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Buy American This Holiday
Buy American This Holiday

(Buffalo, NY) — With the official start of the holiday shopping season just hours away, Western New Yorkers are asking how they're going to afford presents for their loved ones in this uncertain economy. Elma's Made In America Store (www.saveourcountryfirst.com) says the answer is very simple: buy American, support American jobs and keep your money in America.

The Made In America Store opened in April 2010 as the only brick-and-mortar retail outlet in the country that sells 100% American-made products, right down to the packaging. Since opening, the store has received international media attention, including from Japan, South Korea and Russia. In September, the store unveiled a new 1,100 square-foot addition and now offers 3,500 USA-made products.

You can meet the owner of the Made In America Store, Mark Andol, and go home with some free gifts to get your holiday shopping started right. Andol will speak before a joint meeting of Rotary Club of Buffalo and Buffalo Kiwanis Club on November 23 from 12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. at Templeton Landing (2 Templeton Terrace, Buffalo). Everyone who attends will enjoy a buffet lunch, a USA-made handheld American flag, a coupon for discounted merchandise at the Made In America Store and an opportunity to sample Made In America Store products.

A welder by trade, Andol owns General Welding & Fabricating, a manufacturing company in Elma that lost $3 million in sales to China. He has been forced to close two of his four plants and lay off nearly half of his workforce. Andol is just back from Washington, D.C., and a White House-sponsored panel discussion aimed at helping U.S. businesses hurt by foreign competition. As a member of the House Make It In America Task Force, Congressman Brian Higgins invited Andol to participate in the discussion about the challenges of creating jobs in this economy.

The cost of this luncheon event is $20 per person. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Rotary Club of Buffalo (buffalorotary.org) at 716-854-3397.

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