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SPESA to Organize In-person Executive Conference on 27-28 October 2021

SPESA In The News

September 8, 2021 - Apparel Resources

SPESA – Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas – is geared up to host its annual Executive Conference on 27 and 28 October 2021 at the Omni Parker House in Boston (USA)...

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Demand, Data and Deeper Partnerships in the New Supply Chain

SPESA In The News

September 2, 2021 - CGS Blog

Even prior to the pandemic, supply chain issues were a major concern in many industries, textiles and apparel notwithstanding. The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) association recently tackled this issue head-on with a diverse panel discussion during its Advancements in Manufacturing Technology Conference in Raleigh, N.C...

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FurKNITure | Techtextil 2021 Recap

SPESA In The News

September 2, 2021 - Knitovation Monthly (via Shima Seiki U.S.A. Inc. and eTextileCommunications)

During the Techtextil event, Shima Seiki U.S.A. Inc.’s PR Manager, Hayato Nishi had an opportunity to speak at the SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference which was co-located at the Raleigh Convention Center at Techtextil North America on August 24th, 2021...

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Where We Go From Here | An Advancements Conference Recap

SPESA Speaks

September 1, 2021

Last week, SPESA hosted its 10th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. This was the first time SPESA had gathered for an in-person event since February 2020, and after 18 months apart, it felt good to reunite with familiar faces...

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Rethinking the Factory With a Technological Bent at SPESA

SPESA In The News

September 1, 2021 - Sourcing Journal

Over the past year-plus, the pandemic has significantly changed the apparel business in myriad ways. The path forward, and how to operate under the “new normal,” permeated discussions at the Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference, held during Techtextil North America in Raleigh, N.C...

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SPESA to Host 2021 Executive Conference in Boston, MA October 27 & 28

SPESA Press Releases

September 1, 2021

SPESA will host its annual Executive Conference Wednesday, October 27 and Thursday, October 28 at the historic Omni Parker House in the heart of downtown Boston. The two-day event, themed “Riding the Momentum,” will bring together industry professionals for learning, networking, and the opportunity to explore Boston in a fun and memorable way...

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‘It’s a Matter of Survival’: Home Industry Lays Out Path Ahead at SPESA

SPESA In The News

August 30, 2021 - Sourcing Journal

The home goods market was not immune to the upheaval brought about by the pandemic. While many in the sector have enjoyed robust growth with the shift away from the office, how firms respond to both current challenges and future crises will determine their long-term success. That truth punctuated discussions at the recent Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference, held during Techtextil North America in North Carolina last week...

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Report from the Floor Day 2: A Bustling Crossroads

SPESA In The News

August 24, 2021

After nearly a year and a half of being limited to working together by Zoom, Teams, Facetime, text, and phone, the US textile industry gathered together in person this week for Techtextil North America 2021...

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SPESA, Members to Exhibit at Techtextil North America 2021 in Raleigh

SPESA Press Releases

August 18, 2021

The Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), along with two of its member companies, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Techtextil North America trade show in Raleigh, N.C., August 23-25, 2021...

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Monday Member Spotlight: CGS

SPESA Speaks

August 9, 2021

SPESA member CGS (Computer Generated Solutions) is an applications, learning, and outsourcing company supporting clients’ most fundamental business activities across the fashion, apparel, healthcare, retail, financial services, hospitality, technology and telecommunications industries...

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A Word From The Wise

SPESA Speaks

August 4, 2021

In just three weeks, we’ll gather in Raleigh for SPESA’s 10th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference. But before we get there, we wanted to give our Behind the Seams readers a first look at the topics being discussed...

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SPONSOR A STUDENT: SPESA Advancements Conference

SPESA Speaks

July 26, 2021

Education is a core value for SPESA. Whether it's for seasoned professionals or newcomers to the industry, we strive to offer a broad range of professional development during our events...

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CGS to Present at SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies

SPESA In The News

July 26, 2021 - CGS Press Release

CGS, a global provider of business applications, enterprise learning and outsourcing services, today announced it will be participating a panel session titled “The Shifting Supply Chain” at the 2021 SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference...

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SPESA to Host Manufacturing Technologies Conference 2021

SPESA In The News

July 23, 2021 - Just Style

The Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) is celebrating its tenth manufacturing technologies conference in 2021...

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SPESA to Host 10th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference this August in Raleigh, NC

SPESA Press Releases

July 20, 2021

This one-day, in-person event will be co-located with Techtextil North America and feature a line-up of key leaders from across the sewn products industry...

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Made in America

SPESA Speaks

July 7, 2021

The firework smoke has cleared. The apple pie has been eaten. And, for the first time in a long time, many of us will look back on our 4th of July weekend as a milestone in which a sense of normalcy was present...

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How Much Does Sustainability Drive Consumers’ Home Textiles Choices?

SPESA In The News

July 6, 2021 - Sourcing Journal

Fashion and home textiles often get lumped together into a singular soft goods sector, but there are nuances between the two categories when it comes to sustainability...

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Monday Member Spotlight: MACPI

SPESA Speaks

June 7, 2021

From the dream of two youngsters to the world stage, MACPI is one of the most successful global companies in the production of machinery for the apparel industry...

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Expanded Product Categories at Techtextil North America

SPESA Press Releases

June 2, 2021 - Messe Frankfurt (Posted in Behind the Seams)

Techtextil North America returns to Raleigh, North Carolina, August 23-25, 2021, bringing with it the latest innovations and supply chain solutions for the technical textiles and nonwovens industries...

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Celebrating our Industry’s Rising Stars

SPESA Speaks

June 2, 2021

Our regular readers may have noticed that the SPESA team likes to recognize milestones...

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PPE Coalition Requests Inclusion of U.S. PPE Procurement in Innovation and Competition Act

SPESA Speaks

June 2, 2021

SPESA, along with a coalition of U.S. manufacturing industry leaders, sent a letter to Senate Leadership May 26, 2021, requesting the Homeland Procurement Reform Act be included in the U.S. Innovation and Competition Act...

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TTNA Returns In Person

SPESA In The News

May 20, 2021 - Textile World

Techtextil North America returns to Raleigh, N.C., August 23-25, 2021, for the textile industry’s first major in-person event since the pandemic shut down...

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SPESA Upcoming Events

SPESA Speaks

May 13, 2021

SPESA is thrilled to once again welcome our members and the sewn products industry to join us for live events in 2021 and to continue to provide the learning and networking opportunities our industry deserves...

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SPESA Sets Live Events Agenda, Starting With August Advancements Conference

SPESA In The News

May 13, 2021 - Sourcing Journal

SPESA, an industry association for suppliers to the sewn products industry, has several in-person events on tap for the second half of the year and beyond...

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Techtextil North America 2021 to Reunite the Textile Industry Post-Pandemic

SPESA In The News

May 11, 2021 - WhichPLM

As the first major textile event since COVID-19 put the brakes on tradeshows in early 2020, Techtextil North America returns to Raleigh August 23-25, 2021 to reunite the industry for three days of networking, education, and business development...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Advanced Distribution Technologies, Inc.

SPESA Speaks

May 10, 2021

This month's Monday Member Spotlight goes out to Advanced Distribution Technologies, Inc. (A.D.T.)! Founded in 1994, A.D.T. offers high-quality products to both manufacturers and contractors...

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How Supply Chains Adapt to a New Normal

SPESA Speaks

May 5, 2021

In this month's Behind the Seams issues, we’ll dive into some of the key trends we’ve seen when it comes to shifts in supply chain strategy...

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CGS Welcomes Daniella Ambrogi as Global Marketing Director

SPESA In The News

April 1, 2021 - California Apparel News

A board member of the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas and the Americas Apparel Producers Network technology committee, Ambrogi worked previously with the technology firm Lectra as the vice president of marketing in North America. Ambrogi’s appointment at CGS comes at a time when the fashion and apparel industry is still adapting to the adoption of necessary technologies...

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SPESA's State of the Union Address

SPESA Speaks

April 1, 2021

As is now our tradition, we want to take this opportunity to reflect on our past year and highlight some of the opportunities and challenges we expect to come...

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SPESA’s Team Advances in Global Reskilling Competition

SPESA In The News

March 25, 2021 - eTextileCommunications

The current lack of skilled workers and limited workforce development resources, particularly in the technician, engineering and mechanic positions, are among the largest obstacles for both our members and their customers interested in manufacturing in the United States...

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Team RE: Reskill, Rebuild, Remake Advances to the Next Round of the $5M XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling Competition

SPESA Press Releases

March 22, 2021

SPESA announced today that Team RE: Reskill, Rebuild, Remake is one of 10 teams from 4 countries advancing as qualified teams in the XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition...

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Early Bird Registration Now Open for Techtextil North America 2021

SPESA Press Releases

March 16, 2021

Early bird registration for Techtextil North America 2021, being held August 23-25, 2021 in Raleigh, North Carolina, has officially opened...

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Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas to Pivot to New Event Cycle After 2022

SPESA Press Releases

March 10, 2021

Co-located events Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will change their event cycle and shift permanently to odd years after the 2022 editions...

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Trivia not Trivial: Women in the Sewn Products Industry

SPESA Speaks

March 3, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, this month’s Behind the Seams issues explore women in the sewn products industry...

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Techtextil and Texprocess Americas Shows Pivot Upcoming Schedule

SPESA In The News

March 2, 2021 - Sourcing Journal

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many a pivot, and trade show schedules are no exception...

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Learning About Diversity in the Sewn Products Industry

SPESA Speaks

February 3, 2021

Our theme for this month’s issues of Behind the Seams is diversity — a term that much like sustainability, social responsibility, and other buzzwords, can mean different things to different people...

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What’s New for Behind the Seams in 2021?

SPESA Speaks

February 1, 2021

We’re charging headfirst into a new year, which also means new features and updates for Behind the Seams. Take a look a few opportunities that could help you highlight your business, expand your customer base, and position yourself to come out of the gate swinging in 2021...

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Industry Coalition Urges Biden, Congress on PPE Policy Priorities

SPESA In The News

February 1, 2021 - Sourcing Journal

In a letter to the 46th president and congressional leaders, the group representing manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential personal protective equipment and other products throughout the Covid-19 pandemic outlined recommendations on specific policy initiatives to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the United States...

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Industry and Union Coalition Outlines Policy Recommendations in Letters to President Biden, Congressional Leaders

SPESA Press Releases

January 29, 2021

A broad coalition of industry organizations and labor unions, representing a broad spectrum of manufacturers and workers who stepped up to make essential PPE and other products throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, sent letters today to President Biden and congressional leaders outlining recommendations on specific policy initiatives that must be adopted to re-establish a permanent PPE industry in the United States...

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Techtextil North America 2021 to Reunite Technology Rich Textile Industry, Provide First-Class Education and Networking Opportunities

SPESA In The News

January 28, 2021

As the first major textile event since COVID-19 put the brakes on trade shows in early 2020, Techtextil North America returns to Raleigh August 23-25, 2021, to reunite an industry hungry for in-person business interactions...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Eton Systems

SPESA Speaks

January 25, 2021

For our first Monday Member Spotlight of 2021, we are featuring Eton Systems AB, a leading Swedish company producing intelligent overhead conveyor systems that give customers a space-efficient solution with improved productivity, real-time data sharing, and sequencing opportunity...

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Looking Into The Future

SPESA Speaks

January 6, 2021

For our first Behind the Seams issue of 2021, we wanted to explore the future of the industry. And let me tell you, nothing makes you think of the future more than a fresh-faced one-week-old looking up at you, wondering why you look so tired...

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Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America Take Textile Education Online

SPESA In The News

December 29, 2020 - Sourcing Journal

Trade show organizer Messe Frankfurt North America is adapting its Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas shows for the Covid era. The Sewn Products track, supported by SPESA, will focus on how production is changing in different tiers of the supply chain...

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Counting Down the Most Popular BTS Articles of 2020

SPESA Speaks

December 17, 2020

Despite everything, we’ve learned a lot this year. And we hope to have helped you learn a few things too. Take a look at the most popular Behind the Seams original articles of 2020...

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Happy Holidays from SPESA!

SPESA Speaks

December 14, 2020

It is a bit difficult to write a conclusion for a year that felt like it both lasted a decade and yet somehow should still be March. But we’ll give it a whirl...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Dunlap Sunbrand International

SPESA Speaks

December 7, 2020

Our final Member Spotlight nominee of 2020 is Dunlap Sunbrand International, a worldwide distribution company with offices throughout the Western Hemisphere providing sewing, cutting, pressing and finishing equipment, parts, needles and supplies...

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Looking Back on a Year Like No Other

SPESA Speaks

December 2, 2020

For this month's Behind the Seams SPESA Speaks, we looked back at some of the most-discussed topics of 2020...

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Something to Look Forward to!

SPESA Speaks

November 16, 2020

This year has been rough, but it can't last forever. Here is a list of exciting upcoming events for SPESA members and the sewn products industry...

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SPESA Marks 30th Anniversary at Virtual Executive Conference

SPESA In The News

November 12, 2020 - eTextile Communications

Nearly 150 attendees registered for SPESA’s first-ever Virtual Executive Conference, which took place October 29-30 and was held in lieu of its in-person event scheduled to occur in Boston...

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2020 SPESA Virtual Executive Conference Recap

SPESA Speaks

November 12, 2020

Over the course of two days we heard from speakers discussing a wide range of topics, from economics to politics to technology to sourcing. We embraced our original theme, exploring the past, present, and future of the industry, and highlighted how and why our future now looks very different than we expected...

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Sewing Technologies & 3-D Printing Coming Up In November for Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas Virtual Symposium

SPESA Press Releases

November 11, 2020

The Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Virtual Symposium continues this month with two sessions featuring the latest textile industry trends, technologies and their applications...

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Politics, Policy, and the Sewn Products Industry

SPESA Speaks

November 4, 2020

While we now wait for the last votes to be counted across the U.S., we're reminded of how important this and all elections are for our country. That is why we are dedicating this month's Behind the Seams issues to politics and policy...

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SPESA Announces Newly Elected Board Members

SPESA Press Releases

November 4, 2020

The Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) announced the re-election of six members to its Board of Directors, following a vote by its membership on October 30, 2020...

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SPESA Board Election Results

SPESA Speaks

November 2, 2020

During the SPESA Business Meeting, the membership voted to approve the slate of candidates nominated for the SPESA Board of Directors. Please join us in congratulating the Class of 2023...

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State of SPESA Remarks

SPESA Speaks

October 30, 2020

SPESA President Michael McDonald addressed attendees at the SPESA Business Meeting October 30, 2020...

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2020 Executive Conference Opening Remarks

SPESA Speaks

October 29, 2020

SPESA Chairwoman Nina McCormack welcomed attendees to the 2020 SPESA Virtual Executive Conference October 29th and shared her hopes for the SPESA membership and the sewn products industry moving forward...

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First-ever SPESA Virtual Executive Conference to Start Today

SPESA In The News

October 29, 2020 - Apparel Resources

SPESA is all set to start its first-ever virtual executive conference today which will continue till 30 October. As SPESA celebrates its 30 years of evolution, the 2-day conference will aim at discussing the new future of sewn product industry post-COVID-19, while talking about the industry’s past as well as present developments at the same time...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Methods Workshop

SPESA Speaks

October 12, 2020

This month's Member Spotlight goes to Methods Workshop - a leading developer and provider of engineering and costing software solutions for the global fashion and sewn products industries...

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SPESA to Host Its First Ever Virtual Executive Conference Later This Month

SPESA Press Releases

October 7, 2020

SPESA announced in September that registration was open for its 2020 Virtual Executive Conference, taking place October 29 & 30. The two-day event is free for both members and nonmembers to attend...

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A Look at the Past, Present, and Future of the Industry

SPESA Speaks

October 7, 2020

Each month, Behind the Seams explores a different aspect of the sewn products industry. This month's SPESA Speaks was penned by SPESA Chairwoman Nina McCormack...

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MOTIF Releases The State of Skills in the Apparel Industry 2020 Report

SPESA In The News

September 30, 2020 - MOTIF

Over 900 professionals from all parts of the apparel value chain took part in the second global MOTIF State of Skills in the Apparel Industry 2020 survey supported by 19 industry associations, including SPESA. The survey Report provides insights on the state of skills and training trends and reflects on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on professional learning to inform business and talent development strategies...

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Announcing the 2020 Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Virtual Symposium

SPESA In The News

September 16, 2020 - Behind the Seams

The 2020 Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas Symposiums have gone virtual. Like the in-person events, this monthly series will provide attendees the opportunity to learn from the brightest minds in both industry and academia...

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A Wrinkle in the Plan: Is Cut-and-Sew a Barrier to Reshoring in the Textiles Industry?

SPESA In The News

September 14, 2020 - PrintingNews

One result of the current pandemic has been an increased focus on how to restructure the textiles industry’s fragile global supply chain. Brands and retailers appear to be thinking more seriously about how and what to reshore. And a growing number of industry manufacturers are either establishing microfactories for on-demand production or augmenting conventional manufacturing with digital components...

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Monday Member Spotlight: SourceAmerica

SPESA Speaks

September 14, 2020

SourceAmerica is a national nonprofit agency that connects government and corporate customers to a network of over 700 nonprofit agencies that hire and employ professionals with disabilities. It supports its member nonprofits with contract opportunities, training, and workforce development programs...

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SPESA Continues to Support the Sewn Products Industry in the Time of COVID-19

SPESA In The News

September 14, 2020 - WhatTheyThink

Guest contributor Michael McDonald, president of SPESA, provides an update of how the association has been helping its members in the sewn products industry cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, and what its updated roster of events looks like...

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Workforce Development and the Sewn Products Industry

SPESA Speaks

September 2, 2020

Each month, Behind the Seams explores a different aspect of the sewn products industry. For September, we're looking at workforce development...

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Pivoting to the PPE Textile Products Market

SPESA In The News

September 1, 2020 - Specialty Fabrics Review

How the manufacturing of medical protective gear is challenging U.S.-based textile businesses — and throwing them a lifeline...

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Michael McDonald Shares Insights on Current and Future Sewn Products

SPESA In The News

August 27, 2020 - WhatTheyThink

Michael McDonald, President of SPESA, provides background on the organization and discusses the latest developments in cut-and-sew automation with an emphasis on the "last mile" of sewing. He also discusses the need to attract new talent to the industry and cites some of the activities that are helping to do so...

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SPESA Support

SPESA In The News

August 12, 2020 - PrintingNews

It was going to be a big year for the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas. Originally established in 1990, this time was going to be dedicated to celebrating a 30-year milestone for the organization, exploring lessons learned and looking toward the future and where it is headed next...

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Technology and Its Role in Shaping the World and the Industry

SPESA Speaks

August 5, 2020

Each month, Behind the Seams explores a different aspect of the sewn products industry. For August, we're diving into technology...

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SPESA & VDMA Joint Webinar July 29th

SPESA Speaks

July 28, 2020

SPESA and VDMA Textile Care, Fabric and Leather Technology (TFL) are hosting a members-only joint webinar, Wednesday, July 29th, on the role Covid-19 has played in disrupting the sewn products industry and how the U.S. and Europe have responded to the crisis...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Agencia J.E. Handal

SPESA Speaks

July 20, 2020

This month's spotlight goes out to Honduras-based Agencia J.E. Handal, S.A de C.V., a company that has been dedicated to serving the garment industry since 1971...

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DOD PPE Virtual Information Days

SPESA Speaks

July 16, 2020

On Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday, July 15, the Department of Defense’s COVID-19 Joint Acquisition Task Force and the Defense Logistics Agency hosted a virtual information day regarding current and future demand for personal protective equipment...

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Updated: COVID-19 Resources for SPESA Members

SPESA Speaks

July 15, 2020

The past few months have presented innumerable challenges for several industries, including ours. We’ve compiled a handful of resources that we hope will help you and your company navigate these new waters...

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Report on the Current Situation of the Global Garment Industry in Terms of the Coronavirus Disaster

SPESA In The News

July 15, 2020

J.S.N. International interviewed prominent figures involved in the global garment industry, including SPESA President Michael McDonald, regarding the current situation of the industry in terms of the Covid-19 disaster as well as the industry's outlook...

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Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas 2020 Postponed Until Next Editions

SPESA In The News

July 14, 2020

The organizers of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas have announced that the co-located events have been postponed beyond 2020...

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Sneak Peek at the New Behind the Seams

SPESA Speaks

June 29, 2020

This week, SPESA will be launching a new version of the Behind the Seams newsletter. Take a sneak peek at the first issue and a learn more about the content you can expect from SPESA going forward...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Automatex

SPESA Speaks

June 29, 2020

Getting a head start on our Canada Day celebrations, we are highlighting Canadian member Automatex, Inc...

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2020 SPESA Executive Conference

SPESA Speaks

June 25, 2020

Based on member feedback, discussions with SPESA’s Board of Directors, and in consideration for our members’ health and business priorities, we have decided to postpone the 2020 SPESA Executive Conference.

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One Billion Gowns by August

SPESA In The News

June 10, 2020 - Textile Insight

The COVID-19 pandemic could well have been the demise of the U.S. textile and apparel industry. Instead, it has presented the industry with an opportunity to respond in a cooperative effort that may harbinger the development of a robust vertical supply chain in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere...

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SPESA Members Respond to COVID-19

SPESA Speaks

June 1, 2020

Every day we open the news and see some new story about businesses upending their operations to help protect their communities and fight the spread of COVID-19. We are incredibly proud of the SPESA members who have stepped up. And we want everyone to know it...

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U.S. Apparel Industry Relies on Collaborative Efforts to Remain Competitive

SPESA In The News

May 28, 2020 - California Apparel News

The movement to support domestic manufacturing in the United States was growing prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 at a slow yet steady pace. With supply chains disrupted and early shortages of personal protective equipment, apparel makers were faced with difficult decisions...

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Webinars successfully unmasking PPE issue

SPESA In The News

May 21, 2020 - eTextile Communications

As we wade through these uncharted waters, one of the best learning opportunities for me has been to attend a number of webinars around the topic, including a series hosted by N.C. State University’s Wilson College of Textiles, in partnership with IFAI, SEAMS, SPESA and IPC...

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It Took a Crisis to Really Come Together - What Lessons Can We Take From This to Rebalance Our American Supply Chain?

SPESA In The News

May 21, 2020 - Jill Coleman (LinkedIn Post)

Apparel industry associations heard the “call to action” and brought silos together to act as a vertical supply chain. Barriers between competitors, brands, suppliers and industry associations have been removed. This industry of very smart people came together to service their new “consumer”--information was being shared openly...

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Monday Member Spotlight: PAAT

SPESA Speaks

May 18, 2020

This month, we are featuring SPESA member PAAT, a global technology startup that addresses the technological inefficiencies that affect the fashion & apparel industry...

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OnPoint Manufacturing Utilizes Technology in PPE Transition

SPESA Speaks

May 18, 2020

As companies across the globe look to transition to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) production, Alabama-based OnPoint Manufacturing seems to have figured it out with remarkable speed. We recently spoke with Kirby Best, who heads up both OnPoint and SPESA member PAAT, to learn more about the company’s ongoing efforts...

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Fashion Industry Efforts to Address Global PPE Shortages

SPESA In The News

May 13, 2020 - Just-Style

NC State's Wilson College of Textiles has partnered with IFAI — with sponsorship from IPC, SEAMS, and SPESA — to create a series of webinars on PPE production and design. Webinars include an introduction to PPE production and nonwovens technology in the production of PPE...

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In Another World

SPESA Speaks

May 12, 2020

In another world, we would be in Atlanta right now, welcoming exhibitors and visitors to Texprocess Americas 2020. But instead we are at home, in sweatpants, balancing work, kids, roommates, and a panic-inducing news cycle...

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SPESA Member News: The Fox Company Announces New Hire

SPESA In The News

May 7, 2020

The Fox Company announces that Calvin Hampton has joined the Fox Team in the capacity of senior sales and technical manager...

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Henderson Sewing Machine quickly introduces PPE production systems

SPESA In The News

April 30, 2020 - eTextile Communications

The leadership and technical teams at Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Andalusia, Ala., had to quickly pivot from its normal products into PPE manufacturing technologies in order to support the cause, according to President & CEO Frank Henderson...

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Gerber Technology’s PPE Task Force came together quickly

SPESA In The News

April 30, 2020 - eTextile Communications

What began as an idea at Gerber Technology quickly blossomed – literally over a weekend – into something big as it relates to addressing the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage...

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Tariff Deferral Update for SPESA Members

SPESA Speaks

April 27, 2020

You likely heard about the tariff deferral announced by President Trump on April 19th for products imported into the United States. Unfortunately, the decision will have little impact on SPESA members as it does not affect any of the products coming from China subject to the 301 tariffs...

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Technology Opens New Channels for Supply Chain Communication

SPESA In The News

April 21, 2020 - Just-Style

With Covid-19 putting a stop to all non-essential travel, global supply chains are being put to the test as brands and retailers have to rethink how they work, how they communicate with their manufacturers on placing orders and product design, and with business associates globally. Technology is now taking a front seat and software companies are stepping in to help bridge the gap...

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Achievements & Challenges of Rapid Response Efforts

SPESA In The News

April 17, 2020 - Textile Insight Extra

Navigating today’s uncharted path of domestic production of PPE is not for the faint of heart, but textile execs say that collaboration – even with competitors – along with willingness to learn and evolve during an ever-changing crisis situation is bringing impressive results...

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It’s a New Day, a New Time

SPESA In The News

April 16, 2020

eTextile Communications: Over the last few weeks, the sewn products, textiles and apparel industry and many of its suppliers have demonstrated all that is possible when everyone comes together with a common purpose to address a major crisis. And for this industry in the U.S., the possibilities appear endless...

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SPESA Member News: Consew Announces Commitment to Assist with Efforts to Produce Face Masks and Other PPEs

SPESA In The News

April 16, 2020

Consew, a leading manufacturer of industrial sewing machines for heavy industrial use, announces its commitment to assist with efforts in transforming manufacturing plants to produce face masks and other PPE (personal protective equipment) products...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Consew

SPESA Speaks

April 13, 2020

In February, the SPESA team traveled to Florida to meet with our Board of Directors, host a SPESA After Hours, and visit with current and prospective members. One of the highlights of the trip was an opportunity to tour the Consew facility in Doral and learn more about the company’s operations and amazing team...

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Gerber Technology Brings Together Industry Suppliers to Increase Production and Availability of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

SPESA In The News

April 8, 2020 - Gerber Technology Press Release

Gerber’s PPE Task Force has brought more than 600 companies and leading associations together to fight COVID-19...

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Americas Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) Online Coronavirus Sourcing Center Views Surpass 10,000

SPESA In The News

April 3, 2020 - Textile World

The Americas Apparel Producers’ Network’s (AAPN’s) online Sourcing Center continues to produce for the medical community during the coronavirus crisis. Users have come from every corner of the industry including members of NAUMD (uniforms), IFAI (fabric), INDA (nonwovens), SPESA (equipment), SEAMS (regional) and AAFA (lobby)...

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A Message from SPESA on COVID-19

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March 30, 2020

As with the rest of the world, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. The spread of COVID-19 has impacted our industry, our business, and our day-to-day lives. We are quickly learning a hard lesson about adaptability and prioritization and it hasn’t been easy. But at the end of the day, we know our priority is you. And the decisions being made are about protecting your health and wellbeing...

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SPESA to Host 2020 Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference this April in Detroit, Michigan

SPESA Press Releases

February 25, 2020

The Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will host its 10th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference on Tuesday, April 7 in Detroit, Michigan, bringing together both suppliers and manufacturers to discuss current and emerging innovation in the sewn products industry...

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SPESA Speaks About Texprocess Americas

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February 6, 2020

We asked a few past exhibitors why they plan to attend Texprocess Americas and why you should too. Here's what they had to say...

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SPESA Members Showcase at Colombiatex 2020

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February 5, 2020

SPESA attended the annual Colombiatex de las Américas January 21-23 in Medellin, Colombia. As is its tradition, SPESA utilized its 2020 Colombiatex booth to highlight its members...

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SPESA's 2020 State of the Union Address

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February 4, 2020

You may or may not know this, but SPESA will reach a significant milestone in 2020. It will officially turn 30-years-old. Meanwhile, our team is embarking on year two of managing this prodigious association...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Frontier Distributors

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February 3, 2020

SPESA members represent the very foundation of our industry, right down to the furniture you need to support your equipment and your workers. That's why this month we are recognizing Frontier Distributors—makers of quality sewing machine tables since 1984...

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Maybe You're Not as Unique as You Think

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January 15, 2020

Registration went live today for the 2020 Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference. While most of our events provide vital industry information for our members, this one is a little different. This one is all about getting information from SPESA members...

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Monday Member Spotlight: FKgroup

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January 13, 2020

Our first member spotlight for 2020 is FKgroup - a company focused on analysis, planning, and automation for the cutting room for more than 55 years. From its headquarters in Dalmine, Bergamo – the heart of "Made in Italy" textile production – to Asia and South America, FKgroup has upheld its high standards with the most eminent international brands in textile production in all its segments...

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Look Who's Heading South for the Winter

SPESA Speaks

January 10, 2020

Happy New Year! Or perhaps we should say: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo! For a while now, SPESA has started off the beginning of every new year with a trip to Medellin for Colombiatex de las Américas. This year, we will be sharing our booth with a few SPESA members showcasing their exceptional products and services to the Latin American market...

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Happy Holidays from SPESA!

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December 20, 2019

Well, we made it a year. Our team officially took over management of SPESA in January of this year and it has been one of the greatest years yet for all of us...

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Shimmy into the Digital Future with AI-Supported Training for Textile Workers

SPESA In The News

December 16, 2019 - What They Think

At the recent SPESA Executive Conference, Cary Sherburne had the pleasure of meeting Sarah Krasley of Shimmy, a company that provides training for garment workers using gamification (to make it more engaging) and artificial intelligence for localization, among other things. With automation increasingly expected to eliminate jobs in the textiles and other industries, upskilling of these workers is a critical investment in our future—and theirs...

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Can the "Last Mile" of Manufacturing — Sewing — Be More Automated? Frank Henderson Says Yes

SPESA In The News

December 16, 2019 - What They Think

A third-generation family-owned company in business for 50 years, Henderson Sewing Machine Company has changed with the times, according to CEO Frank Henderson. With sewing — the "last mile" in textile manufacturing automation — still requiring significant manual labor, Henderson talks about the challenges of automating textile sewn products and the progress that is being made...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Magnal Solutions

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December 16, 2019

Our December spotlight goes to one of our newer members: Magnal Solutions. The Canadian-based software specialist and industrial engineering consulting service provider focuses on Shop Floor Control and piecework payroll for the garment industry...

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Attracting New Talent to Textile Manufacturing Starts with 8th Graders at the Manufacturing Solutions Center

SPESA In The News

December 12, 2019 - What They Think

Dan St. Louis describes the work being done over the last 30 years at the Manufacturing Solutions Center to help create and maintain jobs. As part of the Catawba Community College, the group, among other things, hosts tours of its facility and selected manufacturing plants for 8th graders to encourage them to seek jobs in the industry...

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Early Bird Registration has Opened for Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas 2020

SPESA Press Releases

December 11, 2019

Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas will return to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia May 12-14, 2020. With the all-new, tiered pricing structure, those who register prior to February 18, 2020 will have the opportunity for substantial cost savings on exhibit hall, symposium and special event purchases...

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The Story Behind the Chairs

SPESA Speaks

December 10, 2019

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been talking a lot about the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference, but there is one story we haven’t yet told...

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SPESA Members Collect Knowledge, Connections, Memories in N’Awlins

SPESA In The News

December 5, 2019 - eTextileCommunications

Members and guests of SPESA on hand for its annual Executive Conference here recently came away with new knowledge, connections, and plenty of memories of the Big Easy scene...

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U.S. Department of Commerce Sees Textiles as a Good Case Study for Reshoring Manufacturing

SPESA In The News

December 2, 2019 - What They Think

Lloyd Wood, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce, was a speaker at the recent SPESA Executive Conference and took time to share his thoughts about what the Department of Commerce is doing to help the textiles and apparel industry be more competitive...

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What You Missed in New Orleans - Conference Recap

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November 20, 2019

It is hard to believe it has been three weeks since the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference in New Orleans. As we catch up on sleep and catch our breath before diving in to the next big project, we wanted to share a few insights from the conference for anyone who was not able to attend...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Gerber Technology

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November 11, 2019

Gerber Technology holds a special place in the SPESA family. Former Board Chairman, Sam Simpson, represented Gerber Technology on the SPESA Board for nearly two decades, and Vice President of product management and marketing for Automation Systems at Gerber Technology, Lenny Marano, was recently voted in as the newest SPESA Board member...

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SPESA Hosts 90 Industry Professionals at Two-Day Executive Conference in New Orleans

SPESA Press Releases

November 8, 2019

SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) hosted its 2019 Executive Conference last Tuesday, October 29 and Wednesday, October 30, in New Orleans, touching on major topics impacting the sewn products industry today. The event attracted 90 attendees from 19 states (including the District of Columbia) and 5 countries...

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SPESA Executive Conference Looks at the State of the Sewn Products Industry

SPESA In The News

November 4, 2019 - What They Think

Last week, Senior Editor Cary Sherburne had the pleasure of attending the Executive Conference sponsored by the Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) in New Orleans. This was the first major event planned by the new staff, led by Michael McDonald, President, and by all accounts, it was a huge success...

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SPESA Executive Conference Addresses Issues Affecting the Sewn Products Industry: Trade, Workforce, and More

SPESA In The News

October 31, 2019 - What They Think

Michael McDonald, President of SPESA, the Sewn Products Equipment Suppliers of the Americas, discusses the challenges facing the Sewn Products industry, including misconceptions about employment in manufacturing that can be a barrier to attracting new talent. He discusses the role of the organization's Executive Conference, explains what attendees learned, and noted that James Carville, known as the Ragin' Cajun and a native of New Orleans, where the conference was held, was the keynote speaker...

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Small Business Administration Targets Textiles and Sewn Products as Biz Dev Case Study

SPESA In The News

October 30, 2019 - What They Think

Interview conducted at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference - Chris Pilkerton, Acting Administrator of the United States Small Business Administration, talks about his experiences with companies in the textiles and sewn products industries...

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SPESA’s New Leadership Team Committed to Carrying on Legacy

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October 25, 2019 - eTextileCommunications

Following is a Q&A with the SPESA leadership team that took over operations at the beginning of the year. Michael McDonald is President; Maggie McDonald is Vice President of Communications; and Marie D'Avignon is Vice President of Operations...

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Guest Post: Join Exenta at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference

SPESA Speaks

October 16, 2019

Continuing professional development is an essential component to being a leader in your space. Taking the time to network with others in the industry, to learn about coming trends and changes, and to hear new perspectives is vital to remaining agile and crucial to the ability to adapt and grow as an organization. At Exenta, we strive to make professional development a priority, and that’s why we’ll be at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference...

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Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Update for SPESA Members

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October 15, 2019

The U.S. International Trade Commission is now accepting petitions seeking temporary duty suspensions and reductions in accordance with the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016. The act allows companies importing products that are not being made in the United States to submit a petition to receive reduced or suspended tariffs on those products when they are imported into the United States...

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China Tariff Update for SPESA Members

SPESA Speaks

October 15, 2019

According to President Donald Trump, the United States and China have reached a tentative and partial trade deal and paused the tariff increase that was set to take effect today on imports on the Section 301 Tariff List 3. Instead of increasing to 30%, tariffs on List 3 imports will remain at the 25% rate implemented in May of this year...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Morgan Tecnica

SPESA Speaks

October 7, 2019

In 2008, the Giachetti family of Italy launched a bold new endeavor with Morgan Tecnica. At the height of world economic chaos, they saw a need to improve the cutting room floor and had the passion and drive to make it a reality. Fast forward ten years and Morgan Tecnica is now a powerhouse when it comes to groundbreaking, innovative cutting technologies in the textile industry...

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An Invitation from SPESA Chairman Nina McCormack

SPESA Speaks

October 1, 2019

SPESA Members - Whether you’re in pursuit of professional development, looking to meet a new customer, or simply seeking a fun getaway, I strongly encourage you to join me in New Orleans for the upcoming 2019 SPESA Executive Conference...

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New SPESA Member: Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Sewing Machines

SPESA Speaks

September 26, 2019

SPESA is proud to introduce another new member! Mitsubishi Electric Industrial Sewing Machines (ISM) is an industry leader in manufacturing and supplying industrial sewing equipment. This includes a wide range of programmable sewing machines, flatbed lockstitch machines, industrial sewing machine motor kits, clamping solutions for its programmable machines, and genuine sewing machine parts...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Alvanon

SPESA Speaks

September 9, 2019

Alvanon's story is one of endurance and evolution. Its founder was a garment manufacturer who failed at selling apparel online. So, he began looking at other ways he could “fit” in to the industry. He created mannequins based on real human anatomy and an understanding of pattern making and garment production...

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New SPESA Member: Atlanta Attachment Company

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August 20, 2019

Atlanta Attachment Company is based out of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and employs more than 130 highly specialized and dedicated professionals in its headquarters alone. AAC produces automated systems, custom engineering, facility layout systems, and plant management software, as well as manual and automated sewing equipment and workstations, attachments, labor saving devices, and expendable replacement parts...

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New SPESA Member: Automatex

SPESA Speaks

August 20, 2019

SPESA is thrilled to welcome Automatex as our newest member! Automatex is a Canadian company founded in 1992. Its 45,000 square foot plant is based in Terrebonne, Quebec, with more than 55 specialized employees...

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Why it’s a Good Time to Take Another Look at Sourcing in Central America (Yes, Again)

SPESA In The News

August 15, 2019 - Sourcing Journal

Whenever the apparel supply chain is staring down some sort of upheaval—whether it’s the Tranche 4 tariffs, fires in Bangladesh or China wage hikes—many decide that it’s a good time to take another look at sourcing in Central America...

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Get to Know SPESA's Summer Intern

SPESA Speaks

August 13, 2019

We have really enjoyed getting to know our summer intern, Mitchell Hurd, as he helps us out with social media, industry research, marketing, and setting up the new SPESA office, and we think you should know him too...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Autometrix

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August 12, 2019

August’s Monday Member Spotlight goes out to Autometrix, Inc – a family-owned company specializing in pattern development software for the industrial fabrics industry and low-ply precision cutting machines. With bases in California and Ohio, Autometrix has produced innovative technology for textiles manufacturing since 1979...

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The Changing Dynamics of Manufacturing Across the Americas

SPESA In The News

August 7, 2019 - Sourcing Journal

In 2017, Nidhi Kapur, jumped feet first into a brand new bold endeavor by launching a direct-to-consumer furniture brand called Maiden Home. Like many millennial consumers, Kapur was tired of mass-produced furnishings that came with a hefty price tag and low quality materials. She craved the lost art of craftsmanship, and sought to change the trajectory of how furniture was manufactured by going straight to the original source: North Carolina...

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SPESA to Host James Carville as Keynote Speaker for 2019 Executive Conference this October in New Orleans, Louisiana

SPESA Press Releases

August 5, 2019

SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) today announced that famed democratic political commentator, and media personality James Carville will serve as the keynote speaker for its annual Executive Conference in New Orleans, October 29 & 30...

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Op-Ed: The US Sewn Products Industry Faces Sizable Labor Shortage

SPESA In The News

July 9, 2019 - Sourcing Journal

The sewn products sector is struggling where labor is concerned. As evidence of this fact, there’s a man in Texas who is alleged to be the only person within a 200-mile radius with the skills needed to repair sewn product manufacturing equipment. Just by listening to a machine, he’s able to identify the problem and offer a solution, and he can be at your factory sometime between next Tuesday and two months from now. He is a regional prodigy. He also represents the decline in local resources and a need for skilled labor...

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New SPESA Member: Magnal Solutions

SPESA Speaks

July 8, 2019

We are excited to welcome Magnal Solutions as the newest member of the SPESA family. This Canadian based Shop Floor Control Software Specialist and Industrial Engineering Consulting Service Provider is unique in being entirely focused on Shop Floor Control (SFC) and piecework payroll for the garment industry...

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Monday Member Spotlight: YKK USA

SPESA Speaks

July 1, 2019

Our 1st SPESA member spotlight of the summer goes out to YKK USA - manufacturer of a wide range of zippers & fasteners produced right here in the good ol' U.S. of A. YKK's products are used in apparel, footwear, personal protective, tactical equipment, and medical industries. In addition to being a leader in product performance and longevity, YKK focuses on the Cycle of Goodness...

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Why We Go to Trade Shows

SPESA Speaks

June 21, 2019

SPESA is traveling to Barcelona this week for ITMA 2019. It's one of many shows SPESA attends and we want to talk a little bit about why...

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Register Now for the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference

SPESA Speaks

June 4, 2019

We're excited to announce that registration for the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference is officially open! Taking place October 29 and 30 in New Orleans, the event is open to SPESA members, their customers, and anyone interested in learning more about the future of the sewn products industry…

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Monday Member Spotlight: American & Efird

SPESA Speaks

June 3, 2019

For June, we are featuring a different kind of sewn products supplier: American & Efird. One of the world’s foremost manufacturers of sewing thread, embroidery thread, and technical textiles, A&E’s global presence extends from Asia to Europe to the Americas...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Lectra

SPESA Speaks

May 6, 2019

This month, we are shining the spotlight on Lectra, an international leader in integrated technology solutions specifically designed for industries using textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, & composites...

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SPESA’s 2019 Advancements In Manufacturing Conference

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April 16, 2019 - Textile World

SPESA’s 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference attracted 90 industry leaders in Raleigh, N.C…

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SPESA President Explains Association’s Value to the Sewn Products Industry

SPESA In The News

April 15, 2019 - What They Think

Are you a supplier to the sewn products industry? If so, are you a member of SPESA? And if you are not, this article from Senior Editor Cary Sherburne lays out why you should be. SPESA’s President Michael McDonald shares his thoughts on the association’s role in promoting and supporting the sewn products industry from the supplier’s perspective...

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Monday Member Spotlight: Henderson Sewing Machine Co.

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April 1, 2019

SPESA members: Oh how we love thee. As a token of our appreciation and a celebration of your great work, we’re launching today a monthly member spotlight. The first one goes to Henderson Sewing Machine Co., which celebrated 50 years in the industry in 2018...

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Sewn Products: Hurdles & Opportunities

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March 25, 2019 - Textile World

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) recently collocated its 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference with Techtextil North America held at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C. More than 90 registered attendees came together to discuss issues facing the sewn products industry. The conference focused on the current and future state of innovations in the sewn products industry related to microfactories, on-demand manufacturing, software connectivity and automation...

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Microfactories, Automation, Talent, Investment: Deconstructing the Reality of Made-in-the- USA Manufacturing

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March 11, 2019 - Apparel Magazine

When you’re talking about automating the apparel industry, and where we’re headed in the future, it’s helpful to understand where the industry has been, why it changed, and what’s sparking the changes that it will need to accommodate going forward…

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SPESA Brings Together Top Industry Leaders for Discussion on Technology Advancements in Sewn Products Manufacturing

SPESA Press Releases

March 6, 2019

The Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) hosted its 9th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference last Wednesday, February 27, bringing together a group of leaders on the frontline of manufacturing to discuss the current and future state of innovations in the sewn products industry. Held in conjunction with Techtextil North America 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina, the event attracted more than 90 registered attendees from 18 states (including the District of Columbia) and five countries…

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SPESA: Meet The New President Michael McDonald

SPESA In The News

February 20, 2019 - Textile World

In February of 2018, The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) Board of Directors named Michael McDonald SPESA executive director. McDonald worked alongside then president, Benton Gardner, and managing director, Dave Gardner, until their retirement at the end of last year. McDonald then assumed full management of SPESA at the beginning of January 2019 as president...

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SPESA President Addresses Membership in Inaugural State of the Union

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February 5, 2019

At the beginning of last year, I opened an email from the SPESA Board that would change my career and my life. Having dedicated years to the textile and apparel industries — from studying work-force development to translating academia to real-world application — the offer to serve as your SPESA President was one I was honored to accept and one that I knew came with much responsibility…

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SPESA President Michael McDonald Talks Industry with NCSU Students

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February 4, 2019

A group of undergraduate students from the North Carolina State University Wilson College of Textiles stopped by the SPESA office last week to speak with SPESA President Michael McDonald about trade associations and trade shows…

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SPESA To Host Advancements In Manufacturing Technologies Conference In Conjunction With Techtextil North America

SPESA In The News

December 17, 2018 - Textile World

Techtextil North America announced today that SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) will hold its Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday, February 27, in conjunction with the show’s 2019 edition...

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SPESA Announces New Executive Director

SPESA Press Releases

April 2, 2018

The SPESA Board of Directors met on February 7, 2018, and approved the hiring of Michael McDonald as the new SPESA Executive Director to work alongside current president, Benton Gardner, and managing director, Dave Gardner, until their retirement at the end of 2018. McDonald will take over full management of the organization in January 2019...

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