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Md. company part of White House 'insourcing' forum

Officials at a Rockville-based candle maker that is bringing some manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. from Asia will join more than a dozen companies Wednesday at a White House forum on job creation.

Chesapeake Bay Candle president Mei Xu, who started the company with her husband in the basement of their Annapolis home in 1994, opened a manufacturing plant in Glen Burnie this year that is expected to bring 100 jobs to the area.

Xu told The Sun this year that rising labor costs in China in Vietnam was a factor in the decision to step up domestic production. The company reported worldwide sales of $84 million last year, up from $65 million in 2005.

President Barack Obama and other administration officials will meet with the business leaders at the forum, which is intended to find ways to increase the number of jobs brought back to the U.S. The administration will unveil new tax proposals later this year to encourage other companies to “insource” jobs. 

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