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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lobby grows for US made trainers for troops




New Balance and its supplier Rogers Foam Corp. are joining forces to lobby support for a proposal that the U.S.Department of Defense favour the use of U.S. based running shoes for its service personnel. Rogers Foam's factory in Flint supplies foam used by New Balance. New Balance already makes the 993 US Army running shoe. It is hoping to convince the military to overhaul a 2002 decision which allowed service personnel to choose their own sports shoes either from U.S.-made or imported shoes. Prior to 2002, the Berry Amendment ensured that only certain domestic commodities made up the uniform of military personnel.

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