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OSAGE, Iowa (Oct. 27, 2011) â€” Fox River, a leading U.S. manufacturer of outdoor, work, military, snow, sport and lifestyle performance socks since 1900 and maker of the famous Original Rockford Red HeelÂ® Monkey Sock, is scheduled to appear on the new Travel ChannelÂ® series, â€˜Made in America’.
Show host George Motz also produced the critically-acclaimed documentary â€˜Hamburger America’, and is renowned as an Emmy award-winning freelance filmmaker and photographer. Motz and his crew have been touring the U.S. with the Travel Channel to explore factories that produce some of the most innovative products in the world and how these products are made.
The Travel Channel selected Fox River due to their long-standing history as America’s oldest sock brand and steadfast commitment to remaining made in America. Fox River’s commitment to domestic production has helped foster a higher quality product and elevated environmental standards. Minimized transportation costs aid in maintaining an accessible price for retailers and consumers, giving them overall value for their money.
â€œWith more than 110-years of experience in the American sock business, we have a unique prespective on the sock industry and how to produce better products domestically,â€ said Jeffrey Lessard, co-owner of Fox River Mills who is featured in the segment. â€œWe care about giving our customers products they can trust without sacrificing performance while providing great value.â€
The Travel Channel segment follows Fox River’s new Adventure Cross Terrain (AXTÂ®) performance socks through the production process. This new generation of socks features an advanced fit system, spandex compression zones, reinforced wear areas and a combination of Merino wool fiber for trail running, backpacking and adventure racing among other outdoor pursuits. The episode also demonstrates how Fox River helped to proliferate an American icon with the Original Sock Monkey, made from the Original Rockford Red HeelÂ® Monkey Sock by Fox River.
â€œThe sock monkey holds a special place in the heart of American culture,â€ commented Becky Lessard, Vice President of Monkey Business at Fox River. â€œMost everyone grew up with a sock monkey, so it’s our pleasure to continue this tradition and introduce the monkey to new generations.â€
â€œWe’re proud to be featured on this program, especially in a time when many apparel and outdoor gear brands are sending production overseas,â€ continued Jeff Lessard. â€œIt’s not just about making great products and providing exceptional value. Fox River takes enormous pride in providing local jobs that support our family, friends and neighbors.â€
The â€œMade in America’ episode was filmed with George Motz at Fox Rivers Mills in Osage, Iowa in June and airs on Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 8:30 p.m. ET and PT.
More About Fox River
Fox RiverÂ® is America’s original sock brand. As makers of the Original Rockford Red HeelÂ®, the Monkey Sock, Fox River’s products date back to the 1880s. But their socks today aren’t your great grandfather’s socks. Infused with innovative technologies and over a century of experience woven in, nothing beats these socks for performance and comfort. With clever engineering you can feel, there’s no wonder they are guaranteed. Exclusive technologies like Wick DryÂ® moisture-wicking and eco-friendly fibers and manufacturing give Fox RiverÂ® socks more than just a feel-good fit. Try them for yourself. For more information on Fox RiverÂ® products or to find one of thousands of dealers across the globe, please visit www.FoxSox.com. Fox River Mills, Inc. is a privately held company manufacturing performance socks by 200 of the friendliest folks in Osage, Iowa.
More About Travel Channel’s Made in America
Ever wonder what a sports car and a jelly bean have in common? They’re both made in America! Each week, Made in America travels from city to city to find out how some of the most iconic products in the world are made. Host George Motz has a passion for all things American, whether it’s a good burger or a Cadillac. Join George as he explores the workshops, labs and factories that crank out some of the most ingenious products this country has to offer. Watch him learn to make doughnuts, sneakers, padlocks, whiskey, motorcycles, boats and much more. Tune in Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT only on the Travel Channel.
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