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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

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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

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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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New SPESA Member: Impactiva

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December 2, 2019

Please join us in welcoming Impactiva as the newest SPESA member! Impactiva offers services focused on quality and efficiency for the footwear and apparel industry, ranging from quality control to sophisticated customized lean transformations...

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Register Now for the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference

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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

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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

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

SPESA In The News

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

SPESA In The News

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

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March 6, 2019 - Textile World

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, N.C., the event attracted more than 90 registered attendees from 18 states (including the District of Columbia) and five countries...

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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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