2 Day Design Invited to White House
When the time came for a group photo at the White House the afternoon of Monday, July 15, Allison Carron and Amy Prater muscled their way right to the center of attention – at the elbow of President Donald J. Trump. Carron and Prater represented Stephens County furniture maker 2 Day Design during the third annual Made in America Showcase held on the White House lawn. One manufacturer from each of the country’s 50 states was selected by the White House to exhibit items during the event with each vendor limited to two company representatives in attendance. Near the close of the event, vendor representatives were called to the spot where President Trump would sign a proclamation declaring Made in America Week.
“We got to talk to him (President Trump) and when it came time for the photo we made sure we were on the front row as close as possible,” Carron said with a laugh. “We were right therebeside him, not moving an inch.” The 2 Day Design duo said navigating around the White House took some getting used to. For one thing, they were escorted everywhere they went during the visit. Security offi cers were everywhere, too. And, the organizational skills of the White House staff were very evident, also. “I’ve never felt safer,” Carron said. Carron and Prater described President Trump as “personable” and “down-to-earth” when they talked to him. 2 Day Design was selected as Georgia’s representative for the Made in America event by a White House research team that investigated candidates from each of the 50 states.
That team recommended multiple businesses from each state to senior White House staff who made the fi nal selection. “We were very honored to have been chosen,” Carron said. “Everyone was so nice and we met so many people while we were there. It is a very big honor. It was fabulous.” The 2 Day Design duo – accompanied by Carron’s son, Knox Whiten, – set up their display on Sunday, but were making adjustments up until the event opened at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 15. The Eastanollee-based company utilizes reclaimed wood to manufacture furniture items such as wine racks and occasional tables.
The company contracts with some 75 individuals and carries about 250 products. Made in America Day and Made in America Week honors the efforts of American entrepreneurs, workers and farmers in revitalizing the nation’s economy. “It is imperative that we keep investing in the industrious American workers, job creators and inventors who always succeed at leading in innovation and ingenuity and never fail to inspire the rest of the world,” President Trump said in his Made in America Day speech.
His proclamation signed July 15 called upon “all Americans to pay special tribute to the builders, the ranchers, the crafters, the entrepreneurs and all those who work with their hands every day to make America great.”
Some other manufacturers who participated in the Made in America Day were:
- Marble King, a family business that makes glass marbles and is located in West Virginia.
- Baseball glove Nokona, which started in a small town in Texas.
- Redline Steel of Alabama, maker of home decor.
- Litespeed of Tennessee, a company that makes bicycles.
- South Dakota’s Dakota Grills, builder of barbecue grills.
- Council Tool, a 133-year-old, family-owned company in North Carolina that makes axes.
Prater and Carron will have the chance to make a return visit to the White House next year. “Every vendor from the previous year’s event is invited to come back the
next year,” Carron said. “So, we’ll have another chance to visit next year.”
- Tom Law, The Toccoa Record
|Amy Prater and and Allison Carron of 2 Day Design in Eastanollee are in prime position (just to the side of President Donald Trump’s left hand) during their visit to the White House for Made in America Day.|
|This is how the 2 Day Design team set up their product display at the White House last week. That’s Amy Prater (left) and Allison Carron (right) with Carron’s son, Knox Whiten (center).|
|This was one of the items on display at the 2 Day Design table at the Made in America event held at the White House.|
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