TAP America

July 02, 2012 08:02 ET

Mark Bloome, Founder of TAP America to Present at Made In USA Foundation Awards Gala

National 'Buy American' Organization Honors Filson for Ongoing Commitment to Manufacturing in America

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 2, 2012) - TAP America, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening America and its citizens, today announced that Founder Mark Bloome will present at the Made In USA Foundation Awards Gala in Santa Monica, CA. Bloome will honor outdoor apparel company Filson with the 2012 TAP America Loyalty to Our Country Award for its ongoing commitment to keeping a majority of its manufacturing in the United States.

"We are delighted to be presenting Filson with the TAP America Loyalty to Our Country Award," stated Mark Bloome, Founder of TAP America. "Overseas competitors are using a host of underhanded and unfair trade practices to steal American jobs and collapse the American manufacturing base. TAP America and the 'Buy American' Coalition urge people to purchase items made in America to help stimulate our economy."

The Made In USA Foundation Awards Gala on July 2nd, 2012 will bring together the nation's leading executives, economy experts and influencers to discuss the issues facing American manufacturers and honor those who have truly made a difference providing jobs to American workers. TAP recently joined forces with the Made In USA Foundation and the American Job Alliance to form the 'Buy American Coalition' with the goal of stimulating our national economy, protecting our nation's values and weakening authoritarian regimes abroad like China that violate human rights.

The 'Buy American' coalition examines the causes of America's joblessness and rising underemployment with the goal of finding actionable solutions. Important issues under consideration include: international trade, geopolitics, currency devaluation, product safety and compliance, human rights, resource availability, and consumer interest in American products. The coalition is already experiencing broad, non-partisan support from many individuals and organizations. It does not endorse any political party, candidate, union, trade association or corporation.

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. TAP Merchant Filson was recently awarded the TAP America Loyalty to America Award for its commitment to keeping over 70% of manufacturing in the United States.

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

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

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