US sales representative visits Milliken> GSA Business
American & Efird, under the A&E brand, is headquartered in Mount Holly, North Carolina, with operations in 22 countries while Spartanburg is the global headquarters of Milliken & Co. and its 46 locations. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai visited the company’s Magnolia plant in Blacksburg, near Cherokee County’s border with North Carolina.
The U.S. textile supply chain produced $ 64 billion in production in 2020 and employed nearly 530,000 workers, according to the National Textile Operations Council, which said Tai’s visit came at a “pivotal moment for the chain. American Textile Supply “. The industry has been at the forefront of a national production line manufacturing more than one billion items of personal protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization said in a statement from hurry.
The organization is working to secure trade protections for the U.S. textile industry, including a move that would require certain essential health care supplies to come from domestic suppliers.
The Ambassador’s visit to Milliken included a panel discussion highlighting the role of women in textiles, “the critical need for policies supporting a national supply chain and the sector’s significant impact on the US economy”, reads the press release.
Tai discussed the work of the Biden-Harris administration to increase bilateral trade opportunities in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, according to the ambassador’s office.
âAs the United States Sales Representative, I am committed to helping all of your businesses build on their success by finding market opportunities and helping reach new customers,â Tai said in the press release. . âI want to make sure that our trade policy matches the innovation and changes that are happening in the textile industry. With your help, we can continue to resolve critical issues. In doing so, we will help the textile industry maintain its competitive edge and ensure that it remains a global standard bearer for years to come. “
Milliken is one of the largest textile companies in the United States, employing more than 6,000 people nationwide and 1,350 more globally. Milliken’s textile company employs 2,500 people in eight counties in South Carolina and is the fourth-largest manufacturing employer in the upstate, according to the company.
âMilliken is honored to welcome Ambassador Tai to our Magnolia factory to discuss not only the invaluable contributions we make every day to our community and nation, but also the importance of sound trade policies that strengthen domestic production and the co-production channels that we have. built, especially with our business partners in the Western Hemisphere, âsaid Chad McAllister, executive vice president of Milliken & Co. and president of the company’s textile operations, in the statement. âHaving Ambassador Tai on hand at one of our facilities in the United States is an opportunity to showcase the breadth of our innovation in the industry and our passionate team of American workers who help our company succeed. “
Milliken & Co. has grown over the years to include textiles, flooring, specialty chemicals, and healthcare industry products.
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