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Sewing machine company gets a break from new state-preference law: If you lose out narrowly to an out-of-state competitor, you get to match its bid
By Caitlin Coakley A local manufacturer has become the first Charlotte business to be awarded a state contract thanks in part to North Carolina’s new preference for going in state even if an out-of-state company submits the lowest bid. The Fox Company, which manufactures sewing equipment, matched an out-of-state competitor’s bid worth $78,925 to supply 10 to 12 pieces of sewing equipment, including sewing machines and cloth-spreading machines, to prison garment factories in North Carolina. Under Executive Order No, 50., signed by Gov. Bev Perdue in February, if a North Carolina company bids within 5 percent or $10,000, whichever is lower, of a low bid by an out-of-state company, the local company gets a second chance: The state contracts the in-state bidder and offers it the opportunity to match the low bid. “The preference for in-state businesses will save jobs and help North Carolina businesses grow and create new jobs,” said Governor Perdue in a statement.