Congressman Anthony Brindisi was at Sherrill Manufacturing on Tuesday to call for the restoration of buy-American provisions in the National Defense Authorization Act before Congress.

Brindisi's bi-partisan Support Procurement of Our Nation's Stainless Steel or SPOONSS Act would require the Department of Defense to purchase American made flatware.

The DOD was previously required to buy American-made flatware, but due to a supply problem, the requirement was removed in 2007.

Sherrill Manufacturing produces several lines of flatware under the Liberty Tabletop brand.

"Thank you to Congressman Brindisi for his tireless advocacy on this bill,” said Greg Owens, CEO of Sherrill Manufacturing. “This legislation is about keeping jobs in America and will create more good-paying jobs for Oneida County. It is time for Congress to do the right thing and get this bill to the President's desk."

The SPOONS Act was introduced in previous years but was defeated each time it came up for a vote.

photo courtesy of Congressman Brindisi's Office