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TRG Group, located in St. Louis, has hired Stephen Bell as its new Midwest region manager. Bell will be responsible for sales in the states of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin.

This week, Business News Daily reports on Collegiate Bead Co., a Michigan-based bead manufacturer that partnered with a promotional products distributor company to help keep its products made in America.

Michigan's David Schowalter scoured the country, and eventually the globe, for more than two years on his quest to find an American manufacturing partner.

It turns out the answer was in his own backyard.

The owner of Collegiate Bead Co., Schowalter was determined to produce his company's college beads, sorority bracelets and charms in the United States, but initially was unable to find someone willing to take on the job.

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