Kid Rock is firing back at a recent newspaper report criticizing his Made In Detroit clothing company for using clothing that is not made in the metro area.
Addressing Detroit Free Press write Susan Tompor by name, and including a photo of her on his official web site, the Clarkston-based rocker has posted an open letter calling the article a "hatchet job" and an "attempt to slander us" and explaining that "we NEVER laid claim to our items actually being made in Detroit" and that the company's mission "is to re-instill a sense of Detroit pride, give back to the community, try to create jobs in our home state and maybe one day build our own facility somewhere close to the riverfront in Detroit.
"We have succeed in most of...this and have big plans for the future," Rock writes.
Rock also lists Made In Detroit's charitable endeavors since he purchased the company in 1991, including a Wayne State University scholarship fund and more than $1 million in charitable contributions by the Kid Rock Foundation that's partly funded by Made In Detroit. Rock notes that he has "never taken a dime of salary or profit or even expensed a meal" through the company.
He acknowledges that Made In Detroit uses "some products that are not created in America" but adds that "we're trying to move away from those products while still keeping our prices affordable." Rock concludes that, "If there is one thing I have learned from growing up in and around Detroit it's 'Don't take any s*** from no one and be proud of where you come from. I am."
The full letter is available at www.kidrock.com.
Rock, who's working on his follow-up to 2010's "Born Free" album, has a smattering of shows on his schedule, including the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Feb. 29 and his Chillin' The Most Cruise from April 26-30.