Entries by Kristi Ellis

NCTO Applauds Deal Between Democrats and Administration on USMCA; Urges Swift Congressional Passage

WASHINGTON, DC –  The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber though finished sewn products, welcomes the deal on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) between the administration and House Democrats and urges the administration and Congress to get the deal across the finish line. “We are happy to […]

Trade Update: Apparel Imports from China post Big Double-Digit Decline in October on a Year-Over-Year Basis

Apparel imports from China fell even more sharply in October year over year than in September, as the Trump administration’s tariffs continued to propel a shift in sourcing. Apparel imports from China to the U.S. fell 30.4 percent by quantity in October compared with October 2018, according to the Commerce Department’s Office of Textiles and […]

We Make Amazing: Under Armour Wins Unifi Inc.’s Champion of Sustainability Award

Unifi executives recently met with Under Armour leaders in Baltimore to present the company with its REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability award. To date, Under Armour has recycled 69 million bottles through its use of REPREVE recycled fiber, which offsets the use of petroleum needed to produce virgin fiber. This conserves enough water to nearly fill […]

Legislative Update: Week of November 15, 2019

There are several pending legislative proposals and policies on which NCTO has been actively engaged in October and November. NCTO has consulted with members of Congress and administration officials to advance policies that will benefit the U.S. textile industry, ranging from the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) to a thorough examination of de minimis shipments, which […]

Trade Update: Imports from China Fall Precipitously as Tariffs Start to Have an Impact

The Trump administration’s tariffs on Chinese imports—imposed as part of the administration’s crackdown on China’s intellectual property abuses—are having an impact on sourcing, early data shows. According to a pair of new reports, imports from China across a broad range of categories currently subject to tariffs, including apparel and textiles, have fallen sharply, as companies […]

Industry Spotlight: Q&A with Glen Raven’s Leib Oehmig

Leib Oehmig, president and CEO of North Carolina-based Glen Raven, Inc., a 139-year-old global performance fabric manufacturer serving such markets as the awning, marine, furniture, protective, and military, has spent the past 30 years navigating the seismic changes in the industry brought about by globalization. As chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), […]

NCTO Urges Customs & Border Protection to Examine the Scope of Trade Under de Minimis Waivers and its Impact on U.S. Manufacturing

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) sent a letter to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, calling on the agency to conduct an immediate examination of the trade, economic, and health and safety impacts related to imports that seek de minimis waivers. CBP recently stated in a Federal Register notice on […]

NCTO Member Parkdale Mills Hosts Representative Doug Collins (GA-09) at Expanded Textile Plant, One of the Largest Recent Investments in the U.S. Textile Sector

October 3, 2019 WASHINGTON, DC – National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) member Parkdale Mills met with Representative Doug Collins (GA-09) today at the company’s recently expanded and upgraded plant in Rabun Gap, Ga., underscoring the continued growth in investment by the U.S. textile industry. “Northeast Georgia has long been home to a robust textile […]