900 New Balance Jobs in Central Maine

June 18, 2016
After a months-long and hard-fought battle against powerful Washington establishment and lobbying groups, Congressman Poliquin successfully secured critical language in the Defense bill to protect 900 Maine jobs in Skowhegan, Norridgewock and Norway.  This is an unprecedented victory for 900 jobs in Central Maine.
Congressman Poliquin’s language requires the Pentagon to issue American-made equipment to new recruits whenever possible, which actually follows the preexisting law—known as the Berry Amendment.  New Balance, which employs 900 hardworking Mainers, produces its athletic shoes right here in Central Maine and is fully Berry Amendment compliant.  Congressman Poliquin’s critical language makes sure that these American jobs stay right here in Maine and that our U.S. tax dollars go to American manufacturing jobs, not to jobs overseas in China and Vietnam.
For years, politicians from Maine in the House and the Senate, including former Congressman Mike Michaud (who formerly held Congressman Poliquin’s seat), were continuously unsuccessful in getting this done.  Congressman Poliquin did it in his very first term in office, defying powerful establishment and lobbying groups’ persistent efforts to shoot it down.
“This is all about Maine jobs,” said Congressman Poliquin. “This is a huge victory for hundreds of families in Central Maine and a huge victory for American taxpayers.”