Steph and Jimmy MacDonald, the husband-and-wife co- founders of a Redondo Beach-based bedding company, joined President Donald Trump at a “Made in America” roundtable discussion Wednesday at the White House.
Seated three seats to the right of Trump in the East Room, Steph MacDonald, said Authenticity 50 was “the only company making 100 percent `seed- to-stitch’ luxe bedding in the U.S.” meaning the entire manufacturing process, from growing the cotton, spinning the yarn to weaving the fabric, is done in the U.S.
“As we like to say, we’re bringing it back to America one sheet set at a time. We sure do hope to have our bedding in the White House one day,” MacDonald said, drawing laughs.
Trump said, “That sounds like a very good idea.”
Jimmy MacDonald then spoke, introducing himself as the company’s other co-founder, “but let’s be honest, she is the boss. I’ve learned that much.”
There was no word of the couple’s political leanings, and whether either of the firm’s founds backed the Republican president.
In a video recorded outside the White House and posted on the company’s Facebook page, Jimmy MacDonald called the roundtable discussion that also included Vice President Mike Pence, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta and five House members, “a great chance to share our made in USA story.”
Steph MacDonald said she and her husband received a last-minute invitation to the event and “didn’t know what to expect and had no idea that we were going to meet our nation’s top officials.”
“It was an amazing experience and something we’ll remember for a very long time,” she said.
Sean Bandawat, the president of the West Hollywood-based housewares company Jacob Bromwell, also participated in the roundtable discussion, showing Trump a copper cup.
Bandawat said his company, which was founded in 1819, is the nation’s oldest manufacturer of kitchenware products with a quarter of the nation’s households owning at least one of its products.
The roundtable was part of what Trump described as a “celebration of American manufacturing” during “Made in America Week” which he proclaimed on Monday to run through Saturday.
“The leaders and innovators around this table create the products that fill our homes, defend our nation, and enrich our lives,” Trump said “And each one of these products proudly carries the label Made in the USA.
From day one, my administration has been fighting to bring back our manufacturing jobs and to crack down on foreign countries that cheat. We will end the theft of American prosperity, and we will stand up for our companies our factories and our workers.”
—City News Service