“I found a whole lot of issues,” Babich said. In fact, the cost-competitive case for “Made in China” is changing amid the early stages of a global manufacturing shift. Factors including rising labor costs are eroding China’s cost advantage as an export platform for North America. Mexico, meanwhile, is rebounding as a manufacturing base, and wages there will be significantly lower than in China, according to a Boston Consulting Group report. While each designer’s reason for living and working in Fort Wayne differ, the Internet and e-commerce allow them to connect virtually with larger garment communities, Babich said. Made in New York and LA Of course, independent designers are pursuing “Made in USA” apparel in larger fashion hubs, too. Randy Choi is co-founder of San Diego-based William Thompson that makes American-made clothing. Its signature item is a high-performance T-shirt (about $25 retail) that’s sweatproof. The material and construction are advanced, and Choi knew entry-level contractors overseas weren’t going to work. He decided to tap experienced tailors and seamstresses in Los Angeles. “These are not Forever 21 contractors,” said Choi, referring to the category of mass produced fashion that’s made abroad and can fall apart after few washes. Across the country in New York, designer Juliana Cho also has been making American-made garments. She relies on a small group of local expert knitting ladies in their 80s to fashion hand-knit sweaters, part of her collections. “Hand knitting is a dying trade,” she said. Cho opened her first Annelore outpost in the West Village in 2002.
The Dynamo recorded their season high in goals to solidify their hold on fourth place in the East two points behind third-place Montreal. Chivas USA was officially eliminated last weekend. Houston dominated the first half, and Barnes teamed up with Brad Davis on the Dynamo’s fifth corner kick of the half. Davis bent a perfect kick to the top of the penalty area, and Barnes jumped above the Chivas defense. Barnes flicked Davis’ feed down and into the net past Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy . Avila leveled the score in the 50th minute when he headed a rebound past Hall. Carlos Alvarez took the first shot, but it bounced off the near post and went right to Avila, who scored easily. The Dynamo responded four minutes later with Barnes’ second of the match. Ricardo Clark fed Barnes, who ran toward the net and drew Kennedy away from the post. Barnes slipped his shot into the net for his eighth goal of the season. Bruin made it 3-1 in the 63rd minute and Garcia scored in the 80th and 90th minutes — with the second coming on a penalty kick. The Dynamo has never lost to Chivas USA at home, improving to 8-0-2 and outscoring them 21-3 overall.
USA Presents Successful Business Techniques at Annual Appliance Repair Training Event in Denver
The 2013 Fall RSM training program is a series of two-day events that will be held in Denver CO and other major cities in the US and Canada. The USA ( http://www.appliancerepairassociation.com/ ) has partnered with appliance manufacturers like Whirlpool, Bosch and Electrolux; and local parts distributors in each city to offer this appliance repair training event with technical repair and business management training. The appliance repair training event features hands-on technical training from appliance manufacturers. Also included is a series of business management topics including internet marketing, calculating the hourly cost of running a service call, flat rate pricing and technician productivity through new technology. Each event will include 2 meals, discounted sleeping rooms and parking for those who stay overnight. Each day will feature three 4-hour sessions repeated twice each day to allow every technician the opportunity to attend every session or only the ones pertinent to their job. USA will share proven strategies on improving business and manufacturers will demonstrate current repair techniques associated with their brand. Registration for the RSM events is open to all service companies. Registration also entitles attendees to a first year full membership in United Servicers Association and access to all the benefits of USA. The meeting will be on October 17th and 18th at the Holiday Inn Denver Airport; 6900 Tower Rd; Denver, CO 80249. Visit http://www.unitedservicers.com/ to learn more. About United Servicers Association: The United Servicers Association is a non-profit trade association for servicers by servicers. Their mission and purpose is to develop and provide services and programs intended to assist members in building strong businesses in North Americas competitive environment.