Entries by Kristi Ellis

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 […]

NCTO Welcomes Administration’s Inclusion of Finished Apparel & Textile Products on China Tariff List

  Washington, DC – The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber though finished sewn products, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Trade Representative Office’s (USTR) announcement regarding the next steps for the proposed 10 percent tariff on approximately $300 billion of Chinese […]

NCTO supports President Trump’s announced plan to impose a 10% tariff on $300B of Chinese imports

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, welcomes President Trump’s announcement today that he will impose a 10% tariff on the remaining $300 billion of imports from China on September 1. The U.S. textile industry has long supported the […]

NCTO Applauds Senate Passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) commends the Senate for passing the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2020, which strengthens the Berry Amendment and safeguards our national security, by setting compliance requirements to all Department of Defense acquisitions at or above $150,000. The Senate bill rolls back the threshold […]