Made in America: Maine native brings textile manufacturing home

PORTLAND, Maine — It started with a gift.

The sensible fleece jacket Ben Waxman received one winter got him thinking. The lightweight synthetic material was made nearby in Lawrence, Massachusetts, but the jacket was designed and sewn thousands of miles away overseas.

“Why can’t this be made in Portland, Maine?” he wondered.

As of this month, it is.

Seated in a small factory in the Old Port with his fiancee, Whitney Reynolds, and mother, Dory Waxman, Ben Waxman, 36, left a successful career in Washington politics to return to his roots.

“I wanted to come back for my family, the people I grew up with, and for my quality of life,” said the former adviser to the president of the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.

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