Saturday, June 12, 2004

Nashville uniform firm gets under U.S. Border Patrol's skin

"'I just received a half-dozen new shirts, pants - and the labels all say they are made in Mexico,' said Rich Pierce, a Tampa, Fla.-based agent and executive vice president of the 16,000-member National Border Patrol Council, the agents' union. 'Why can't we have uniforms made in the U.S.? The other agents I've talked to all think this is some bad joke.'"

"The agency contracts with VF Solutions of Nashville to supply 30,000 border agents and customs inspectors with uniforms for the current fiscal year. The $30-million contract allows the company to subcontract work to plants in the United States, Mexico, Canada and the Dominican Republic."

"Officials at VF Solutions would say only that their contract allowed them to manufacture in Mexico."

L.A. Times

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