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One of my favorite moments from the past year was
getting our team together for the National ESOP
(employee stock ownership plan) Month in October.
We planned a bunch of virtual activities and our team
was engaged and having fun together. After months of
uncertainty, it was a validating moment that this new
normal was working for us. At the same time we were
prepping for IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 and had the feeling
that everyone was figuring out how to move forward. While
I know there is still a lot of work to do to get everyone
back to normal, it showed our team's and our industry's
resiliency and gave me a lot of confidence for the future.
Chris Fredericks, CEO, TVF

I WILL NEVER FORGET GETTING A CALL FROM
THE WHITE HOUSE, FROM DR. PETER NAVARRO
(assistant to the president, director of trade and
manufacturing policy) asking what our industry could do
and how quickly we could do it in terms of PPE production.
That call had a huge cascading impact across all industry
associations. It was our call to help. We surveyed who could
do what and got more than 1,000 responses in a day. It was a
good reminder how this industry is a fighter-we're here and
we answered the call.

Do you anticipate requiring
employees to receive the COVID-19
vaccine when available?

28%
YES

36%

Heidi Katherine
Senior vice president global design and development, Moss Inc.

THE PHONE RANG IN APRIL AND ON OTHER END WAS REAR
ADMIRAL JOHN POLOWCZYK [supply chain task force lead at
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)], calling
me directly. That was a pretty stunning moment. That showed
me how serious things were. He had been pulled out of the
Pentagon and [was appointed to] FEMA. He was the point man
in charge of getting [PPE] supplies directed and distributed.
You see him on the briefing with the vice president and
you start to realize how important this stuff is.

36%

UNSURE

25 %
of survey respondents pivoted to PPE
or other products related to the fight
against COVID-19.

expect
10 % ofthatcompanies
the pivot to these
products will be permanent.

The supply chain posed one of the biggest
challenges to the specialty fabrics industry in 2020.
Survey respondents experienced the following:
domestic supplier delays

70%

foreign supplier delays

55%

difficulty locating alternative
domestic suppliers

37%

difficulty locating alternative
foreign suppliers

16%

internal production delays

36%

delays in delivery/shipping
to customers

57%

none of these

10%

Kimberly Glas, president and CEO, NCTO

The moment we figured out what is actually required to
get an FDA permit, I personally became aware of every
label I came into contact with.

NO

42% of survey respondents laid off or furloughed
employees after March 13, 2020.

28%

were able to rehire some laid off/furloughed employees.

Dave Rousse, president, INDA
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