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5:35 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

“Made in PA” Label Would Show That Local Manufacturing Isn't Dead

Crayola Crayons, made in Easton, PA are just one of the products that would receive a "Made in PA" label.
Crayola Crayons, made in Easton, PA are just one of the products that would receive a "Made in PA" label.
Credit Dyanna Hyde / Flickr

A bipartisan group of state lawmakers has introduced a bill to create a "Made in PA" program, complete with a logo and website to encourage consumers to purchase products made close to home.

State Rep. Eli Evankovich and David Taylor, executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association, say consumers already look for labels such as "Made in the USA," while shopping.

When it comes to the value of a "Made in PA" label, David Taylor says,

"It's important for citizens to understand how broad and wide the manufacturing sector really is in PA, and how many of the products that are available in the marketplace. Things that they use, purchase, handle, everyday, are made here close to home. So helping to dispel the myth that somehow manufacturing is dead and gone, I think that's one of the major positives that could be derived from a prominent 'made in PA' branding and marketing campaign."

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