COTTON USA Tour Focuses on Uniform Industry for U.S. Yarn and Fabrics
The COTTON USA Sourcing Program hosted the Western Hemisphere Uniform Manufacturers Tour to the U.S. from Sept. 19 – 22 to expand business between U.S. mills and the uniform industry – a key developing market for U.S. yarn and fabrics. Thirty-nine companies from Latin America and the U.S. joined the tour in Greenville, SC.
The tour is a signature event of the COTTON USA Sourcing Program, which seeks to develop business relationships throughout the cotton textile and apparel chain with the objective of increasing exports of U.S.-manufactured cotton products to the Western Hemisphere.
Participants included seven U.S. uniform buying companies, 13 U.S. yarn and fabric mills, and 19 uniform manufacturers from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru.
The tour launched with a conference session featuring a panel of experts who addressed the cotton market outlook, cotton product innovations and quantifying the value of time. Following the conference, the U.S. mills and uniform companies met with Central American, Mexican and Andean garment manufacturing executives for private meetings to discuss business opportunities. They also visited with Cotton Incorporated and learned about their innovative new technologies.
After the trade meetings, each manufacturer had the opportunity to visit the following U.S. textile mills: Alamac American Knits, LLC: Antex Knitting; Buhler Quality Yarns Corp.; Carolina Cotton Works, Inc. (CCW); Contempora Fabrics, Cotswold Industries/Central Textiles, Frontier Spinning Mills, Inc.; Hamrick Mills, Inc.; Keer America Corporation; Milliken & Company; Parkdale; SAS Textiles; Swisstex Direct; Shuford Yarns; Tuscarora Yarns, Inc.; and Zagis USA.
The participating uniform U.S. uniform buyers included: Chefworks, Elbeco, OOBE, Propper, Superior, Timberland and VF.