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Congressman introduces legislation to promote American made products

By Will Lewis, Reporter, WLewis@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 12 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 12 2013 09:39:33 PM CDT

Rep makes push for 'Made in America' label

HATFIELD, Pa. -

They're the three little words some people look for when buying products: Made In America.

But how do you know when something really is made in the USA?

A local Congressman says he has the answer.

Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick introduced the "Made in America Act" on the House floor this week along with Congressman John Carney from Delaware. 

The hope is to create a uniform system to identify American-made products.

The goal is to get more companies to make products in the United States.

"It's going to make American manufacturers more competitive and allow consumers do what they already want to do, which is choose more products that are made here," said Michael Araten, CEO and president of the Rodon Group.

The Made in America Act will be a volunteer program but each company that joins will get the government's stamp of approval.

"The theory of the bill is that there will be better packaging, better information for the consumer to be able to tell where the products are made and all the component parts," added United States representative Mike Fitzpatrick, a Republican representing the PA 8th district.

The program is modeled after the Energy Star program that shows energy efficient appliances and products.

Companies enrolled in the American Star program will use standardized labels so people can identify products made in America.

Fitzpatrick announced the legislation at The Rodon Group headquarters, in Hatfield, Montgomery County..

Rodon makes K'nex and plastic material.

Over the last three years the company has brought more jobs back to America from China.

"To see the kind of legislation move forward that is not a red issue or a blue issue, but a red, white and blue issue helps all Americans," said Araten. "It's something we want good governing to be about."

"It's good for industry, good for manufacturers on this side of the equation," added Fitzpatrick. "Good for consumers because consumers are more and more wanting this. Frankly, they're demanding this."

The legislation has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Congressman Fitzpatrick believes there is enough support for the bill to make it out of committee and go to the U.S. House for a full vote.