LANCASTER, N.Y. – A proposed law introduced by Erie County Legislator Ted Morton would require that all county purchases over $10,000 be awarded to American based companies using American manufactured materials.
The Made in America Act was introduced Tuesday at Sealing Devices in Lancaster. The new law would require Erie County to support American manufacturers and encourage domestic economic growth according to Mr. Morton.
“We have many local companies making high-quality products and we have an opportunity to encourage and support their work by making sure that we in the county are doing our part to buy American-made products,” said Legislator Ted Morton.
Those who promote businesses throughout Western New York and right here in Cheektowaga by way of their Chambers of Commerce agree with the proposed law – flanking Mr. Morton at the announcement.
“American manufacturing is vitally important to the structure and stability of our economy both locally and nationally. Manufacturing jobs encompass a broad and diverse range of highly skilled and attractive positions that are different than a usual image of manufacturing. The stability of our economy rests with the strengths or weaknesses of the American manufacturing sector, and on behalf of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce I commend the Erie County Legislature for pursuing this Made in America mandate,” said Kristina Groff, Executive Director of the Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce.
A public hearing will be held August 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Erie County Legislature Chambers, located on the 4th floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street in the City of Buffalo, New York.
If approved by the Erie County Legislature and signed by the County Executive, the law could be a ballot referendum this November for voters to ultimately decide. In special circumstances, the law provides, upon written request of the County Executive, an opportunity for the Legislature to waive the buy American provision by a two-thirds vote.
New York State recently adopted a “Buy American” law that will require American made iron and steel for transportation projects. A working group will be established to determine whether to expand the law to cover concrete and aluminum as well.