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Made in America

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Made in America. Sometimes this is an overused phrase to invoke patriotism and drive support for U.S. made products; but take a second to think about some note-worthy statistics. According to ABC news, only half the products people use every day are made in the United States. According to Moody’s Analytics, if every American spent an extra one percent on U.S. products, we could create 200,000 U.S. jobs.

Statistics like this are the inspiration behind Diane Sawyer’s “Made in America,” segment on ABC World News. It’s a series dedicated to finding and highlighting American-made products. When ABC decided to examine the textile industry for this series, they had an extremely difficult time finding companies who manufacture their products in the U.S. In fact, during one episode a family was challenged to buy only American-made products and to remove everything in their house that had been imported from overseas.  Well, if their baby bedding (textiles) had been purchased from Carousel Designs, their baby’s nursery would have remained untouched!

Okay, let’s take a breath. You’re not reading this blog for a lesson in economics, or world trade theory (if you are, then you may want to hit the back button). We are certainly not suggesting that just because Carousel Designs is one of the few baby bedding companies to manufacture its products in the United States that you should buy our products. But, there are several reasons you may want to consider buying from Carousel Designs:

  • Quality. Because we create all of our products in our Douglasville, Georgia plant, we have 100% oversight and control of the production process. We do extensive testing to ensure that ALL of our products meet or exceed the highest safety standards, including those mandated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
  • Flexibility. Making all of our bedding here in the U.S. is the only way we can provide an unmatched level of flexibility and service to new and expectant parents as they design their baby’s nursery. Once our customer service team receives your order, we create and assemble your baby’s crib bedding in the very same facility – this allows us to offer custom bedding at a turnaround time of 3-5 days, way below industry standard.  Those companies that tell you it’ll take six weeks or more to receive your custom bedding? Well, they’re probably having it made in another country…
  • Oversee (not overseas!). We just couldn’t fathom outsourcing the production of such an important part of your baby’s first room where we couldn’t be involved in every single stitch.
  • WWBFD.  As we approach Independence Day weekend, ask yourself this: what would Ben Franklin do? Would he purchase his textiles from some far-off land, or would he buy from a company that provides jobs for American workers (for all of the above benefits) … and then use his spare time to discover electricity?

Although textile products are increasingly foreign-made (sorry Ben Franklin), and it might be more difficult to make them here in the USA, we think it’s worth it … and if you see our bedding, we think you will agree.  So if you order your baby’s bedding from us, you’ll receive a one-of-a-kind creation made with love and pride right here in the U.S.A.

We wouldn’t have it any other way. Have a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend!


Meet Our Team!

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

Carousel Designs' Cutting Manager, Anika

We are proud of our talented team here at Carousel Designs, who bring years of experience, and a commitment to create the very best baby bedding in the industry.  Our workers hail from all over the world but have made their homes in and around Douglasville, Georgia, where we have been located for nearly a quarter of a century.

Some of our employees have been with us right from the very start and we keep adding to the team with talented new hires as the business grows; experienced or new – the one thing all Carousel Designs employees have in common is passion … passion for quality, for beautiful designs and for creating the very best baby bedding for your little one!

Now, in the spirit of getting to know the people of Carousel Designs, we’d like to introduce you to our cutting manager, Anika!

Where are you from originally?

My hometown is Coburg, Germany. Coburg is a small town in Bavaria, located about two and a half hours north of Münich. After finishing school, I moved around Europe with my family and in 2005 we moved to the United States. I started working at Carousel Designs shortly afterward.

How did you get your start in the baby bedding industry?

I am a seamstress by trade. I actually earned my degree in Germany while working in apprentice-type roles, gaining real-world experience in sewing, cutting, fashion and design. I worked for several companies in different areas of the textile industry, creating everything from window treatments to home décor and bedding, before coming to the U.S. and joining the team at Carousel.

How long have you been with Carousel Designs?

About five years.

What’s your job title?

Cutting manager.

What does that mean, exactly?

Cutting is one of the first steps in the bedding manufacturing process. After initially reviewing a customer’s order, my team gathers the appropriate cutting pattern and the right fabric to create the bedding. Each of our products has a unique cutting pattern which requires the fabric to be cut in a different way.

What’s the best part of your job?

I love the fact that my job is different all the time; no day is the same!  We have such a wide variety of bedding collections and designs, so it’s hard to get bored. I really enjoy working on custom bedding designs because I get to be a part of the creative process and help our customers see their dream baby bedding designs become a reality. It’s also wonderful knowing that a precious baby will be using our products!

What’s the toughest part of your job?

It can be physically and mentally intense. Many of our products require a lot of time and attention to detail to make.

Do you have a favorite Carousel Designs collection?

Our Modern Floral Crib Bedding is my current favorite collection because it uses such bright, vibrant colors, including my favorite fabric, Turquoise Floral!

Complete this sentence: If I weren’t working here, I would be …

A translator. I love learning new languages (a must for those of us who have lived and traveled throughout Europe) and working with people. As a child and young adult, I learned to speak German, English and French fluently.