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  • Andol Puts Shovel In The Ground For New World Class Destination In Elma, New York!

    “Project to Create Jobs in Construction, Manufacturing, Tourism & Retail in Buffalo Niagara”


    On a sunny, late summer afternoon, Mark Andol – Founder and CEO of the Made in America Store – led a groundbreaking for his new flagship store at 1000 W. Maple Court in Elma.

    From Day One, we have been focused on our mission to save and create jobs in the U.S.  for country, for soldier, for American worker and for our children’s future,” Andol began.  “Today’s ground- breaking to build a World Class Destination was made possible by the loyal support of our customers in Buffalo Niagara and across America.  Tomorrow, we will host four tour buses – three from Missouri, and one from Chicago – all demonstrating the power of consumers to create jobs.

    The new Made in America Store is scheduled to open May 2016, just in time for peak tourism season in Buffalo Niagara.

    With an excavator in the background, Andol thanked Kulback’s Construction and Lydon Architecture for coming up with an innovative building concept that fits Andol’s goal of creating a World Class Destination that is part of Buffalo’s Renaissance.

    I also want to thank my engineering, operations and welding team at our parent company, General Welding & Fabricating, who are producing the structural and decorative steel components of this construction project,” Andol added.

    The 3 p.m. groundbreaking was followed by a Fall Festival next door at Andol’s original flagship store at 900 Maple Street.  Featuring Krolick’s fish fry (a Buffalo tradition), vendor marketplace and free concert with three bands, net proceeds from the event will benefit the Music 4 R Vets Program.

    Founded by Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee, Music 4 R Vets is an entertainment and music therapy program focused on veterans.  Ricky Lee has performed at VA Medical Centers, nursing homes and day treatment facilities in Western New York and throughout the U.S.

    The first Made in America Store opened on April 3, 2010.  It now has five brick and mortar stores in Buffalo Niagara inNew York State, three e-commerce sites and more than 100 mobile locations locally and beyond.  The store currently helps support manufacturing among 450 suppliers in the United States.



  • Famed Buffalo Niagara Retailer – Made in America Store – hosts “Ground Breaking” event for New World Class Destination

    “Expansion Proves the Power of Consumers to Create and Save American Jobs”


    Join Mark Andol, Founder and CEO of the Made in America Store, at 3:00 pm Friday, September 18, 2015 as he writes a new chapter in Buffalo’s Renaissance, the company’s history and our country’s future.  Come witness the ground breaking for the new Made in America Store World Class Destination at 1000 W. Maple Court, Elma, New York.

    Mark Andol reflected on the company’s growth over the last five years.  “When we opened our Elma store on April 3rd, 2010, we had no idea we’d become a tourism destination,” Andol began.  “But the buses started coming, and they have been a major catalyst for our growth to five brick and mortar stores, three e-commerce sites and more than 100 vendor shows -- including VFW Conventions, the Constitution Festival celebrated in Ohio last weekend and the Erie County Fair every August.

    The new flagship store is located right next to the Maple Road exit off the East Aurora Expressway (Route 400), and will feature a single level, while simultaneously tripling both the square footage and restroom capacity of the original location.

    We are positioning ourselves for bigger inventories, higher sales, greater job growth and prosperity in the pursuit of the American Dream,” Andol added. “Our new store is strategically designed with tourists in mind and to bring outside dollars into Buffalo Niagara. Local residents will enjoy the enhanced amenities as tourists “in their own backyard.

    We thank our loyal customers, near and far, for making this day possible.  We invite the public to join us at our Fall Festival featuring Krolick’s Fish Fry, a Free Concert featuring three bands, and Vendor Marketplace just next door at 900 Maple Street in Elma, from 4 – 9 p.m. on Sept. 18.  Together, we are honoring our veterans, recognizing our proud manufacturing past and preparing for a future filled with promise for all Americans, while creating and saving American jobs,” Andol concluded.

                Net proceeds of the event will be donated to Music 4 R Vets, an entertainment and music therapy project founded by Ricky Lee, who is headlining the free concert at the Fall Festival on Sept. 18, 2015.

  • Ohio, Here We Come!


    As part of Louisville, Ohio's Constitution Festival, the Made In America Store will

    be bringing their mobile trailer full of 100% USA made products for 2 days! As an added bonus, Made In America Store founder & CEO, Mark Andol, will also be in attendance! The event that takes place in Louisville, Ohio, celebrates our freedoms in the community with a festival and a week full of events. Live music, food and vendors fill the festival!

    The Made In America Store will be visiting Friday September 11th &
    Saturday September 12th but the Constitution Festival runs for 11 days!

    Even Made In America Store's very own Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee & The Band America will be performing live during the festival.

    The Louisville Constitution Festival is also presenting an opportunity for a Meet & Greet with Ricky Lee, The Band America, and Mark Andol!
    What Is The Louisville Constitution Festival?
    "Every year the Constitution Committee celebrates our freedoms in our community with a festival and a week full of events." - Lousiville

    In 1951, Mrs. Olga T. Weber, a mother and homemaker, fearing that we were taking our freedoms too much for granted, resolved to do something about it. She distributed copies of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, flag booklets, and other patriotic leaflets to the local schools, churches, libraries, and to the public in general.

    She encouraged the first celebration of Constitution Day, September 17, in 1952 and formed a committee for the "preservation of the Constitution."

    In 1953, State Representative Karl Baurer and Rep. John Lehmann introduced a bill into the Ohio Legislature proclaiming September 17 as Constitution Day. This day was later proclaimed by Governor Frank Lausche.

    Another bill was introduced into the Congress of the United States and was signed by President Eisenhower in 1955. Historical markers designating Louisville as Constitution Town were placed at the four main entrances to town in 1958.

  • Fall Festival 2015 Announced!


    The Made In America Store's annual Fall Festival has been officially announced! Friday, September 18th from 3pm to 9pm come enjoy a day of food, music and some big news worth sharing.


    Our flagship store in Elma, NY, has hosted the Fall Festival since their beginning in 2010 and each year it has gotten bigger and bigger. This year customers and individuals can enjoy a Fish Fry Dinner from 4pm to 7pm. The dinner is both Dine-In or Take-Out and tickets are available for presale at any Made In America Store location for $10. You can also buy a Fish Fry Dinner at the event for $12.

    Each ticket stub has a chance to win 1 of 3 Made In America Store prizes, including an All-American Grill or a $50 Made In America Store Gift Card. A portion of the proceeds with go to Music 4 R Vets,  A program that uses inspirational music to speak to assist in the healing process of the battle wounds of our veterans that are not visible. PTSD being just one example.

    There will also be live Music from Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee, Nick Kody & The Creek Road Band, and Not Quite Right. As per always, there will be meet & greets with some of our USA made vendors.

    Last but not least we have some major news coming out of the Made In America Store HQ!

    The event will take place at 900 Maple Rd in Elma, NY 14059!

    Call us today for more details at 716-652-4872

    Fall Festival 2015 Flyer

  • 5 Year Anniversary Event Update - Media Interview & Photo Opportunity

    For Immediate Release                                                                                   Dorothy Furtney
    Fri. – May 15, 2015                                                                                        716-622-9734


    “70 Years Later, WWII Paratrooper and Liberated Europeans Meet and Reminisce About
    V-E Day at Made in America Store”

    Mark Andol, founder and owner of the Made in America Store,  will welcome a WWII veteran who parachuted into Normandy on D-Day and went on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge to the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Made in America Store, 900 Maple Street in Elma, on Saturday, May 16, 2015 (Armed Forces Day).

    The Army veteran will meet, for the first time, former residents of Europe who lived in Nazi-occupied countries and were liberated after Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945 – V-E Day.

    Andol has invited the individuals, all naturalized U.S. citizens now, to give them the opportunity to personally thank the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne veteran being honored by the store that day.  Each has a compelling story to tell.

    Mark Andol is honored to host this meeting of individuals who experienced World War II from very different perspectives.  The civilians represent an entire generation of refugees and displaced persons who went on to enjoy the peace and prosperity of American life.  They are eager to thank the American serviceman, who in turn is representing an entire generation of service members who fought and died for the liberation of Europe.

    “What better way to mark the 70th Anniversary of V-E Day, than putting names and faces to the heroism of our soldiers and to the freedom enjoyed by those they liberated?” Andol stated.

    The 5th Anniversary Event is free and open to the public.



  • Come Celebrate The 5th Anniversary Of American Job Creation In Western New York!

    May 16th Event Highlights Jobs Created by the Made in America Movement Nationally and Locally

        “What if you could become one of the human engines creating jobs here at home?” asked Diane Sawyer when introducing local businessman, Mark Andol, in a Made in America segment that aired less than five years ago.

    11188407_955529731159002_8372430434853467107_n                            “Well, the American public answered that question – loud and clear – through its support of the Made in America Store in Elma, New York,” Mark Andol began.  Andol is the founder of the Made in America Store, the only brick & mortar store in the U.S. to sell only 100% American Made Products.

    Click here to see the interview of Mark Andol on Diane Sawyer's "Made In America"

                    “Whether it’s the 25 jobs we created at our first five store locations:  900 Maple Street in Elma, One Niagara at Niagara Falls, Eastern Hills Mall, McKinley Mall and Walden Galleria, or our e-commerce sites, or servicing retailers buying Made in America products for their inventories from our World Distribution Center, we want to thank every one of our customers for becoming human engines creating jobs with us,” Andol continued.

    Andol noted the story of his store opening on April 3, 2010 was only the beginning chapter of a “How-To” Book on American job creation.  He estimates that hundreds of jobs have been retained and created among his suppliers, based on the business volume his store’s growth has enjoyed.  “After all, Diane Sawyer discussed economic projections that Americans could create 10,000 jobs annually just by spending an additional $3.33 per year on Made in America products.  If we each spend a total of $64 per year on American Made Products, the yield is 200,000 good-paying jobs.  It adds up fast if we all take action,” Andol continued.

    At the Store’s 5th Anniversary Family Event on May 16th, employees, vendors and customers will celebrate the increased demand for American-made products that Andol’s stores and e-commerce sites ( and Amazon) have brought to 450 American manufacturers and entrepreneurs.

    And we keep growing,” Andol added. “We opened our 5th store at Walden Galleria on April 15, as well as our product line at the gift shop of the Buffalo Naval & Military Park & Museum on May 1. This success is due to the loyal customers who shop regularly at our stores or on-line or come on tour buses from across America.

    Another boost to the Made in America Movement was the release in 2013 of the national documentary “American Made Movie.” The film spelled out how American consumers can restore American jobs themselves through their buying decisions.  Mark Andol’s manufacturing story at General Welding & Fabricating served as the impetus for opening the Made in America Store and is central to the documentary for his “can-do” spirit.  The National Education Initiative (NEI) has developed a corresponding curriculum for schools.  The first state to embrace this curriculum is the State of Georgia.

    Look, this is not rocket science.  Buying American has become easier and easier the last five years.  The Made in America Store is just a part of the larger strategy to become human engines creating jobs here at home, for our children’s future.  At our 5th Anniversary Celebration, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 16th –  Armed Forces Day – we will show our appreciation to our nation’s veterans and to the customers who have fueled our growth.  It’s a simple formula:  Buy American.  Live the American Dream.TMAndol concluded.

  • Made In America Store Partners With Buffalo Naval & Military Park

    Gift Shop Will Now Display and Sell 100% American Made Products in a Designated Section

    Mark Andol, Founder of the Made in America Store, announced that a section of the gift shop at the Buffalo Naval & Military Park will feature items supplied by the Made in America Stores World Distribution Center in Elma, NY.



                    “As our community celebrates Military Appreciation Month during May, It makes all the sense in the world for us to tie together with the Buffalo Naval & Military Park.  It is the premier tourist destination for military reunion groups, local and out-of-town veterans, as well as families who want to better understand the service, contributions and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform,” Andol began.

                    In the past, the Made in America Store has collaborated with the Buffalo Naval & Military Park, the largest such inland park in the country.  The store has sponsored a fundraising concert featuring Nashville recording artist Ricky Lee performing a military tribute aboard U.S.S. The Sullivans.

    Col. Patrick Cunningham, Executive Director of the Park said, “We are eagerly looking forward to working with the Made in America Store and are confident that this relationship will prove mutually beneficial to both parties.

    Andol continued:  “Our flagship store at 900 Maple Street in Elma has attracted many of the military reunion groups, individual veterans and their families who have also visited the Buffalo Naval & Military Park.   For their convenience, we wanted to have a presence right at the museum gift shop.

    The Made in America Store is celebrating its 5th Anniversary this year.  It recently opened its fifth store in Walden Galleria to complement existing stores in Elma, Eastern Hills Mall, McKinley Mall and Niagara Falls.

    Since opening our flagship store in Elma, we have given our nation’s military and veterans a 10% discount every day.  Thanking our men and women in uniform has aligned well with our store’s mission, ‘For country, for soldier, for American worker,’ Andol concluded.

  • Philadelphia Radio Host Invites Mark Andol To Philadelphia On April 29th!

                          “Job Creation and Expansion of Vocational Training will be the Focus of the Day’s Events”

    Jobs.  Jobs.  Jobs.  That’s been the mantra of Michael Blichasz, host of American Workers Radio, which is broadcast live on the internet every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon and on 860 AM Radio in the Tri-state Area that includes Philadelphia.


    Mark Andol, founder and CEO of the Made in America Store, is a part of the American Workers Radio panel, a national network promoting American businesses and American-made products.  Blichasz is the driving force behind the effort to designate the first weekend of every month as Small Business Weekend.  Both are spokespersons for the Made in America Movement.

                    “As someone who has been 100% committed to saving and creating American manufacturing jobs by making American made products readily available to consumers, I am honored to be invited to the birthplace of America,” Andol began.  “Both Mr. Blichasz and I want a return to vocational training as an option for high school students who have the talent and passion to work with their hands.”

    The official program on April 29 begins at 11a.m. with a live broadcast of American Workers Radio leading up to a press conference at 1:00 p.m. at the Independence Visitor Center in Historic Philadelphia.  Area news media, elected representatives, small business groups and representatives of various schools that train young people for careers in the skilled trades and industrial arts will be in attendance.

    Following the press conference, a tour and photo opportunity will be afforded to Mark Andol and the guests of American Workers Radio at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center.

    “The evening’s events are highlighted by a screening of American Made Movie, which is a national documentary that explores the decline in American manufacturing over the last three decades,” Andol continued.  Andol’s own loss of half of his manufacturing business eight years ago is a central feature of the documentary film.  The founding of the Made in America Store as Andol’s response to outsourcing is described in the film as well. American Made Movie is an inspirational documentary now part of a National curriculum called the National Educational Initiative which creates a bridge between present industry needs and future educational priorities by injecting content, partnerships, and messaging that redefines the image and importance of manufacturing in America.

    A reception at the nearby Polish American Cultural Center following the film will allow guests to meet Andol one on one and present their own ideas and initiatives that are part of the growing Made in America Movement.

    “Michael Blichasz and I have embarked on this journey to increase public awareness of the power of consumers to make monumental change.  Michael has become a trusted friend.  Our shared mission to “Rebuild the American Dream” will keep us on the leading edge of this movement.  It hasn’t been easy, but it’s always been simple:  ‘Buy American.  Live the American Dream.’TM   It’s good to see more and more Americans taking control of their own destiny by buying American,” Andol concluded.

  • Made In America Store Grand Opening April 25th At Walden Galleria Mall!

    "5th Brick & Mortar Store Aims to Turn Discerning Shoppers into Human Engines for American Job Creation"


            The area's largest and most centrally located shopping mall, Walden Galleria, is adding the only store in the U.S. to sell 100% American Made Products to its diverse retail offerings. The Grand Opening Celebration of the Made in America Store begins with a 1 p.m. ribbon cutting on Saturday,April 25, followed by light refreshments.

            "From the moment we opened our flagship store at 900 Maple Street in Elma to the present, our customers have encouraged us to locate a store in Walden Galleria," Andol began. "Opening our 5th store location is one of the highlights of our 5th Anniversary Year."

            "The Made in America Store fills a unique niche in the minds and hearts of American consumers.  We have said from the beginning that we opened our store 'for country, for soldier, for American worker, and for our children's future.'  Opening our newest store at Walden Galleria enables us to reach an even larger audience with our message and mission to save and create American jobs, to grow our company and to help grow employment at our nearly 500 supplier companies with optimism and confidence," Andol added.

    Walden Galleria has been a hub of economic activity since opening.  The growing demand for American Made Products proven by the Made in America Store's growth from one location to five, one e-commerce site to three, and a World Distribution Center in Elma to service them all made Walden Galleria a good fit at this time.

            "What most attracted us to Walden Galleria is the mall's ability to stay fresh and current in the very competitive retail industry," Andol continued. "By adding amenities beyond shopping and dining, Walden Galleria has become a destination for the entire family. At Galleria, we welcome the opportunity to sell to even more Canadians than we currently serve in our other locations."

    Citing the "Girls' Getaway" promotions as an example, Andol noted that both Visit Buffalo Niagara and Niagara Tourism and Convention Corp. work collaboratively and have invested substantially in selling our region as an unrivaled shopping destination. He also observed, "Whether shoppers prefer a multi-faceted mall experience or small town "Main Street USA" experience, the Buffalo Niagara Region offers everything from high-end, designer boutiques to trendy shops, mom-and-pop retail in East Aurora, Williamsville, the Elmwood Strip, to Buffalo's very own Little Italy on Hertel Avenue."

  • Okabashi Buy One Get One 50% Off Spring Sale!


    Just in time for spring break, the Made In America Store is happy to announce our Buy One, Get One 50% Off Spring Sale!


    Okabashi is a family owned business that has focused on designing and manufacturing extremely comfortable shoes for more than 30 years.


    Currently Okabashi carries a wide variety of flip flops, sandals, and clogs for men and women.


    At Okabashi, they believe that technology and design can be utilized to deliver a great product to the consumer at a great value, without shifting U.S. jobs overseas.


    Okabashis are proudly made in the United States in Buford, GA and shipped worldwide from there.



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    • Made In The USA: For the past 30+ years every Okabashi shoe has been manufactured at our headquarters in Buford, GA.
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    • Microplast Material: Okabashi products are made from their proprietary material called Microplast, which is durable, slip resistant, and easy-to-clean.
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    • Eco-Conscious Production: Okabashi's manufacturing process is very lean and virtually waste-free. Scraps and returned shoes are recycled into new products, keep them out of landfills.


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