Americans saying "Thank You"
Made in Downtown LA - Vertically Integrated Manufacturing
Dov Charney, founder & CEO
Dov Charney ... founder and CEO
... and an American Made Hero!
This year we're on track to export more clothes internationally than we have ever before, meaning we're
sending Made in USA clothes to China, Europe, Australia and South America.
Rapidly Growing Global Business......
- American Apparel operates largest garment factory in the U.S.
- We are vertically integrated, eliminating the use of sewing subcontractors and offshore labor
- We employ more than 10,000 employees worldwide
- We have experienced rapid sales growth, reporting $545 million in total sales in 2008
- We exported sales of more than $200 million in 2008
- Our first retail store opened in 2003, we now have over 260 stores worldwide in 19 countries
- We recently expanded manufacturing operations through acquisition of two dye houses in Southern California
- We are a publicly listed company on American Stock Exchange with market capitalization in excess of $450 million (Amex: APP)
- Inc. 500 award recipient as one of fastest-growing private companies in U.S. (2004, 2005)
Commitment to the Community ......
- American Apparel employs more than 5,000 workers in downtown Los Angeles enterprise zone, making us one of LA's largest employers
- Our average sewing operator earns more than $12 per hour
- Our progressive benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, meals, ESL training, and an on-site medical clinic
- We have been recognized by the Inner City 100 as one of the fastest growing companies operating in the inner city in the U.S. (2003, 2004, 2008)
- Factory workers were granted over $25 million in stock, announced January 2008
- Each year, we donate hundreds of thousands of garments to local charities
- We promote environmentally-friendly practices, using solar power, recycling fabric scraps and utilizing organic cotton
American Apparel, Los Angeles,
American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor and retailer, based in downtown Los Angeles, California.
I am very pleased by the rapid expansion of American Apparel this year and the continued momentum our business is enjoying worldwide.
I have welcomed a large number of new employees into the family this year, and am happy that in so they have are able to earn decent livelihood for themselves and their families. American Apparel now employs 10,000 people across the world and about 4,500 in our home of downtown Los Angeles. This year we're on track to export more clothes internationally than we have ever before, meaning we're sending Made in USA clothes to China, Europe, Australia and South America. I am particularly proud that so many of our long-standing manufacturing employees have become shareholders in American Apparel which means they now have a direct stake in American Apparel's financial success.
"I want to be remembered as one of the great CEOs of our time and our generation."
-- Dov Charney , CEO
"Not only the wealth, but the independence and security of a country, appear
to be materially connected with the prosperity of manufacturers. Every nation ... ought to endeavor to possess within
itself all the essentials of a national supply. They comprise the means of subsistence, habitation, clothing and
defense ... The expediency of encouraging manufactures in the United States, which was not long since deemed very
questionable, appears at this time to be pretty generally admitted."
American Made Heroes (AMH) is a unique non-partisan, grass-roots partnership focused on supporting, strengthening and expanding USA manufacturing. AMH
applauds and salutes the growing group of American domestic manufacturers who proudly manufacture here in the USA and deserve America's special recognition
and respect. American Made Heroes (AMH) also recognizes and salutes those among us who advocate for the implemention of policy solutions to
immediately support our domestic manufacturers over unfair trade from foreign competitors.