“Our philosophy is so important to me, personally, that I chose a name for my company where I would never be tempted to buy imported material,” stated Linda Schaner, Owner and Founder of Made in the USA Framing LLC. Linda has been working with The NRA Foundation’s Friends of NRA program for almost 15 years and opened Made in the USA Framing LLC in 2014 in Florida. “We source art from artists and secure rights to produce these products for our customers. Our company will not use products that are not USA made. We strive to provide the best customer service possible and take great pride in the quality of our products,” explained Linda
Made in the USA Framing LLC produced the 2019 signature item in the Friends of NRA’s Standard Package which was framed Simple Man lyrics, hand-written and signed by the one and only Charlie Daniels. There were only 1,200 copies made and they were only available at Friends of NRA events nationwide, making this a hot item among attendees. “I like to be the one to control the printing of all the items we produce, because it is my specialty as I was a publisher and producer of art for so many years. I received the lyrics from the printer and coordinated the best time to ship them to Charlie for his signature,” said Linda.
She sent everything he needed; the signing pens, a foam hand rest because she knows signing so many items is not an easy task, and a guide to show the area where Charlie’s signature should be located for framing purposes. Linda was given an approximate date when she should expect to have the lyrics shipped back, and everything seemed to be following schedule until it was realized the lyrics were lost in transit.
“As the day approached that I would be receiving the signed lyrics, I checked the tracking number and saw UPS had delivered them the day before, although we were at the studio all day and hadn’t received any boxes. We discovered that our regular UPS driver had been on vacation the day of delivery and the substitute driver had delivered the lyrics to the unit behind us. I went to that unit only to find out they had a new person working for them that day, and he said when he realized the boxes were not theirs he placed them by our back door, although there were nowhere to be found. To this day we have no idea what happened to them.”
When Charlie heard what had happened, he graciously offered to sign 1,200 more copies of the lyrics. “I almost cried,” said Linda. “Maybe I even did. I have always been a Charlie Daniels fan, but now I guess you could call me a groupie!”
The new 2020 Standard Package features two prints created by artist David Graham and framed by the Made in the USA Framing LLC team. One print, titled Hometown Heroes, is a striking visual display of bright colors that set off a collage of images depicting the sacrifice first responders make. The second print, titled Blue Lives Matter, is a sentiment to the men and women in law enforcement, and captures the true meaning of “Honor and Service.”
“I was very excited about this project with David as our first responders have a special place in my heart. I think I feel a connection to them having been in the U.S. Army for ten years,” explained Linda. “I think they are both spectacular pieces and capture our heroes in a moving way.” These two prints will be available at every Friends of NRA banquet in 2020 and will be sure to make a statement in your home or office.
“I want to be part of the Friends of NRA program for as long as they will have me,” stated Linda. “I have been fortunate to have some winning bidders contact me throughout the years to tell me how much they liked the product, and in turn, have developed many friendships. I love my relationship with the staff, other vendors, and Field Representatives, and hold our value of only using materials that USA made very high.”
Republished from Traditions Quarter 4: 2019
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