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Tempe, AZ March 2, 2011 – Once there was a world where American families lived and worked closely together, the stagecoach was the major form of transportation, and log cabins were as popular as condominiums today. Modern society has scattered families from coast to coast and across distant oceans. Advancements in commerce, technology, and transportation have hastened the dissolution of what matters most: our roots. Traditional American ideals–such as rugged individualism, good citizenship, and the old-fashioned gathering of family and friends–have been forgotten in the midst of reality television, hip-hop music, and text messaging.

Today, Jacob Bromwell, Inc.–which was established in 1819 and is North America’s oldest housewares company–is helping reverse the trend of nearly two centuries of weakening of the family unit. This specialty housewares manufacturer promises to help Americans find joy in the simpler moments by offering a select group of timeless products that modernization has yet to improve upon.

Jacob Bromwell products were used by the first settlers who pioneered the Great Plains, and the rugged explorers who charted new territories off the well-beaten Oregon Trail. Still today, every Jacob Bromwell product is a handcrafted, historically-correct American masterpiece. Favorites include the Original Popcorn Popper, Frontier Frying Pan, and Classic Tin Cup.

This one-of-a-kind company appreciates preserving a heritage that initially helped shape our great county and encourages others to own a piece of history and bring honor to our past. The company’s President, Sean Bandawat, believes that Jacob Bromwell has always sold a feeling first and a product second. “Strictly speaking, we’re not in the product business,” he said. “What we’re really selling is an emotional journey: away from the madness of modern life and into nostalgia, tradition, and the longing for a simpler era.”

Jacob Bromwell still handcrafts products the same exact way, with the same authentic materials, and in the same original tradition, as it was done nearly 200 years ago. Embracing the authentic American past, despite its technical shortcomings, is what the Jacob Bromwell brand is all about. “Everything is authentic about this company. Our products are still made with American hands. Even our logo represents the man’s own mark, made with his own hand,” stated Bandawat. Eric Stanton, Vice President of Sales, agrees. “We’re all about letting our customers re-experience the simple and genuine American past as an antidote to our over-perfected modern lifestyle. We hope to evoke within our customers a sense of family, pride, and connection to our past. That’s why we do what we do.”

Jacob Bromwell manufactures all its products in the USA using American workers who take pride in their craftsmanship. Management will not outsource production to low-wage labor countries to reduce costs because it has faith in the creativity and productivity of American workers. The company is managed by a team of USC graduates with offices in Phoenix, AZ and Los Angeles, CA.

About Jacob Bromwell, Inc:

Jacob Bromwell is a specialty housewares company that manufactures authentic campfire, kitchen, and fireplace products for families of yesterday, today, and for generations to come. Today, this iconic American company is recognized as America’s oldest cookware.

Media Contact:

Sean Bandawat
sean@jacobbromwell.com
www.jacobbromwell.com

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I am a patriot like many of you. So does that mean that a patriot turns his back on the friends of his country? Hell no! Although it’s not a perfect relationship, Japan is definitely a friend and ally of the US. So if this tsunami/earthquake/meltdown happened in Iran, I might raise an eyebrow, but how can anyone turn their back on the suffering of their friends? I can’t and I know that good Americans can’t either.
The scale of this tragedy is so immense that any one person’s contribution may seem pointless. But don’t despair, what’s more important than an actual dollar amount is showing you care. The Japanese will long remember who came to their aid and those emotion-laden stories will be told for generations. If you can send money or participate in relief efforts, you should! If all you can do is offer a caring word to someone with family there, do that. Send a card, send an email, anything.
It’s good to see many countries around the world trying to help. It’s the decent thing to do. Even China is helping, though a little. I’d like to see China show some nobility and take a lead in helping Japan. Maybe they will.

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Although buying made in USA is great, unions are not the answer to the long term viability of American industry or government.  As the Wisconsin vote has showed us, unions will do anything to thwart the will of their employers to benefit themselves.  Don’t people understand that collective bargaining itself is something that is an obstacle to liberty?

If you want to have a business, you will want to hire the best possible candidate for the lowest price, just like when you go shopping and buy the best product for the lowest price.  So you may be willing to pay more or provide greater benefits to get a higher quality worker.  If you get really unfit workers, your quality or your business’ reputation may go down and you’ll lose sales.  If you make a bunch of bad hiring and compensation decisions, your business may close and be replaced by businesses that made better decisions.  Instead, with collective bargaining, this natural process of survival of the fittest business is thwarted.  Worse yet, if you are not in a right to work state, employees may be forced into unions against their will if they want to work with unionized employers.

How can people not see how anti-freedom unions are?  With public unions, it’s even worse, because there is no possibility of the employer going out of business.  They just tax more, borrow more and provide ever less efficient service to the public.   It’s a rotten deal for taxpayers.  It’s also an inherent conflict of interest.  The Democrat politicians in government are always happy to reward the unions that elected them, and pass the costs along to the third party paying the bills, the taxpayers.  The taxpayer is not represented at the bargaining table.

For that matter, taxpayers are not represented fairly in regards to other giveaways, such as welfare.  How fair is it that those who receive welfare can vote on additional welfare benefits?  Shouldn’t only people paying into the system vote on taxes to be levied on them?  We have entered a situation in this country where the percentage of total payroll benefits comprised by welfare (e.g. Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment, etc.) is over 30%!  What happens when a sizeable minority or even a majority of voters can vote to tax the remaining voters ever more?  It’s like slavery!  People working for a living are supporting an ever-growing and parasitic non-working population.

So let’s start by busting unions.  Governor Walker’s achievement is to be commended.  That’s a good beginning.  Next we should take on other anti-liberty aspects of government, such as welfare and other wealth-redistribution schemes.

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On the heels of my post on made in USA scrubs, I also wanted to write about made in USA doctor’s coats.  I had also despaired of finding an American-made lab coat.  At local stores, all I saw was made in China, made in El Salvador, or made in Mexico.  So I knew that I would only find something online.  I did find a couple of providers of American-made lab coats but could not find anything just right.  One company had coats that were quite nice but in a much higher price range.  They make the sort of doctor’s coat that you’d be afraid of using or getting dirty.  I wanted something inexpensive and durable, especially for the emergency room.

So I happened on the Pulse Uniform site.  They are a retailer of various makes of uniforms and much of their stock is imported.  However, you can buy custom-sized doctor’s coats from them which are actually made at two locations in USA.  The discerning made in USA shopper has to be resourceful.  So I just typed “made in usa” into the search bar and all their made in USA products came up, including the lab coat.  At $36 base price, that’s not bad, especially for a fully-custom coat.  I’ve worn it washed it a couple of times and it’s of good quality and durability.

 

Pulse Uniform Doctor's Coat

 

Pulse Uniform Doctor’s Coat

So don’t despair!  If you look hard, you will find the made in USA islands in the sea of imports.  Keep looking and don’t give up.  If we all do this, retailers will meet our demands.

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I was all but despairing of finding American-made scrubs.  I wear scrubs when I do liposuction at Celebrity Laser Spa and when I work at the hospital.  I had recently received some free scrubs from my ER group, which were made in India.  Since I had to buy any additional scrubs myself, I figured I may as well look online myself.  I had previously checked out local medical uniform stores, such as Allheart, and found nothing made in USA.  So I did a web search and was hard-pressed to find scrubs made in USA.  However, I did finally stumble across Duckscrubs.com.

I ordered a pair of navy blue top and bottom scrubs.  They were 65-35 poly-cotton and quite durable.  Not too light, not too heavy.  The construction is durable and they’ve withstood a few washes already with no visible wear.  The price was very reasonable too.  It was about $22 for the whole set, not counting shipping.  So I think I will definitely get more scrubs from Duck Scrubs.  The quality is good, the price is great, and they’re made in USA!  What more do you need?  These people are doing the Lord’s work.  Stop buying (equally priced or higher) cheaply made Chinese scrubs.

Made in USA scrubs

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