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  • Made In America Sponsors Fall Festival Event On Sunday, September 7th

    “Mark Andol Invites Everyone to Come Watch the Season Opener and to Enjoy a Free Family Concert”

    Mark Andol, founder of the Made in America Store, is inviting the community to enjoy a family-friendly day of fun at his flagship store in Elma at 900 Maple Street off Rte. 400 (East Aurora Expressway).  The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

    The reason for the Fall Festival Event, according to Andol:  “The kids are back in school.  There’s a chill in the air.  And, we’re ready for some football!!!”

    “There’s something for everyone, whether you’re young or young-at-heart,” Andol stated.  First, it’s the Season Opener at Chicago.  Whether you come for the whole day or a whole hour, you’ll have plenty of reasons to be glad you did – football, food and the first fall festival in our region!”

    Andol is happy to show his appreciation to all customers with a 10% discount that day in Elma.  Dale’s Rollin Smoke BBQ will be available for purchase.  Andol also reminds the community, “If football’s not your thing but a free concert is, please bring your lawn chairs to enjoy live entertainment by Not Quite Right, Diamond Back and Ricky Lee & The Mustangs.  You can also meet store vendors like Chainsaw Artist Matt Hannah, who will be sculpting another masterpiece that day.”

    During halftime, there will be a short pause in the festivities to remember all those lost on 9/11, including the first responders, and to thank the Americans who have served in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom, and all veterans.  “They have kept us safe and secure while the Global War on Terror rages on all over the world,” Andol added. “Thanks to our fallen heroes and our fighting men and women, we can enjoy this beautiful fall day in the greatest nation on earth.”

    Finally, Nashville Recording Artist Ricky Lee will perform a moving memorial tribute to Air National Guardsman William Sager, Jr. during halftime of the Bills’ game.

    “America is resilient.  America is strong.  And, America gets the job done when we all work together.  We invite everyone to join us at our Fall Festival Event on Sunday, Sept. 7th, Andol concluded.

  • Made In America Store Hosts Reunion Between Two D-Day Veterans

    On Saturday, June 7, 2014 between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m., two World War II veterans who survived D-Day will meet each other – for the first time – at the Made In America Store, 900 Maple Street, Elma, NY 14059 to reminisce about their experiences that fateful day.

              “Our nation and the free world are commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, which took place on June 6, 1944,” Mark Andol, founder and owner of the Made In America Store began. “It was the Allies’ one shot to penetrate Nazi Germany’s defenses and to liberate Europe.  We owe an incredible debt of gratitude to the young men who jumped out of airplanes and scaled the cliffs to fight in this decisive battle.


              Both veterans are 90 years old.  One participated in the amphibious invasion, landing on Omaha Beach.  The other was a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne, 508th Division, who landed near the Merderet River and La Fiere Bridge.  They are highly decorated.

                These veterans embodied the words of General Eisenhower, “Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force…The eyes of the world are upon you.  The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you.”  These men answered the prayers of the people of France and all of Europe by putting their own lives on the line.

              “Can you imagine the stories these two veterans will tell?” Andol continued.  “Seventy years ago, they fought for the nation they love and the freedom of our Allies.  They lost comrades in battle, yet they offer living testimony for the events of that day, as well as the days and weeks that followed including the liberation of Nazi death camps.

              The reunion of the two WWII veterans coincides with the Saturday morning arrival of a tour bus at the Made In America Store.  It is one of many buses from out-of-state – this one from Illinois – that make the patriotic pilgrimage to the only general merchandise store in the U.S. that exclusively sells 100% American Made Products.

              “Our bus visitors are in for a big surprise when they get off the bus and meet two WWII heroes.  We are proud to facilitate this reunion, and to welcome dozens of visitors from the Midwest for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Andol concluded.

    ***EDIT; June 8th, 2014 - Picture added & text***

    Dday VeteranBoth D-Day Veterans enjoying the weather at Elma, NY, location.

  • General Welding & Fabricating and Made In America Store Win Prestigious Award At National Hardware Show

    The production and distribution team of General Welding & Fabricating and the Made inAmerica Store World Distribution Center in Elma, NY, are pleased to announce that they are the recipients of the National Hardware Show's All-American Award for Best New Product - the All American Grill!


    Accepting the award on May 7th in Las Vegas was Mark Andol, owner of both companies.  This is the second year in a row that Andol received an award at the National Hardware Show.  Last year's award was for Best Booth Display.

    "It's an honor to accept this award on behalf of the hard-working employees at both of my companies who turn sheets of steel into high-demand consumer products and bring them to our customers," Andol began.  "Our All American Grill is one of two new inventions we brought with us to the National Hardware Show in Las Vegas this week.  The other, The Beverage Buddy, has also been met with a great deal of interest by retail buyers from across the U.S."

    Andol attributes much of the National Hardware Show's focus on the Made in the USA Movement to the public's realization that manufacturing matters to the American economy.  Economists report that every single job created in manufacturing brings about another four in the larger economy, including supply chain, transportation, logistics and service industries.  The multiplier impact is unrivaled.

    "Other honorees include Adams Manufacturing, which won the Best On-Site Marketing Award and Bully Tools, which won for Best Booth Display," Andol added.  "I am proud to sell products that both of these American companies manufacture and that we feature at the Made in America Store."

    Every honoree received a specially commissioned glass sculpture - The All-American Award - from the Art of Fire Contemporary Glass Studio.  The award reflects Made in USA excellence in design, quality and innovation.

    "Our All American Grill is 100% Made in America by American Workers using American Steel in an American Factory.  The Grill retails for $250 at our four brick & mortar stores in Buffalo Niagara - Elma, Niagara Falls, Eastern Hills Mall and McKinley Mall.  It is perfect for tailgating, concerts, RV'ing, ball games, and apartment & condo living," Andol concluded.

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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.


    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!


    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
    or call Paul at (716) 983-5737

    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!



    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, no calls please. 

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


    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. 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!


    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.


    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


    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:

    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 |

    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.

  • A Big Reflection On Sochi

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

    '14 Olympic Logo
    2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

    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 ~

    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!

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