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Minnesota Knitting Mills, Inc, is an expert custom manufacturer of circular and tubular knit, flat knit, jacquard knit, jersey knit, fleece knit, trim knit, knit hats, braid and filters.  Our products are made in the USA and shipped to customers worldwide for military, athletic, safety, outerwear, and medical industries

BIG DREAMS FOR SEAMS

‘New’ sewn products group aims to lead MADE IN AMERICA movement

Posted December 7, 2017

By Devin Steele (DSteele@eTextileCommunications.com)

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. – Officially under new management for the first time in nearly 20 years, SEAMS, the Association and Voice for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry, held its annual Fall Networking Conference here recently as it continued its 50th anniversary celebration

During the event, Will Duncan of Will Duncan and Associates (WDA), whose group has assumed daily management and operations of the not-for-profit organization, laid out his made-in-America vision and growth agenda for the association. He, along with SEAMS’ new marketing associate, Jerry Inman of Demand Worldwide, NYC, also offered a peek at and value proposition of SEAMS’ newly revamped website and visual brand identity, which was subsequently launched and announced to the trades.

Members also heard a number of compelling, meaningful presentations by industry thought leaders and took advantage of several networking opportunities during the gathering, held under the theme “Empowering the MADE IN AMERICA Movement.”

“But the biggest reason this conference was special to me was that we had the opportunity to celebrate a person that for more than 20 years has been the driving force behind this association,” said Duncan, SEAMS’ executive director.

That would be Sarah Friedman, who announced her retirement as the group’s executive director last year, before WDA was voted by the board to manage the association beginning this fall. To honor her devotion and service, Friedman was presented the newly established SEAMS Lifetime Achievement Award – a surprise to her and many association members until the announcement was made during a dinner presentation. Going forward, SEAMS’ Person of the Year Award will be named in her honor, Duncan announced.

“Sarah has been a special person to me and thousands more as she has worked tirelessly to serve our membership with grace, dignity and integrity,” Duncan said. “Thank you, Sarah!”

Visibly moved, Friedman thanked membership after being feted with the award by SEAMS President Jeremy Wootten, president of HomTex, Inc., Vinemont, Ala.

Under Friedman’s leadership, SEAMS transformed itself from a small, regional apparel manufacturing group into the widely recognized National Association for the Sewn Products Industry. With more than 200 member companies, SEAMS today consists of America’s foremost fashion brands, retailers, manufacturers and textile providers.

In addition to managing more than 30 industry networking events and conferences, Friedman oversaw the development of the Supply Chain USA pavilion that has become a key destination for attendees to the biennial Texprocess Americas trade show. Her business matchmaking efforts brought immeasurable value to SEAMS members and sourcing professionals worldwide, Wootten noted.

During the group’s board meeting, Matt Poovey, president of Champion Thread, Gastonia, N.C., was elected president to succeed Wootten for a two-year term.

“This is a very exciting time for our industry, and it’s a very exciting time for the SEAMS association,” Poovey, who will officially take the reins on January 1, told attendees. “We talked today about building a bridge and we are right at the point of doing that. The global supply chain has changed, and SEAMS is in perfect position to take advantage of all the changes in the supply chain.

“I’m a third-generation in my family in the textile business and the second in my family’s business,” he continued. “When I got into the business, opportunities were pretty bleak, but things have changed so much. I thought things eventually would change, but I didn’t think it would change so fast. Our business today is as good as it’s ever been, and I think a lot of people in here feel that way, as well. I think we can all thrive in it together if we stay together. It’s about getting out of these siloes and getting rid of vendor and customer relationship – you truly collaborate, and that’s how we’ll all succeed.”

Revamped website, visual brand identity

SEAMS’ newly redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information for the resurgence and growth of made in America initiatives, according to Inman. The new visual branding and logo “elevate the company’s corporate identity while preserving its rich heritage and supports its unique network of manufacturers, suppliers, vendors and retailers/brands,” according to a SEAMS’ announcement.

As explained during the meeting, the website also delivers stronger brand storytelling for the new digital world with a comprehensive member search, extensive resource section, news and events and industry educational best practices.

“We are excited about the launch of our updated brand, new website and the robust information it provides the industry,” Wootten said. “SEAMS is dedicated to promoting sound economic growth for our members and leading the resurgence of ‘MADE IN AMERICA’ on the world stage. We believe that this new site will allow our visitors to have a very informative experience as we continue to grow and increase our member’s market presence.

“This fresh new look for the association with its mobile-responsiveness and easy-to-navigate design, improved design features and educational resourcefulness, really adds business value for our membership and sewn products industry at large,” he added.

The new site features the industry’s only “Make Something / Source Something Power Search” to quickly find its U.S. member base, Duncan added.

“And the new brand reflects who we are as an association and giving back, the market we serve, and the innovation that comes from the members,” Duncan said.

The new brand identity also came with a new boilerplate, along with a new SEAMS’ tagline: “The Association and Voice for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry.”

“We want to the voice in the MADE IN AMERICA category,” Inman said while giving an overview of the changes. “And we have an opportunity because nobody really owns that term, ‘the voice.’ We’re going to own it.”

Inman further explained the changes, made to help SEAMS be at the forefront of the reshoring movement.

“We’ve made some really progressive changes to conquer the connected customer, who are all of our customers,” he said. “We’re the most well-informed, go-to resource shaping the growth and resurgence of made in America, providing the access, the people, processes and products to move production back to the U.S.”

He continued: “Being a member now is more important than ever. Why? Because you’re at the epicenter of making ‘MADE IN AMERICA a reality. You’re thought leaders, you’re influencers, you’re innovators and you’re really experienced people. And you’re people who want to work together – and hard to come by today, so that’s a huge advantage, having that collaborative, personal touch.”

 

 

Mendota Heights Company Knits Official Super Bowl Beanie

Article from the Mendota Heights Patch

By William Bornhoft (Patch Staff) - Updated September 15, 2017 1:49 pm ET

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — When 10,000 volunteers hit the streets to welcome the world to Minnesota, they’ll be wearing a Minnesota-made custom Love Your Melon beanie. The "Crew52" exclusive beanie is the first piece of a full winter-ready uniform provided free of charge to all Crew52 volunteers participating in the 10 days of Super Bowl festivities, Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee.

The Love Your Melon beanies were knitted by Minnesota Knitting Mills, a Mendota Heights-based company that was founded in Saint Paul more than a century ago.

Love Your Melon, in partnership with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, will continue its mission by giving more than 5,000 Super Bowl winter beanies to Minnesota children who are battling cancer, according to a news release. 

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The only way to get your hands on the special-edition Love Your Melon beanie is to become a Crew 52 volunteer, and interested volunteers need to act fast. Applications will close on Sept. 27, and interviews will end on Sept. 30.

Minnesota Knitting Mills Receives 2016 Best of Mendota Heights Award

 


MENDOTA HEIGHTS June 16, 2016 -- Minnesota Knitting Mills has been selected for the 2016 Best of Mendota Heights Award in the Manufacturers category by the Mendota Heights Award Program.  This marks back-to-back selections as MKM was also selected in 2015.

Each year, the Mendota Heights Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mendota Heights area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Mendota Heights Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Mendota Heights Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Mendota Heights Award Program
The Mendota Heights Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Mendota Heights area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
SOURCE: Mendota Heights Award Program

 

Minnesota Knitting Mills Gives Support for Bike MS Team

Thank you so much for sponsoring our Bike MS team! Your financial support allowed Stacy's Cycling Supporters to get matching jerseys for the first time, which not only helped us recruit more riders than we've ever had before, but also helped us raise $53,000 for the MS Society so far this year (we have one more fundraising ride to wrap up). This was a record breaking year for us, and we really appreciate that you made it possible. Our riders were really excited to have matching jerseys, and we got a lot of compliments on them. (See attached photo if you haven't already seen our jerseys. Next year we'll have to take a photo of the back, which shows your logos that were visible to all the riders we passed on the ride and walking around the rest stops!)

Thank you again for your help as we pedal to fight multiple sclerosis. The MS Society is making great progress in research and treatment, while providing much-needed services to those living with MS. We couldn't do it without you!

Sincerely,

Maggie Mahoney
Stacy's Cycling Supporters

Stacy's Cycling

2015 Best Of Mendota Heights Award

MENDOTA HEIGHTS- June 5, 2015 -- Minnesota Knitting Mills, Inc. has been selected for the 2015 Best of Mendota Heights Award in the Knit Goods category by the Mendota Heights Award Program.
Each year, the Mendota Heights Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Mendota Heights area a great place to live, work and play. 

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Mendota Heights Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Mendota Heights Award Program and data provided by third parties. 

About Mendota Heights Award Program

The Mendota Heights Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Mendota Heights area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Mendota Heights Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community's contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Mendota Heights Award Program

MKM Supplies Love Your Melon Foundation For Kids With Cancer


By Mary Divine
mdivine@pioneerpress.com
Posted:   04/10/2014 12:01:00 AM CDT | 


 
Brian Keller, left, and Zachary Quinn co-founded Love Your Melon, an Afton-based nonprofit organization that has given away experiences such as helicopter and limo rides - and more than 6,000 cotton-knit hats - to children with cancer. 

Ashley Boesel buzzed over downtown Minneapolis in a helicopter this week -- accompanied by Superman. 

The 8-year-old Cottage Grove girl gazed down on Target Field, the Mississippi River and "the hole that was the Metrodome" at dusk Tuesday in an adventure the young leukemia patient said she'll always remember.
 
That's just what Superman -- aka Zachary Quinn -- wanted to hear.
 
Quinn is one of the founders of Love Your Melon, an Afton-based nonprofit organization that has given away experiences such as helicopter and limo rides -- and more than 6,000 cotton-knit hats -- to children with cancer. 

Here's how it works: For every Love Your Melon hat purchased, the Love Your Melon crew donates a hat to a child with cancer.
 
The foundation also sells Love Your Melon daypacks and iPhone covers; the sale of 10 daypacks or 25 iPhone covers equals a helicopter ride. 

Love Your Melon has sold 12,000 hats so far and expects to triple that number this year. Quinn and Love Your Melon co-founder Brian Keller, have set a daunting goal: They want to give a hat to every American child with cancer.
 
"It's all about embracing what you have and giving these kids some confidence," said Quinn, who lives in St. Mary's Point, MN. "The hats provide warmth through their time in the hospital and restore confidence when they're losing their hair." 

Kris Boesel said her daughter, a third-grader at Pullman Elementary School in St. Paul Park, received one of the first Love Your Melon hats after the nonprofit's creation in 2012. 

"It was so nice knowing that someone cared enough to purchase the hat," she said. "We were so humbled by their kindness." 

Quinn and Keller also gave Ashley's older sister, Cala, her own hat and brought her along for the helicopter adventure. 

"Whatever they did for Ashley, they did for Cala, too," she said. "We always try to make things equal, and they understand that. They're just great.

Love Your Melon started as a homework assignment for a class at the University of St. Thomas. Quinn and Keller were asked to come up with an idea for a self-sustainable business for their Introduction to Entrepreneurship class in 2012. 

Quinn, who was reading Blake Mycoskie's book "Start Something That Matters," suggested that they embrace the "buy-one, donate-one" business model. Mycoskie is the founder of TOMS, a California company that donates a pair of shoes to an impoverished child for every pair sold; part of the profit for each pair of sunglasses TOMS sells goes toward an effort to restore the eyesight of people in developing countries. 

"It tied in well for us because we knew we were going to be selling to college kids, and we knew we had to give them something that they could afford to buy, but still see the impact that they were going to have on somebody else's life," Quinn said. 

"They needed to see that tangible project because they are going to wear the same hat that the kid gets to wear, too. It's a really cool experience just sharing that love." ]

Manufacturing the hats in the United States and keeping those donated in the country was key, he said. 

"People get excited about this because it is something they can do in their community," Quinn said. "So many buy-one, give-one programs give to other countries -- you can't discount that, it's necessary -- but we feel that something needs to come from here and go back to here." 

The foundation is headquartered in Afton's Old Village area at 3321 St. Croix Trail S., across the street from the Afton House Inn, in the space that formerly housed the Afton Historical Society Press. 
Hundreds of Love Your Melon hats are color-coded and stored in clear-plastic bins in the building's lower level. The hats, which have been manufactured by a company in Oregon, will soon be made by Minnesota Knitting Mills in Mendota Heights, MN. 
Each hat features a "Love Your Melon" patch in felt or leather; hats range in price from $25 to $30.