Girl Scouts: Uniforms to be US-made

In this Oct. 28, 2010 photo, Maria Resende, an employee at Jackie Evans Inc. for over twenty years, listens to Passaic, N.J. Mayor Alex Blanco address the workers, in Passaic, N.J.. The company has been the main supplier of the uniforms for a decade. (AP Photo/The Record of Bergen County, Amy Newman)

Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:59 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 at 6:59 p.m.

NEWARK, N.J. — The Girl Scouts of the USA says its uniforms will continue to be made in America following a public uproar over reports the organization was considering bids from overseas manufacturers.

The owners of a family-run New Jersey factory that has been the main supplier of the uniforms for a decade were told recently the Girl Scouts would be seeking bids for the job — including from a company in China.

Workers at Jackie Evans Inc. in Passaic said they couldn't compete with foreign market prices and the move would force their factory to close.

Michelle Tompkins, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts, said Monday the organization is still taking bids for the job, but only from U.S.-based companies at the urging of parents, members and volunteers.

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