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Submitted by WWAY on Tue, 05/22/2012 - 3:44pm.

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC (NEWS RELEASE) Loggerhead Apparel, based in Greenville, South Carolina, announces its first Elizabethtown retailer in Leinwand’s clothiers. The company’s American-grown and American-made “Bellwether Polo” launched in early 2011 and can already be found in over 40 retailers on the East Coast, from South Florida to West Virginia. Leinwand’s, located at 132 Broad Street, has been a part of the Elizabethtown community for over 75 years. “We’re very happy to announce our partnership with Loggerhead Apparel,” said store owner Ricky Leinwand. “So many in this community appreciate the importance of American manufacturing, as well as protecting our coastal wildlife, so we expect this to be a great fit.” Loggerhead Apparel donates 10% of all sales, not profits but sales, to regional Sea Turtle Conservation efforts, and has committed over $15,000 in the last year to groups in the Carolinas, Florida, Texas and California, including the South Carolina Aquarium, Sea Turtle Conservatory, SEWEE Association and Sea Turtle Restoration Project. The company’s signature product, the Bellwether Polo, is constructed of 100% American-grown Pima Cotton. The majority of the manufacturing takes place in several independently-owned facilities in South Carolina, with over 100 years of combined experience in the textile and apparel industries. “Like the Loggerhead, the textile and manufacturing jobs in the South have been declining in significant numbers over the past generation.” explains Founder Zac Painter. “The textile industry is all but gone, much like the furniture industry of North Carolina and the automobile industry of Michigan. Loggerhead Apparel’s mission is to bring attention, and much needed funding, to both.” “We’re honored to be bringing our products to Elizabethtown and Bladen County,” says Zac’s Co-Founder (and wife) Sara Painter, “and we look forward to a long relationship with the community.” For more information on Loggerhead Apparel, please visit www.LoggerheadApparel.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LoggerheadApparel.

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