Lawson admitted he was comfortable in his previous job with an American jeans company, but when he saw a pair of the jeans with a Made in Mexico tag he resigned the next day and began the All American Clothing Co. In its first year of business, The All American Clothing Co. had revenue of $18,000. Through persistence, hard work and long hours, the company has continued to grow and is now a multi-million dollar company.
Over the summer, the company moved into the former Creative Cabinets building with the intention of manufacturing their own clothing. In addition, Lawson announced his company recently purchased a blue jeans manufacturer in Texas and will be able to control the quality and price. “We expect this will have a big affect on what we do in Ohio,” Lawson said. He believes this acquisition will help the company grow its revenue by 400%.
Plans for the Arcanum area have changed a little. “We don’t think we will be making blue jeans in Ohio,” he said. “What we do want to do, and again we haven’t got it up and running yet, we expect to put in a shirt/dress shirt type business. It is something that is hard to find in the United States – a U.S. made dress shirt in the United States.”
Lawson credited Marc Saluk, economic development director, and the Community Improvement Corporation for their assistance in helping make this happen as quickly as it did.
|Jim Poeppleman presents the quarterly business award to Lawson and BJ Nickols. Ryan Berry photo|