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Participants of Indiana event to wear uniforms made abroad

Posted at 9:56 AM, Sep 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-12 22:13:49-04

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) - Participants in Indiana's Bicentennial Torch Relay will wear uniforms made in foreign countries.

The (Angola) Herald Republican reports that the Indiana Office of Tourism Development hired Indianapolis-based Personalized Corporate Services Inc. to supply the outfits, which were made in China, Honduras and Nicaragua.

It comes at a time when Gov. Mike Pence is running mate to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, whose platform includes bringing jobs back to the U.S. and punishing companies that leave the U.S. for cheaper labor.

Pence's office deferred questions about the uniforms to the tourism office. A tourism spokeswoman says the Indianapolis vendor had the best available product to match the office's needs.

Torchbearers will pass through all 92 counties before the event ends Oct. 15 in Indianapolis.