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" Reshoring is an idea that sounds
sexy and exciting, but businesses are
not going to reshore unless there is
an incentive to reshore, " adds Lavroff.
" Businesses are going to come back
if there is a financial reason to do so.
The financial incentive is in lower
taxes, lower energy costs (energy
independence achieved through
fracking) and increased automation
to keep labor costs down. "
On the other hand, there
are particular areas where U.S.
manufacturing has had notable
successes, says Kimberly Glas,
president and CEO of the National
Council of Textile Organizations
(NCTO) in Washington, D.C. " An
example would be finished apparel
manufacturing on the higher end, with
quality being the centerpiece, " she says.
" People are willing these days to
pay a little bit more for a T-shirt that
is going to last, " she continues. " That
was starting to happen in key pockets
of our industry prior to COVID, and
companies are seeing that demand,
even as the economy has been a

significant challenge. Consumers
are thinking about quality products
and using their purchasing power
more wisely. "

Masked-up textile workers change yarn
packages on an automated conveyor
system. U.S. trade reprentative Bill
Jackson says the industry has yet
to see the full impact of the U.S.Mexico-Canada Agreement because
it took effect in July 2020, during the
pandemic. Photo: National Council
of Textile Organizations.

SUPPLIES FOR THE FUTURE
One of the " biggest eye-openers " in
the early part of the pandemic was
discovering " just how dependent we
were on imports of many key types of
PPE [personal protective equipment], "
says Jackson.
According to Dave Rousse,
president of INDA, the Association of
the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, one of
the biggest challenges of the pandemic
was early on in March [2020], when
the supply of N95-level respirators and
surgical face masks from Asia " was
shut off overnight. "
" Eighty-five percent of those items
were coming from Asia and they
were embargoed overnight, as those
importers needed those products for
themselves, " he says. " We were caught
sitting on our hands because we in
North America had not developed
a robust footprint for melt-blown
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