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FTC Issues Rule to Deter Rampant Made in USA Fraud

Thursday, August 12th, 2021

Made in USA labels will finally mean goods were made in America

The Federal Trade Commission finalized a new rule that will crack down on marketers who make false, unqualified claims that their products are Made in the USA. Under the rule, marketers making unqualified Made in USA claims on labels should be able to prove that their products are “all or virtually all” made in the United States.

Commissioner Rohit Chopra was joined by Chair Lina Khan and Commissioner Rebecca Kelly Slaughter in a statement, which noted the rule will especially benefit small businesses that rely on the Made in USA label, but lack the resources to defend themselves from imitators. The new rule codifies a broader range of remedies by the FTC, including the ability to seek redress, damages, penalties, and other relief from those who lie about a Made in USA label. It will enable the Commission for the first time to seek civil penalties of up to $43,280 per violation of the rule.

While stiff penalties are not appropriate in every instance, they send a strong signal to would-be violators that they abuse the Made in USA label at their peril.

“The final rule provides substantial benefits to the public by protecting businesses from losing sales to dishonest competitors and protecting purchasers seeking to purchase American-made goods,” said Commissioner Chopra. “More broadly, this long-overdue rule is an important reminder that the Commission must do more to use the authorities explicitly authorized by Congress to protect market participants from fraud and abuse.”

In 1994, after the North American Free Trade Agreement took effect, Congress enacted legislation authorizing the FTC to seek penalties and other relief for Made in USA fraud, but only after the Commission issued a rule. However, there had long been a bipartisan consensus at the FTC that Made in USA fraud should not be penalized. The final Made in USA Labeling Rule changes course on the Commission’s longtime approach.

The rule does not impose any new requirements on businesses. Instead, it codifies the FTC’s longstanding enforcement policy statement regarding U.S.-origin claims. By codifying this guidance into a formal rule, the Commission can increase deterrence of Made in USA fraud and seek restitution for victims.

Over the course of the rulemaking, the FTC heard from hundreds of ranchers and shrimpers concerned about Made in the USA labels that mislead consumers. The Commission is pleased that in conjunction with this announcement, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the USDA will complement the FTC’s efforts with its own initiative on labeling for products such as beef, and other agricultural products regulated by the Food Safety and Inspection Service.  

The Commission issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for this rule in June 2020. The Commission received more than 700 comments on the proposed rule, most of which either were supportive, or sought changes that were not legally permissible. The final rule adds a provision allowing marketers to seek exemptions if they have evidence showing their unqualified Made-in-USA claims are not deceptive.

The Made in USA Labeling Rule, which will be published in the Federal Register, incorporates guidance set forth in the Commission’s previous Decisions and Orders and its 1997 Enforcement Policy Statement on U.S. Origin Claims.

Consistent with this guidance, the rule will prohibit marketers from including unqualified Made in USA claims on labels unless: 1) final assembly or processing of the product occurs in the United States; 2) all significant processing that goes into the product occurs in the United States; and 3) all or virtually all ingredients or components of the product are made and sourced in the United States.

The rule applies only to labeling claims. The FTC will continue to bring enforcement action against marketers that make deceptive U.S.-origin claims falling outside the rule under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act. The FTC is authorized to seek penalties for violations of the rule. It does not supersede, alter, or affect any other federal statute or regulation relating to country-of-origin labels.

The Commission vote approving publication of the final Made in USA Labeling Rule in the Federal Register was 3-2. Commissioner Christine Wilson also issued a dissenting statement on the rule, and another dissenting statement regarding the overall meeting agenda.

The Federal Trade Commission works to promote competition and to protect and educate consumers. You can learn more about consumer topics and report scams, fraud, and bad business practices online at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

See Mechanix Wear’s New Berry M-Pact Glove at Warrior East

Monday, July 26th, 2021

Mechanix Wear introduces two new M-Pact® protection gloves that meet the Berry Amendment requirements. The new line of Berry Amendment M-Pact® products are built with materials sourced and sewn in the USA and continue to deliver the same rugged protection expected from any Mechanix Wear M-Pact® glove.

Built with advanced G-Form® SmartFlex™ padding technology the Berry Amendment M-Pact® gloves deliver lightweight, flexible impact protection against the many hazards that today’s armed service and law enforcement personnel face in the field.

Features;

• G-Form® SmartFlex™ advanced padding technology that stiffens, absorbs, and redistributes the energy from an impact to minimize potential injuries

• Quick-drying and breathable mesh keeps hands cool and comfortable

• Digital-textured goat skin leather palm infused with a moisture management technology reducing absorption of water and sweat while staying soft and form fitting

• Touch screen compatible

• Ergonomically designed and vibration reducing palm patch

• Molded silicone wrist strap for secure fit

• Carabiner loop for storage and drying

Be the first to see them at Warrior East in booth #606, July 29 & 30 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.

Hardweather – Made In USA Caps

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021

I keep hearing that no one can source made in USA caps. Meet Hardweather. Their caps aren’t just made in the USA, they are made in The Black Hills of South Dakota?.

Their two styles are the Camper and 5 Panel caps. Granted, they aren’t cheap, but that’s because they are made from great materials in small batches.

www.hardweather.com

Military Exchanges Partner with RangeMe to Streamline American-Made Product Sourcing

Thursday, May 13th, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — May 13, 2021 — The Army & Air Force Exchange, Navy Exchange, Marine Corps Exchange, and Coast Guard Exchange are joining forces with RangeMe, the industry standard online product sourcing platform for retailers and suppliers, on a nationwide initiative to source American-made products for their shelves.

This endeavor is part of the ongoing commitment from the exchanges to bring more American-made products into their retail stores while enhancing categories that include pet supplies, PPE, housewares, toys, and more. 

“RangeMe has established strong partnerships with the U.S. military exchanges, and we are thrilled to take this next step with them,” said Nicky Jackson, CEO and Founder of RangeMe. “This enhanced commitment to sourcing American-made products will help further their dedication to providing innovative, quality products to the men and women of the Armed Forces.”

Through RangeMe, the exchanges will easily discover products manufactured in America and meet their consumers’ needs. With more than 175,000 suppliers, RangeMe provides a vast array of brands representing nearly 1 million products that can meet the exchanges’ needs as they deepen their efforts to bring in more American-made products now and in the future.

American-made brands interested in working with the Exchanges can submit their products for review here: app.rangeme.com/exchangemadeinamerica.

FirstSpear Friday Focus: It’s Back—Multi-Purpose Pack in Woodland Camo

Friday, February 5th, 2021

It’s back in woodland camo! The Multi-Purpose Pack was originally developed as a medical pack for a US Special Operations unit, this pack can easily be adapted for use as a range bag, E&E pack, or 1-day pack. Features include hydration compartment, padded shoulder straps, 5 external pockets and compression straps.

Multi-Purpose Perfection

“My first experience with the MPP was borrowed from a friend during a shooting event. He swore by it, and let me borrow it for a few events to try out for myself. I was so impressed, I had to buy my own. This pack excels at modular packing and light carry. It fits far more gear than I anticipated, any never once showed signs of breaking. The stitching was superb and heavy duty. I’ve used his to create my range IFAK kit that I also leave in my truck for expedient ALS. I highly recommend this pack to everyone.”
— online review

• 5 external pockets including large hydration compartment
• Low profile padded shoulder straps
• Exterior compression straps
• Exceptional low profile range bag
• Developed as a med bag for a US SOF element
• Made in the USA

Currently available in woodland, manatee and ranger green.

This weekend only—we are offering SSD readers a promo. Order any Multi-Purpose Pack and get a FREE Tough Hook.

*medical cell tag not included with tough hook (as photographed above)*

For more information go to: www.first-spear.com/multi-purpose-pack

FORLOH & Montana Knife Company Launch Special Edition USA-Made Hunting Knives

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021

WHITEFISH, Mont. (Feb. 1, 2021) — FORLOH, the first brand to manufacture high-end technical hunting apparel that is 100 percent made in the USA, has launched a new line of 100 percent USA-made hunting knives. Proudly built in Frenchtown, Montana, by world-renowned master bladesmith Josh Smith of Montana Knife Company, the two new offerings, the Speedgoat and the Blackfoot, are emblazoned with special-edition FORLOH logos and are available now at FORLOH.com.

“A reliable knife is an essential part of any hunter’s equipment, and we wanted to bring a custom hand-built blade to our customers that uphold our values of 100 percent USA-made and performance in the field,” said FORLOH CEO Andy Techmanski. “We found the perfect collaboration here in Montana with Josh at Montana Knife Company, and are excited to offer two custom FORLOH blades that highlight true American craftsmanship.”

Built in collaboration with the Montana Knife Company, both the Blackfoot and Speedgoat hunting blades are 100 percent USA-made with 52100 high carbon blade steel. Full-tang construction and premium steel selection steel offer robust reliability and an ideal blend of toughness and edge retention allowing for in-field maintenance and sharpening. Both blades are Parkerized with a black finish to prevent corrosion and eliminate glare; then laser etched with FORLOH and MKC logos. Each Blackfoot and Speedgoat comes with a 100 percent USA-made Kydex sheath that is versatile, modular, customizable, and built for external vertical or horizontal carry and quick access. Both the Blackfoot and Speedgoat are available now at FORLOH.com.

The Blackfoot

The Blackfoot is named after the Blackfoot River valley in Lincoln, Montana, on the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness edge. This do-it-all hunting blade is a versatile and robust straight-point style fixed-blade with a full flat-ground blade and full-tang construction ready to tackle any task in the field. Equipped G10 scales offer superior purchase in wet conditions and will not retain water or blood. The Blackfoot is available in two colors, light green and black-green, at FORLOH.com. MSRP $300

FORLOH x MKC Blackfoot Hunting Knife with Kydex Sheath

Blackfoot Specs:
• Blade Steel: USA-made 52100 high-carbon
• Scales Material: G10
• Finish: Black Parkerization
• Blade Length: 3.5 in
• Total Length: 7.75 in
• Knife Weight: 2.9 oz

The Speedgoat

The Speedgoat is named after the light and fast antelope native to Montana. The slim, lightweight knife is light enough to pack on an alpine goat hunt but durable and large enough to completely field-dress an elk. This full-tang, full flat ground straight-point blade offers precision control and easy sharpening in a slim, ultralight package. The handle is wrapped in a USA-made 550 paracord that reduces the hand fatigue found in similar ultralight blades and serves as useful cordage in an emergency. The Speedgoat is available now in three colors, blaze orange, coyote tan, and black at FORLOH.com. MSRP $225

FORLOH x MKC Speedgoat Hunting Knife with Kydex Sheath

Speedgoat Specs:

• Blade Steel: USA-made 52100 high-carbon
• Finish: Black Parkerization
• Blade Length: 3.75 in
• Total Length: 7.75 in
• Knife Weight: 1.9 oz

“Essential” A Film Featuring PPE Manufacturing By Outdoor Research

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Our friends at Outdoor Research recently released their film, Essential.

Essential shows the incredible teamwork and commitment of the Outdoor Research factory team, and teaches us about the power behind U.S. manufacturing. Outdoor Research has been a leader in U.S. made outdoor apparel and accessories for 40 years. Four floors of its 7-story headquarters building in Seattle, WA are dedicated to factory production space.

A 40-year history of rapidly developing cutting-edge Outdoor, Military and Tactical products provided Outdoor Research the ability to quickly shift to supporting the personal protective needs of the medical community.

The entire company is fully committed to ensuring that doctors, nurses, health-care workers and first responders have the personal protective equipment they require to effectively care for their patients. 

Highly respected in the outdoor industry for developing functional solutions for extreme environments, Outdoor Research has a history of successfully leveraging the best commercial market technologies to serve the needs of the armed services and first responders. Over the past two years the company has conducted a comprehensive review of the U.S. supply chain and is in active development with textile mills and materials providers to expand and elevate the capabilities of products that are 100-percent American-made. 

Over the last two years Outdoor Research has made significant capital investments designed to improve and modernize its Seattle factory. In May of 2019 the company opened an additional new, wholly-owned factory in El Monte, California. These investments allow Outdoor Research to take advantage of the company’s global knowledge of design, materials, and innovative manufacturing techniques while producing the next generation of outdoor and tactical products at its facilities. OR has continued to accelerate its product-development cycle, allowing the latest innovations to be rapidly fielded to the end user, helping increase the mobility and protection of soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, first responders, outdoor enthusiasts, and now the medical community.

Watch Essential to see how OR pivoted their business in March of 2020 to serve the needs of frontline healthcare workers and essential hospital staff.

This film is dedicated to Outdoor Research production staff and essential workers around the world. We encourage you to share this film, and the story of the OR factory team, as you are able.

Sneak Peek – Berry Compliant Handwear by Beyond

Friday, November 6th, 2020

In addition to the new TAA compliant gloves we showed you yesterday, Beyond is also introducing a standard five finger glove a s a two-piece three finger mitt system that takes you down to -70 F. Both are touch screen compatible.

As an added bonus, Beyond also has a Cordura Gaiter.

Coming soon.

beyondclothing.com