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OTRC: Kid Rock's 'Made in Detroit' clothing line isn't made in Detroit?

Kid Rock appears in his 'Born Free' video. / A 'Made in Detroit' T-shirt appears from the company's official website. (WMG / MadeInDetroit.com)

Kid Rock is under fire after it was discovered that his "Made in Detroit" clothing line is not actually made in Detroit.

The discovery was made by the Detroit Free Press, which reported that the company prints their designs on stock apparel from countries like India, Honduras and the Dominican Republic.

Apparently, the company also left manufacturer labels off of many items, which is illegal. FTC regulations require that clothing items are labeled with their point of origin.

The company, which launched in 1991, promotes state pride with slogans like "Say Yes to Michigan," "Imported from Detroit" and "Detroit Muscle."

Kid Rock has promoted Made in Detroit since the '90s and bought the trademarks and designs when Made in Detroit filed for bankruptcy in 2005. However, the rock star does not take a salary from the company.

Made in Detroit president Tommy Duback said that the company has only seven full-time employees and uses between eight and 10 different manufacturers for their products. He told the local newspaper that they plan on looking into more stateside-manufactured textiles in the future.

Kid Rock celebrated his 40th birthday last year by playing a sold-out show in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan. During the three-hour concert, the rock star presented several local charities with a $100,000 check.

"I really care about what people think of me in this town, because my son is here, my family is here, my roots are here," he said of Detroit at the time. "I don't give a [expletive] anywhere else, but here I'm very conscious of it."

The country and rock artist, whose real name is Robert James Ritchie and who goes by "Bobby," is known for his hit 1999 head-banging hit "Bawitdaba" and his wild concerts that often feature stripper cages.

Kid Rock recently made headlines after giving Mitt Romney, a conservative Republican and fellow Michigan native, his blessing to use his single "Born Free" as the theme song for his 2012 presidential campaign.

"He and anyone else who wants to use my song do not need my permission," Kid Rock said about Romney, in a statement posted on his website. "I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country. Without faith, we got nothing. I make music to have it be heard. Merry Christmas folks! Rock on."

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