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Omaha Steve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-05-09 08:58 PM
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DeLong Sportswear Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy (a made in USA down the tubes)

I was going to post a story about my made in USA Packer jacket made by DeLong. When the site didn't come up, I couldn't understand why. Here is the bad news. /

On 08.14.09, In My E-Commerce Businesses, By Joshua Kennon

DeLong was the nation's largest privately owned manufacturer of award jackets and team uniforms.

If you are involved in the sporting goods industry, you probably know that there are only a handful of companies that manufacture letterman jackets in the United States. Among the biggest was a company called DeLong Sportswear, headquartered in Grinnell, Iowa. A few months ago, DeLong went into Chapter 7 bankruptcy and was scheduled for a liquidation of assets. The town in which the firm operated for more than 150 years was given virtually no warning and employees were given a day to clean out their work stations at the factory, according to some things Ive read.

We always maintain multiple vendors at our companies, and this is an example of how that policy has protected us. At Mount Olympus Awards, we sold thousands of DeLong jackets each year but we never allowed them to dominate our product offerings, instead spreading out our business among multiple vendors.

DeLong Sportswear had divisions that included letterman jackets, outerwear, embroidered caps, and team uniforms.

The truth is, my father, who has decades of experience in the sporting goods industry, called a meeting and had us virtually pull out of all DeLong products nearly six months before the company shut its doors. Why? During a call with customer service at the height of the busy winter selling season, the representative mentioned that they would be receiving a new shipment of a particular material in sometime during the week. Knowing the industry, he realized that a company the size of DeLong should be drowning in cash during the winter and if they were unable to afford basic materials during the busy season, they couldnt survive past another summer. We immediately, and quietly, shifted our sales to some other companies without missing a beat. The only exception were seven or eight orders that caused us a tremendous amount of grief (believe me if I know about an specific order at the operating businesses, something went very, very wrong or very right.)

FULL story at link.

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