FTC: Made In The USA Comments Concerning Rubin E. Wallace--P894219
The Honorable Robert Pitofshy
Dear Chairman Pitofshy:
Enclosed is a copy correspondence sent to me by Mr. Rubin Wallace.
I would appreciate your providing me with a response to Mr. Wallace's letter regarding the "Made in the U.S.A." label.
Thank you for your assistance.
The Honorable Thad Cochran
Dear Senator Cochran
I am a district manager for Snap-on Tools. My territory covers the central part of the state. Ten dealers report under me. who service approximately thirty-five hundred persons in the automotive industry. I am one of probably 500 managers, with a national dealer force of over five-thousand. Snap-on has been in the business for 77 cars, and is known for American quality at its finest.
Snap-on is a manufacturer and distributor of high quality hand tools that are made in the United States The FTC has proposed changes to the definition of "Made in U.S.A.. We feel this is not fair to American workers and misleading to American consumers.
The Made in the U.S.A." label is second only to price in a consumer's decision to purchase a hand tool. It is well known that a tool marked Made in U.S.A." is a high quality product. This is true in the U.S. as well as out of the country. That is why some hand tool manufacturers want to stamp their tools "Made in U.S.A." even though they are not wholly American made.
Some of these companies have even convinced the F.T.C. to change the definition from all or virtually all made in the U.S.A. to one that would allow products with 25% or more foreign content to be labeled "Made in the U.S.A. "
We oppose that and want you to cosponsor H. CON. RES 80 or its senate companion. The bill would urge the F.T.C. to back off implementing this new definition.
We need your help! Thank you for your attention to this problem . Please let me know if you do cosponsor this resolution. If you have any reason for not supporting us on this important issue, please, let me know, since I would like to discuss this with you further.
This is important to our business, our city, and our state. American jobs will be in jeopardy if we don't stop this F.T.C. rule, and U.S. consumers will be misled. The United States government should not support any action to undermine the meaning of the "Made in U.S.A. label.
Rubin E. Wallace
Rubin E. Wallace