SOURCE: TAP America

TAP America

March 07, 2012 07:32 ET

C.C. Filson Co. Receives TAP America Award

TAP America Recognizes Leading Luggage and Outdoor Clothing Company for Commitment to Supporting American Workers

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - Mar 7, 2012) - TAP America, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening America and its citizens, today announced that it has awarded C.C. Filson Co.® with the TAP America Award for its ongoing commitment to manufacture a significant amount of their products in the United States. The award was created by TAP America in order to recognize companies and organizations that actively create American jobs, support their employees, and improve the national economy.

Filson Supports the American Economy

"For more than a century, Filson has fashioned a reputation as the leading manufacturer, distributor and retailer of premium, rugged outdoor apparel and accessories," said Mark Bloome, Founder of TAP America. Filson has made the commitment to keep at least 70% of its manufacturing in the Seattle area, supporting their local and national economy."

C.C. Filson Co., a privately held, Seattle-based company, has provided customers premium outdoor apparel, luggage and accessories for more than a century. The company operates its flagship retail store and factory in Seattle, and generates a substantial portion of its business through its direct-to-consumer operations.

"We are delighted to receive recognition by TAP America," said Mark Korros, president and CEO of Filson. "Our motto for 115 years has been 'Might as Well Have the Best.' By manufacturing many of our own products, we can insure that we deliver on this promise and promote jobs for American workers. There are some products that we cannot make or source domestically to deliver the price/value relationship that Filson stands for. We stand behind these products just the same, but we will continue to explore all opportunities to increase sourcing and manufacture of products domestically. We are proud to support our economy by keeping jobs in the United States as one of the largest apparel industry employers in the Pacific Northwest."

TAP America recently announced their TAP Certified Merchant program to encourage stores to stock at least 20% of U.S. goods and to increase their American-made inventories by just 1% per month. As incentive, businesses who sign up are featured in news articles, included in the TAP online business directory, and are featured in a Groupon-like service called AmeriCoupon that helps people find deals on products made in America.

Since launching in January of 2011, TAP has created national awareness campaigns aimed at buying American-made goods, promoting tolerance, and encouraging people to stay physically active. For more information about TAP America, to volunteer or to make a donation, please visit www.tapamerica.org.

About TAP America
TAP America is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing and strengthening America and its citizens. Founded in 2011, TAP embodies what it means to be American by promoting patriotism, tolerance and Americanism through education and multimedia educational programs. The tenets of TAP encourage people to be physically active, embrace equality and support the American economy by purchasing products made in America. TAP America Founder Mark Bloome created the organization out of love for his country and its people and a desire to promote patriotism, free from political and economic self-interest. For more information about TAP America or to volunteer please visit www.tapamerica.org.

About Filson
Filson®, a leading outfitter for outdoor enthusiasts, is committed to providing the highest performance apparel that stands up to the toughest conditions. The company's 115+ year legacy is built upon its reputation for honesty, quality and durability. The brand's tough yet comfortable outdoor clothing is a favorite among hunters and fishermen, engineers and explorers, mariners and miners, and anyone who has a passion for the outdoors. Renowned for proprietary fabrics such as heavyweight Tin Cloth, warm, rugged Mackinaw Wool and Bridle Leather, Filson's quality apparel, luggage and accessories have made it a trans-generational brand. The Company's headquarters, factory and flagship retail store are located in Seattle, Washington, with another retail store located in Portland, Oregon. For information or a free catalog, call (800) 624-0201 or visit www.filson.com. Twitter: @Filson; www.Facebook.com/Filson; Blog: www.filson.com/filson-life/

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