makers of Alaskan’s favorite rubber boot have responded to calls from Alaska’s
junior senator to improve their product and consider moving back to the United
States. Currently, Xtra Tufs are made in China, where production was moved last
year by Honeywell Corporation. Earlier this year fishermen started noticing a
decrease in quality and an increase in failure of the boot.
Mark Begich said Honeywell responded last week to his suggestion about the
corporate tax structure in America, which suggested said might be driving jobs
overseas. At first, Honeywell said the tax regime was not an issue, but has
since said they would like to discuss the topic with Begich.
company also said they have improved training in their workforce and have
recalled or replaced all defective boots shipped to America. Begich says
there’s one way to find out if that’s true: ship some to Alaska for testing.
for moving production back to America, where about 500 jobs were lost when Xtra
Tufs went to China, Honeywell was non-committal, but Begich said it’s not
unheard of for a company to do so.
his letter to Honeywell, Begich also suggested the company put back into
production the Xtra Tuf beer koozie, which is made out of the same material as
the famous boots and reportedly do an excellent job in keeping a cold beverage
cold. Honeywell has not yet responded to that request.