BANGOR- Made in Maine and the USA, New Balance could eventually land a deal with lawmakers in Washington, D.C. if U.S. representative Bruce Poliquin has his way.
Poliquin testified before the House Armed Services Committee about the importance for the U.S Department of Defense to provide fully American-made and sourced athletic shoes to enlisted recruits during initial entry, or Basic Training.
“I’m working with Senators Susan Collins and Angus king, trying to convince the Pentagon that they should issue American made shoes, Maine made shoes on American men and women in uniform who fight for our freedom.” said Representative Bruce Poliquin.
Poliquin is pushing New Balance because of its “highest quality athletic footwear in the world.” He said “Its 100 percent American-made by 900 skilled hard-working craftsmen in Maine and 2,000 in Massachusetts.”
The U.S. Representative wants the White House to follow the Berry Amendment law. The Law has been in place since 1941 and has required the Pentagon to only purchase completely American-made and sourced clothing, textiles, and footwear for our men and women in uniform.
In Maine, New Balance manufactures in Skowhegan, Norridgewock, and Norway. Poliquin said about 900 people are employed with the company.