AMERICAN MADE MOVIE TOUR: CLEVELAND

Sunday July 14, 2013

American Made Movie is coming to Cleveland.

About the American Made Movie Tour

Visiting 32 cities in 32 days, the American Made Movie tour is a bus tour that focuses on the impact that consumers have on the health of their local communities as well as the nation at large. Preceding the August theatrical release of Life is My Movie Entertainment’s latest documentary film, American Made Movie, the tour promotes the significance of American manufacturing and highlights organizations and employers within the communities who uphold those values. The tour seeks to inform communities of the issues at hand as well as illustrate the opportunity for every citizen to Be a Part of creating a better America.

About American Made Movie

As employers struggle to compete in the global economy, the debates regarding unemployment, debt ceilings and the trade deficit rages on in our nation’s capital. To many Americans, it feels like there is no one fighting for American jobs–especially the jobs in manufacturing.

Fortunately, people are making a difference by doing their part in their local communities. These individual efforts combine to ultimately impact the national economy.

It has been said that the greatest thing America makes is Americans. The ability of average Americans to adapt, innovate and thrive has created one of the greatest civilizations in human history.

By illustrating the successes of companies that have prospered without adopting the practices of their competitors, American Made Movie shows the positive impact of domestic manufacturing jobs on national and local economies in the face of great challenges.

Whether you are an entrepreneur, student, stay-at-home mom or a senior citizen, you have the power to transform America’s future and be a part of the solution through thinking before buying and through the simple choices you make every day.

Schedule of Cleveland Events

  • 12:00pm-1:00pm Press conference/speakers event featuring John P. Colm, President and Executive Director, WIRE-Net and Daniel E. Berry, President and Chief Executive Officer of MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network; Presentation of the Be A Part Award to Miceli Dairy Products (Private event)
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm Makers Roundtable featuring Vendors and Artisans from the Cleveland Flea: Sterle's Slovenian Country House, 1401 E. 55th Street. (Public event) Facebook Event Page
  • 6:00pm American Made Movie Screening at Market Garden Brewery, 1947 W. 25th Street, downstairs (Public Event) Facebook Event Page

Meet American Made Movie Producer/Director team Vincent Vitorrio & Nathan McGill at a very special advanced screening of the film featured in USA Today, Fox news and newspapers and radio shows around the country. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the film and meet the crew.

About Cleveland Participants

Read more about Cleveland event participants on our blog!

  • Market Garden Brewery and Distillery was established in 2011. Market Garden is located in Ohio City next door to the West Side Market on west 25th street. The business features Cleveland’s first American Beer Garden.  The brewery has an emphasis on local, handcrafted products and is in the process of becoming Cleveland’s first micro distillery. Market Garden will be distilling a line of fine, small batch spirits including Whiskey, White Whiskey, Gin, Rum and Vodka.
  • WIRE-Net was organized in 1988 to help manufacturing businesses—and jobs—stay in the community at a time when plant closings and downsizing were commonplace. Our staff went straight to the source, visiting almost 200 companies to better understand their challenges. WIRE-Net is the only organization exclusively serving manufacturers and working to strengthen the business climate for manufacturing in Northeast Ohio.  Although manufacturing techniques and the economy have changed many times over the past several years, WIRE-Net’s commitment to the success of manufacturing remains the same. Since 1988, WIRE-Net has directly and indirectly contributed to:
    • Manufacturers and jobs staying and growing
    • Public and private investment in the infrastructure of the community
    • Educational and training programs that produce better qualified job applicants
    • Millions of dollars being invested into the local economy, creating a more viable place to work, learn, and do business

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  • Miceli Dairy Products is a family owned and operated cheese and dairy business located in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood. Miceli’s is a place of prominence in the Italian cheese market and has been producing cheese and dairy products in Cleveland since 1949. As the business grew and expanded, the physical plant did as well. Since moving to its current location in 1949, Miceli Dairy Products has experienced continuous growth. 2011 saw a $16 million expansion and the addition of 60 jobs to the City of Cleveland tax base. The expansion enabled the 138-employee company to double its production of ricotta, one of the cheeses it ships to grocery stores throughout the nation. The second phase will include a new mozzarella and provolone factory and a facility to transform waste from the cheese-manufacturing process into energy. The Miceli family has contributed greatly to the Cleveland community, hiring local and expanding on their current site, while remaining committed to continuing their legacy of high-quality products and outstanding customer service.
  • MAGNET (The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network) has a mission to support, educate and champion manufacturing in Ohio with the goal of transforming the region’s economy into a powerful, global player. MAGNET provides consulting services aimed at helping companies achieve bottom-line efficiencies through increased productivity and process improvement programs while improving top-line sales through a variety of new product development and growth strategies. MAGNET is a provider of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) services funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.
  • The Cleveland Flea is a marketplace located on St. Clair Avenue consisting of hand made goods, repurposed possessions and locally made jewelry, art, crafts, clothing and food. Every second Saturday of the month, the Cleveland Flea is available to shoppers and vendors.  The Cleveland Flea aims to connect the community with local talent within the Maker Center by providing vendor opportunities, food truck opportunities and volunteer opportunities.  It also hosts maker classes which provide the community with the opportunity for learning and fun, while encouraging entrepreneurship and appreciation for local, handmade goods.
  • City of Cleveland Department of Economic Development's mission is to provide assistance to businesses expanding within or locating to the city of Cleveland including financing, workforce solutions and technical assistance that will encourage investment in the community to enhance the lives of our citizens.

About the Be A Part Award

Given in particular cities, the Be A Part Award recipient will be an individual or organization that has made an impact on their community and/or the nation. This recipient may be anyone from a business or business leader who has given back to the community, to a prominent member of an organization that focuses on job creation, to an individual who exemplifies the ideas and values of the host city.

Cleveland is proud to present the Be A Part Award to Miceli Dairy Products.

About the Be A Part Movement

About the Be a Part Movement

Whether or not you realize it, every day you are playing a part, for better or for worse, in the future of America. There is no question that we live in a global economy and that, with advancements in technology and communication, our world seems to be getting smaller. But as the world shrinks and our level of influence reaches further than ever before, sometimes we miss the effect we can have on those in our own communities. How often do you think about the people behind the products you buy?

When communities and neighbors work together for the common good, everybody wins- local businesses, employees, citizens and governments. By working together as Americans, we have the power to create a better future for our nation and change America in greater ways than we ever imagined.

The Be a Part Movement provides a community where the voice of anyone can be heard and we can all be a part of creating a better America for ourselves and every generation that follows.

The part we all play starts with a realization that we all have a relationship with what we buy and what is made in our communities and country. First comes knowledge and then comes action. Individuals, organizations, politicians and companies can all Be a Part of the movement when they “take the pledge” to make a difference in their communities and country by committing to do the following:

Step One… Examine Spending

  I commit to examining the origins of the products and services I purchase.

Step Two… Make a Change

After I have identified the money I spend on products created out of my area and country, I will make the effort, whenever possible, to return a portion of that spending to my local community or nation. I understand that, as a consumer, my choices help increase demand for American-made projects and, in-turn, job creation.

Step Three…Share the Message

Through both words and actions, I will encourage my community to follow my activism and emphasize the value of buying locally for the health of my community and country.

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