Why did the garment industry leave El Paso?
In 2002 the World Trade Organization allowed foreign made products to be imported in the U.S. without tariffs. This allowed low dollar garments to be sold in the U.S. at lower prices than what most American manufacturers could compete with. Many American manufacturers left and when they went, so did the blue jean capitol of the world.
At around 2002, a man named Lawson Nickol had been working for a USA made jeans manufacturer who decided to leave the U.S. and manufacture its items in Mexico. Nickol could not bear the decision as he was a passionate USA made supporter who felt a strong responsibility to support American workers. He soon resigned and started a USA made jean manufacturer of his own with the help of his son BJ – the All American Clothing Co.
The All American Clothing Co. struggled at first, surviving on family savings, financial risks, and working long hours. Yet each year, the USA jean company continued to grow. After 11 years in the business, the All American Clothing Co. has gone from a small closet in warehouse space to 45,000 square feet of warehouse and main offices. The company is now operating a cut and sew factory in El Paso, Texas attempting to create jobs and bring back the once blue jean capitol of the world.
If their success continues, rebirthing the American denim industry will be the All American Clothing Company`s legacy. Together with it`s leadership, employees, patrons, and supporters they will continue to spread the word, help to fill empty buildings with employees, and create American jobs. It`s an All American thing.
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