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    Ark. company nominated for Martha Stewart competition

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The largest rubber band producer in the United States, Alliance Rubber Company of Hot Springs, is a nominee in Martha Stewart's Second Annual American Made competition.

    A nod to Stewart's start as the owner of a small catering business, the contest is designed to honor companies across the country that are based out of and manufacture products in the United States.

    Alliance Rubber Company, which proudly marks each package "Made in the USA," was founded in Alliance, Ohio, in 1923, but the operation has called Hot Springs home since 1944.

    Ten winners will be chosen by the editors of "Martha Stewart Living," while an online vote, which starts today, determines "Audience Choice" awards from each of six categories, including Craft, Design, Food, Garden, Style and Tech. Alliance is a nominee in the Craft category, which features a range of products from candles to pottery to eco-friendly clothing.

    Once category finalists are chosen, an online audience will also select a grand prize winner.

    The public can vote for Alliance Rubber Company by visiting marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/80990. Voting for category winners concludes Friday, Sept. 13 with grand prize winner selection starting Tuesday, Sept. 17 and running through Sunday, Sept. 22.

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