Thursday, March 23 Session of NCTO Annual Meeting Open to Media; Includes 2017 State of the U.S. Textile Industry Speech, Four Policy Presentations

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WASHINGTON, DC – The Thursday, March 23 session of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) annual meeting in Washington, DC is open to the media.  It begins at 8:30 AM.

It features the 2017 State of the U.S. Textile Industry speech, and policy presentations on workforce, energy, tax reform, and buy America/infrastructure issues respectively.

Question and answer sessions will be open to NCTO members only; but as has been the case at previous annual meetings, NCTO officers will be available for media scrums as time permits.

March 23 Schedule of Events:

  • 8:30 – State of the U.S. Textile Industry

Rob Chapman, NCTO Chairman

Chairman and CEO – Inman Mills – Inman, SC

  • 9:00 – “Workforce Challenges Facing the U.S. Textile Sector”

David Hinks, Dean, College of Textiles, N.C. State University

  • 9:45 – “Current State of U.S. Energy Policy”

Kevin Leahy, Environmental and Energy Policy Director, Duke Energy

  • 10:30 Break

15 Minute-Break

  • 10:45 – “The Outlook for Tax Reform in 2017”

Carolyn Lee, Senior Director of Tax Policy, National Association of Manufacturers

  • 11:30 – “Buy American and U.S. Infrastructure Panel”

Nora Todd, Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio

Tyler Rushforth, Former Counsel for Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

  • 12:15 p.m. – Installation of 2017 NCTO Chairman & Closing Remarks

Rob Chapman, 2016 NCTO Chairman

Bill McCrary, 2016 NCTO Vice Chairman (Incoming 2017 Chairman)

Chairman & CEO, William Barnet & Son LLC, Spartanburg, SC

Event Details:

  • DATE: Thursday, March 23
  • TIME: 8:30 AM ET
  • PLACE: The Capital Hilton
  • ROOM: Congressional
  • ADDRESS: 1001 16th ST NW
  • CITY: Washington, DC

RSVPs for both events are strongly encouraged because seating is limited.  Attendees may RSVP by emailing NCTO’s Lloyd Wood at

NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers.

  • U.S. employment in the textile supply chain was 565,000 in 2016.
  • The value of shipments for U.S. textiles and apparel was $74.4 billion last year, a nearly 11% increase since 2009.
  • U.S. exports of fiber, textiles and apparel were $26.3 billion in 2016.
  • Capital expenditures for textile and apparel production totaled $2 billion in 2015, the last year for which data is available.

CONTACT:  Lloyd Wood
(202) 822-8028

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