REUTERS: Sneakers show limits of trade policy in reviving jobs for Trump

11/28/2016

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November 21, 2016 | BY: TIMOTHY AEPPEL & MAI NGUYEN

Beyond the furor, shoemakers are experimenting with ways to take human labor out of manufacturing their goods, wherever they are made. Reebok, the Canton, Massachusetts-based shoe company now owned by Germany’s Adidas AG, is building a laboratory in Rhode Island to refine a process to make shoes with liquid plastic. “We’re looking at the entire process of shoe making from end to end with a clean sheet,” says Bill McInnis, who heads up the program to develop the company’s manufacturing process.

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