The Nearly 400 National Parks – 22 in New York State – Currently Sell Gifts Made in China, Indonesia, Other Foreign Competitors
March 29, 2012 Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today introduced the American Parks, American Products Act to the Senate. The bill would require all items sold by National Parks Service gift shops to be produced in the United States.
“This is commonsense legislation to stamp products sold at America’s National Parks with the words ‘Made in America,’” Senator Gillibrand said. “The pride of our National Parks goes hand in hand with the pride of American-made products and our strong manufacturing tradition. The American Parks, American Products Act has the potential to support manufacturing jobs, and showcase American craftsmanship.”
Initially introduced into the House of Representatives by Congressman Steve Israel, the American Parks, American Products Act would require all gift shops operated by the National Parks Service to sell American-made products exclusively. Currently, there are nearly 400 National Parks throughout the United States that welcome 800,000 visitors daily. In New York State alone, there are 22 national parks that greeted over 16 million visitors in 201, and generated nearly $500 million for local economies in 2010.
The National Parks Service Commercial Services Program has more than 500 concession contracts that generate over $1 billion annually. More…