Stormy Kromer and St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center

By Gina Jacquart Thorsen, President

A few years ago, as we began to make plans for growth, we realized we needed to increase our sewing capacity. With only 5,000 people in our town and just about 15,000 in the county, it can be a challenge to find sewing machine operators in our area. So we went on a search to find other facilities and partners in the Midwest that could help us.

One of the organizations we happened on was St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center, situated in the heart of Flint, Michigan. We immediately fell in love with their mission – to be a faith-based environment providing life skills, education and workplace training, empowering women and men to become self-sufficient. And even better, we found out they had an industrial sewing center!

Starting a new relationship like this takes time, and our journey with St. Luke’s started back in August 2015 – when Sister Carol (Director and Co-Founder of St. Luke’s), and six seamstresses spent a week at our factory.

St Lukes Team at Stormy Kromer
The St. Luke’s sewers who spent a week with us training.
Seamstress from St Lukes
The women from St. Luke’s worked hand in hand with our engineers and sewing trainers to learn our products.
Inspecting SK Vests
Here one of the Flint team members learns our quality inspection protocol for vests.
Sewing SK Vests
Learning to sew one of our Outfitter Vests.

At the end of April, I had the chance to visit St. Luke’s in Flint and see their work in action. It was so great to see that almost all of the women who visited us in 2015 were still working on our products.

The facility itself is an old church and school, which has been converted into an amazing facility, complete with food pantry, soup kitchen, classrooms, a daycare, exercise facility, library and more. The industrial sewing division is set up in the school’s former gym.

Sewing at St Lukes
The sewing floor at St. Luke’s – in the building’s former school gym.
Sewing SK in Flint
Sewing new Fall 17 Ida Outfitter Vests in Flint.

As I toured their facility, the pride I felt from the sewers overwhelmed me. They eagerly asked if I saw anything they could be doing more efficiently. They told me how much they loved one of our new plaids. They asked who the target market was for our new blaze orange button vest (coming soon). And most of all, they thanked me for sending the work to them in the first place.

It’s because of you – our amazing customers – that we have been able to create American jobs first in Ironwood and now in other places like Flint. Thank you for believing in our company, our people and our products.

(Wondering how to buy something made in Flint? This fall look for special hangtags on garments made at St. Luke’s.)

Calling All Brand Ambassadors!

We’ve revamped our Ambassador program and are looking for new folks to join our crew! We are looking for people across the country who love Stormy Kromer and want to help us grow and find new customers. Read through our program overview below and submit your application today. Priority will be given to applications received by August 4th.

(Further details will be provided after application is reviewed.)

  • Ambassadors are asked to regularly post (pictures and/or video) on social media channels.
  • Ambassadors are asked to interact, like, and comment within their own social channels.
  • Ambassadors are asked to include their Ambassador title in their social media profiles, and where appropriate, add as well.
  • Ambassadors are asked to wear, promote and share Stormy Kromer products as often as convenient.
  • Ambassadors are asked to post honest product reviews on, Facebook and other online sites as appropriate.
  • Ambassadors are asked to repost/share any giveaways and promotions posted on Stormy Kromer social media channels.
  • Ambassadors are asked to follow all Stormy Kromer social media channels.
  • Ambassadors are asked to use hashtags as directed by Stormy Kromer.
  • Ambassadors are asked to network offline, sharing their love of Stormy Kromer with friends, family and others.
  • Ambassadors may be asked to help with local events or appearances.
  • Ambassadors may be asked to test and give feedback on new products or fabrics.
  • Ambassadors can contribute content ideas to Stormy Kromer.

(Further details will be provided after application is reviewed.)

  • Ambassadors will receive a significant discount on their Stormy Kromer personal purchases.
  • Ambassadors will have the opportunity to earn rewards on purchases made by people they refer to Stormy Kromer.

To apply for our Ambassador Program, please submit the below form. Priority will be give to applications received by August 4th.

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