Archive | US/Canada

  • Gildan to keep US apparel production

    Speaking on Gildan’s 2016 earnings call on February 23, the company’s executive vice president Rhodri Harries said Gildan has, since acquiring American Apparel, begun “leveraging our manufacturing network, while at the same time working on a supply chain to also support Made in the USA product”.

  • Trump seems to be trying to break up NAFTA

    A possibly unscripted February 13 remark by Donald Trump might indicate he wants to break up NAFTA, not merely renegotiate it.

  • Taiwanese textile makers reviewing more investment in US

    In fairness, the actual story consists of:

  • Why did industry forecasters miss 2016’s biggest story?

    I think the biggest event of 2016 for our industry was the outright opposition to international trade on which America’s Republican Party campaigned successfully in the Congressional elections.

  • Taiwan’s Eclat reviewing setting US plant – as it closes China production

    Taiwan’s  Eclat Textile, the country’s largest apparel manufacturer, announced on December 8 it  was closing its last Chinese production plant.

  • Is UK apparel onshoring finally gaining momentum?

    Despite years of widely denied decline, British garment-making showed serious signs of a revival in the second half of 2015.

  • Santana’s US mill “will start spinning in summer 2015”

    ” Santana Textiles will complete construction and begin their spinning operations this summer”,  said Edinburg mayor on May 22.

  • US West Cost dockers approve 5-year contract

    82% of US West Coast dockworkers voted for a new 5-year contract based on a tentative February 2015 agreement with employers,their union announced on May 22. The new contract now runs till July 2019

  • US government report sees little benefit in country of origin labelling

    Country-of-origin labelling does not provide much in the way of “measurable economic benefits” for American consumers and costs producers, packers, and retailers in the United States $2.6 billion a year for all products covered by legislation requiring it, a US Department of Agriculture report claimed on May 8.

  • Gildan closes New York State facility

    The New York State plant formerly known as New Buffalo Shirt Factory will close on June 1, eliminating about 80 jobs.

  • US West Coast dockers’ caucus votes for approval of February’s tentative agreement

    ILWU Coast Longshore Caucus delegates voted on April 3 to recommend approval of a tentative agreement – reached on February 20, 2015 –  between the union and employers represented by the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

  • Vietnamese garment factory owner charged with attempted bribe to US factory inspector.

    A Vietnamese general manager at a garment factory in City of Industry, near Los Angeles, allegedly offered to bribe a US Department of Labor investigator in exchange for closing a wage violations investigation, authorities claimed on April 7.

  • For all the onshoring hype – US apparel jobs keep falling

    In the April 3 Sourcing Journal Online, I look at the continuing fall in US apparel making jobs.

  • US WTO complaint on China’s alleged export subsidies: government seeks comments

    Preferably by April 15, if its Trade Representative is going to give them “timely consideration.”

  • US announces $150 mn public-private textile investment competition – as US textile and apparel jobs continue their decline.

    The US Department of Defense launched on March 18 a competition to form a new manufacturing hub focused on revolutionary fibre and textile technologies. The $75 million federal investment will be matched by more than $75 million of private sector resources.