Sen. Sherrod Brown and All-American Clothing Director of Marketing Logan Beam

ARCANUM, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) visited All-American Clothing in Darke County today. In addition to meeting with workers and company leadership, he toured the facility, which produces jeans and apparel made in the U.S. All-American Clothing is co-owned by founder Lawson Nickol and his son, BJ Nickol, who serves as the president.

“The U.S. has a rich history of apparel manufacturing,” Brown said. “All-American Clothing returns to those roots by producing quality products and keeping jobs here in Ohio. But we need to make it easier for companies like All-American Clothing to create jobs and grow operations here. That’s why I’m working to ensure American manufacturers can stay competitive and out-innovate the rest of the world.”

Brown is a strong supporter of American manufacturing and a long-time champion of “buy American” provisions. Last year, Brown introduced the Wear American Act, legislation that would strengthen the American textile supply chain, creating jobs and benefiting local businesses by requiring all textile products purchased by federal agencies to be made in the United States. Current law only requires federal agencies to purchase textile products that are 51 percent American made, but Brown’s bill would require all textile products purchased by federal agencies to be made in the United States.

In December 2014, Brown’s manufacturing jobs legislation to create the first-ever national network of manufacturing hubs was signed into law. Cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (RAMI) will establish a National Network of Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and create thousands of high-paying, high-tech manufacturing jobs while enhancing the United States’ role as the world’s leader in advanced manufacturing.