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New Solar Shingles Made in the USA

Thursday, March 6, 2014 posted by tommi

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If you want to cut greenhouse gas emissions and your energy bill, look no further than a new line of solar shingles made by CertainTeed in Valley Forge, PA.

This product replaces unsightly roof mounted solar panels.  The new technology is affordable and new versions can line the sides of an entire skyscraper.   Did you know that skyscrapers use more than 40% of all the energy used in the USA.  The are even bigger power pigs than transportation and industry.

Thank you for visiting Why6Percent.com.   If you have a home to sell, an MLS listing is a MUST DO.  Visit our website to learn how you can advertise on the MLS, yet sell your home By Owner and keep the commission.

 

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Before and After Examples of Curb Appeal

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 posted by tommi

The term Curb Appeal was first used in conjunction with real estate in 1975.  And, in case you aren’t sure what curb appeal is…this house has it in spades.  It is welcoming, it is neat, clean, colorful and inviting…it makes me want to go inside and see what else is there.

Accoring to Webster…Curb Appeal is the visual attractiveness of a house, and its surrounding landscape, as seen from the street.  Why is Curb Appeal so talked about among real estate professionals?  Because it is crucial to selling homes.  Without it, the buyer has no motivation to see inside, so the seller misses all opportunity at a sale.  

For example of how simple it can be to improve your Curb Appeal…this house has good bones…but showings increased exponentially after the seller removed overgrown shrubs and tiled over an ugly cracked concrete walk and steps.

A coat of paint and landscape spruce up makes all the difference in the world.  

   Shutters can change everything.  The homeowner made these himself and the change in balance and curb appeal was instant.

Showings doubled after this seller removed overgrowth to show off a beautiful porch that anyone would love to have.

This home sold in 3 days after the owners painted the front door an attractive color and added a splash of color to the landscaping.

This spring has been the best home selling season in years.  If you aren’t getting the showings and activity you should be getting, step back and take an objective look at your home from the street.   If your home isn’t inviting, then change that immediately.  The need for Curb appeal is so univeral to us all, that Home buyers will even look inside homes that are slighltly overpriced, if they are attracted and drawn to them.  Don’t sell yourself short or blame a poor housing market if your doesn’t shine from the road.

Thank you for visiting Why6Percent.com.   We marked 3 more homes SOLD today… best market we’ve seen in a while.  Make sure you have an MLS or Realtor.com listing…these programs will bring you buyers…all you have to do is get them in the door.

If you plan to buy a new American flag this Memorial Day…make sure it is Made in the USA.  Here is a company that makes all their flags here at home.  Check out Veterans Flag Depot.

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What a ship….no wonder ‘Made in China ‘ is displacing North American made goods big time.

 This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5 days!!   This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships commissioned to be completed in 2012.  

These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their goods and stuff from China .  They hold an incredible 15,000 containers and have a 207 foot deck beam!!  The full crew is just 13 people on a ship longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a crew of 5,000.   With it’s 207′ beam it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals .
       
                    It is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots. 

The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on  a China -to-    California  run.   91% of Walmart products are made in China .  So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.      
 
The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated
together and then welded. 
The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane rigs that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two hours.

Cost for this container ship…$146,000,000

 A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that all of these containers are shipped back to China , EMPTY.

Yep, that’s right.  We send nothing back on these ships. What does that tell you about 
the current financial state of this country?    Let’s all just keep buying those imported goods (mostly, cheap nothing gadgets) until we run out of money, jobs, homes or all of the above.   

Just our two cents here at InfoTube.net…. We support American workers, products and companies.  We manufacture The InfoTube and InfoBox here in the USA, with materials Made in the USA…so don’t believe it can’t be done.  We’re just a little company.  If we can do, anyone can.  

Please Buy Made in America, whenever possible!!!

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Made in the USA School Supplies

Friday, July 8, 2011 posted by tommi

Americans spent a staggering $52 BILLION on “Back to School Supplies” in 2010.   

We believe that very little of your $52 BILLION spent at big box retailers benefited American companies and US workers. 

If you are worried about the future of the US economy….  If you care about the millions of unemployed and homeless Americans…Make a Pledge that in 2011 you will buy Back to School Supplies that are Made in the USA!!!    It’s that simple.  Keep your money in your pocket and Say “NO” to rewarding retailers and companies that sell out American companies and support foreign workers.

It’s easier than you think to find American Made Back to School Supplies.  Here is a short list of companies to get you started!

Backpacks  
Duluth Pack DuluthPack.com  
Trager ShoeBuy.com  
Tough Traveler ToughTraveler.com  
 
Lunchboxes  
Mimi the Sardine ReUseIt.com  
Laptop Lunch GreenFeet.com  
 
Pencils  
General Pencil GeneralPencil.com  
 
Pens/Markers  
Clementine Art ClementineArt.com  
LiquidMark RedAppleSupply.com  
EcoStars RedAppleSupply.com  
 
Paper/Notebooks  
Ampad BuyOnlineNow.com  
Basic brand SaleStores.com  
Mead (select items) OfficeSupplySanity.com  
New Leaf eConsciousMarket.com  
 
Computers/Accessories  
Union Built PC UnionBuiltPC.com  
Green Guru (laptop sleeve) Greenopia.com  
 
American Jeans  
Levis Capital E Nordstrom.com  
True Religion Jeans TrueReligionJeans.com  
Rock & Republic RockandRepublic.com  
Paige Premium Denim PaigePremiumDenim.com  
Robin’s Jean RobinsJean.com  
Frankie B. FrankieB.com  
Genetic Jeans GeneticJeans.com  
Hudson Jeans HudsonJeans.com  
Rich & Skinny RichandSkinnyJeans.com  
J-Brand JBrandJeans.com  
Earnest Sewn EarnestSewn.com  
Citizens of Humanity CitizensOfHumanity.com  
Rag & Bone Rag-Bone.com  
ReWash ReWashUSA.com  
 
American Socks  
Thorlo Thorlo.com  
ZKano ZKano.com  
Fox River Socks FoxSox.com  
 
American Shoes and Boots  
Alden Shoes AldenShoes.com  
Allen Edmonds AllenEdmonds.com  
New Balance (select) NewBalance.com  
 
American Clothing  
Hard Tail HardTailForever.com  
American Apparel AmericanApparel.com  
Basic Threads BasicThreadsUSA.com  
Fresh Produce FreshProduceClothes.com  
   

SOURCE Made in the USA Foundation

Thank you for visiting InfoTube.net.  We have been making InfoTubes and InfoBoxes here in the USA since 1988.  We appreciate your business and please visit our website for FREE home selling services.   Thank You!

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Paul Choi, a long time supporter of the American worker and American dream, complied a list of Links for People who are interested in fighting the Chinese import tsumani. 

If you would like to Vote for Made in the USA products, please CLICK HERE.    If you want to express your outrage about the outsourcing of American jobs, CLICK HERE.  If you want to reach our politicians and news reporters and tell them what you t hink about the Companies who are shipping jobs overseas, CLICK HERE!!

Thank you for helping InfoTube Fight for American Jobs and Products!!!  Your Money is Your Vote…Spend it Wisely!

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InfoTube, The Hillman Group and China

Thursday, May 26, 2011 posted by tommi

I am very happy to report that the public outcry about outsourcing American products, specifically Infotube and Infobox, to China has been encouraging, enlightening, motivating and best of all…it may be working to save jobs and keep American made products on the shelves.

As a result of your emails, calls, petitions, Facebook posts, etc. some strange things have happened.  We have been contacted by a US Senator, offering his assistance.  We have been interviewed on radio news and talk shows and our story has shown up in print across the country.   And, we still have our fingers crossed that we might receive a call from Diane Sawyer and ABC news about our story and products. 

If you haven’t told Diane and ABC what your favorite American products are, click this LINK and do so, today!  Please don’t forget to mention InfoTube and InfoBox!   

Perhaps, the most surprising outcome, so far, has been our two discussions with senior management at The Hillman Group.  Surprising, because it is happening at all.  Surprising, again, because we are each sharing information and I feel that everyone is sincere about wanting to reach a resolution. 

Rest assured that we won’t give up the fight until we hear that Crow Erickson will continue to sell Infotubes and InfoBoxes to our major d-i-y retail customers, like we have done for nearly two decades.

Sadly, during our meeting yesterday, Hillman management confirmed  that they have shipped some of the Chinese copycat product…identifible by its Yellow lid…to Home Depot, Lowes and Menards.   The retailers, in turn, hung it up in the sign department where the InfoTube and InfoBox used to proudly hang.  

Please ask for InfoTube and InfoBox by name at the store!!  Simply, refuse to purchase the Chinese Yellow Lid product.  You know what is at stake and your money is counted as your vote. 

A concerned consumer may have said it best in their reply to an email they received from the Hillman Group. 

“See, we American voters may truly be powerless, but we American consumers are not.  We are fed up watching big corporations, like yours, screw American businesses, and so if you think this lame email has calmed me, you are wrong.  I am just getting started.”  Cynn Chadwick

If you have a problem finding our products in the stores, you can purchase through our secure our website or through one of our valued, loyal internet vendors….many of whom took action on our behalf…even though by doing so, they face more sales competition.

Thank you again for your support, your comments and your encouragement.  If this little company can find a way to beat the competition over in communist China…then, so can other companies!  

Buy American and Support your Homeland!!!  We aren’t anti-chinese…we are just Pro-American!

Tommi Crow

President, Crow Erickson Inc.  1854A Hendersonville Rd #221 – Asheville, NC  28803.  1-800-858-6000

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For those of you who are following our struggle and have ask how you can help next…  

I think that continuing to send requests to ABC news (the direct link is below) would really be helpful for moving our negotiations forward and for highlighting this David and Goliath story.   

My recent experiences have proven that the tide of consumer awareness is shifting in our country.  The grass roots support for American business, workers and products is gaining momentum quickly and we all need to stay involved to turn our economy and future around.

I would encourage everyone to submit your favorite American made products to ABC News. 

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/MadeInAmerica/mailform?id=13599846

I hope to see a lot of love for InfoTube and InfoBox, of course, but I know that a lot of American businesses are fighting against the outsourcing tsunami, as well.   Each one of them would appreciate your support and there is no limit on the number of products you can submit.

Thank you again for all your help!!!!  Without you, we wouldn’t be here today.   Please mention us to ABC News…I would love to tell our story to Diane Sawyer

Tommi Crow

President, Crow Erickson, Inc

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US Workers May Keep Jobs Due to Public Outcry

Thursday, May 19, 2011 posted by tommi

After months of silence , Crow Erickson, Inc.  received a telephone call today from senior management at The Hillman Group, distributor of InfoTube and InfoBox for Lowes and Home Depot stores. 

We feel the sole reason for this communication is due to the pouring of support and the hundreds of emails and inquiries sent on our behalf.  

Although, a decision has not been made about the outsourcing of our products to China, we do feel that we have some positive news to share with you for the first time.

On behalf of everyone at Crow Erickson, Caplugs and our associates, we want to extend our deepest Thanks for all your continued effort and support.   We hope that a resolution can be reached, now that the lines of communication have been opened. 

We will be sure to keep you posted on the outcome of our ongoing negotiations.  Made in America matters to us all.

Tommi Crow

President, Crow Erickson, Inc.

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I was interviewed on Clear Channel News this morning about our Fight to Save our Company and American jobs from the chinese, copycat imports of InfoBox that are being brought into the US by The Hillman Group, distributors for Lowes, Home Depot and Menards.

After the radio interview, we received a call from Senator Richard Burr’s (R) office to inquire about our story.   The Senator’s office is looking into the matter to determine how they can help.   Thank you, Senator Burr!

Tommi Crow radio interview on Jameson show

I would like to say a BIG thank you to Jerri Jameson at WWNC News Radio 570 for having us on her show this morning.  

Thanks for following our story and for your support!  Please continue to sign our petition and send emails to Lowes, Home Depot and Menardsn telling them that InfoTube and InfoBox SHOULD NOT be replaced with chinese imports.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

National Home Improvement Stores Outsource American Jobs to China    Home Depot, Lowe’s vendor ignores U.S. patents, outsources popular INFOBOX®  

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina (May 10, 2011)—Recently, Hillman Group, vendor to national DIY home-improvement retail giants Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Menards, replaced the store’s popular American-made INFOTUBE® and INFOBOX® products with Chinese factory replicas. 

INFOTUBE® literature boxes were invented 23 years ago in a garage in Dallas, TX, to provide Realtors®, builders and homeowners with an affordable way to sell their homes. Today, millions of these patented real-estate literature boxes are being used in neighborhoods across America. 

In March, Hillman informed Crow Erickson it was replacing INFOTUBE® and INFOBOX® products effective immediately, leaving thousands of boxes stranded on the docks and effectively closing the doors of the Asheville, NC-based manufacturer and inventor. Caplugs® factory jobs in Erie, PA and Buffalo, NY will also be affected, two areas already hard hit in this economy. 

Crow Erickson’s patent attorney has inspected the Chinese product, currently available on Home Depot’s website, and it does appear to be copy of the INFOBOX® design, something Hillman insiders have conceded. The Chinese knockoff provides no cost savings to the consumer. 

This is not the first time Hillman has ignored U.S. patents and put American jobs in jeopardy, including the hundreds of disabled and handicapped American workers that Crow Erickson has employed at competitive wages in partnership with vocational rehabilitation centers.

 In the 1990s, Hillman tried to outsource INFOTUBE® products, a patent violation against which Crow Erickson took legal action. The settlement required Hillman to renew its contract for INFOTUBE® and agree not to compete in its product niche. 

Apparently Hillman is banking on the rising cost of lawsuits to deter the small, woman-owned business from pursuing legal remedy this time around. 

Crow Erickson has made numerous direct appeals to the Hillman Group and senior management at Lowe’s and Home Depot, citing its 20+ year successful partnership, patent concerns, and a desire to work with all parties for a mutually beneficial and cost-competitive resolution. 

To date, Crow Erickson has not been able to engage Hillman, Lowe’s or Home Depot in any meaningful discussion and has been left with no recourse other than pursue costly legal action or close its doors and watch another American-made product fall victim to Chinese factories. 

Crow Erickson is currently launching a public media campaign to save American jobs. More information can be found on www.infotube.net and the company’s blog. INFOTUBE® is also sponsoring an online petition to save American jobs from export to China which can be viewed and signed on The Petition Site at Help-Save-American-Jobs.

 Contact:

Tommi Crow

President, Crow Erickson, Inc.

800-858-6000 (o) 828-230-2260 (cel)

tommi@infotube.net

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