Positive Promotions’ (UPIC: PROM0087) CEO Nelson Taxel met with New York Congressman Steve Israel at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the former home of President Teddy Roosevelt, on July 12 to advocate for proposed legislation to put American-made products in official gift shops at national parks, monuments and historic sites across the country.
The Hauppauge, New York-based supplier says the “American Parks, American Products Act” act would offer an opportunity to expand its “Made in America” line of educational, motivational and promotional products.
Congressman Israel said, “Every single day in this country, 750,000 people visit one of our 400 national parks, heritage sites and historic areas. Two hundred eighty-three million consumers a year go to our parks and our gift shops.”
Taxel adds, “With that amount of visitors buying $250 million in merchandise from national gift stores each year, the American economy is missing out on the opportunity to benefit from substantial purchasing power. By buying products overseas, most commonly in China, we are eliminating growth opportunity for companies like Positive Promotions that are capable of making the same products here in the states.
“To give the work and labor that we are currently outsourcing overseas to American companies is a ‘common sense solution’ for workforce and economic growth. With the ‘American Parks, American Product Acts’ in effect, as a company with a 67-year history in the promotional product business, Positive Promotions will have the chance to enter into the ring of purchasing power at recognized national locations.”