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  • Customer Appreciation Is Centerpiece Of April 26th Grand Opening Of Made In America Store At McKinley Mall!

                    “Mall Event Follows ‘Kickstands Up’ at Buffalo Charities’ 14th Annual Bike Fun to Benefit Food Bank”

                    Mark Andol, the founder and owner of the Made in America Store headquartered at 900 Maple Road in Elma, NY, is pleased to announce a customer appreciation day and grand opening of his 4th brick and mortar store in the Buffalo Niagara Region of New York State.

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    The early afternoon event on Saturday, April 26, taking place at the store’s McKinley Mall location, will be preceded by the launch of Buffalo’s Motorcycle Run Season at the Elma location of the Made in America Store.  All motorcycles are welcome, with registrations starting at 10 a.m. and kickstands up at 12:30 p.m.   Proceeds will benefit the Food Bank of WNY.

    “Our growth to a fourth location, this one at McKinley Mall, would not be possible without the support of our loyal customers,” Andol began.  “We wanted to make it convenient for Western New Yorkers to Buy American, and our Southtowns location is accessible for many customers who had traveled to our Elma location prior to our opening at McKinley.”

    To convey his appreciation to the customers who have made the success of the Made in America Store possible, Andol is offering a 10% discount to all customers who shop at the McKinley location on Saturday, April 26.  They will also be treated to musical entertainment by Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee and Western New York’s very own Jess Chizuk.  Customers will hear the very best in Country Rock, Indie, Pop and Acoustic selections. They are also invited to enjoy a light lunch provided with the compliments of Mark Andol.  The ribbon cutting is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

    “Locating in the McKinley Mall made a lot of sense,” Andol continued.  “Our Niagara Falls store at One Niagara, 360 Rainbow Boulevard, is a huge draw from a tourism standpoint.  It’s a way that international visitors to the Falls can help create manufacturing jobs in the U.S., but it’s also frequented by domestic travelers, too.”

    Andol’s third location is in Eastern Hills Mall, and appeals to residents of southern Niagara County and Erie County’s Northtowns, particularly Amherst, Williamsville and Clarence.

    “To further add to our celebration, the Made in America Store is hosting both a pre- and post-Grand Opening concert featuring Ricky Lee.  The concerts are open and free to the public, and refreshments are available for purchase,” Andol added.

    At 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, Ricky Lee will perform at the Elma Conservation Club, 600 Creek Road.  At 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, he will bring the Made in America Store’s Customer Appreciation Weekend to a close at VFW Post 5798, 8989 Erie Road Angola, NY.  The public is welcome.

  • The 14th Annual "Food Bank Run & Benefit Party" Of WNY Starts At The Made In America Store!

    1st Official Motorcycle Run In WNY Of 2014!

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    Come join Buffalo Charities for the 14th Annual "Food Bank Run & Benefit Party", all proceeds benefit the Food Bank of WNY!

    All Motorcycles Are Welcome!

    Starting Point: Made In America Store - 900 Maple St.. * Elma
    Registration starts at 10am with Kickstands up at 12:30pm
    Live music by the one and only Ricky Lee!

    End Point: The Rockin' Buffalo Saloon, 1800 Union Rd. in West Seneca
    The Benefit Party kicks off at 1pm with live music by:
    * Willie May Band
    Silver Xtreme 

    There will be Drinks, Great Food and Raffles & Prize Giveaways all day long.

    Tickets: $15 PreSale/$20 Day of Run
    Ticket includes Run, Benefit Party and Food!

    Available at:
    Made In America Store * Elma
    Park Avenue Imprints * Lackawanna
    The Rockin' Buffalo Saloon * West Seneca
    Carl's Tattooing * N. Tonawanda
    Stylin' Tattoo * Cheektowaga

    For More info go to www.cyberspokes.com
    or call Paul at (716) 983-5737
    Email pjroorda@gmail.com

    An 18 and Older Event.

  • 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.

    Uniforms The 2014 Winter Olympic Uniforms. Made In America

    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!

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