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At 'Made in America' Event, One Little Problem

Last US maker of flatware identifies White House forks and spoons as made in China
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2018 11:46 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The White House hosted a "Made in America Product Showcase" Monday, and one of the attendees was Matt Roberts, president of the last US manufacturer of forks, spoons, and knives. That his Sherrill Manufacturing from upstate New York snagged an invite to the event wasn't a surprise—but Syracuse.com reports that Roberts soon spotted an anomaly in the State Dining Room. Everybody had just eaten with flatware made from China. The utensils were made by Oneida Ltd., which once manufactured its products in New York, but no more. In fact, Roberts' company now uses a former Oneida plant.

"With all of the things going on in the world, forks and spoons in your kitchen are not exactly the top priority at the White House," says Roberts. But the story suggests that might soon change. It notes how New York Congresswoman Claudia Tenney has been pushing for the White House to make the switch, once even getting an assurance of it from President Trump himself (see the video). While Trump wasn't at Monday's event, two of his top economic advisers, Wilbur Ross and Peter Navarro, were in attendance, as was Tenney, who was making sure they knew the full story. (Read more Made in America stories.)

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