnoMob is co-sponsoring the event.  Hot dogs on the grill will be available for purchase, so the store is a great lunch stop, too.

    “So come to the Made in America Store from 11 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Saturday, February 8th to break your fever - cabin fever that is - and celebrate what makes our community great – its resilient, winter-loving people!” Andol concluded.

  • Winterfest 2014

    It's official, we've finally announced out Winterfest 2014 event! Don't miss out on our yearly customer appreciation event where we give back to everyone!

    WINTERFESTEver year, after everyone has recovered from the holidays, Mark Andol throws a free event for the whole family at his flagship location in Elma, New York. Appropriately called "Winterfest", the Made In America Store changes the pace from gloomy-grey to something fun and exciting. This year's Winterfest will bring in some of our best vendors, storewide discounts, contests, raffles, free samples, and more.

    The Made In America Store's Winterfest will be held on Saturday, February 8th and go from 11am to 4pm at their Elma, New York, location. -900 Maple Rd, Elma, New York, 14059.

    The Made In America Store will extend a 10% discount on all of their merchandise for this event to everyone. If you need to stock up on Wigwam Socks or Union Line 3-In-1 Jackets to keep warm, here's an opportunity to get the most out of your dollar! This is from the Made In America Store as a thank you to our customers, so - thank you!

    "For parents like me, this winter is a reminder of the winters we experience as kids," Mark Andol stated. "Our children are getting to see what a real Western New York winter is like - complete with lots of snow, wind and freezing temperatures for days one end. However, all of these snow days, double digit wind chills and cabin fever experienced by homebound kids pose a challenge to the imaginations of even the most creative parents."

    To answer the cabin fever issue, the Made In America Store is giving families a welcoming break with its 4th annual Winterfest Celebration at its Elma location. Kids can decorate delicious cookies for Valentine's Day and enter their coloring masterpieces for the "Valentines for Veterans" contest. Every Valentine entered will be distributed to veterans in Western New York just in time for Valentine's Day. So not only do kids get to express their creativity but there will be some veterans out there who will be reminded that they are not forgotten!

    "We also will hold and Ugly Sweater Contest, All-American Basket Raffle, Meet & Greet with entrepreneurs whose products we feature in the store and - to top it all off - a free chocolate tasting of delectable candy made by locally-owned Platter's Chocolates," Andol continued.

    The Ugly Sweater Contest adds a fun twist to the Made In America Store's event for the adults. Each candidate will have their photo taken and be judged by some of the store's employees. The winner chosen will receive a Made In America Store gift card. Some of the vendors providing for the Basket Raffle will offer a solution for Valentine's Day, so guys, make sure you check out what you can win!

    One of the more unique things about the Made In America Store's Winterfest is that the event is Snowmobile accessible. Trails from every direction can reach the store's event! Access Trail S45 by Maple Street by the gas station will lead you right to our event! Join the folks from the Marilla Snow Mob!

    Any questions please contact the store at 716-652-4872!

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