Frank Spotorno is better known as “Frankie Elevator” in the New York-metropolitan area, the nickname given to him by friends and co-workers in the construction industry. Spotorno, a lifelong New Yorker, has built two successful Elevator manufacturing and inspections companies, housed in Astoria, Queens.

Since 1992, one of those companies, Park Avenue Elevator Designs, has manufactured elevator cabs ranging from a six-figure Walnut interior cab built for an upscale Manhattan building to cabs that are used frequently in New York’s busiest commercial skyscrapers. Spotorno proudly still manufactures his elevator cabs in New York – and the USA – and his 10-year odyssey to try and focus America’s corporations, politicians and workers on the issue of bringing some of the millions of manufacturing jobs from China and Mexico back home, includes his own personal and firsthand experiences.

In 2008, Spotorno’s elevator company had a 20,000 square-foot-factory in the Bronx. Business was booming as the economy sped along and the construction industry thrived. But everything changed for Frankie Elevator and the rest of America as the Great Recession of September 2008 hit. Suddenly, new orders for elevator cabs screeched to a halt, and Spotorno had no new orders for six months.

Forced to lay off half of his workforce and close down his shop for two months, Spotorno took a trip across the country to find out what had happened to the American economy and workforce. As he drove through the small towns and cities in America’s Midwest, Spotorno was shocked to find many ghost towns that had lost their local factory or plant and, as a result, lost their ability to sustain a community. Among the hardest hit were the northeast Georgia communities of Franklin and Hart counties, which had eight closings or mass layoffs in 15 years.

The State of Georgia lost more than 100,000 manufacturing jobs between 1998 and Spotorno’s visit 10 years later. “I knew something was seriously wrong with our economy when my orders dried up, and when I traveled across the country, I saw poverty and despair, all because the jobs had disappeared,” he said.

Frank returned home, and slowly, like the rest of the American small businesses that survived the 2008 financial crisis, rebuilt his business. He also decided to do something about the loss of millions of American jobs by creating with his friends a movement called Bring Our Jobs Home, or the Alliance of Americans for Americans.

The website, bringourjobshome.com, has been successful in starting the conversation about the loss of good-paying jobs, with benefits and a salary you can raise a family on, and the ways to bring about change and try to return, or re-shore, some of these jobs back to the USA.

Spotorno calls this effort economic patriotism. “This is about restoring the American dream to millions of Americans who want to work but can’t find a good-paying job,” he said. “They are working minimum-wage jobs and living paycheck to paycheck. I have been able, through my hard work, to build a successful business and live the American dream. I want to bring that opportunity back so that New Yorkers and Americans have the same chance to live the dream.

“Economic patriotism is nothing more than doing what is right for Americans,” continued Spotorno. “Not what is right for corporations or for our politicians – what is right for the everyday American and his family. I want to highlight, and promote, the corporations and politicians that are doing the right thing by America, and that’s what we try to do with bring our jobs home.”

The website features American companies that are succeeding by making it in America, including WeatherTech and MyPillow, and corporations that are buying American, including Starbucks and Walmart. “But we also need to hold accountable the corporations and politicians who have shipped our jobs, and outsourced our futures for more profits or for their re-election. That’s what economic patriotism is, telling it like it is,” said Spotorno.

The decision by companies to outsource jobs overseas is one that Spotorno had to make. Ten years ago, on a trip to California, Frank was lured by a representative of the Mexican government to move his business to Mexico. “If I had moved I would be a multi-millionaire today,” he said. “But I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t fire my workers. It’s un-American. I couldn’t sleep at night if I did.”

Through the bring our jobs home effort, Spotorno has been able to learn about, and expose, the facts and votes about free trade agreements, tax policy, and votes in Washington, D.C. The Bring Our Jobs Home Act has been put before Congress on two occasions, in 2012 and 2012, but died in the U.S. Senate without a floor vote. The bill would have eliminated tax breaks for corporations to move their factories overseas and provides tax incentives for companies to re-shore jobs back to the USA.

“Because the Bring Our Jobs Home Act failed to become law, the American taxpayer continues to give a tax deduction and a business expense to American corporations that move jobs overseas,” said Spotorno. “And the 20 percent tax credit that would have given to American corporations that move their jobs back home if the bill passed also never happened. Our nation is over $18 trillion in debt. Can we really afford to give a tax break to a corporation who is moving its jobs overseas? You can call it whatever you want – call it crony capitalism; its wrong and bad policy.”

The myth that free trade agreements have helped the average American worker is another fallacy that Spotorno has worked to debunk. “Trade deals starting with the North American Free Trade Agreement, then the Central American Free Trade Agreement, and the granting of permanent normal trade relations to China have been failures for the average, everyday American,” he said. “Our corporations have moved millions of manufacturing jobs overseas, closing 60,000 U.S factories.

“Yes some of the goods we can buy have become cheaper, but what good is it if you lost your job and can’t afford to buy anything? The next nail in the coffin of American jobs is TPP – the Trans Pacific Partnership. This is the next free trade agreement where our president promises it will help our economy. President Clinton promised NAFTA would create American jobs, but it created a million manufacturing jobs in Mexico. And China took 2.7 million of our jobs when they were granted permanent normal trade relations.

“It’s not free trade when the other countries you trade with pay their workers pennies on the dollar and have no real disposable income to buy our products,” continued Spotorno. “It’s more like a race to the bottom.”

Among the many organizations and non-profits that share Spotorno’s passion for restoring America’s manufacturing base is the Reshoring Initiative (re-shore now). The group compares and calculates the cost of doing business for manufacturing companies in America and overseas.

Last year, Spotorno was shocked to find the Reshoring Initiative’s most important finding – that as the cost of doing business in China and Mexico has become more expensive and more corrupt, and that shipping costs continue to rise and total costs have narrowed to the point where making in it the USA makes financial sense.

“My friend and a fellow economic patriot, Harry Mosher, from the Reshoring Initiative, estimates that we could re-shore 1 million manufacturing jobs tomorrow if our American corporations would just sit down with him and do the math,” said Spotorno. “The fact that not enough CEOs, or their shareholders, are taking notice is a travesty.”

With 47 million Americans living in poverty and 50 million Americans collecting food stamps or EBT cards that Sportorno calls “the soup lines of today,” he says the blame should be placed on both parties and the corruption, cronyism, money and lobbyists that controls Washington, D.C.

After watching nobody listen to Mosher’s call for the cost effectiveness of American corporations to reshore jobs back to the USA, and most of the media and the American public ignoring his call to bring jobs home, Spotorno said he felt the only way to wake up America is to run for the U.S. Senate in his home state of New York.

“I don’t see anybody standing up for the middle-class American worker, and it doesn’t matter what party you are from,” he said. “I can’t stand by any longer and wait for our politicians and corporations to do the right thing.”

“I like what Trump is highlighting about jobs and bringing them home from China and Mexico. But I also like some of what Bernie Sanders is talking about when he discusses the failure of our free trade agreements for most Americans,” said Frankie. “The future of our country shouldn’t be about political party; I’m running as an American!”

Spotorno wants his campaign and crusade to echo the movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” where actor Jimmy Stewart stands up to the corrupt party bosses in Washington. Spotorno will even be filming a documentary about his campaign titled “Frankie Goes to Washington.”

“In the movie ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,’ Jimmy Stewart played the role of a regular, everyday American who works for change and the good of the people,” he said.

Spotorno also went to Game 4 of the World Series at CitiField and has taken the miracle Mets Slogan, YaGotta Believe, as his campaigns mantra.

“I’m a former boxer, and if there is one thing that I’ve learned, it’s that you have to get up and fight for what you believe in, no matter how difficult it appears,” said Spotorno.