As an owner of a domestic manufacturing company, I would like to applaud George Smith (Nov. 9 column) for searching for locally made products, and assure him that textile manufacturing in Maine is re-inventing itself and is definitely worth a closer look.

At Sea Bags, we take Made in Maine seriously and have made it the cornerstone of our company.

Headquartered on Portland’s working waterfront, we are proud to have a global business for our products, which are all made here in Maine.

We are passionate about keeping it that way — and we are not alone.

Dozens of innovative textile product designers and manufacturers agree that quality is a path to prosperity for Maine.

Therefore, we are working with the Manufacturer’s Association of Maine to build a strategic vision that expands and strengthens Maine’s high performance textile cluster.

I’ll be the first to admit that domestic manufacturing is not easy, but it is a rewarding struggle. While Smith may be glad that he did not “go into manufacturing,” we strive to reinvent manufacturing and keep jobs in Maine. We know there is great potential to expand and contribute in a significant way to the growth of the Maine economy.

Made in Maine attracts and will continue to attract consumers and retail partners for having great design and quality products.

Beth Shissler, president

Sea Bags Inc.


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