Three U.S. Textile Organizations Merge


If you’ve finished the third part of the T-shirt book, you should remember Auggie Tantillo and the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) under his leadership. On March 28, 2013,  AMTAC together with the National Textile Association (NTA) joined the National Council of Textile Organization (NCTO), which will become the flagship organization representing the interests of the U.S. textile industry (textile mills and texile product mills which produce fibers, yarns, fabrics, home textiles and industrial textiles). This new movement could strengthen the voice of the U.S. textile industry in Washington DC, but at the same time can also be read as a sign of the declining industry base of AMTAC and NCTO.

The press release of the merger can be downloaded from here

Author: Sheng Lu

Professor @ University of Delaware

17 thoughts on “Three U.S. Textile Organizations Merge”

  1. I think this article posting was really great because it allowed me to connect when I learned from the T-Shirt reading with Auggie with things that are happening in the industry. It’s always great to follow up with something you learned because then that information will be remembered much longer.

  2. this article was one of the more interesting to me because i was able to relate it with the Tshirt book and what we had learned and discussed in class. I always believer merging company is a good idea as long as they all can make agreements because different types of knowledge can be helpful not only for one company but allow other companies to learn things they may not have.

  3. It is nice to know with the expansion of globalization, that there are still people out there who support jobs and Made in America products. This reminds me of case study 3 where we discussed the pros and cons of the MFA. It will be interesting to see how things turn out after the signing of the AMTAC and NCTO. The textile industry is so large and vast that agreements like these are very important for all parties involved.

  4. I believe that this new partnership will absolutely strengthen the voice of the US textile industry in Washington. I feel the saying two heads are better than one applies to this situation. By combining forces these organizations can hopefully come up with creative new ideas to help strengthen and promote the textile industry. Being able to join as a team shows great cooperation and it should only improve and increase the amount of work and benefits that the organization can offer the industry.

  5. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) was formed in August 2000 through the merger of two highly regarded trade associations: the American Apparel and Manufacturers Association and Footwear Industries of America. Thinking about the positions of AAFA on trade, isn’t it reflects the structural change of the industry itself?

  6. I found this article to be extremely helpful. It is interesting to read about various trade agreements and see them spelled out in writing so we are able to see exactly what they entail. I feel that merging organizations together can be a positive thing because the organizations will then be forced to develop a policy that is beneficial to both parties. Being that the textile industry is so vast, agreements like these are very important and will help ensure that things are carried out smoothly within the industry. Being able to connect information within the article with information we have discussed in class is really helpful and helps expand my understanding of the material!

  7. I think this new merging partnership is going to be very beneficial to our industry. New polices are going to made to better the industry preventing a decline. The organizations together can work together to strengthen the industry by forming new agreements. I think its better to work together then work against each other.

  8. I enjoyed reading this article, because as i said in my T-shirt part III comment, I like learning about the AMTAC because I was able to learn the organization’s history on a more personal level. I enjoyed this article because I was able to learn more about the AMTAC and what current things the organization is involved with. I am eager to see what will come of this new merger, I hope that together they can assist in the strengthening of the US’ industry. Hopefully an agreement can be made that works for both parties and helps our domestic industry.

  9. This article has helped me realize that there are still hard working Americans out there who love and support the American market. It was also evident that people are still working towards strengthening the markets together as opposed to separately, this article has brought our class full circle. It really took what we learned in the classroom and applied it to a real life scenario.

  10. This article was interesting because from learning everything in class and from reading the T-shirt book, these topics are becoming more familiar to me. I am eager to see how this actually turns out. I do think, as the article says, merging AMTAC, with NTA, and NCTO will definitely strengthen the voice of the US textile industry. The merge gives them a bigger voice and will also be able to come up with many more ideas. I also believe it will make it easier for consumers to follow and understand its importance now that they merged and they are not separate organizations. It’s always great to read that there are active organizations out there who are supporting the Made in USA products and I hope this merge will be successful.

  11. This article was extremely interesting to read because like other students mentioned i could relate it back to the travels of a t-shirt book. I think that this merger company could help bring the T&A industry back on its feet and make it better. I myself am eager to see what will come out of this new idea of merging companies. I hope that it could help the United States in a positive way.

  12. I think that this article was really interesting and also helpful in connecting what we learned in class. It helped link some of the issues that we read about in the T-shirt book, such as Augie. Also it reminded me of case study 3, where we discussed the pros and cons as well as the issues dealing with the MFA. It was also nice to learn that with globalization expanding so greatly, there are still people who strongly support jobs as well as products that are made in America.

  13. I also believe that the joining of two companies will strengthen the voice of the US textile industry in Washington. By joining forces they can hopefully come up with creative new ideas to help strengthen and promote the textile industry. Being able to join as a team shows great cooperation and it should only improve and increase the amount of work and benefits that the organization can offer the industry. Often times, two heads are better than one. There is so much to be said about learning from the people around us.

    1. initally there were 60 students signing up for the class, therefore 2 seperate sessions can be offered. Now, each session can only recruit 10 students, therefore, they have to be combined. this is what I believe behind the M&A of these three organizations.

  14. I think this article was a great article to post because it connects very well with the T-shirt book. I believe that merging the two organizations will be an awesome step in helping the U.S. textile industry. In general one big group is a lot more powerful then two smaller groups. I hope the merging of these two groups will benefit the United States textile industry. I think is is very interesting that over the last three years the U.S. textile mills have built 23 new plants and invested more than 3 billion dollars in new plants and equipment. I am also shocked that the U.S. textile industry is the third largest exporter in the world and the products have increased over the years. Everyone keeps saying that the industry is declining in the U.S. but if they have recently made more plants and the exporting is increasing as well, clearly it is still thriving. I also am extremely shocked at the fact that textile workers on average receive way more money then apparel store workers. I am very excited to see what the merging of these organizations will do for the industry.

  15. While it is great to see American corporations merging to form one voice to move the textile industry forward, one might feel the need to be concerned at the monopoly then created. Although it creates an overall more powerful voice, individual ideals and goals of each independent organization may need to be left behind in order to be represented as one louder voice as the collaborative effort industry. Nevertheless, the merge may combine to form new ideas and could be overall helpful to the US textile industry.

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