A couple of weeks ago we interviewed 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!”, in a blog post ahead of his visit to Made in USA manufacturer, UCAN Zippers USA. 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 and more importantly to the resurgence of American Manufacturing and “Made In USA.”
Cerasis and Josh Miller of “Made In the USA: The 30 Day Journey” Partner with a #MadeInUSA #Sweeps!
For our part in this year’s Manufacturing Day 2015, since we do not have any manufacturing facilities to open up to the public, as we are a 3PL (third party logistics company) focused on transportation management primarily for LTL (Less-than-truckload) shipping and other over the road modes of shipping utilizing technology and our managed services, we have partnered with Josh Miller, the documentary filmmaker, who aligns with our goals of bring awareness of Made in USA, by presenting the #MadeInUSA #Sweeps!
Josh has graciously agreed to give away, for free, to 25 winners a digital copy of his documentary, as a way for Cerasis and Josh to celebrate manufacturers during this Manufacturing Day period! You can register below to enter for your chance to win! The contest starts right now and will go through midnight on October 9th (you can think of that as the end of the day on October 8th). We will choose winners by noon on October 10th and inform the winners by email!
Further, next week, on Friday, October 2nd, thousands of manufacturers across this great nation will open their doors to the public and thousands more companies will all work in concert to promote American Manufacturing on the now 4th annual Manufacturing Day.
What is Manufacturing Day 2015?
Manufacturing Day 2015 is an opportunity for manufacturers to highlight their work and their workers and to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers. An annual event that occurs on the first Friday of October, MFG DAY is an occasion during which manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. All across the country, organizations showed the public what manufacturing really looks like through more than 1,660 open houses and events in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico with an estimated 50,000 students, parents, and community members attending. Manufacturing Day also resulted in thousands of articles, TV segments and interviews; participation from public officials; and proclamations across the country – including the first ever proclamation from the President of the United States. Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
What is “Made In USA: The 30 Day Journey?”
Below are a few questions to get you up to speed on who Josh Miller is and what the film is all about that you are trying to win a copy of:
Adam Robinson (AR): Give us a brief description of who you are and your background
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.
AR: What is “Made in USA the 30 Day Journey?
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.
AR: What compelled you to make the documentary?
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.
AR: What do you hope to accomplish with this project?
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.
AR: What are some of the biggest issues facing American Manufacturers?
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.
AR: What can American Manufacturing companies do to promote more “Made in USA?”
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!