First-ever Made in America conference shows products from across the US


CHERYL: WE ARE CELEBRATING NATIONAL MANUFACTURING DAY TODAY. THE 2019 MADE IN AMERICA CONFERENCE AND TRADE SHOW KICKED OFF THIS WEEK. THE EVENT FEATURING EXPERTS FROM ACROSS THE MANUFACTURING FIELD AS WELL AS SHOWCASING PRODUCTS AND MACHINES ALL BUILT IN THE GOOD OLD US OF A. LAUREN: CARLEY SHIMKUS IS LIVE AT THE INDIANA CONFERENCE CENTER WITH SOME SPECIAL GUESTS. CARLEY, GOOD MORNING.>>REPORTER: GOOD MORNING, LAUREN AND CHERYL. I’M AT THE FIRST EVER MADE IN AMERICA CONFERENCE WHERE PRODUCTS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BEING FEATURED RIGHT HERE IN THIS CONFERENCE SPACE. THIS IS ROSE TENANT, THE SPOKESPERSON FOR THIS EVENT. THIS IS SUCH A L THIS IS SUCH A COOL CONCEPT AND SO PATRIOTIC.>> THAT’S EXACTLY HOW I FEEL. MY HEART SWELLS WHEN I WALK THROUGH THIS HALL. AMERICAN MADE THESE QUALITY AND COST EFFICIENT PRODUCTS. WE’RE GETTING MORE COMPETITIVE AS WE START SOURCING MORE MATERIALS AND PRODUCTS RIGHT HERE IN DOMESTICALLY IN THE U.S. AND I AM SO HAPPY FOR THESE MANUFACTURERS BECAUSE THEY’VE BEEN COMMITTED TO ONLY SOURCING HERE IN THE U.S. AND NOW THEY’RE BENEFITING FROM IT AND WE’RE SEEING NEW BUSINESSES POP UP AS A RESULT AND SOME OF THE BUSINESSES THAT WERE PRODUCING THOSE MATERIALS ARE NOW DOING EVEN BETTER. SO QUALITY AND COST EFFECTIVE IS WHAT’S SO IMPORTANT.>>REPORTER: IT’S SUCH A WIN-WIN. IT’S ALL ABOUT KEEPING THE BUSINESS HERE, KEEPING THE MONEY HERE. CHECK OUT THESE HATS, GUYS. AMERICAN MADE IS GREAT AGAIN. RIGHT HERE WE HAVE SOME — I’LL PUT THAT DOWN RIGHT THERE. WE HAVE LEDGERS, SOME PLANNERS. I WANT TO TAKE YOU OVER TO THE MAN OF THE HOUR, THIS IS DON BUCKNER. HE CAME UP WITH THIS ENTIRE IDEA SEVEN MONTHS AGO. HE PUT THIS WHOLE ENTIRE CONFERENCE TOGETHER. IT’S HAPPENING TODAY. HOW ARE YOU FEELING AND CONGRATULATIONS?>>A SENSE OF RELIEF AND EXCITEMENT AT THE SAME TIME. IT’S INCREDIBLE FOR THESE PEOPLE TO BE HERE.>>REPORTER: WHY DID YOU WANT TO FEATURE PRODUCTS EXCLUSIVELY MADE IN AMERICA?>>IT’S NEVER BEEN DONE BEFORE. IT’S BEEN A 20 YEAR VISION TO PUT THIS TOGETHER. THE TRADE SHOW IS THE VERY BEGINNING OF THIS. THIS IS A MOVEMENT. THERE’S A LOT OF PASSION ATTACHED TO THIS, TO CONVINCE CONSUMERS TO SPEND AMERICAN DOLLARS ON AMERICAN PRODUCTS, THAT’S THE GOAL. IF WE CAN GET AMERICAN CONSUMERS TO SPEND THOSE DOLLARS CORRECTLY AND CONSIDER ORIGIN WHEN THEY MAKE THAT PURCHASE, OUR ECONOMY WILL BE SIGNIFICANTLY STRONGER.>>REPORTER: TELL ME ABOUT SOME OF THE MANUFACTURERS THAT ARE HERE TODAY.>> WELL, THERE’S SOME THAT YOU MAY RECOGNIZE, THERE’S WELLBORN CABINETS, A COMPANY ALABAMA, GREAT COMPANY. THEY GO FROM LOG TO YOUR KITCHEN. AND WE HAVE CHANNEL LOG, A FAMILIAR NAME IN THE TOOL AISLE.>>REPORTER: YOU SAID A LOT OF THE BUSINESSES ARE SMALL SO THEY STRUGGLE TO GET HERE BUT THEY WANTED TO COME BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO DO SOMETHING PATRIOTIC.>> A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF THEM SAID I DON’T KNOW HOW WE’RE GOING TO GET THERE BUT WE’RE GOING TO GET THERE. FOR MANY, THIS IS THEIR FIRST SHOW AND MANUFACTURERS AS A WHOLE DO A TERRIBLE JOB OF MARKETING THEIR PRODUCT. THEY KNOW HOW TO BUILD IT BUT TO SELL IT, DISTRIBUTE IT, PUT IT IN THE MARKET, THEY DON’T DO A VERY GOOD JOB.>>REPORTER: THIS EVENT STARTS WITH THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE, THE NATION ALAN THEM AND A PRAYER — NATIONAL ANTHEM AND

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