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ABOVE: Gehring-Tricot Corp. stocks sample
rolls of different fabrics in order to send cuts
of those fabrics to potential new customers.
Shown here are sample rolls of athletic
apparel fabric. Photo: Gehring-Tricot Corp.

BELOW: A new area of focus for Value
Vinyls is its Visiontex USA fabrics. The
Visiontex outdoor mesh fabric range
includes Visiontex View 85 (pictured here),
Visiontex Plus 94 and Visiontex Ultra 99.
The fabrics are designed for window, patio
and other outdoor screening applications.
Photo: Value Vinyls Inc.

Anticipating the trouble to come,
Gehring says Gehring-Tricot Corp.
transitioned to highly engineered
fabrics because that raw material is still
domestically produced.
He regards the newest tariffs and
their higher duties on overseas raw
materials favorably, as well as the
renegotiating of the North American
Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
saying both have increased the demand
for U.S.-produced fabrics. Factories
remaining in the U.S. have seen their
orders for raw materials go up, while
Gehring says his company's business
has grown about 19 percent over the
last two years.
" However, our end users are facing
longer lead times and are also carrying
less inventory, " he adds. " So the stress
levels have gone up all along the supply
chain a gazillion percent. "

Then and now
Enter the pandemic. Because of
uncertainty around demand, raw
materials providers are keeping
much less inventory than in the past,
Gehring explains. Before COVID-19,
lead times to obtain raw materials
were around two to four weeks. Now,
lead times are six to eight weeks and in
some cases 12 weeks.
The shutdowns meant that only
those deemed essential could remain
open. Although for Gehring, 80
percent of his customers fell into this
category, others weren't so lucky.
" There were many nonessential end
product manufacturers that went out
of business. Furthermore, consumers
have been buying much less, " he
says, mentioning, for example, sports
uniform purchases by schools and
colleges. " Therefore, manufacturing

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