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Take a look at the imagination and resourcefullness that this home builder used to convert two, abandoned, semi truck trailers into a sweet 2 bedroom cabin in the woods. 

First, Locate an abandoned truck trailer that is no longer road worthy.   

Place the trailers onsight and weld the two structures together.

Sketch up your Floor Plan and get to work.

Cut through and bring your two worlds together

Stucco over the metal on the trailers to add insulation and prevent further rusting.  Cut out your windows.

Install double insulated windows and french doors.

Frame out the house.  Add batt insulation between the studs.

Panel the walls, put in the floors and move your furniture in. 

Hang up your flat screen and watch the game.

Congratulations to this Green, Creative Homeowner!!  Home Sweet Home for a few thousand dollars.  Stucco exterior.  Double Paned Windows.  French Doors.  And, 1162 square feet of warm, cozy living space.

Thank you for visiting InfoTube.net.  Place a FREE home or land listing, search for thousands of great deals or shop for Made in the USA real estate marketing products.

Are you looking for a cute, adorable Made in the USA toy for Christmas?  Well, look no further than the Original Sock Monkey and Sock Monkey accessories. 

The Original Sock Monkey is one of the quality products made by Fox River Mills in Osage, IA.   Fox River was founded on the principle of offering a superior product with great service at a fair price.  Today, Fox River Mills in one of the leading outdoor, athletic, and lifestyle sock manufacturers in the world.   Fox River socks and handwear can be found worldwide in the finest outdoor, sporting goods, specialty stores, and online retailers.   Their Store Locator will make finding FOXSOX simple.

The old-fashioned, handcrafted sock monkey dolls made with Original Rockford Red Heel® socks from Fox River Mills have become a favorite piece of “Americana” over the years.  Intended and worn even today as work socks, mothers in the early 1900′s fashioned these Rockford socks into sock monkeys for their children. 

Clever crafters have been making Sock Monkeys and other animal sock dolls ever since.  In 1890, Nelson Knitting began manufacturing these Red Heeled socks. Fox River Mills purchased Nelson Knitting in 1992. Today, the instructions for making these dolls are still included in each package of authentic Red Heel Monkey socks.   Crafters have been lovingly making Sock Monkeys for generations.  Please browse through their website and view the adorable selections.     

Thank you for visiting InfoTube.net.  Our business is manufacturing outdoor document containers and helping people market real estate.  Our passion is creating, saving and growing American jobs.   Thank you for your business and support over these last 20+ years!!

The male-dominated industry has never seen anyone quite like Lynn Tilton, a New York financier who since 2000 quietly has been amassing an empire, acquiring or investing in more than 70 companies, with holdings totaling $8 billion. 

Lynn Tilton, New York financier and owner of MD Helicopters, gives out signed photos of herself to well wishers as a line formed in front of her exhibit booth at Heli-Expo recently in Anaheim, Calif.

Rotor blades and turbine engines were supposed to be the showcase at the annual helicopter convention in Anaheim, Calif., the last week of February, so pilot James Costa wasn’t sure what to make of the crowd surrounding a woman in a leopard-print dress and knee-high boots.

She had long, blond hair who was signing glossy photos of herself as a line formed in front of her exhibit booth.

“I thought she was a stripper,” said Costa, a helicopter pilot from Tulare, Calif., before he found out that the woman was Lynn Tilton, owner of one of the nation’s largest helicopter makers.

“Very cool,” Costa said in disbelief. “You know, she brought that company back from the brink of destruction. She’s our rock star.”

The male-dominated industry has never seen anyone quite like Tilton, a New York financier who since 2000 quietly has been amassing an empire, acquiring or investing in more than 70 companies, with holdings totaling $8 billion.

“She doesn’t fit the usual pattern of an executive,” said Richard Aboulafia, an aerospace analyst for Teal Group. “but she has stayed in this game a lot longer than people thought.”

Part Warren Buffett and part Dolly Parton, the 49-year-old native of the Bronx borough of New York owns or has an equity stake in companies that are as eclectic as her wardrobe — and include brand names such as Arizona Ice Tea, English Leather cologne and Isotoner gloves.

Through her private-equity firm Patriarch Partners she also owns companies with some of the world’s most iconic names, including mapmaker Rand McNally, firetruck manufacturer American LaFrance and Italian factory-machine maker Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali.

In 2005, Tilton acquired Mesa, Ariz.-based MD Helicopters, a company founded by Howard Hughes.

Common trait

Although diverse, the companies had a common trait before Tilton began investing in them. They produced well-known products but were about to go out of business.

“We turn dust to diamonds,” she said at the Anaheim Convention Center. “We buy what everybody else tosses away.”

Although some of her companies have had to lay off people because of the economy, they employ a total of 60,000 workers in the U.S. The return on her investments has averaged 25 percent annually, she said.

“Making money and making the world a better place don’t have to be mutually exclusive objectives,” she said.

Within the aviation industry, Tilton often has been described as the “dominatrix lady” because of her penchant for black-leather dresses and high-heel shoes.

“Well-behaved women seldom make history,” she said when asked about the initial impression some people might have. She has a bachelor’s degree from Yale and an MBA from Columbia.

She acknowledged that she has used the image to her advantage because many people upon first meeting her underestimate her abilities.

Before she began signing autographs, Tilton already was shaking up the helicopter convention. As four executives of the world’s largest helicopter makers, including Bell Helicopter Textron and Sikorsky Aircraft, finished up their presentations, Tilton, who was running late, walked up to the podium wearing that leopard-print dress.

“I don’t have pretty slides,” she said. “But I’m wearing a sexy dress. I hope this will do for some of you.”

Then, taking a more serious tone, Tilton said that the industry was “not a chosen one that defies gravity” and warned the audience that more improvements were needed, including making helicopters safer.

Tilton, who has three siblings, said she grew up in a dynamic family. Her father was a professor, and her mother later became publisher of a newspaper in Teaneck, N.J.

Single parent

At 23, Tilton became a single parent, and for the next several years she “worked 100 hours a week on Wall Street” to support herself and her daughter. “Compared to then, this is nothing,” she said of her workload juggling more than 70 companies.

Tilton worked at top Wall Street companies including Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch before becoming an expert on distressed loans. She later would obtain a patent for a method of turning around bad bank loans.

Tilton had enough money to retire comfortably at age 40 but decided to form her own company to “give back to the world.”

Her most challenging and endearing acquisition has been the helicopter company, one of the few that she personally has overseen and managed, Tilton said.

Because of parts problems, the company stopped producing helicopters in 2005, putting more than 250 jobs in jeopardy just before Tilton acquired an equity stake.

After going through three chief executives in one year, she personally took charge, handling the company’s reorganization while acquiring faltering businesses.

At the same time, she began to be the “face of the company” as she led the sales force and was able to regain the attention of its customers.

“She’s turned things around at MD, and I think that’s helped her gain some respect,” said Matthew Arnold, chief executive of Alabama’s Marshall County Economic Development Council, which has worked with Tilton on aviation matters.

The company expects to deliver 70 new helicopters this year, up from 52 last year.

“My ultimate legacy would be if I could keep people from going home and telling their families they’re unemployed,” Tilton said.

By Peter Pae  Los Angeles Times.   Source for this article is the Seattle Times Company.

InfoTube.net salutes Lynn Tilton and applaudes her effort to employ Americans and rescue US companies.  If I can be of service to you Ms Tilton, please let me know.  It would be an honor to work for you and I would do it for FREE.   Tommi Crow

Christmas 2011 — Birth of a New Traditions the holidays approach, the giant Asian factories are kicking into high gear to provide Americans with monstrous piles of cheaply produced goods — merchandise that has been produced at the expense of American labor. 

Make this year different.  Make it the year that Americans give the gift of genuine concern for other Americans. There is no longer an excuse that, at gift giving time, nothing can be found that is produced by American hands. Yes there is!

It’s time to think outside the box, people. Who says a gift needs to fit in a shirt box, wrapped in Chinese produced wrapping paper?
Everyone — yes EVERYONE gets their hair cut. How about gift certificates from your local American hair salon or barber?

Gym membership? It’s appropriate for all ages who are thinking about some health improvement.

Who wouldn’t appreciate getting their car detailed? Small, American owned detail shops and car washes would love to sell you a gift certificate or a book of gift certificates.

Are you one of those extravagant givers who think nothing of plonking down the Benjamines on a Chinese made flat-screen? Perhaps that grateful gift receiver would like his driveway sealed, or lawn mowed for the summer, or driveway plowed all winter, or games at the local golf course.

There are a bazillion owner-run restaurants — all offering gift certificates. And, if your intended isn’t the fancy eatery sort, what about a half dozen breakfasts at the local breakfast joint. Remember, folks this isn’t about big National chains — this is about supporting your home town Americans with their financial lives on the line to keep their doors open.

How many people couldn’t use an oil change for their car, truck or motorcycle, done at a shop run by the American working guy?

Thinking about a heartfelt gift for mom? Mom would LOVE the services of a local cleaning lady for a day.

My computer could use a tune-up, and I KNOW I can find some young guy who is struggling to get his repair business up and running.

OK, you were looking for something more personal. Local crafts people spin their own wool and knit them into scarves. They make jewelry, and pottery and beautiful wooden boxes.

Plan your holiday outings at local, owner operated restaurants and leave your server a nice tip. And, how about going out to see a play or ballet at your hometown theatre.

Musicians need love too, so find a venue showcasing local bands.

Honestly, people, do you REALLY need to buy another ten thousand Chinese lights for the house? When you buy a five dollar string of light, about fifty cents stays in the community. If you have those kinds of bucks to burn, leave the mailman, trash guy or babysitter a nice BIG tip.

You see, Christmas is no longer about draining American pockets so that China can build another glittering city. Christmas is now about caring about US, encouraging American small businesses to keep plugging away to follow their dreams. And, when we care about other Americans, we care about our communities, and the benefits come back to us in ways we couldn’t imagine. THIS is the new American Christmas tradition.

Forward this to everyone on your mailing list — post it on Facebook and to discussion groups — throw up a post on Craigslist in the Rants and Raves section in your city — send it to the editor of your local paper and radio stations, and TV news departments. This is a revolution of caring about each other, and isn’t that what Christmas is about?

Thank you for visiting InfoTube.net and for supporting our American workers!!!

New York City Man Hole Covers Made in India?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

This photo, sent by an InfoTube customer, perfectly illustrates the reason that the United States is going down the drain.  

Does NYC know that Pittsburgh, PA is a steel town?  Does Mayor Bloomberg realize that tens of thousands of taxpayers in Pittsburgh are unemployed, many losing their homes?  Does the New York City purchasing department know that Pennsylvania is located right down the road from the state of New York?

If “they were cheap” is the answer…I don’t care how cheap Indian man hole covers are.  If they were FREE, US workers and taxpayers can’t afford them.

In addition…wasting oil to freight heavy man hole covers half way around the world is slap in the face to US families and business.  The economy has been crippled by $4.00 a gallon gasoline and the billions of dollars that have been borrowed to fight wars for oil! 

I say Enough!   We believe that Americans have to start producing what America buys.  It’s really that simple. 

Thank you for visiting InfoTube.net.  We hope you join in us in our fight to Save American Jobs!!!   (Click here to read our David and Goliath success story).

Demand American products when you shop.  Together, we can turn this around.  Just look at what one, young woman did to turn the new bank charges for ATM’s around!!!!

Tommi Crow, owner of Crow Erickson, Inc and inventor of the InfoTube and InfoBox battled Home Depot and Lowes…and WON!!!    Now, she and her company get to keep selling their American Made products and her US workforce will stay employed.

To Read About this David vs Goliath Victory …CLICK HERE!!!!

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!!!   Our survival as a nation depends upon us turning this ship around!!!

Would you like to see what the housing market has in store for 2012?  If so, take a moment to watch this video.

Housing Market 2012

Remember that in spite of the doom and gloom…10,000 sets of keys are handed to new homeowners every single day!!  

Thank you for visiting InfoTube.net…a FREE marketing website for owners, builders and agents.  

Remember that… Who you buy From is as important as What you Buy!   Look for Made in the USA products and support US workers!!

Back to School Supplies Made in the USA

Friday, July 8, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

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!

Paul Choi, a long time supporter of US workers and US jobs, wrote and posted the following article about Helping InfoTube Save Jobs in the USA.

If you are one of the millions of Americans who are fed up with Chinese tsunami that is washing away the quality of life in our country…then, Mr. Choi has a great source of helpful Links for you…located all in one place!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO FIGHT BACK AND SAVE US JOBS AND COMPANIES!!!!

Our Votes may not be powerful…but our Pocketbook and Money sure are!  Refuse to pay a Chinese toll charge on everything you buy! 

Click to Fight Back!

Thank you for helping InfoTube save American jobs.  Please Share our Story!!!

Memorial Day is a special time of year. 

It is a time to remember those we have lost.  Time to remember those who proudly served this country and gave their lives for our freedoms.

It is also the kickoff to the summer vacation and driving season.  With that in mind, take one minute and Click the Areyourc Link below (not sure why the video didn’t post in a frame) to watch this video about adjusting your side mirrors. 

 Areyourc

After years of driving, I NEVER thought of doing it this way.   I 
thought I needed to see just a little of my own car on each side, but 
readjusted the mirror on my car today.   Watch this video & I’ll bet you do too!

One easy adjustment can save lives this Memorial Day, maybe even the life of someone you love.

Thank you for supporting InfoTube and have a safe Memorial Day holiday.

InfoTube, Hillman and China. An Update

Thursday, May 26, 2011 posted by Tommi Crow

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.

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.

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.

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