A couple of weeks ago we came across a cool project via Twitter, when Josh Miller, who is the Creator/Producer of the Documentary Film “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” with the tagline and aspiration of “We’ll restore The American Dream together!”. Since Cerasis supports manufacturing in general, and due to the fact our company was “Made in the USA” and that we service companies who ship freight in North America, we were drawn to this documentary.
After a few tweets and retweets, we reached out to Josh Miller so we could conduct a Q&A session in order to learn more about the project, and help spread the message of “Made In The USA” by telling our readers what the film is all about!
Josh Miller (JM): My name is Josh Miller, I’m 28 years old and currently reside in West Virginia. I hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology and had a brief career in Independent Professional Baseball. I currently work in records management for the West Virginia State Treasurer’s Office. I obviously have a passion for film and am working to make that a full-time job, but until then I have to do what many independent filmmakers do which is work to pay the bills.
JM: The “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” is a documentary film that sent me on a quest to determine if “Made in the USA” really meant anything anymore and also to find out if the American Dream was still alive. I spanned the United States in search for the answer to those questions and at the same time tried to the best of my ability to live off only “Made in USA” products, for 30 days.
JM: A job loss within my family really is what sparked this issue. My father-in-law lost his job at an aluminum plant in Ravenswood, WV along with 650 others. Seeing what happens to a community when such an important industry shuts down in a small town really pushed me into making this film. With the economy really struggling, and in the essence of the “great recession”, I figured someone needed to stand up and say enough is enough. This county was built by creators, innovators, and folks who rolled up their sleeves and went to work in hopes for a better future. I think it’s time America wakes up and realizes how important their decisions are to the future of our country.
JM: Well, I hope that it makes folks think about America’s future and what lies ahead for our future generations. I want people to realize that they hold the power to change the future of this country in the decisions they make. Listen, I realize I’m not going to be a millionaire off of a documentary film, but I wanted people to see if they put their minds to something, anything is possible. I think I helped prove such a thing because I have absolutely no background in film-making, but I was determined to make this film and it was a passion, so I found a way to make it happen. Many people said I was crazy to attempt to make a film and that I wouldn’t even get past pre-production. Well you see how well I listen to my doubters. Sometimes you just have to go with your gut. I knew how big of an issue this was going to be in the upcoming years and I hope people gain a lot of useful knowledge by watching my film.
JM: The biggest issues facing American Manufacturers is the uncertainly of the future. There are many factors the will determine the future, much of it will we be determined by consumers, but also there must be a decision by our government to help or get out of the way. I think it starts with consistency, business need to be able to place for the long-term, and with the uncertainty and political gridlock in our country I think it is difficult for long-term planning here in America. Once again, the government can either be a catalyst or they can get out of the way, that has yet to be seen. I will say we need to do more to encourage the entrepreneur, we need to create and innovate in this country, that is what drives us, industry is the backbone of America.
JM: They can reach the organizations such as The Made in America Movement, American Made Matters, Buy Direct USA, and get in touch with bloggers that support American-made. I know it is not easy to pay a bunch of money for advertising in this economy when you’re an up and coming business. Reach out to the folks and even to me, I’ll share your story on my page!
JM: To purchase a copy of the film one can go to www.usa30days.com and buy a copy of the DVD or download a digital copy of the film.
JM: I’ll be headed to DC on September 30th to screen the film with Alliance for American Manufacturing. We’ve also received emails from major news networks interested in hearing our story. We’ve already been on Yahoo! News and CNN. There will be much more to come! In regards to future projects I’ve been working on a few concepts in regards to documentaries and also a feature film. These films will take significant funding, so we’ll have to see how things workout. This project was a passion project, my future projects will likely be different. Also, you would be surprised how many folk want me to run for a public office, but I just don’t think that is where I belong, however you never know what the future will hold.
JM: You ain’t seen nothin’ yet! 🙂
We highly recommend you check out and get a copy of Josh’s film, “Made in the USA: The 30 Day Journey” and help support American Manufacturing!
This is a guest post from Jude Watkins, founder of Ameriloop.
In life, there are few events that will change you like the birth of your first child. Shortly after our sons birth in 2010, my wife Mary and I really started to look at our country and its economic state in a different way. We realized just how bad the economic outlook was getting. We began thinking about our son’s future and how he would manage to support himself and his family, as well as future generations. So, we set out to try and create a way to help insure he would grow up and prosper in the America we know and love today.
Jobs and economic progress were at the top of our list. At first, we thought a brick and mortar all American store would be great. As it turns out, the upfront cost would have been too much, so that idea was off the table. Then one morning, the idea of connecting American businesses together with each other and their customers just kind of hit me! Outsourcing was the culprit behind the loss of millions of American jobs, and insourcing is the way to get them back. What if there was a free online service to connect American manufacturers, farmers, retailers, suppliers and their customers? If these groups of producing businesses were still here in the states, surely they would want to connect and try to help make each other stronger. Jobs would be created if we could facilitate business to business (b2b) and business to consumer (b2c) relationships… Ameriloop was born!
By the spring of 2011, we hired a web development team in the upstate NY area. From there we started the functionality planning and design. We wanted Ameriloop to be as useful and user friendly as possible. Our philosophy is the better the tool the quicker the job gets done! Long story short, after almost 2 years of development, we launched Ameriloop live on the internet April 18th 2013.
The vision for Ameriloop is to make an online community of American businesses and their customers that could positively impact the US supply chain at any point, increasing the amount and availability of American made products. All US products are welcome, from raw materials to finished goods; if it is made or grown in America it has a home on Ameriloop.
Since we are in such an outsourced economy, we also decided to create a badge and score system to show how ‘focused’ or ‘centered’ US companies are on the American economy. Currently to wear a Made in the USA label, companies must source all or virtually all of their parts from the US. Being able to be recognized as an American company has value, in America and around the world. Our badge will allow companies to be recognized as American even if they cannot technically put a Made in the USA label on their product by current FTC standards. Companies can simply fill out our questionnaire and we publish their answers along with an average of their answers, which is their Ameriloop score.
Here are examples of our badges and scores:
As you can see, we bring a great deal of transparency to the table. Our system will help customers (businesses and individuals) quickly recognize and make informed decisions about American companies and their products.
Besides our badge and score system, another unique feature only found on Ameriloop is our insourcing need databases. We have created two databases for businesses and consumers to post what they would like to purchase American made. This allows companies and consumers to search for products as well as be searched for depending on their need, completing the loop!
Once a company has fully filled out all profile information, a great view of the company and their products is available. We set up a completed profile page here with all of Ameriloop’s information. This is what a business or consumer would see when searching for and finding a company of interest. We have included a plethora of information including; company name and photos, contact info, products and descriptions, insourcing needs and descriptions, company capabilities, website link, social media links, connections, badges and scores, events, job postings, reviews and any currently active special offers. Another great way to see the business functionality for Ameriloop is to watch this video; it explains the business dashboard and associated features.
We believe Ameriloop can make a positive impact on the American economy, but we need members to make it all happen. Did you know that there are roughly 4-5 support jobs associated with every manufacturing job in the US? So every time we lose a manufacturing job, we actually lose 5-6 jobs, but every time we gain one… I think you see where this is going. Insourcing is what built the USA into a world super power, and insourcing is the only way for us to stay in that position, we’ve done it before and we can do it again! Both American businesses and American citizens need to make a conscious effort to make, grow, buy and sell as much US made product as possible and Ameriloop will speed up this process.
That being said here is some more information about Ameriloop.
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