MIAMI TWP, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A local company will get a lot of exposure during the college football bowl season over the next few weeks.
Fred J. Miller, Inc., located in Miami Township, makes band, color guard and drum line uniforms for several universities, including the University of Alabama, the University of Dayton and Miami University.
"We also do several high schools," production manager Jenny Rubertus said. "We do Centerville, Beavercreek, Bellbrook and Northmont."
And that's just a few of the local schools on top of many others across the country.
FJM has a designer, Michael Cesario, who sends designs to the company. FJM then creates sample uniforms that are sent to the schools for approval before the final concept is put into production.
Charlie Nickels recently joined Marlene Miller's, president and CEO of the company, team as the operations manager. His move from North Carolina was a no-brainer.
"The first day it was 'Made in America'," Nickels said. "We're really supporting the sewing industry here while a lot of people are going offshore. After a week or two here, I noticed these people are so committed to what they do."
Nickels describes the Millers as 'ahead of the curve' in the early 2000s when they wanted to keep production in the United States while everyone else was moving it overseas.
"To know these people's hands actually made these garments, our designer designed it and we took it all the way to the customer and it's on the field, it's just amazing," he said.
And it's been going on right here in the Miami Valley for nearly half a century.