There’s nothing more American than blue jeans, except that most of them are made in China, Mexico and just about every place else but America.
The exception is Round House Workwear, which has been making making jeans in Shawnee, Okla., since 1903, when it began outfitting railroad workers.
The company gets its denim from cotton mills in Texas, and its buttons and zippers from a company in Georgia.
This week, I talked to David Antosh, a third-generation jeans makers whose grandfather acquired Round House in the 1960s.
He’s proof we can still make things in America – even in the textile industry which faded away in America decades ago.
“A lot of people assume that nobody makes jeans here in the U.S.,” Antosh says. “If it were impossible, we wouldn’t be here.”
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