History Text Part 9-A

“We were getting tons of orders” says Rolf, “but we couldn't meet the demand”. This problem of under-supply opened a hole for the Finnish-based hockey apparel manufacturers, notably Sinisalo, to go after Stanley 's private label customers. The Finnish government subsidized these companies, allowing them to offer better pricing and attractive payment terms of six months or more. Still, Stanley adamantly continued US production. “I probably should have sourced elsewhere but I wanted to keep jobs here” he recalled in 2007.