U.S. cotton industry hosting key CBI apparel makers

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Leaders from 30 apparel manufacturing companies in six CBI region countries are visiting U.S. textile operations to learn how to source U.S. yarns and fabrics.

Cotton Council International, in cooperation with Cotton Incorporated, is hosting the COTTON USA CBI Manufacturers Tour, one that involves participants from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Haiti.

This COTTON USA Sourcing Program is one of many activities of CCI, the overseas market promotion arm of the Memphis-based National Cotton Council. U.S. textile mills hosting the CBI participants on the Tour Include:

Alice Mills, Inc., Easley, S.C.; NY; American & Efird, Inc., Mount Holly, N.C.; Ameritex Yarn, LLC, Burlington, N.C.; Arca Knitting, Inc., Hialeah, Fla.; Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., Jefferson, Ga.; Carolina Cotton Works, Inc., Gaffney, S.C.; Cheraw Yarn Mills, Inc., Cheraw, S.C.; Four Leaf Textiles, LLC, Shelby, N.C.; Frontier Spinning Mills, Sanford, N.C.; National Textiles, LLC, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Parkdale Mills, Inc., Gastonia, N.C.; R.L. Stowe Mills, Inc., Belmont, N.C.; Ramtex, Inc., Ramseur, N.C.; Spectrum Dyed Yarns, Inc., Kings Mountain, N.C.; Swift Spinning Mills, Inc., Columbus, Ga; Tuscarora Yarns, Inc., Gastonia, N.C.; and Wellstone Mills, Greenville, S.C.

"This is an excellent opportunity for the U.S. cotton textile industry to highlight its commitment to quality and efficiency and to boost its exports into a very important market," said CCI President Robert W. Norris, a Bakersfield, Calif., cooperative official. "On the eve of the removal of textile quotas (Jan. 1), all of these host U.S. textile firms are committed to surviving and thriving as they supply high quality competitive raw materials quickly to the CBI region."

Norris said the CBI participants – some of the largest knitters and apparel makers in that region – attended a seminar in Atlanta Sept. 28 and were to divide up and visit the 17 U.S. textile manufacturing operations in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia Sept. 29-Oct. 1.

Research specialists from Cotton Incorporated, North Carolina State University and TC(2) will conduct the seminar, which will cover: producing better knit fabrics; producing better knit apparel; and innovations in dyeing and finishing. Participants also will hear an outlook on U.S. textile and apparel trade policy.<</p>