This week’s All New American featured Monday Makers believe it’s depth and story, rather than width, that makes a product truly unique.
Please meet Chris Logsdon and Allan Glanfield, founders of The Godspeed Company, a small American business headquartered in the scenic city of Chattanooga, TN.
THE GODSPEED COMPANY
An unsung hero of sorts, the iconic red shop rag has existed for decades, traditionally serving a singular purpose: wipe, clean, and sop-up dirt, grease and grime. With its coarse fabric and Merrowed-edge, each individual rag tells a story of a job well done.
In partnership with the Merrow Sewing Machine Co. and with the help of their MG-3DR sewing machine, the exact machine responsible for creating the over-locking edge found on every single shop rag, they proudly introduce The Shop Rag Shirt.
Proudly manufactured in the historic city of Fall River, MA The Shop Rag Shirt is a first-of-its-kind that gets better with age, stands as a commitment to hard work, and pays homage to the worker in all of us.
The fabric: called Osnaburg, is milled expressly for Godspeed Co. in NC and owes its origins to Osnabrück, Germany, where the loosely woven cotton was first utilized for clothing for the lower classes as far back as the 16th century, giving the shop rag its utilitarian roots.
The edge: uniquely equipped to roll the material within the stitch, the MG-3DR machine was first commissioned to provide a durable finish edge for a “mechanics towel,” giving the 170 year-old Merrow Sewing Machine Co. birthright to the rag we know today, and giving every shirt its signature accents.
Shirt production: All sewing is completed in the centuries-old flint mills factory in Fall River, MA
Buttoning it up: The leather-backed, brass riveted fasteners are a product of the Waterbury Button Co,, founded in 1812 in Waterbury, Ct and proud supplier to the U.S. Military since before the civil war.
American Made, The Shop Rag Shirt and a quality American Made garment, stands as a commitment to hard work and pays homage to the American worker in all of us.
Chris and Allan can be proud to be part of the American community that is fuel for the engine that powers America.
Thank you for giving us your time today. Have a great week. The Team.