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Mounting pressure forces Girl Scouts to retain uniform contract in US
Nov '10
Following the public hue and cry on a report stating that, the US's Girl Scouts organization may accept bids from foreign producers for manufacturing their uniforms, the organization has confirmed that there would be no outsourcing and the manufacturing job will remain within US only.

The confirmation came in after a recent report in a newspaper which stated that, Jackie Evans Inc., a textile unit functional in Passaic since 1964, may be required to shut down if the Girls Scouts gives this contract to anyone else, including foreign firms.

However, the organization with over 2.4 million members and one million volunteers, bullied by the pressure even from the government officials, changed its stand recently, and stated that it was just inviting proposals for the purpose, from four firms of which two were in US while the other two were foreign firms, including one in China.

Michelle Tompkins, the organization's spokesperson here revealed that, parents, members and volunteers, all have requested the organization, to see that the production of iconic Girl Scout uniform remains in US. She further added that, keeping in view the concerns of these groups, they have modified their proposal, which now requires that the Girl Scout uniforms should be produced in the US.

Jackie Evans stated that if the Girl Scouts ends its contract, it would have to terminate all its 90 workers.

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