Kickstarting a manufacturing renaissance

Posted by TGarland on 12/06/2013

Crowdfunding.

The newest and possibly quickest way to turn ideas into reality. Sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo are making this type of business financing a reality. Businesses and new entrepreneurs alike are using the website to raise funds to start manufacturing products in the U.S.

The American Jacket Company, based in the NYC garment district, is currently raising money to create and manufacture politically inspired jackets and other apparel. The company's campaign emphasizes the importance of American manufacturing:

Each meticulously-crafted garment supports skilled American jobs and a growing resurgence in American-made consumer pride. We’re serious about supporting American jobs.

But the folks at The American Jacket Company aren’t alone in their crowdfunding efforts. Many other projects have been funded through Kickstarter.

At the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) we were particularly intrigued by the Custom Sweaters by Appalatch based in Asheville, North Carolina. Not only are its sweaters Made in America ... they're 3D-printed here! We're interested in where 3D printing technology will go, so it's cool to see this innovative, and wearable, use of it.

Oscar Mike, based in Rockford, Illinois, isn't 100-percent Made in America apparel, but it's a 100-percent veteran-owned company. And we're into supporting America's veterans almost as much as we're into supporting American manufacturing.

And just last month, we told you about the Bluelace Project started by Jake Bronstein of Flint & Tinder. Bronstein likens his campaign to manufacturing’s own “yellow ribbon” campaign.

It may be that the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing will be (in part) crowdfunded. Crowdfunding Made in America projects is similar to buying American-made products; as consumers, we have the ability to effect change through our purchases.

So check out these crowdfunded project. And be sure to check out Alliance for AAM’s American made holiday selections.

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