Conveniently timed for the 4th of July, Arnold Worldwide and New Balance have launched a campaign celebrating the latter’s commitment to the United States. In a four-video series titled, “Our U.S. Factory Workers vs. Their U.S. Factory Workers,” actual NB factory workers compete in a hot-dog eating contest, ping-point match, basketball game, and ice hockey challenge. The pitch is their home factory, and the catch is that they have no opponents.
According to the parties involved, while 25 percent of New Balance shoes are made or assembled in the U.S., their competitors represent an embarrassing goose egg: NB employs more than 1300 U.S. factory workers, while their competitors employ none.
One-fourth still isn’t a huge amount, but it’s clearly not an exaggeration to say NB wins the game when it comes to patriotism. That makes for a lot of pride, and a lonely hot dog eating contest.
Credits and other videos after the jump
Chief Creative Officer: Pete Favat
Creative Directors: Mike Howard and Luke Perkins
Art Director: Rachel Wolak
Copywriter: Melanie Simonich
Producer: Jaime Guild
Assistant Producer: Claire Townsend
Business Affairs: Anne Joynt
Planners: Karin Wood and Angus McCoubrey
Marketing Producers: Todd Sperry, Maggie Smith, Jessica Gaucher
Production Company: Element Productions
Production Company Executive Producer: Mark Hankey, Kristen Kearns
Production Company Line Producer: Mike Bowes
Director: Marc Colucci
Cinematographer: Carlos Bermudez
Editorial Company: Element Productions
Editor: Kat Baker
Colorist: Chris Santo
Sound Engineer: Mike Letourneau
Music: Stock Music from License Lab