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NC fashion firm has first ‘made in USA’ delivery

DURHAM, NC (AP) — A North Carolina clothing company that wants to help revitalize the state’s textiles industry has its first fully made-in-America delivery ready to go.

School House, the fashion brand based in Durham, said Wednesday that it has orders for schools including Stanford University and the University of Oregon that were entirely made in the United States.

The company, founded by a Duke University graduate, recently moved its manufacturing operation from Sri Lanka to the United States. The company makes clothing branded with the names and logos of universities and colleges.

CEO Rachel Weeks says that while labor costs are higher in the United States, School House will see bigger profits in the long run. She says the company is already saving on costs like shipping, duties, taxes and quality control.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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