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Local factory to provide shoes for soldiers

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A factory in Flint is teaming up with a shoe company to change the "soles" of the U.S. military.

Rogers Foam, a factory in Flint, cuts, molds and assembles pieces of foam.

Recently the company, with facilities across the country, has teamed up with New Balance shoes.

Together, the two companies say they are demanding that all clothing worn by the U.S. military be made in the U.S., specifically tennis shoes.

Rogers Foam makes car parts, but as the partnership with New Balance and the push for U.S.-made shoes for the military continues, they could also make soles for shoes.

"New Balance came to Rogers Foam to start this program, Soles for Patrols, and we'll be di-cutting the soles for the shoes that they're providing," said plant manager Tim Nyman.

The company claims there's a loophole in military code that allows the troops to buy their own tennis shoes, wherever they may have been made.

Rogers Foam and New Balance said they are looking to change that.

The goal is for every single item worn on a U.S. soldier to be made completely in the U.S.

"I'm hoping they move everything to American and make it American made," Nyman said.

The push for American made shoes through New Balance could have a positive effect on Mid-Michigan's economy.

"Well, hopefully, I understand there's a New Balance facility in Warren, so hopefully some of this work would get moved up to the Flint area so we could produce something, create more jobs," Nyman said.

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