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Bonamici Touts Make it in America Agenda at Tigard-Based Handful Sportsbra Company - Local Company’s Crowdfunding Effort Will Assist

June 10, 2013
Press Release

Beaverton, Ore. – Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today joined with Handful Sportsbra CEO Jennifer Ferguson to tout her efforts to encourage more companies to relocate manufacturing to the United States. Handful recently announced a decision to “onshore” production, moving manufacturing from China to Oregon. Bonamici’s “Make it in America” efforts are designed to encourage additional companies to take similar action.

“More and more companies are beginning to see the advantages of moving manufacturing back to the United States,” said Bonamici. “Handful is proving that it can be done. The ability to directly oversee your production line, improved product quality, and the Made in America label are all advantages.  I’m working to pass a ‘Make it in America’ agenda that rewards companies for creating jobs here instead of overseas.”

“US manufacturing fits best with Handful’s core values of supporting our local economy,” said Handful CEO Jennifer Ferguson.  “This transition in manufacturing from China to the US will allow Handful to bring new products to market more quickly, improve quality control of our products, and allow our management team more direct access to the manufacturing process, resulting in the highest quality product for our customers.”

Bonamici is working to pass three bills to encourage domestic manufacturing. The Bring the Jobs Home Act would provide businesses with a tax credit worth 20 percent of the expenses incurred by relocating a business location to the United States. The Make it in America Manufacturing Act would establish competitive grants for state and regional manufacturing partnerships, which could be used to provide loans to manufacturers and help small manufacturers export their products. The Advancing Innovative Manufacturing (AIM) Act would establish pilot projects to develop public private partnerships for the promotion of advanced manufacturing.

Handful is partnering with Portland's recently launched Crowd Supply to use "pretail" sales to finance its move to Oregon manufacturing. Fitness expert Jennifer Ferguson founded Handful in 2006. The company makes a line of versatile bras and tanks that feature removable pads and active styling that is appropriate for everything from workout to weekend. The company makes a "Handful bra" that is also an approved mastectomy bra.